Friday, June 1, 2007

Sour Extinguisher

Sour ExtinguisherFollowing up on yesterday’s Starburst Sour, I thought I’d tackle some real sour stuff. I found Sour Extinguisher at the 7-11 a few weeks ago and thought it was a cute idea. There are three different flavors with different levels of sour along with an “extinguisher” that puts out the sour burn.

The first thing I noticed was that the “randomness” of my bag meant that I had an overwhelming number of yellow candies. (The bag makes mention that the assortment may vary, it also makes mention of the chance of mouth irritation.)

The candies break down this way:

Tangy Tangerine - a mild sour ...  (6 candies)
Super Sour Lemon - super pucker power. (15 candies)
Tongue Twisting Lime - will it be enough to burn your tongue? (8 candies)
Sweet Blue Raspberry - the sour extinguisher. (4 candies)


The little candies look more like pieces of lumpy gum. They’re matte in color and don’t smell like anything.

The Tangerine is nice. A little firm to chew, not quite a Chewy SweeTart or Skittles, it’s more like a Razzle that never turns into gum. Lemon is quite tart, but actually has some really good authentic lemon flavors in there, even a little bitterness that makes it taste like a freshly shaken lemonade. Lime is very sour, so much so that it takes a while to get to the actual flavor. Again, it actually tastes like lime eventually.

None of them was so sour that I had to reach for the Extinguisher but I pretended with some Lime anyway. The Raspberry was definitely sweet and it definitely smote the sour. The flavor was pretty bland, kind of like cotton candy.

The texture of the candies as a whole isn’t really my idea of great. They’re crumbly but never really chewy and then they disappear. I’d give them higher marks if I didn’t feel like the texture was due to being in the sofa cushions for several years. As an interactive candy that you really need to look at what you’re eating, it’s a fun idea, especially for kids who crave these sorts of things. I found, if nothing else, they really got my mouth watering.

Chewy ExtinguisherSee Candy Addict’s kid tested review.

UPDATE 6/9/2009: Big BOING, the company that developed Sour Extinguisher, sold it to American Licorice. It was relaunched in January 2009 with two flavor sets. Full review here of the new Chewy Extinguisher Sour Citrus & Chewy Extinguisher Sour Fruit.

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Name: Sour Extinguisher
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: big BOING
Place Purchased: 7-11
Price: $.89
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 101
Categories: Chew, Sour, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:09 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. maybe i’m not a true candy addict, but that’s why i read your blog anyway, but i have to say the green ones were pretty sour, and i always like combining flavors together so the extinguisher and the green went pretty well together. i saw them in luncheables and they’re just fun to get every time i’m in 7-11

    Comment by annie on 6/21/07 at 9:30 am #
  2. i think this was a great idea

    Comment by karly on 5/30/09 at 7:54 am #
  3. I remember trying these ONCE while I was with my dad, and this was a few years ago. I never found them again, but I look everywhere I go! I love these things! The flavors are great and there’s a lot in the package. Just recently I was in the mall at the DEB shop, (actually, I was flirting with a worker there who was a guy, so I went in and tried to buy something so I could talk to him) and they had a candy called “Chewy Extinguisher - sour fruit candy” so I thought they were these. I opened the pack and yeah, I was disappointed since they were chewy and the shell was very grainy. The flavors were: watermelon (tangy), strawberry (sour), apple (super sour), and mixed berry (extinguisher). The Strawberry was more sour than the apple, and the mixed berry tasted like medicine. :/

    I really wish I could find these, e-mail me if you know where to buy them?

    Comment by Asia on 5/31/09 at 5:10 am #
  4. do we have to order this

    Comment by fahim on 5/31/09 at 7:08 am #
  5. you guys should sell these in stores around new york. !

    Comment by oliver on 6/03/09 at 11:29 am #
  6. were do you find the candies

    Comment by amy on 6/07/09 at 1:15 pm #
  7. i think that this blog is stupid just because the candy you talked about in this specific 1 is meant for kids(which i am and i love them so do my friends ....ALL OF THEM)and that you are only 1 person and a adult at that and have got much different taste in candy like most adults do

    Comment by maddie on 6/08/09 at 10:05 am #
  8. Cybele's avatar

    Maddie - I think this blog is brilliant. (And isn’t it nice that I gave you place to state your opinion? That is what the comments are is for. It’s sad that instead of saying why you think that the candy is good you decided to talk about how I’m not qualified.)

    Yes, it’s my opinion ... but I’m pretty sure that’s what a review blog is. An opinion. And I didn’t give it a bad review ... on top of that, Sour Extinguisher as reviewed here is no longer available. I’ll a review of the two new versions since the product line was relaunched by the American Licorice company.

    Comment by Cybele on 6/08/09 at 10:10 am #
  9. I love your blog but i cant seem to find the dang candy!Iknow thatitis in 7-11s but I can’t
    Find it!Can you help me?

    Comment by skylar on 6/23/09 at 7:10 am #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    skylar - if you didn’t click through to the new review (this product as reviewed is no longer available) you should check out their website.

    The candy is now made by the American Licorice Company who also makes Red Vines. They have a product locator on their website.

    Comment by Cybele on 6/23/09 at 7:13 am #
  11. Helloo(: I have tried these candies before,and i think that they are one of the best sour candies ever!! I have one problem i can’t find them anywhere:P. Can you please please e-mail me back where i could find it. Thanks=]

    Comment by Jackie on 6/23/09 at 8:09 am #
  12. HELP ME!!!!!! A couple of years ago these candies were in lunchables and they were so good! I have been trying to look for these candies for awhile now! I’ve tried my grocery store, Block Buster, Hollywood Video and my local 7-11! I went on there website to locate an area where they had this candy and the closest place is 200 miles away! Where can I buy the candy online or at a store?

    Comment by Abby on 6/27/09 at 4:04 am #
  13. THNX!  i was wondering where to get these cause a few years ago i got some and they were the BEST!!!!!!!!!  and i never saw them again so now i know where to get them so THNX AGAIN!  :D

    Comment by diary of a wimpy kid on 11/03/09 at 1:50 pm #
  14. Wow all I gotta say is I buy a lot of candy and the extinguishers were crap the arnt sour u would have to eat 6 boxs to maybe get sour but I’m done

    [expletives deleted by admin]

    Comment by mike the rampage on 12/27/09 at 6:47 pm #
  15. where can you buy extinguishers?

    Comment by ada on 2/20/10 at 2:51 pm #
  16. i love the candy

    Comment by lia on 2/20/10 at 5:56 pm #
  17. I’ve eaten alot of candy in my life time but this is the stuff!!!!

    Comment by nadine Sanchez on 2/25/10 at 6:53 pm #
  18. man this candy looks good i wanted it since the commercial but the way you describe it i might not buy it or maybe thats just you everyone has different taste buds

    Comment by Tre on 2/27/10 at 7:49 pm #
  19. i tryed exstingwishercandy and i hate it and it sulks i trow-up after i ate one peace.DO NOT BUY THEM trust me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by mama on 3/02/10 at 5:54 pm #
  20. Where can I buy the Candy

    Comment by Dan on 3/06/10 at 8:04 am #
  21. i love sour candy and i want to try these but i cant find them any where please email me where they sell them

    Comment by lilly on 4/12/10 at 5:32 pm #
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