Monday, May 18, 2009

Twilight Sweethearts: Forbidden Fruits

Twilight SweetheartsWith the wild popularity of the Twilight series of books by Stephanie Meyer, it was only a matter of time before the first book was made into a movie. And of course its success means a licensing agreement was reached for some candy.

Considering the fact that the story (I’m doing spoilers here) is about vampires and love, candy hearts are a natural choice.

Necco’s Sweetheart conversation hearts were released as a limited edition: Sweethearts Forbidden Fruits. Instead of just getting a box branded with a few characters on it and maybe some new sayings, these little hearts are also in different flavors themed for forbidden fruits plus have some sort of sparkling Dracula dust (pearlescent pigment) on them.

Twilight Sweethearts

The candy seems to have been timed with the DVD release, not with the film in the theaters. Still, I never did find them in stores (perhaps I should have been looking in video stores, but I have a Netflix subscription ... which makes me think there should be a Netflix for candy).

The candy hearts don’t look terribly different from the regular Valentine’s version. Except the colors are different. The pearly coating (that looks like it’s glitter on the box) is pretty darn mild, I mistook it for chalky powder.

The flavors are:

  • Orange Obsession (creamy orange) - the orange version here is not the same as the orange Sweethearts, it has a bit of a tangy snap to it, making it more like a creamsicle than an orange sweet.
  • Tempting Apple (muted red) - there were very few of these in the bag. I like these idea of apple as a temptation element, but the actual execution of an apple flavored chalk candy is a little odd. It tastes a bit like apple juice.
  • Secret Strawberry (hot pink) - it’s a nice, sweet strawberry flavor. Unfortunately it has a horrible secret for me ... a nasty bitter aftertaste (I have a similar problem with the pink Sweethearts and Necco wafers).
  • Passion Fruit (lavender) - this is a pretty good approximation of passion fruit flavor for a piece of chalky candy. Floral, sweet, soft and with a light tangy bite.
  • The sayings on the hearts vary in their legibility. They seem to be lighter but clearer on the pearly ones but bold & smudgy on the uncoated.

    Sayings that I was able to tease out were: Soul Mate, Bite Me, Secret, I (heart) EC, Live 4 Ever, Dazzle, With You, Lamb, Bad Guy, You R My Life, Always, I Trust You, I Love You, Forks.

    Oddly enough, as noted above in the photo, some were blank. I didn’t know if this was intentional, like some sort of heart that only vampires could read. Or maybe there’s a version of the Twlight books that are choose your own adventure and I’m in charge of this heart’s message.

    As far as a limited edition offering, they’re a rather bland revision of conversation hearts, but they’re rather ordinary to begin with. The execution of the lettering and the “dazzle dust” were weak. But I liked the box design (though I’ve only seen this one in person) and think that it’d be a fun item to have while watching the movie with friends. (As long as you had some snacks on hand that were actually good to eat.)

    Like all Necco conversation hearts, these have gelatin in them, so are unsuitable for vegetarians/vegans/those who keep Kosher or otherwise eschew pork. (I have no idea how the Twilight vampires feel about pigs.)

    Other reviews: Eyes of Amber, Candy Critic and Candy Yum Yum.

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    Name: Twilight Sweethearts: Forbidden Fruits
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Necco
    Place Purchased: sample from All Candy Expo
    Price: unknown
    Size: 5 ounce
    Calories per ounce: 110
    Categories: Chalk, United States, Necco, Limited Edition

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    1. I’d hate to be the person who had to handle the returns at Netflix Candy.

      Comment by Tommy on 5/18/09 at 8:17 am #
    2. ...“Forks”?

      I’ve never been a fan of these things.  Oddly enough I like Necco wafers more.

      Comment by Meghann on 5/18/09 at 8:41 am #
    3. I agree with you that it appears to say “FORKS” or maybe “PORKB”.  Perhaps it’s another “I heart” saying?  I heart RKB? Is RKB someone?  I haven’t been paying any attention to the particular phenom.

      Comment by JJR on 5/18/09 at 2:05 pm #
    4. Forks is the town Twilight is set in.  I haven’t seen or read it,  I just looked it up ‘coz it seemed like an odd message for a candy.

      Comment by jett on 5/18/09 at 4:00 pm #
    5. I’ve read all the books, seen the movie, and I still think these are totally ridiculous.  But yep - Forks, WA.

      Comment by Alison on 5/18/09 at 4:25 pm #
    6. ....Forks?

      Ok! Love them or hate them. It depends on mood I’m in.

