Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Zotz Apple

We had a Secret Santa exchange at the office, and of course my Secret Santa knew my fondness for candy (who doesn’t?) and bestowed upon me a box of retro items. Inside was a string of Zotz in Apple.

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I don’t know much about Zotz. They’re made in Italy and are composed of a fizzy sour powder center inside a hard candy shell. They currently come in three flavors: Cherry, Watermelon & Apple. They come in a string of four packages (though as a child I’m quite sure the strings were longer, like you could get a yard of lollipops). I also recall they came in Lemon, but I can’t find much chatter online about them.

imageThey’re awful cute little candies. They’re pretty big as well. I have two methods for eating them. The first is to suck on them really hard. There’s a little hole or seam in one end and if you suck hard enough you can get the fizzy powder to come out. The other method is to skip that patience thing and just crunch into it, which is usually what I do.

There is a serious amount of fizzy powder inside, a lot more than I remember. The fizz is pleasant and froths up into a rather creamy fluff inside the mouth. They’re not quite as fun as I remember, the fizz was certainly plentiful, but the flavor (perhaps because it was apple) wasn’t really that compelling.

The grown up version of these are the Napoleon Lemon Sours (from Belgium), which I’ve been eating for years and have always cleaved open the candy hoping to find a huge reservoir of the fizziness (and have always been disappointed and then put another one in my mouth). There are also Japanese versions of Zotz that I’ve seen at the stores but haven’t tried yet, maybe that’s something to put on my New Year’s list.

What flavors do you remember Zotz coming in?

Name: Zotz (Apple)
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Zotz
Place Purchased: gift
Price: unknown
Size: 0.7 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Hard Candy, Sour, Italy

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:54 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I do the same with Tootsie pops. No patience to do the owl thing.

    Comment by c on 12/20/06 at 6:37 am #
  2. Just looking at these pictures makes my mouth water!

    Comment by April on 12/20/06 at 6:44 am #
  3. I remember Zotz coming in pretty standard candy flavors, I *think*.  mostly I remember exactly what you described- tons of foam that was somehow very creamy.  I *loved* these as a little kid.

    Comment by K. on 12/20/06 at 7:20 am #
  4. Well, I’ve been puzzling over a definite absence of Zotz products online.  First off, there was the Zotz Bomb Pop, basically a huge Zotz on a stick; I haven’t seen them in years.  Second, are the Zotz Bombs, which are like the pops but in strips like the candies described here; I’ve gotten them within the last couple years, but again can’t find them online.  Finally, there were foil packages (about the size of a standard sandwich bag) filled with nothing but the fizzy bits; I don’t recall that these are specifically Zotz branded, but I haven’t seen them since the late 80s either way.

    Comment by David A. Spitzley on 12/20/06 at 8:11 am #
  5. Ah-HAH!  A bit of Googling for “zotz bomb” just turned up a few Zotz products on the J. Sosnick & Son website.  Oddly enough, though, they company that produces the candy, Andre Prost, doesn’t list anything on their own website except for the strings here.

    Comment by David A. Spitzley on 12/20/06 at 8:17 am #
  6. Zotz and all kinds of retro candy can be found at http://www.lincolnpenncandy.com - Yummy!

    Comment by Rene Langley on 12/20/06 at 8:34 am #
  7. I don’t remember any specific flavors, but just reading the word Zotz made my mouth go all tingly and watery!

    Comment by Ellen on 12/20/06 at 9:37 am #
  8. Funny timing. I have a Zotz article in the queue to be posted soon. Don’t think I ripped off your idea! smile

    Brian

    Comment by Brian on 12/20/06 at 12:02 pm #
  9. I remember Zotz lemon, a favorite.  Have not been around for a while.

    Comment by Dave on 12/20/06 at 3:07 pm #
  10. I adore Zotz!!!! I’ve had all different flavors. We had them at my camp last year… not that ‘retro.’

    Comment by Lauren on 12/20/06 at 4:18 pm #
  11. Hm. For some reason I’m thinking of a cola version, but cola is a (candy) flavour you don’t see too often outside of Japan, so I must be mistaken. That, or there was a similar Japanese candy.

    But I do remember these.

    Comment by Bruce on 12/20/06 at 9:00 pm #
  12. Well, I know for a fact that the Japanese spectrum include some fizzy-filled hard candies, though not generally of Zotz’s emphatic nature.  My friend Booniverse has a regular feature of Japanese Snack Food reviews, which I’ve indexed (through June 2006) at http://www.davidaspitzley.org/Habitrail/index.php?n=Food.JeanetteTable ; if you check the Hard Candy entries, you’ll see quite a few are fizzy.

