Thursday, May 7, 2009

Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists

Twizzlers Sweet & Sour TwistsIt feels like I’m reviewing a lot of Hershey’s products lately: Thingamajig, Good n Fiery, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Peanuts, Dark Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Select Cremes. But they’re putting them out and I’ve gotta try everything at least once.

I passed this by more than once (Candy For Dinner always seems to find new products first) mostly because I wasn’t in the mood: Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists. But when the weather gets warmer, I seem to crave tangy.

They seemed a bit like the now discontinued SweeTarts Rope or a long version of the Twizzlers Twerpz.

Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists

I bought them in a long “bar” format that has four twists, two of each flavor: Cherry Kick! and Citrus Punch!

The twists are clean & shiny, like they’re made of vinyl. They’re similar to the Twizzlers Rainbow Twists, but I think these are just a little larger in diameter or at least not dried and stiff.

Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled TwistsEach rope is five inches long and about a half an ounce ... they feel much heavier and denser than a regular fruit licorice rope.

Of course, I gravitated towards the Citrus Punch! first. The yellow and red twists reminded me more of mustard and ketchup than lemon and cherry, but I still admit that they were glossy and appealing.

The bite is much softer than the regular Twizzlers, less like biting into some sort of extruded & dried acrylic paint. The gooey filling is soft and has a texture of buttercream frosting. It has an immediate tangy pop and a good mix of flavors, both citrus zest and the tartness. It reminded me of a fresh lemon tart.

Next up was the Cherry Kick! which I resisted. It’s lighter in color from the deep red & berry flavored Twizzlers. The texture is identical to the citrus package mate. The licorice twist is soft and chewy and has a mild sweet flavor. Then the soft center popped in with a very strong note of woodsy black cherry, cough syrup and artificial flavorings. As far as I was concerned, there are a lot of folks who are going to like the play of the mild chewy outside and the intense flavor of the inside.

I really just want to buy the Citrus by itself, perhaps I can pick them out if they package them in individual ropes for Halloween or something.

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Name: Twizzlers Sweet and Sour Filled Twists
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Y&S Candies (Hershey's)
Place Purchased: Target (Burbank)
Price: $.79
Size: 1.9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 95
Categories: Chew, United States, Hershey's, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:35 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. They sure are purty.

    Comment by jMo on 5/07/09 at 5:31 pm #
  2. So do they taste at all like twerpz? Because I really like twerpz.

    Comment by Shannon on 5/07/09 at 6:12 pm #
  3. I’m a big fan of liquidy filled candy. Combined with Twizzlers?  Amazing idea.  I’m gonna have to look for these.

    Comment by the pizza on 5/08/09 at 3:27 am #
  4. I’ll probably never get to try these but Darrell Lea have new licorice flavours out in pineapple and mandarin.

    Comment by Possum on 5/08/09 at 4:08 pm #
  5. I love these! I just may have to pick up a bag of them while I am work tomorrow.
    At first I was afraid they would taste like the rainbow twists which are disgusting, but these are quite different.

    Comment by Lucy on 5/08/09 at 4:26 pm #
  6. Can I safely assume that like the other twizzlers these aren’t vegan? I swear that Hershey’s hates vegans! They’ve even started de-veganized all the Green&Blacks; (no more ginger or mint bars<ARG>).

    Comment by Brivari on 5/09/09 at 4:47 am #
  7. Here in Phoenix where the internal temperature of our cars can reach 130+ degrees, Twizzlers are a great, safe choice for a snack on the go.  Will keep an eye out for these.

    Comment by Pam Walter on 5/09/09 at 5:32 am #
  8. Cybele's avatar

    Brivari - oh, don’t take it personally, I think Hershey’s has equal contempt for all their customers.

    Here are the ingredients:
    corn syrup, sugar, wheat flour, vegetable oil (palm kernel & palm oil), contains 2% or less of: citric acid, modified potato starch, glyceryl, monostearate, sodium lactate, natural and artificial flavor, salt, cornstarch, glycerin, soy lecithin, artificial color (Red 40 & Yellow 5), mineral oil, carrageenan, potassium sorbate, carnauba wax, sulfur dioxide.

    I didn’t see anything in there that raised a flag about animal byproducts ... though certainly many “unwholesome” ingredients. (And definitely not gluten free.)

    Regarding Green & Black’s - my understanding is that they won’t say it’s vegan because it’s on equipment that processes dairy products. Is the issue that you don’t want to consume animal products or that you don’t want to support a company that uses animal products?

