Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Trader Joe’s Sweet Story

Trader Joe's Sweet Story BoxSome Christmas candy isn’t really particularly special for the holidays, it’s the packaging that sells it.

Long ago there were LifeSavers Sweet Story Books. They were just a folded box that looked like a book that had a bunch of LifeSavers rolls inside. They still make them, every few years the graphics and the rolls included inside change with fashion.

Trader Joe’s has their own house-branded version of this, called Trader Joe’s Sweet Story. There are six no-artificial-anything, vegan, kosher and gluten-free hard candy rolls inside.

The package design is pretty straight forward, it’s a box with a front flap that reveals a “story” on the inside, which is a little poem about the candies. (Probably not so fun for kids.)

Trader Joe's Sweet Story RollsI was pretty pleased to see the flavor array and that pineapple was on it. (The others are lemon, orange, cherry, pomegranate and raspberry.)

The box is well constructed (and is even printed on the inside). The rolls aren’t revealed inside the box flap though, you have to open it at the top to reveal them, all sealed together inside a cellophane bag.

Each roll is about the size of a LifeSavers product, 1.1 ounces. The rolls themselves are a bit more demure, a color-coded monochrome array.

Opening them was a disappointment and exercise in frustration.

Trader Joe's Sweet Story Sticky Packaging

Though it was not humid on Sunday when I bought these and photographed them, the paper-lined foil was stuck to the candies.

I resorted to picking the bits of foil off the candies before consuming (though still got a fair bit of paper in my mouth). Some rolls were better than others, but all had some degree of issues.

Trader Joe's Sweet Story CandiesLemon - one of the stickiest. Very tart, like a good lemon drop. Nice balance of zest, juice and sweet.

Cherry - Sucrets. Without the throat numbing properties.

Orange - really zesty, to the point of being slightly bitter at times. Sweet and tangy.

Pineapple - mild, more like those “low acid” pineapples these days that have a nice floral and strawberry cotton candy flavor but not that tart.

Raspberry - pretty much tasted like raspberry flavoring. A lot of sweet floral “flavor” and some tangy berry notes.

Pomegranate - a combination of raspberry and those winterberry scented candles. It’s trying too hard.

The package was $1.99, which breaks down to 33 cents a roll. Not really a bad price. And the flavor assortment was better than the current LifeSavers array. For those who need something that’s gluten free or all-natural, yeah, it’s a nice way to go. But I sure hope yours aren’t stuck to the wrapping like mine were, because that completely ruined it for me. And bumped my fiber intake.

Other remembrances of the LifeSavers Storybook: The Joy Of ..., Jason Liebig has an actual photo of an old one with the rolls still in it, Candy Critic, and of course The Imaginary World has some (I like this one).

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Name: Sweet Story Candy Rolls
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Trader Joe's
Place Purchased: Trader Joe's (Silverlake)
Price: $1.99
Size: 6.6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Hard Candy, Mexico, Trader Joe's, Kosher, Christmas, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:04 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I opened the pomegranate roll yesterday - lots of sticky paper!

    Comment by lynn on 12/10/08 at 3:09 am #
  2. I just opened my pomegranate roll as well. 

    The wrapper seemed like it wanted to stick but it came of better when i peeled it around the roll.

    Comment by Jelli on 12/10/08 at 1:35 pm #
  3. I ALWAYS wanted one of those life saver books when we’d do present swaps at Brownies and such. I always ended up with stupid hair barrettes I couldn’t use because I had short hair

    Comment by debe on 12/10/08 at 2:26 pm #
  4. I had the same problem with the wrapper sticking to the candy. It was pretty frustrating. I probably won’t buy them again because of it. Great flavors though.

    Comment by Shannon on 12/11/08 at 8:09 am #
  5. I generally like Trader Joe’s but it’s certainly true that they cut corners on many of their products to keep the prices down. I hate it when the paper sticks to the candy.

    Comment by utenzi on 12/11/08 at 9:45 am #
  6. I just bought a pack too. At 99 cents at the Brooklyn Trader Joes it was hard to resist.  I ran into the same issue of the paper sticking to each cany I came across. At first i thought it was just the first one.. until I read your review… oh well. Maybe thats why they lowered the price.

    Comment by Maria on 3/04/09 at 10:35 am #
  7. Where are your “chocolate covered raspberry sticks”.  Went to Trader Joe’s in rockville MD
    and was told they do not have them.  They are the best candy I have ever had.  I need them.  Please let me know if I can order them online.


    Comment by Pat Dawaf on 10/03/10 at 2:58 pm #
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