Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tropical Chewy Lemonhead & Friends

Tropical Chewy Lemonhead & FriendsClassic Lemonheads are one of my favorite candies. Even though I have to eat a huge variety of new to me candy for the blog on a regular basis, I still find a bit of room to indulge in Lemonheads from time to time.

There’s nothing else like the line of candies - a hard and mildly flavored candy core covered with a grainy and intensely flavored coating then a shiny coat.

A couple of years ago Ferrara Pan expanded the line with their Chewy Lemonheads. They’re kind of an amped up jelly bean. A chewy jelly center with the same grainy and blisteringly sour layer covered in a light shell. They came in the same flavors we were accustomed to with the Lemonheads and Friends.

Now Ferrara Pan is mixing it up again with new flavors, this time only in the Chewy line with their Tropical Chewy Lemonhead & Friends.

Tropical Chewy Lemonhead & Friends

It’s an odd name, and kind of misleading. There are no Lemonheads (there are pink-lemonade-heads though) in here, now the name has become a brand and shorthand for a whole line of candies.

The unique proposition here is that there are two flavors in each piece. The shell is one flavor and the core is another. (Sounds kind of like Skittles Crazy Cores, doesn’t it?)

The flavors are Kiwi-Strawberry, Peach-Mango, Berry-Banana, Cherry-Watermelon and Pink Lemonade-Lemonade. The colors are muted and tropical, definitely different at a glance from the regular Lemonheads which are far brighter.

Berry BananaBerry-Banana

This blue shell is almost aqua and the inside is supposed to be yellow according to the key on the box, but it’s more green to me.

The shell is that blue raspberry flavor that was invented by confectioners and has little relation to any real fruit flavor. There’s no tangy layer between the shell and the jelly center. So it’s a sweet berry outside with a mild banana inside. It’s pleasant enough and did start off the tasting with a tropical bent.

Kiwi StrawberryKiwi-Strawberry

The shell is medium green and the center is a light red.

The outside doesn’t taste like much, but there is a pleasant tangy pop between the layers on most of them (some were just all sweet). The strawberry center is floral and tasted a little like cotton candy. It’s mostly an inoffensive piece of candy. Not intense but just a little more interesting than a standard fruity jelly bean.

Cherry WatermelonCherry-Watermelon

The red shell on this one has a lighter pink center. (A green shell with a red center would have been rather more like a watermelon though.)

The red is intense and bright and the cherry flavor is strong and medicinal without the robust sour cherry note that I was hoping for. (There was also that bitter aftertaste from the food coloring.)

Pink Lemonade LemonadePink Lemonade - Lemonade

Pink on the outside and yellow on the inside.

I don’t really know what pink lemonade is, most of the time it’s just lemonade with a dash of red food coloring, though I think classically it’s lemonade with strawberries. In this instance I think it’s the former. The outside is just a little bit lemony and the tangy layer is, well, only slightly tangy. The center does have a little lemon zest to it. All this really does is make me want a Lemonhead. As far as I’m concerned the Pink Lemonade-Lemonade Chewy Lemonhead is for wusses who can’t handle the real thing.

Peach MangoPeach-Mango

The outside is a great peachy orange color. The center is green.

Experience has taught me that I’m rarely pleased with peach or mango flavored candies. It’s not that I don’t love peaches or mangoes, but they’re very hard flavors to duplicate. Probably because so much of their flavor also depends on the texture. In this case the flavors are quite mild but passable. The peach outside is sweet and like canned peaches (lacking that balsam note that some candies try to include). The inside is a little more woodsy and green tasting, a little grassy and a little like pine. I can’t say I loved the, but I didn’t pick around them as much as the cherry.

Tropical Chewy Lemonhead & FriendsThe flavor variety isn’t quite what I’d call tropical. At the very least I expected some pineapple. Strawberries are definitely not a tropical fruit, nor are those blue raspberries. Watermelon? Nope.

I read a lot of other reviews on these when they first came out (I finally found them in stores here in California earlier this month) and I have to wonder if they punched them up recently. Or maybe they’re just plain inoffensive and I’m not angling for a fight. Because Mr. Lemonhead is my bestest lifelong friend.

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  5. Narbles
Name: Tropical Chewy Lemonheads & Friends
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Ferrara Pan
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.25
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Jelly, United States, Ferrara Pan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:11 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Why is it that every time I read Lemonhead, my mouth watered a little bit?

    Comment by Marvo on 10/28/09 at 12:17 pm #
  2. Plus after the article you linked to about Mr. Ferrara’s fight with Hershey, you wouldn’t want to get into a fight with him anyways!

    Comment by Shannon on 10/29/09 at 2:33 am #
  3. Oliver Sudden's avatar

    I should just like to point out that the kids coming to my house tomorrow will be getting LemonHeads.

    I just hope they don’t get them all!

    Comment by Oliver Sudden on 10/30/09 at 7:17 am #
  4. Uh, I hate to break it to you, but we do grow watermelons here, so yes, they count as a tropical fruit smile also, we’ve got a tiny strawberry producing area…but no raspberries, blue or otherwise. And definitely no peaches :D

    Comment by Cleod on 11/04/09 at 5:38 am #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    Cleod - I don’t consider a fruit (or melon) that grows in an area with a freezing winter to be tropical. Not that it can’t grow in the tropics, but that it’s not exclusive to tropical areas so not a “tropical” flavor.

    Kind of like calling Apples tropical ... there are actually very few varieties that WILL grown in regions that don’t get at least a frost.

    Comment by Cybele on 11/04/09 at 6:14 am #
  6. Pink lemonade traditionally has grenadine in it, I believe.

    Comment by tabby on 12/06/09 at 7:51 pm #

    Comment by AART on 1/02/10 at 12:13 am #
  8. I just purchased these and I would rate them about how you would on your scale. They are decent, but I think I would need to crave them specifically. Chewy Runts blow these out of the water.

    Comment by Kristene on 1/15/10 at 2:22 pm #
  9. I love tropical chewy lemonheads! I recently found my new favorite flavor or flavors i should say. The peach mango blew me away! I didnt know i liked these flavors before then. Thank you lemonhead and friends!

    Candy Dan

    Comment by Daniel Lanham on 10/29/14 at 12:31 pm #
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