      Comment by foodcreate on 5/18/09 at 5:35 pm #
    7. The line “ some sort of heart that only vampires could read” made me laugh/snort smile

      Comment by LW on 5/18/09 at 6:38 pm #
    8. I’ve been reluctantly following the Twilight thing for a while (a couple friends are fans) so maybe I can shed some light on the blank ones.  Apparently the vampire guy can read every mind except for his girlfriend’s, so those could represent her unreadable thoughts.  A bit far fetched, but it could be true.

      Comment by Porgy on 5/18/09 at 8:53 pm #
    9. I reviewed these too back in March. They were pretty yucky!

      Comment by Cristin on 5/19/09 at 3:42 am #
    10. Too bad they don’t taste better.  The packaging is great though!

      Comment by Nicole on 5/19/09 at 5:21 am #
    11. I just saw these in a bookstore the other night. I didn’t buy any, but I might have to. Not because I’m a big fan of the candy hearts, but because I must have all things Edward Cullen-related. Amen.

      Comment by Chocolate and Whine on 5/19/09 at 9:29 am #
    12. I found these at Borders book store around the end of February. I assumed they were put out as a Valentine’s Day promotion, because the boxes at the store were marked for clearance. I’m not a fan of candy hearts, so I didn’t eat any myself, but I bought a box for a friend who happens to love all things Twilight. I didn’t ask her if she’d eaten it, though…

      Comment by toast on 5/19/09 at 1:40 pm #
    13. I saw them at Walgreens and also at an airport newstand in the NorthWest.

      Comment by CleanSimple on 5/19/09 at 2:48 pm #
    14. I second seeing them at Borders, they are sold as a part of a general Twilight promotion, not as a DVD or holiday release.  Any store that had full on promo (book bags, shirts, umbrellas, etc.) has them.

      Comment by Sunday on 5/20/09 at 9:51 am #
    15. Well, the author did leave 10 pages blank in one of the Twilight books to show how emotionally blank the girl was without the vampire, who had left her. (Oh please.)  So maybe the blank hearts are meant to be a throwback to that crappy literary choice.  I’m glad I only heard about that and that I didn’t buy the book.  If I had been paying for a bunch of blank pages, I’d be mad!

      Comment by Rita on 5/24/09 at 11:52 am #
    16. I just saw these at Walgreens.

      Comment by Kristin on 6/02/09 at 11:34 am #
    17. We’re reviewing these this week (we like our candy nice and dated).  A little Googling reveals “Forks” is the name of the town where the series is set.  Clearly these are intended for fans bigger than us grin

      Comment by Liz on 8/27/09 at 7:17 am #
    18. Twilight or not I liked them better than the original versions. To me they tasted better. I bought them to harass my sister with them and she stole them because she said they tasted better. When I went back to get more they where all out!!! Darn Twilight fans. :(

      Comment by sharon on 10/12/09 at 11:07 am #
    19. i brought my daughter 2 boxes of the forbidden fruits for xmas and she stills has 1 box left because all the kids that ate from the 1st box started throwing up i will not buy any more of this candy…...

      Comment by debbie stonebreaker on 1/17/10 at 8:52 pm #
    20. I don’t care much for the candy. I just want to know what the first peice of music was that bella and Edward listened to. I know all the rest of the fun facts. By the way the candy says Forks because that’s where both the book and the movie took place at. It’s real look it up. Forks, Washington. The Voturi live in Volterra, Italy. Also a real place. Everything in the books are real places.

      Comment by Amanda Crowder on 1/31/10 at 9:26 am #

      Comment by Peg1 on 2/02/10 at 4:34 pm #
    22. If you all claim to own all the boxes then will someone please tell me the name of the first song that Bella and Edward listened to?

      Comment by Amanda Crowder on 2/04/10 at 11:24 am #
    23. Clair de Lune. By Debussy.  Is that the one you mean?

      Comment by Nikki on 2/05/10 at 7:06 pm #
    24. Thank you Nikki!!!!! That’s exactly what I meant!!!

      Comment by Amanda Crowder on 2/06/10 at 4:14 am #
    25. Uh, I purchased the Twilight Sweethearts and I found a white one? There are only 4 colors: Orange, Purple, Red, + Pink. Lol, I’m not sure if it was intentional? I thought it was kinda funny smile

      Comment by Ashley on 8/30/10 at 3:14 pm #
    26. They are blank because Edward couldn’t read Bellas mind! Weird right!?

      Comment by Taylor on 4/05/11 at 3:50 pm #
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