Friday, October 3, 2008

See’s Pumpkin Spice & Root Beer Lollypops

imageOne of the classic and more distinctive products that See’s makes is their line of Lollypops. They’re made with cream and are more like a hard caramel than a normal boiled sugar hard candy pop.

The regular flavors shift around but right now they sell: Butterscotch, Chocolate, Vanilla and Caf? Latt?. I like all of them except for the chocolate. It tends to be grainier and if I have the option of actual chocolate right there at See’s, well that’s what I’m going to go for. But the one thing the pops have going for them is that they’re so darn durable. Summer-safe, creamy candy is pretty hard to find.

Every once in a while they bring out new flavors. This fall they have a limited edition Pumpkin Spice Lollypops that should be available until Thanksgiving.

The ingredients are pretty simple: corn syrup, cream, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, butter and yellow #5. I don’t know why they have to put artificial colors in there, but I guess I’m guessing that they’d look fine without it, maybe they don’t.

The packages are a little box that holds a bag of eight pops. Not a bad price either at only $4.80 for the set (60 cents each). Each paper stick pop is wrapped in orange mylar

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See’s pops are big blocks. Kind of chunky and perhaps a little big for easy-to-eat suckers. (Sometimes I pull them off the stick and eat them as hard candies.)

These are rather light in color and don’t smell like much other than maybe caramel.

They’re very smooth and melt slowly. Extremely creamy and not overly sweet they’re also a bit bland.

I had the first one and thought maybe it was that my allergies were acting up and I couldn’t taste any of these pumpkin spices, so I waited a few days and checked my sinuses and had another. They sweet and creamy and taste a bit like creme brulee ... but I’m not getting any actual spices I associate with pumpkin custard like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or ginger.

I wouldn’t call them bad, just nothing like the name would imply.

See's Root Beer PopsAs a side note, earlier this summer they had a limited edition Root Beer. I got a hold of this while shopping with Sera of The Candy Enthusiast in July. She bought a whole package (the limited edition flavors are not sold individually like the classic ones are) and graciously shared two with me.

I loved them and went back in August to pick up a whole package for myself and was told they were all gone.

These pops were a wonderful mix of creamy smoothness, light sweetness and the spicy bite of root beer. It was kind of like a root beer float, but warmer. Root beer floats often suffer from tasting watered down when the ice cream mixes with the root beer, instead this had all the creaminess of ice cream and the intense flavor of root beer mixed together.

They’ll have Cinnamon Lollypops for Christmas. Each pop is 70 calories and they’re Kosher.

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Name: Pumpkin Spice Lollypops
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: See's Candies
Place Purchased: gift from Russ (thanks!)
Price: $4.80
Size: 5.6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Hard Candy, United States, See's, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:52 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. This sounds like a more interesting version of the vanilla one. I was upset when they said the peanut butter flavored ones were discontinued a couple of years ago, I think those might have been the best. Root beer flavor sounds pretty delicious too though, hopefully they bring it back sometime next year.

    Comment by Odessa on 10/03/08 at 11:01 am #
  2. Even with the mediocre review, I am still going to my local See’s to find some today!  I am a sucker (pun intended) for anything pumpkin flavored.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Cybele!

    Comment by Elizabeth on 10/03/08 at 11:13 am #
  3. Cybele just had me try one of the pumpkin lollipops, and my immediate response was, “It tastes like the weird foam of a root beer float.”  That’s when she pointed out that I missed the good root beer lollipops.

    Comment by Bronwen on 10/03/08 at 1:45 pm #
  4. Okay, just went and got them - and they’re too gingery for me.  I hate fake ginger!  Sigh.  Oh well.

    Comment by Elizabeth on 10/03/08 at 2:00 pm #
  5. Oliver Sudden's avatar

    Oh well. When I picked them up, I couldn’t smell anything except for the chocolate permeating the store, either.

    At least they didn’t taste like cherry.