    Comment by Cybele on 5/09/09 at 6:38 am #
  9. The vegan problem with G&B chocolates is that they’ve started putting milk in their DARK chocolate flavors! The 2009 expiration dates are vegan, the 2010 dates have milk<sigh>.

    I’d not consider these twizzlers to be vegan because of the glyceryl monostearate, that’s one of many ingredients that can come from animal or vegetable sources. Considering that we’re talking about Hershey’s… I’ll choose to distrust their natural flavors also<LOL>!

    At least these aren’t made with resinous or confectioners glaze (that’s dissolved insect shells!)

    Comment by Brivari on 5/09/09 at 7:25 am #
  10. they used to have things like these when i was younger that i absolutely loved only the licorice was not opaque and there was also goo in the middle. those ruled.

    Comment by f on 5/09/09 at 10:49 am #
  11. I found these at Target’s front shelf the other day and after seeing your review, I thought I’d try them. I was REALLY disappointed with the Citrus rope… it was sour and tangy, which I liked, but I thought it tasted like Pine Sol or something.

    Comment by Asia on 6/13/09 at 4:39 am #
  12. I found these a few weeks ago and thought they would be awesome. This is probably the worst creation I have ever had from twizzlers. It will make me think twice about trying new products from them. Both flavors were pretty bad. It made me wish I had regular twizzlers. They both tasted like some type of cleaner.

    Comment by Nathan on 6/24/09 at 6:54 am #
  13. I like them. They’re good. To each his own, I guess.

    Comment by Kei on 10/17/09 at 3:50 pm #
  14. I really liked the old sour twizzlers (small pieces of regular licorice with sour crystals) but I have not seen them in the stores for some time.

    I thought these sour filled twizzlers were terrible. They didnt seem to have much flavour. However, it was the consistency (and lack of flavour) of the licorice itself that really bothered me. It also seemed that the ‘plastic’ licorice served to prevent the filling from contributing to the taste!

    Comment by M J B on 6/05/10 at 9:56 pm #
  15. I have a package of Twizzlers that have a code of: 94H21   OE.  Are they still good?

    Comment by Kay Tibbs on 6/28/10 at 5:19 pm #
  16. chad smith loves this candy! he’s practically obsessed! from what ive read, this candy is like a lemon tart! and has a cherry KICK! you should definently try this candy with sour goo in the middle..

    Comment by grace on 2/15/11 at 7:10 pm #
  17. This candy is sooooo amazing!! It is so hard to describe the feeling I get from this candy, as soon as I take it out of the package and feel the soft texture I cant even wait to get it in my mouth. As soon as I get it in my mouth the goo just goes everywhere, I can’t control myself, it tastes sooo goood. I just want more and more, I can’t get enough, I suck them dry every time and then I like it until all the flavor is gone, uhhhhh, makes me excited just thinking about it.

    Comment by candylover6 on 2/15/11 at 7:10 pm #
  18. grace is sooo right, chad smith loves this candy, I am pretty sure he and I feel the same way about this candy, but what grace fails to state is how she feels about this candy. She sounds as if she likes it just as much as chad and me, just speculation, but i can tell, i have seen her eat them before when she is by herself

    Comment by candylover6 on 2/15/11 at 7:14 pm #
  19. These are amazing!

    Comment by Robert Busek on 3/16/11 at 12:35 pm #
  20. There is another new product by Twizzlers. The jolly rancher awesome twosome chew is our best selling candy and is even better than the twerpz were.I feel they are definitely worth a try

    Comment by yehuda on 5/23/11 at 2:45 pm #
  21. If you can get past the fact that these smell EXACTLY like Play-Doh, they taste great.

    Comment by Lisa Ryan on 7/29/11 at 9:40 am #
  22. They do smell just like Play-Doh. So when you’re eating it, you can taste Play-Doh along with the fruity flavor.

    I’ll never have this stuff again.

    Comment by Andrew Davis on 3/07/12 at 9:51 pm #
  23. I love these and can eat an 11 oz bag a day! I discovered them when they first came out back in the early 2000 and fell in love. They went off the market for a while and then came back. I think AZ was a test market. Love, love love them. Maybe those that say play-doh or Pine sol have colds or sinus problems causing their taste buds to be off!

    Comment by Nancy Adamache on 10/22/13 at 3:06 pm #
  24. these things smell like the children toy play dough

    Comment by jules fools on 3/19/15 at 7:20 pm #
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