Wednesday, February 7, 2007

SpongeBob SquarePants Heart

imageThere are quite a few of these puffed plastic hearts filled with candy at the stores. The shelves are packed with them. You can get plastic hearts filled with Skittles, Kissables, Reese’s Pieces ... anything that comes in little morsels.

I decided to go a bit further afield and chose a product that didn’t contain a big brand name candy. This SpongeBob SquarePants embossed heart holds Yogurt Covered Raisins (and stickers). The little saying that you can’t quite make out there next to SpongeBob is “Valentine ... let’s soak up some smiles!” (I’m sure if they could spell it they’d put his creepy laugh in there, too.)

imageI have to admit that I don’t watch SpongeBob that often, usually when I’m visiting my niece and nephew. (I like to ask them if each of the characters are called Crabby Pattie ... who is this Crabby Pattie? Is that Patrick’s nickname?) And that’s who I’d be tempted to buy these for.

Inside the heart was a little packet of candies and the stickers. I was pleased that the candy was further wrapped to keep it fresh, however it didn’t look that appealing, as the raisins kind of peeked through the yogurt coating, making them look dirty or scuffed. The smelled like absolutely nothing.

Upon biting into them I found that the yogurt coating was not a soft “chocolate-like” experience, but a crunchy shell. The shell itself had no real flavor, but did have a slight cooling effect on the tongue. There was a strange, gamey/musty aftertaste, which I suppose is the yogurt, but was really off. They were, um, unappealing in all respects.

The candies are under the brand label “NickTrition” which I’m guessing makes it look like it’s healthy. However, here are the ingredients: Raisins, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Yogurt Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Vanilla & Confectioner’s Glaze, Artificial Colors.

I will admit that raisins are plenty healthy. But I think the only reason there’s no listing for trans fats in the nutrition facts is because the serving size is only 20 grams. So I guess they’ve achieved the goal of balanced nutrition, because you’re really paying for a plastic box and some stickers and the nutritional benefit or hit is negligible from these candies ... if your kids eat them. I suspect you’ll find them in the cushions of the couch in a month or so.

Name: SpongeBob Squarepants Plastic Heart
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Frankford Candy
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.50 (on sale)
Size: .71 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:51 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Spongebob freaks me the eff out, but I do like a good yogurt covered raisin. However, since these are “appalling,” I’ll hold out for something else from the candy shop. Thanks for the warning!

    I’m curious: What other candies are being branded as NickTrition?

    Comment by lindseyQuinn on 2/07/07 at 9:13 am #
  2. My roommate loves Spongebob (well, really Patrick) and I almost bought her these because I wasn’t paying much attention and thought they were normal candy. Glad I put them back when I read they were raisins.

    Comment by g on 2/07/07 at 10:20 am #
  3. Spongebob *makes* crabby patties at the Krusty Krab.  I figure it’s like a McDonalds and crabby patties are like Big Macs.

    Comment by Julilla on 2/07/07 at 12:05 pm #
  4. My 60 something dad LOVES all things Spongebob.  However, I think even he would draw the line at these.  Ick!

    Comment by Susan on 2/08/07 at 3:19 am #
  5. There’s a restaurant near me that servies “Krabby Patties” as a burger with crab dip on it (they have several Spongebob themed items for somet reason). It disturbs me that they think Mr. Krab would serve something with crab meat. Just thought I’d share.

    Comment by g on 2/08/07 at 5:23 am #
  6. a month or so ago i bought my daughter a little plasticy Dora thing that had that same candy in it. when she wouldn’t eat it, i thought ooh yogurt covered raisins can’t go wrong there. WRONG!! ewe! totally gross, and yes i think they did end up between the couch cushions, or maybe under her car seat…

    Comment by Tabatha on 2/08/07 at 6:45 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    lindseyQuinn - a quick search only brought up the yogurt covered raisins under the Nicktrition label. Kind of sad.

    g - there may be other candies that aren’t “healthy” and possibly edible.

    Julilla - hee! I know, I just like messing around with the kids ... it’s fun to get them all frustrated when I ask them why SpongeBob cooks his friend Krabby Patty on the grill.

    Tabatha - I’m not sure these would ever decompose either ... you can look forward to finding them all eventually!

    Susan - he’d love the little stickers through!

    Comment by Cybele on 2/12/07 at 8:40 am #
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