    Comment by David A. Spitzley on 12/21/06 at 3:02 am #
  13. Sounds a lot like sherbet lemons to me. And is cola really not a major sweet (candy) flavour outside Japan? Here in Britain it seems one of the big ones, particularly for boiled sweets.

    Comment by Skittle on 1/02/07 at 12:53 pm #
  14. zotz also sold on amazon.com

    Comment by Roxy on 1/09/07 at 5:45 pm #
  15. They used to sell the fizzy part alone. I wish I could find that again it was so yummy.

    Comment by LD on 2/03/07 at 10:00 pm #
  16. Cybele's avatar

    LD - you could check out the Astra Kid Flying Saucers I had a couple of weeks ago. That was all fizz on the inside.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/04/07 at 8:32 am #
  17. Thanks for posting a comment on my blog!

    I love Zotz.  I saw them recently at a candy shop in San Pedro and bought a bunch.  Apple was my favorite flavor back in the day, and it still is.  So yummy!  I just mailed some to a friend in Germany.  Think it’ll make a nice surprise.

    Comment by Steen on 3/08/07 at 4:10 pm #
  18. I used to buy them in lemon and orange in duty free airports.  It’s a shame they don’t come in those flavors anymore.

    Comment by Stacy on 5/23/07 at 7:45 am #
  19. I remember buying candy that was a precursor to Zotz called Napoleans…..I believe they were french but they also had that “super-sour” powder on the inside…..

    I just remember when I was younger that it was “cool” to have Zotz…...and I do remember the apple but cannot think of any other flavors….  My 14 yrs old son would probably tell me that “it’s not cool to say ‘cool’....”.

    Comment by Pam King on 6/18/07 at 3:18 pm #
  20. I’ve seen zotz several times just tonight in 2 sets of flavors: The first, cherry, watermelon and apple, seems to be the most common. The second is lemon, orange and grape. Here’s an example:
    http://www.groovycandies.com/V2ProdDetail1.asp?Product_ID=1477

    Comment by Kimberly on 1/03/08 at 10:06 pm #
  21. i cant find any of these anymore except in old cities, like old twon san dieago and and a camp site in south dakota, and on their website http://www.zotzpower.com

    Comment by Marina on 4/30/08 at 11:29 am #
  22. I was in San Diego today and went to Old Town and there was this candy shop that had Zots. There were Orange, Watermelon, Apple, Cherry, and Lemon for 80 cents/string of 4
    I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m about to : D

    Comment by !! on 9/24/08 at 6:33 pm #
  23. Can you tell who the manufacturer is from the packaging?

    Comment by David A. Spitzley on 9/25/08 at 1:23 pm #
  24. when were they made? like what year?

    Comment by Emily on 2/01/09 at 3:01 pm #
  25. I love them and always have. Hadn’t had them for years and I found them at The Crackle Barrel resturant/store a year ago. Since there is not a Crackle Barrel close to me, the next time went up north I do remember the grape also—mostly the apple and cherry were my favorite.  Got my daughter (jayme) hooked on them.  She just read about crunching on them so thought she would try it and got a mouthful of flavor—made her eyes water!

    Comment by Julie and jayme on 2/05/09 at 7:58 am #
  26. edit to comment #25

    I was saying ...when I went up north… I got a whole box—It was great! So if your wondering where you can get them find a Crackle Barrel and ask them.  ...I do remember the grape ....

    Comment by julie and jayme on 2/05/09 at 8:14 am #
  27. I still buy these at 7-11. A fond memory is biking to 7-11 with my dad on Sunday mornings for a New York Times and a strip of Zotz.

    Comment by Pinklabrador on 3/24/09 at 3:18 pm #
  28. I LOVE ZOTZ!! They were my favorite candy when I was little. They used to be sold in a chain of 5 and it was cherry and grape. I think they were $.25 a chain back in 1991. I used to buy them at a store called Woodcroft.

    My friend bought me a box of them for Christmas. So cool since I haven’t had them for years.

    Comment by Jamie on 4/02/09 at 10:27 am #
  29. So I just bought some Zotz this past weekend in Long Beach WA.
    I got Watermelon, Apple, Lemon, Orange, Grape and Cherry. 4 candies per string for $0.50.

    On the candies there is a website listed ZotzPower.com.
    I have not got to the site yet as OpenDNS is stopping me, so I am adjusting OpenDNS to try and get to it.

    Comment by Chris Anderson on 7/21/09 at 7:27 am #
  30. These are GREAT! my aunts boyfriend got me an string of these and i devoured them within ten minutes!

    Comment by Emma Sutter on 3/09/11 at 5:03 pm #

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