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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 21 - Red Licorice

Maria and I discuss that fruity stuff that some people call Red Licorice or Twizzlers or Red Vines. It’s actually extruded starch gel, but probably needs a better name than that.

download the MP3 and read through our Show Notes.



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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mega Smarties ‘n Creme

DSC_9592rbA couple of months ago on Candyology 101 we were talking about a new product called Mega Smarties ‘n Creme. It’s a layered Smartie candy with a creamy

The roll is substantial, both in the packaging and the contents. I was initially shocked at the price of $2.49 for a roll, but it is 2.25 ounces. The wrapper is a paper/foil style that is easy to open and actually re-closes pretty well, too.

The pieces are 1 inch in diameter. I pulled out some Giant Smarties I had sitting around as a comparison in the photo. There’s a vanilla note to the pieces once they’re unwrapped, but only from afar.


The candies come in five colors/flavors. In a little diversion from the standard Smarties, there are blue ones in there. The disks remind me a lot of game pieces or poker chips. One side is lightly colored and flavored, the other side is white. I can’t tell if it’s a distinct flavor of its own.

Purple is Grape and largely floral in flavor. It’s lightly tangy, but no actual grape flavor is in there. The floral notes are on the violet side of things.

Orange was disappointingly bland.

Yellow is Peach and by far the most tart of the array but not terribly peachy.

Blue is Blueberry, another floral flavor, but there is a light tart and jammy note in there. It actually ended up being my favorite flavor of the group.

Pink is Strawberry which is rather mild, which I think most people would be disappointed by.

Though I found them pleasant enough, there was a weird “B vitamin” note that I had trouble getting around. Though they’re certainly better tasting that Flintstone’s Chewables, at least then I’d be getting my RDAs.

Related Candies

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  3. SweetWorks Celebration Candies - Bears
  4. Yum Junkie Pufflettes
  5. Mystery Smarties
  6. M&Ms Premiums
  7. Starburst Berries & Creme and Fruit & Creme

Name: Mega Smarties ‘n Creme
Brand: Ce De Candies
Place Purchased: Dylan's Candy Bar (Farmers Market)
Price: $2.49
Size: 2.25 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Candy, Ce De Candies, Compressed Dextrose, 6-Tempting, United States

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 20 - Taffy


In this episode, Maria and I take on the summertime favorite, Salt Water Taffy.

You can download the full MP3 and of course check out the complete show notes.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Candyology 101 - Podcast Episode 19 - Summer Flavors


In this episode Maria and I talk about the iconic candy flavors of summer: Cotton Candy, Lemonade and Watermelon.

You can also check out the Show notes and download the MP3.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tic Tac Mixers: Peach Lemonade

DSC_9322rbEarlier this year Ferrero announced an innovation in the world of Tic Tac. They were creating layered flavors in a new line called Tic Tac Mixers and their first introductions would be Peach Lemonade and Cherry Cola. Because they’re beverages.

I wasn’t able to find the Cherry Cola but did see the Peach Lemonade at several locations and picked mine up at 7-11.

The press release described, “Peach Lemonade flavor Tic Tac Mixers: change from a peach flavor to the sweet flavor of lemonade.” But the reality is that peaches are sweet and lemonade is tangy.


If you’ve ever eaten a Yankee Candle Mango Peach Salsa Candle and thought, “That was unsatisfying.” You may find that this Tic Tac experience is preferable, but only slightly because this is actually meant to be eaten.

The initial flavor is definitely candle-like. It’s peachy in the most fragrant and least-food-like way. Unlike the candles, these don’t smell like anything in the package, the scent is only release in the mouth. The sweet peach layer gives way to a tangy layer that I think is supposed to be lemonade, but still has a strong peach note ... it’s tart and has a lot of zest but that combined with the lightly pine notes of the peach makes it all a bit caustic. The more I ate of these, the more my mouth burned like I might have been eating bits of lye.

The innovation of layering was definitely there, but I’ve always felt like Tic Tacs have a little layering to them. The standard peppermint has a bit of a fennel or anise on the outside and then peppermint inside. So doing a completely different flavor is cool ... but these are not the flavors I’m looking for. Strawberry Lemonade might be more up my alley.

I have to admit that the flavor did linger for a long time. I felt, for at least half an hour that I had “candle fresh breath.” That’s a thing.

Tic Tac Mixers are made in Canada.

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  3. Zitrone Honig Tic Tac
  4. Eat with your Eyes: Melon Mango Tic Tac
  5. Tic Tac Pink Grapefruit
  6. HiCHEW World Fruit: Dragonfruit, CamuCamu, Durian & White Peach

Name: TicTac Mixers: Peach Lemonade
Brand: Ferrero
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Silver Lake)
Price: $1.39
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 111
Categories: Candy, Ferrero, Compressed Dextrose, 5-Pleasant, Canada, 7-11

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