Thursday, September 6, 2007

Zip Bomb

imageThese Zip Bomb candies showed up recently in one of the 99 Cent Only stores that I visit. I thought maybe they were a knock-off of Zotz available in little pouches.

Warning: this is another story about how I am pretty much willing to try anything, no matter how much evidence is presented that it’s a bad idea.

All wasn’t sitting well with me long before I opened the package. Part of that was the name Zip Bomb ... that’s a malicious file that’s delivered as a .zip file with a gajillion files inside that will occupy scanning software while worse things go on. Perhaps these candies came along before that, right?

Of course this made me wonder what was going to happen when I put it in my mouth. Would it occupy my taste buds while it stole my wallet? Would it swell to the size of a 63 terabyte file with tart foaming sherbet and tasty hard candy and then delete all my photos?

imageThe other thing that struck me as odd is that the website listed on the back of the package, http://www.zipkidz.com, doesn’t exist. Oh, it might have or might someday, but as I type this, there is no website to visit for fun and games. A search on Archive.org reveals that there was a website at that address back in 2004-05. Hmm, could this code on the wrapper that says 021902 mean that they were made back in 2002?

Yes, these are the things that suddenly fill me with dread when looking at a package of candy.

But you know, I’ve already taken their photo ... what fun would this be if I didn’t go all the way and eat some?

The little individual candies were cute in their wrappers. Sure, the design wasn’t the most sophisticated in the world, but they were bright and colorful and said which flavor was which.

The candies themselves were bigger than Zotz, round instead of oval.

imageAfter putting one in my mouth I can tell you that they’re not like Zotz! The hard candy has an intense sour layer on top. Seriously sour ... but it fades away pretty quickly to reveal a simple tart and flavorful hard candy.

At the center of the candy (whether you’re a sucker or a cruncher) is a small reservior of sour powder. I was expecting it to foam, but it didn’t. It was just sour.

The hard candies were nicely flavored, each one distinct. Blue Raspberry was my favorite followed by Strawberry and then Green Apple. Watermelon was odd, probably because I just have a stubborn part of me that thinks that sour watermelon is wrong.

I wanted more of the sour center than I got in the candies, there seemed to be more hard candy than I wanted. They’re fun and something I probably would have enjoyed more as a kid than I do now, but I have to say, that first blast of throat-tingling sour is pretty fun at any age. They were probably much better when they were fresh.

Note: the candies were made in Thailand.

Related Candies

  1. Sour Bloops
  2. Zotz Apple
  3. Skittles Fresh Mint
  4. Bonkers
Name: Zip Bombs
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Morris International
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store (Hollywood)
Price: $.33
Size: 1.6 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Hard Candy, Sour, Thailand

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:56 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Maybe 021902 is the “use by” date and they were actually made in, say, 2000!!

    Comment by Tricia on 9/06/07 at 7:23 am #
  2. These sound just like warheads! They were probably created back in the time when warheads were hugely popular (at least at my school). 2002 sounds about right.
    I havent had warheads in a long time. hmmmm…..maybe ill get some soon.

    Comment by julea on 9/06/07 at 1:00 pm #
  3. Tasting scary candy is a dangerous job, but someone’s gotta do it!

    Comment by Lisa on 9/07/07 at 3:05 am #
  4. Ooh! Zotz! Do they really still make those??

    Comment by domesticchicky on 9/07/07 at 6:08 am #
  5. The website still doesn’t exist, obviously, but you included the comma in the URL. Just soes you know.

    Comment by MaliceAlice on 9/09/07 at 1:03 am #

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