Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops

Tootsie Caramel Apple PopsAbout 15 years ago Tootsie introduced a new lollipop. Like many of Tootsie popular lollipops it was a combination of two already famous candies. In this case the Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops combined a hard candy with caramel. It was a base of green apple flavored hard candy covered with a hard caramel (think Sugar Daddy).

Since they candy is meant to mimic a caramel covered apple, it only makes sense that other varieties of apples get their day in the sun. Last year Tootsie introduced their Assorted Apple Orchard Caramel Apple Pops. The bag has a variety: Green Apple, Golden Delicious and Red Macintosh.

Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops - Green Apple

I admit that I’ve had these before, well, I’ve had Green Apple pops in my possession before. I used to do product photography, so I’d get large quantities of candy to take pictures of and then I’d get to keep it. I had huge box of these and never actually ate one myself. They’re messy, the packaging doesn’t really highlight them well either. Worse, I saw them being made on TV (I think it was Unwrapped, but can’t find a mention of it on the Food Network website) and they look radically different when purchased than when they roll off the production line.

They’re puckered and irregular and often little bits of caramel poke out of the bottom of the wrapper. But I actually like Sugar Daddy and regular Tootsie Pops, so I should give these a fair shake.

The pops start with a hard candy disk, in this case flavored like green apple. Then the pop gets a coating of hard caramel and then a wrapper. During shipping and storage there’s some sort of glaciation that takes place and the pop flattens and takes on the shape of the wrapper. The hard candy gets marbled with the caramel.

The hard caramel is smooth and sweet with a light toasted sugar flavor with a hint of milk. The green apple candy is slick, without the painfully sharp edged voids of Tootsie Pops and Blow Pops. They’re not as intensely flavored as Jolly Ranchers, just a tart apple flavor. They’re comforting and mellow.

My main complaint is the width of the pop, it’s a little too wide for my mouth. The edges tend to be irregular, kind of rippled from the wrapper, this is uncomfortable when sucking on the pops after a while. The whole pop will eventually be soft and pliable and of course stick to the roof of my mouth if I’m not careful (I’m sure those impressions are like fingerprints).

Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops - Golden Delicious

The Golden Delicious variety comes in a mustard yellow wrapper. In the real fruit world, golden delicious are not on my list of favorite apples - I find them too sweet and often mealy. In the case of the candy version of the golden delicious, neither of those qualities was an issue. The scent of this pop was actually very apple like, it reminded me of peeling apples.

The apple flavor is muted and sweet and doesn’t quite stand up to the caramel as well. It’s almost like applesauce or apple pie a la mode (with caramel sauce).

Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops - Red Macintosh

I was glad that Tootsie didn’t go with red delicious on this one, instead it’s Red Macintosh which is a much more flavorful apple. The pop in this case is kind of in the middle of the flavor profile gamut - it’s not as intense or fake tasting as the Green Apple, but a little bolder than the Golden Delicious. The flavor of the red candy part was like an apple cider - notes of the apple peel and juice but still on the sweet side.

Getting over the messy look of these is a bit difficult, but the candy inside definitely has merits. I don’t see buying them for myself again but I love the idea and think that Tootsie did a great job of making the flavors distinctive enough. The pops are only 60 calories. The combination of textures and flavors makes these a good treat for those watching their calories.

Related Candies

  1. Caramel Apple Kisses & Caramel Creams
  2. Milk Maid Caramel Apple Candy Corn
  3. Caramel Apple Sugar Babies
  4. Mentos Fuji Apple
  5. Tootsie Pops - Regular & Super Sized


Name: Caramel Apple Pops
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Glendale)
Price: $2.99
Size: 15 ounces
Calories per ounce: 94
Categories: Candy, Halloween, Tootsie, Caramel, Hard Candy & Lollipops, 6-Tempting, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:22 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewHalloweenTootsieCaramelHard Candy & Lollipops6-TemptingUnited StatesRite Aid

Comments
  1. I love these for Fall/Halloween.  Reminds you of the fall apple harvest or bobbin for apples at Halloween.  Great Review!

    Comment by Mark D. (sugarpressure) on 10/06/10 at 4:50 pm #
  2. Seems like an interesting idea. i kinda like the messy look.  I’ll have to pick up a bag.

    Comment by Steve on 10/06/10 at 5:14 pm #
  3. I hate green apple, but love these lollipops, just enough caramel to cover the nasty green apple taste.  I’ve never had the red delicious or the golden ones, I’ll have to pick them up.

    Comment by Callie on 10/06/10 at 7:41 pm #
  4. I love, love, love these!