    Comment by Oliver Sudden on 10/04/08 at 6:18 am #
  6. I agree with you on both! I tried the Pumpkin Spice last fall and was disappointed with it….and I just adored the Root Beer. They need to make that one a regular! smile

    Comment by Sera on 10/05/08 at 5:31 am #
  7. I can’t wait to try these even though you only gave them a luke warm review.  Afterall, it combines my two loves: candy and pumpkin.  After reading your blog three years ago I start my own, pumpkinpassion.com.  I wrote about your blog inmy inspiration in my very first blog post ever, http://www.pumpkinpassion.com/index.php?/archives/1-Welcome.html .

    Comment by Yvette on 10/06/08 at 6:25 am #
  8. I miss the peanut butter suckers! Why did they go away? We don’t have See’s where I live so getting them is a special treat. But it hasn’t been the same since the peanut butter suckers disappeared. I agree on the chocolate assessment- blech! (OK, not nearly as eloquently worded as in the original post but I’m not a writer!). And I’m kind of meh on the other ones. Oh, how I miss the peanut butter!!

    Comment by Justin Case on 10/06/08 at 9:37 am #
  9. I just ordered a couple packages of the pumpkin lollies, as well as pre-ordering the cinnamon Christmas lollies. I can’t wait to get them! I’ve always loved the chocolate and carmel versions, so how can pumpkin and cinnamon be bad?

    Comment by Kim on 10/07/08 at 2:15 pm #
  10. I just bought the cinnamon ones, and they are amazing. I def. recommend them, I bought them today, and I’ve already eaten three. I’m going to buy some more tomorrow. ^_^

    Comment by Meghan on 12/03/08 at 5:37 pm #
  11. I was disappointed with the Pumpkin Lollipops. They were just kind of sweet and blah flavored. I agree with Justin about the peanut butter lollipops?they were a childhood favorite (along with just about everything else in the stores, especially the free samples).

    Some years ago See’s offered a Sarsparilla lollipop, which was quite good, too. Guess I will have to try the Root Beer to see how it compares!

    Comment by Julia on 11/14/09 at 10:40 am #
  12. BRING BACK THE PEANUT BUTTER LOLI POPS!!!!

    Comment by Estela on 12/15/09 at 12:39 pm #
  13. See’s Pops are the best, but I will concur with a plurality of these reviews - BRING BACK THE PEANUT BUTTER FLAVOR! 

    Excuses I got in stores has varied from: “they didn’t sell well enough” (I don’t believe that at all) to “a percentage of customers are allergic to peanuts” (that I believe, yet they still put peanuts in their chocolates).  Now I get by on their Peanut Brittle.

    Notwithstanding the lack of a Peanut Butter flavor pop, these are great candies and are like six bucks for a dozen.  Perfect office gift, stocking stuffer, whatever present for six bucks.  If you live outside See’s territory and give people See’s, it will be one of their favorite gifts, guaranteed.

    Comment by Johnny on 12/16/09 at 3:23 am #
  14. I was wondering if the Peanut Butter lolipop could be made and distributed as a special item.  Just like the rootbeer and pumpkin spice.  My 85 year old Aunt just loved these and received them every Christmas and Birthday for years.  It was such a disapointment when they stopped making them.  If you can’t put them back on your sales menu. Then PLEASE make them as a special item.  I know so many people that would want them…

    Karen
    Pennsylvania

    Comment by Karen Huotari on 1/11/10 at 6:38 am #
  15. I suggest that any comments or requests for See?s products should be directed to their customer service. They are very prompt in responding:
    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    -or-

    1-800-895-7337

    Comment by Julia on 1/11/10 at 6:47 am #
  16. I’ve been boycotting See’s since they took the peanut butter suckers away. Enough said.

    Comment by Amy on 11/28/10 at 8:45 am #
  17. I sure miss the peanut butter lollipops.  They were the best.

    Comment by Jeff on 12/28/10 at 1:18 pm #
  18. For the love of God!Please bring the peanut butter sucker back! smile

    Comment by B Smith on 1/01/12 at 1:25 pm #
  19. Butterscottch lollly r the best this ever. Blows through all the other favors by far they should jus sell butterscotch .

    Comment by Flex on 3/20/13 at 9:23 am #

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