Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shurms Soft Candy Chews: Caramel Apple and Caramel Coffee

Shurms Soft Candy Chews: Caramel Coffee & Caramel AppleShurms Soft Candy Chews are made in Michigan and gluten free. But that’s not what sets them apart from other artisan-style candies.

Shurms are unique in the candy world, at least in my experience. The company offered me a couple of samples and I was eager to try their Caramel Coffee candies, but also figured I should try their Caramel Apple because it’s the season for such things.

They came in a 10 piece box (3 ounces), which retails for $4.59. They’re sold on the web and locally in Michigan.

Shurms Soft Candy Chews: Caramel Apple

Since this is the season of Caramel Apple candies, I have to say that this is a unique item and deserves attention on its own. It’s amazing to look at, though kind of hard to capture with the camera. The green candy is translucent, perhaps even glowing in the dark. It’s very green (of course those are food colorings doing that) while the caramel part is the color of over-milked coffee.

The Caramel Apple consists of two layers. The green layer is a pectin based jelly candy on a base of traditional soft caramel. It smells, well, lovely. The caramel has a good toffee note to it and a little butter and then there’s the fresh scent of apple.

Shurms Soft Candy Chews: Caramel Apple

The candy is soft. There are a few ways to eat it: pop the whole thing in your mouth at once, eat the layers separately or bite through both layers. I opted mostly for the latter. The pectin layer is an fascinating candy in and of itself. It’s firmer than a jelly, chewier than a gumdrop and a bit on the sticky side by itself. The green apple flavor is mild but well developed with both juice notes and a sort of apple peel flavor in there as well. The texture reminded me of Botan Rice Candy. The caramel is soft and has a light salty note and excellent toasted sugar elements.

It’s an interesting textural experience. The sweetness of the pectin layer is offset well by the salt of the caramel. The sticky melt of the pectin is broken up by the fat in the caramel. It’s not a candy I ever would have thought of.

Shurms Soft Candy Chews: Caramel Coffee

The Caramel Coffee are a little different, since there’s no fruity tartness to cut through the sweetness. However, there is the bitter note of coffee. The pectin layer here is a deep brown and glossy, but not transparent at all. It smells like caramel, there’s no hint of the coffee. The pectin layer is definitely coffee, but very sweet. There’s a light acidic hint to it. The caramel is sweet and salty but also has a rum vibe going on. The whole thing has a satisfying chew and textures, but is missing something for me.

I appreciate how different this candy is, but curiosity doesn’t fulfill me. It’s great that these are gluten free and I do admire the limited but appropriate flavor combinations they have. There’s also a cherry and caramel version. (Gluten free but contains milk and soy.)

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Name: Caramel Apple and Caramel Coffee Soft Candy Chews
Brand: Shurms Candy
Place Purchased: samples from Shurms Candy
Price: $4.59
Size: 3 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Categories: Candy, Chews, Coffee, Jelly Candy, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:41 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewCaramelChewsCoffee7-Worth ItUnited States

  1. I’d definetely try them, they look so yummy!

    Comment by Olya on 9/17/14 at 10:21 am #
  2. Caramel apple is so beautiful!  Great picture.

    Comment by Tiffany on 9/18/14 at 10:04 pm #
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