Friday, November 3, 2006

Soft Candy

imageSometimes I feel like eating candy that reminds me of clothing. I don’t know why, but something that looks like a pretty scarf or knit cap just makes me happy.

But this candy had the double whammy of being cute looking but also having a completely vague name that I was too curious to pass up the 98 cent gamble. I found these at a Chinese grocer in Chinatown in New York City earlier this spring and just let them sit there looking vaguely sock-like for months. The girl on the package said “I like it!” but that still couldn’t quite compel me to open them up and eat them. 

Eventually Halloween came around and they looked kind of Halloweeny so I opened up the pack to give them a try.

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First, here’s what I expected. Based on the ingredients (sugar, glucose syrup, flavorings and pectin) I thought it was going to be an orange flavored gummi.

They were definitely soft, as advertised, but I’d actually call them firm. I’m not sure how well something called Firm Candy would sell, but then again, I question how well Soft Candy sells.

They were firm but had an easy bite to them. Kind of like a gumdrop, but a little tougher without feeling stale. The flavor was, well, not there at all. They were pleasant and not too sweet. It tasted like a mild millet jelly candy, which in turn tastes simply like an unflavored, uncoated jelly bean. They are truly the definition of a benign candy.

Besides being pleasantly cute enough for me to want to string them into a bracelet, they’re not much as a candy. Nothing to spit out into the gutter but just no oomph or compelling texture to keep me eating.

Name: Soft Candy
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: YiZhaoLi Co.
Place Purchased: Dynasty Grocer (Chinatown, NYC)
Price: $.98
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Jelly, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:15 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. oh! would you like to exchange stuffs with me? i’m linda from singapore. and i love chocolates and candies! do visit my blog “funkey-.blogspot.com” for more details and leave a comment. hope to keep in contact. (:

    Comment by linda on 11/04/06 at 12:31 am #
  2. Looks like Necco has some competition from China.  As for the girl liking them, she was thinking with her shoulder.  If the stripes were colors, these would look like resistors.

    Comment by Dave on 11/04/06 at 12:03 pm #
  3. That’s too bad they taste of nothing, it’s a waste of such visual attractiveness!

    Comment by Sera on 11/04/06 at 6:09 pm #
  4. wait, is it really “soft candy” or is it “soft scandy”?? Or maybe it’s “S oft candy”!! often tastes like candy? [and maybe it was soft when made - do you have a magic decoder ring for expiration dates for YiZhaoLi Co.?]

    Comment by Tricia on 11/08/06 at 3:10 pm #
  5. A friend of mine just went to Beijing and sent me a big mix of candies, and none of them are very good. Maybe it’s just that the American pallette is used to super-sweet corn syrup, but none of the Chinese candies seem to taste like much. My little haw-flavored gummies were pretty bland, too. Love the blog, btw!

    Comment by kate in nyc on 11/09/06 at 5:11 pm #
  6. I M LOOKING FOR CANDY AND I M DOING KELANTAN MARKET PLS CONTACT ME AT 0196868162

    Comment by TAN on 9/01/11 at 5:29 pm #

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