Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sixlets P-NOT Butter Flavored

Sixlets P-NOTLess than 1% of the US population is allergic to peanuts (it’s estimated at .6% actually). But for families that have a peanut-allergic member it means that the whole household has to go peanut free (and sometimes classrooms as well). So finding candy that everyone can have is an issue. And there’s no reason that there can’t be excellent, no-compromise peanut free candy.

Enter the new P-NOT BUTTER flavored Sixlets ... yes, they’re Sixlets but instead of being mock chocolate they’re mock peanut butter.

This little flip top box boasts that it contains 44 pieces peanut butter flavored but peanut free candy.

Sixlets P-NOT

The little spheres are bright and attractive ... if a little rolly. I’ve got to say that I appreciate M&Ms for their pleasing roundness but ability to stay put after playing with these Sixlets.

I’ve seen another review of these and thought maybe she had a bad batch. And I was curious what a fake peanut product would be like. What’s in there?

Ingredients: soy flour, sugar, dextrose, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, reduced protein whey, corn syrup, artificial flavor, corn starch, colors, lecithin, tapioca dextrin, salt and carnauba wax. (may contain gluten)

So it’s soy butter? That’s not so bad. I’ve bought that before for sandwiches.

The shells are strangely crispy & crumble and are cool on the tongue. The insides are soft and pasty, like super-smooth peanut butter.

But oh, after a few chomps on the trio I put in my mouth and I was repulsed. It reminded me of something but I couldn’t quite place.

At first I kept thinking of purses, basements & babies. I thought it was the soy part and it reminded me of strained pea baby food. And then I thought some more and realized that it reminded me of the smell of vomit in a hot car. The initial flavor is grassy and a little milky ... but then there’s this awful acrid tangy note that just hangs there like spit up baby formula. But it’s not like some distant vomit ... it’s something inside my own mouth, it give me the feeling that maybe I threw up a little while ago and forgot about it, except for this awful taste in my mouth.

Ultimately I think that these are a fantastic public service. Give these to children who are allergic to peanuts but have never actually eaten them and they’ll be sure to never be tempted to touch them again.

(For the record, I gave some to Amy-Who-Spits-Things-Out and she was miffed to say the least and wants to give them a negative 4 rating.)

UPDATE 9/22/2009: I heard from SweetWorks who manufacturers & distributes P-NOT Sixlets. They assure me that the product was discontinued (and the package I reviewed was possibly expired - but it had no expiry date marked on it and was only introduced a year ago, so how was I to know?).

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  4. Sixlets & Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Flavored Sixlets
Name: P-NOT Butter Flavored Sixlets
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Oak Leaf Confections (SweetWorks, Inc.)
Place Purchased: Rocket Fizz (Burbank)
Price: $.99
Size: 1.25 ounces
Calories per ounce: 132
Categories: Canada, SweetWorks, Inc., Kosher, Discontinued

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:04 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Though I wasn’t even vaguely tempted to try these, I am now even less tempted.

    Thank you, Cybele, as always, for taking one for the team.  May your next candy be a 9 to help make up for this one.

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 9/10/09 at 12:01 pm #
  2. Ew, how terrible. Why aren’t these rated 1?

    Comment by Laura on 9/10/09 at 1:06 pm #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Laura - I gave them a 2 because I thought they were a valuable teaching tool for kids with allergies. And they’re Kosher. (I dunno, really. Maybe I need to eat some more.)

    Comment by Cybele on 9/10/09 at 1:09 pm #
  4. “shells are strangely crispy & crumble” -> So just like regular Sixlets, then?

    also, 2nd paragraph: their -> they’re

    Comment by bitguru on 9/10/09 at 1:56 pm #
  5. So you’re saying you didn’t like them?

    Comment by Patrick on 9/10/09 at 2:25 pm #
  6. Sera's avatar

    Ugh, I got these last year to try and boy are they horrid. I couldn’t bring myself to review them they were so bad.

    Comment by Sera on 9/10/09 at 3:12 pm #
  7. Wow. Wow. Between the strained pea baby food and description of car vomit, I think I have a phantom mouth-sensation for how these taste. Maybe the company should sell the recipe to the producers of those novelty Bertie Botts Beans as a “Forgotten Vom” flavor.

    Also, “Who-Spits-Things-Out” is officially the best suffix ever appended to a name. I so want to have someone in my life whom I can refer to that way.

    Comment by That Kind Of Girl on 9/10/09 at 6:23 pm #
  8. Gosh   I didn’t think were too bad…..
    I love sixlets too even though they were sold to a different company (Hershey owned them first) and taste has stayed great.
    Lots people can’t eat peanuts and this is so good that you can eat it without the side effects.
    I like their Nerd gum too!

    Comment by K D on 9/11/09 at 2:59 am #
  9. I’m happy to have you corroborate with me that these taste like little vomit balls.  The taste still haunts me to this day.

    Comment by JoAnn on 9/11/09 at 3:01 am #
  10. I bought these as a surprise for my kids and we all ate some at the same time.  My 4 year old started screaming and my 13 year old and I were horrified.  I had to pull the car over and buy a soda to get the tastes out of our mouths.  I told my son I thought they tasted like vomit.  I can’t believe you came up with the exact same word to describe them.  They even smell like vomit if you stick your nose in the box, which I don’t recommend doing.

    Comment by Linda on 9/29/09 at 7:01 pm #
  11. have you ever burped up sour. IT TASTES EXACTALLY LIKE THAT.

    so it tastes like heartburn >.<


    Comment by evan on 11/03/09 at 11:14 am #
  12. ThatKindOfGirl…...“who-spits-things-out” is surname to me as well (Cybele referred to it regarding a girl named Amy who tried those out.) SC

    Comment by SJCarras on 6/19/16 at 2:13 pm #
  13. It’s 2017 and my sister found some of these at a local gas station that opened THIS YEAR.  I’m not joking about that.  We tried them and we completely AGREE that they are DISGUSTING.

    Comment by Bridget Delaney on 4/16/17 at 5:06 pm #
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