    Comment by Ellen on 10/07/10 at 6:35 am #
  5. The messy look would turn me off—I don’t want to put anything so sharp and bumpy in my mouth.  I wonder if they would do better in a waxed paper wrapper, more like a regular Tootsie Pop or Sugar Daddy?

    Comment by JJR on 10/07/10 at 3:13 pm #
  6. I actually like these a lot! After reading your review I kind of got obsessed with finding them and ended up discovering them at Walgreens after looking everywhere in town. The golden delicious are my favorites!

    Comment by JH on 10/11/10 at 8:25 pm #
  7. I love these.  I just bought two bags at Walgreen’s on sale at 2/$7.00.
    And they told me that local schools bought up a batch to resell at their school candy counters—at 50 cents each.
    Lucky me, I’ve got enough to last until next fall…I hope.

    Comment by Anita on 10/13/10 at 11:17 am #
  8. I LOVE THESE.
    I always buy bags at the end of the season to last me until next season.

    I’ve never seen this assortment though. I’ll have to keep my eye out for them!

    Target usually does a sale, 2/$4 on them.

    Comment by mdippold on 10/13/10 at 6:51 pm #
  9. I LOVE THESE! I’m not even a huge lollipop fan, but I have always searched for these during Autumn. My mom was the first to introduce them to me, and since then my whole family loves these and See’s Candy pops during the cold wintery months.

    For a short while, there were also some hot chocolate ones. The base was a tootsie roll-chocolately covered in a marshmallow coating with the same consistency of the caramel. It was okay. I wonder what happened to those?

    Comment by Ashley on 11/04/10 at 5:55 am #
  10. I love all these flavors! I first bought the sour apple years ago in a drugstore and then I never saw them again. I had to order them this year from Amazon and then someone brought the other flavors to a party. Next year I will buy the new flavors too!

    Comment by Mom on 11/05/10 at 6:24 am #
  11. I’m actually writing because we been buying these pops for years my whole family love them. Just the other day my eleven year old daughter was eating one and she all of a sudden came running into the room screaming crying because the carmel pop was stuck to her tooth. I tryed to get it off , n it was huting her very much, after us stuggling to get it off we finally did and her tooth came off with it. I can’t find any other way of reaching the company if someone can please contact me i would appriciate it thank youy for your ti e and I am looking forward to hearing from you .

    Comment by Angelica Stiles on 6/06/11 at 3:30 pm #
  12. Has anyone seen the Apple Orchard assortment in stores this year?  I have seen Caramel Apple Pops bags at Target and Safeway, but so far no Apple Orchard bags.  I’d rather buy them locally than have to pay for shipping.  Any suggestions as to where I should look would be apppreciated.  We really want to try the other flavors!

    Comment by Mo on 9/14/11 at 9:35 am #
  13. I also am on the hunt for the Apple Orchard Pops this year.  I saw them for the first time fall of 2010 at Walgreens but could not find them anywhere else.  This year they do not have them at Walgreens either.

    I also had a problem with the caramel getting stuck to my teeth.  I even chipped a bottom tooth on one but I love them so much I’m willing to take the risk!  smile

    Comment by Andrea on 10/04/11 at 12:18 pm #
  14. Cybele's avatar

    Mo & Andrea - I saw the Orchard bags at Rite Aid over the weekend. They were on sale, but they had very few of them. Hopefully you have a store nearby that’s stocking them. (I also checked Target, KMart, Walgreen’s & CVS, none of the stores in my area had them in stock, though some have the green apple version.)

    Comment by Cybele on 10/04/11 at 12:26 pm #
  15. I just saw caramel tootsie roll pops at Rite Aid…I wonder if they are like these at all.

    Comment by Caley on 10/25/11 at 3:29 pm #
  16. Cybele's avatar

    Caley - the Tootsie Pops look like this. They’re just a caramel flavored hard candy with a nugget of Tootsie Roll at the center.

    Comment by Cybele on 10/25/11 at 3:35 pm #
  17. target sells the green ones for 2/$5 $2.69 each if not on sale.  rite aid sells the mixed bag which is larger in size for $4.  i think the red and green taste alike, i think yellow is probably the least favorite flavor and green the most popular which is why they sell them primarily.  if you order them from tootsie.com they only offer the green ones.

    Comment by kbn on 10/09/12 at 8:38 am #
  18. Does anyone know where to buy these?  (Not online.)

    Comment by Robin on 10/24/12 at 10:18 am #
  19. Caution: Carmel Apple Pops broke my tooth when I tried to pry it off the roof of my mouth. Someday a child will choke on these because they stick to the roof of the mouth and could affect breathing . Mark my words.

    Comment by Larry Michaels on 12/10/13 at 12:11 pm #

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