Thursday, August 2, 2012
This Week in Candy Blog History: August Week 1
I’m still on a lighter schedule here at Candy Blog central. But here are a few posts that you may have missed over the years in previous Augusts.
Unfortunately the Russell Stover version just doesn’t measure up, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving them a try, especially if you’ve been looking for a milk chocolate version or a non-holiday fix on their novelty items.
Name: Marshmallow & Caramel in Fine Milk Chocolate
Read the full and original review of Russell Stover Marshmallow Caramel.
It didn’t quite live up to my hopes, though I don’t recall being a huge fan of the flavor profile if I had it as a kid.
Name: Chewy Licorice Bits
Read the full and original review of Switzer’s Licorice.
Haribo in particular loves to make their candies in fanciful shapes that evoke their flavor. The Cola Bottles are one of those, and an excellent example of cola candy. It seems like Germany and Japan have embraced the American creation within their confectionery in a way that we just can’t seem to muster here in the States.
Name: Happy Cola Gummi Candy
Read the full and original review of Haribo Happy Cola Gummis.
The Kissables debacle was a strange time in Hershey’s history. The little candy coated kisses were a huge launch for the company and came as Hershey’s was also trying to dilute the accepted ingredient definition for chocolate itself in the United States. Even though the definition for chocolate remained pure, Hershey’s still altered the formula for Kissables to include vegetable oils, so it was no longer chocolate. At the same time Hershey’s also launched a Pure Chocolate promotional campaign, confusing the matter even further.
The issue and change brought national attention to Hershey’s and shortly after this Kissables disappeared from shelves (though I do see them at the discounters from time to time).
Name: Kissables (2008 formula)
Read the full and original review of the Old & New Hershey’s Kissables.
The Ferrero Rocher line got a new variety in 2007 with the Rondnoir, a dark chocolate version of the crunchy hazelnut paste chocolate. It was also an opportunity for me to review everything Ferrero had on American shelves at the time.
Name: Raffaello & Rondnoir
Read the full and original review of Ferrero Raffaello & Rondnoir.
It’s rare to be able to document a discontinued candy, as it’s happening. Especially when it’s a brand that I loved so dearly and continued to buy whenever I could right up until they disappeared. Reed’s were unlike any other hard candy rolls on the market, and it’s sad that the new owner, Mars, hasn’t found a way to bring them back in limited production like Cadbury Adams does with the classic Clove and Black Jack gums.
Name: Reed’s Cinnamon, Butterscotch & Root Beer
Read the farewell post for Reed’s Candy Rolls.
Usually a candy company trying to cross promote their candies will end up making a weird abomination, but in this case, Hershey’s made something that was actually better than the source products. They made a malted milk candy bar with crisped rice in it. It was wonderful. I bought expired ones and ate them long after the limited edition faded away.
Name: Twosomes - Whoppers
Read the full and original review of the Hershey’s Whoppers Twosomes Bar.
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