Yoo-hoo Candy Bar: Surprisingly Delicious

This candy bar threw me for a loop. For starters, it’s advertised as a ‘candy bar’ not a chocolate bar, which had me wondering  ‘why?’. That is, until I took my first bite and realized that it’s less like a regular chocolate bar and more like a chocolatey-hard-to-describe-bar.

Here’s why: Yoo-hoo Candy Bar tastes exactly like chocolate milk. Not regular chocolate milk but the kind of liquid chocolate milk you drink from a glass.

Yoo-hoo was originally developed as a soft drink in the 1920s in New Jersey. The creator, Natale Olivieri, wanted to make a chocolate drink that wouldn’t spoil in the summer like regular chocolate milk. Think about that. He didn’t want chocolate milk to spoil…..needless to say there are probably all sorts of preservatives and dehydrated whey products in the drink. Lucky for Olivieri, he succeeded and Yoo-hoo milk chocolate drink was born.

Now picture that drink in solid form. It’s creamy, but you can tell it doesn’t have the density and creaminess that usually comes from milk products. Instead, it’s lighter, sweeter, and there’s a somewhat grainy texture to the bar that makes it break apart and melt on your tongue.

Got it? Okay now you’re officially imagining Yoo-hoo candy bars! Well done.

One other thing to note about this treat:  the bar itself is huge! It breaks into generous pieces that are perfect for snacking on.

This candy bar was such a guilty pleasure. It’s not particularly high-end, it doesn’t have any bells and whistles, the packaging is a bit plain….and yet,  I loved it.  The taste was sweet and delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed breaking off large squares to eat with my tea. I can’t wait to get my hands on another one.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

Original Jelly Tots for the Win

Jelly Tots remind me of England because they’re pretty popular there, and as it turns out, they’re also super popular in South Africa and Australia!

Jelly Tots are basically tiny gumdrops jellies that taste like fruit and are lightly covered in granulated sugar. They’re chewy and the texture is not unlike a jube jube, soft but dense. I think part of the appeal of Jelly Tots are their small size. Each one is about the size of a dime (or even a little smaller) so you can easily pop a few in your mouth at a time for a delicious fruit medley.

They also make Jelly Tots with milk chocolate coating. I thought they were not great….the chocolate shell combined with the chewing jelly made for an odd texture. Also, I could taste the granulated sugar underneath the chocolate and it made this treat too sweet. Unlike original Jelly Tots, the chocolate covered ones are not something I think I’ll gravitate towards in the future.

Have you ever had Jelly Tots or chocolate covered Jelly Tots? What are your thoughts?

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

Crayola Crayons Lil’ Dippers

There are few things more quintessentially kid-esque than Crayola crayons. They’re basically the writing device of choice for every toddler and preschooler. As I get older, I’m starting to appreciate the names of the crayons like ‘fuzzy wuzzy brown’, ‘atomic tangerine’, ‘dandelion’….and so on. Who comes up with these and how can I get that job?

The Crayola Dipper is a pretty fun candy. First of all, it comes with two vanilla candy sticks instead of one, which is just awesome because more often than not there’s too much powder and not enough candy stick to dip it in. Secondly, the candy sticks are shaped like crayons! Brilliant. Thirdly, the dip flavours are super tasty. There’s cherry, grape, orange, and apple and each one is delicious. And lastly, you can paint your tongue! The powders are vibrant and bright so every lick leaves your tongue a different colour.

It’s definitely a a treat that kids (or nostalgic adults) are going to love.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

South Africa’s Unique Peppermint Crisp Chocolate Bar

I love the idea of trying candies from different countries because in a small way, it gives me a glimpse into how people enjoy life elsewhere.

I’ve always wanted to travel to South Africa. It just seems like such a beautiful country with lots to do, and after taste-testing this chocolate bar, I’m inclined to think that if I visited, I would have fun getting to “know” the country’s assortment of chocolate treats. Nestle Peppermint Crisp was invented (and sold almost exclusively) in South Africa and it’s unique. The bar has a milk chocolate coating with tiny bright green mint straws on the inside. The straws are hard (but tiny) and like the packaging suggests, they ‘crackle’ when you bite into them. The inside reminded me of a crystal you might find at a kid’s science museum both in colour and texture. Here’s a picture:

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When I first bit into the chocolate bar, I didn’t like that it crackled because the green mint fell apart in my mouth. But, it grew on me and by the third bite I was in love. The crumbly straws melt in your mouth and the peppermint flavour is strong and blends perfectly with the chocolate.

I strongly suggest you give the Peppermint Crisp a try. It was such a different type of chocolate bar and it was really really good. I even managed to share it with my husband and his friend and they both loved it too.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

New Layered Swedish Fish Gum

swedish berries

There are two things I really love about Trident’s Layers Swedish Fish gum. For starters, the packaging is my favourite. The inside of each box looks a bit like yellow fish scales and the colours are wonderfully bright. In other words, this gum has “curb appeal”.

But more importantly, I really love the flavour! Each bite tasted like a perfect Swedish Fish with a hint of lemon.

swedish berries x 2

Even though I almost never buy gum, I do like having the odd pack on standby in case I eat a super garlickly lunch or have one too many cups of coffee (hello bad breath). So Trident Layered Gum will be sure to come in handy.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

Flammin’ Hot Spicy Cheetos

It’s not often that I review chips or cheesy snacks. Probably because I’m obsessed with chocolate and candy, but every once in a while, I enjoy something savoury like these Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos.

Usually, when chips are labelled ‘hot’ or ‘flammin’ they can more accurately be described as mildly spicy. That’s so not the case with these suckers. They HOT. Like really HOT. After a handful you’ll be reaching for a glass of water to cool off your mouth but man o’ man are they tasty. I loved the spicy flavour! It’s fiery without being smokey and the Cheetos are super cheesy and deliciously crunchy.

I would never had picked these Cheetos off the shelf at a grocery store but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them. And I wasn’t alone. My fellow taste testers had the same reaction.

All and all, I’d say Cheetos Flammin’ Hot are a win.

Enjoy the sweet (or spicy) stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

Good Things Come in Pairs

First up, let me introduce you to Starburst Gummies. They’re soft, chewy, but not so chewy they get stuck in your teeth, and shaped perfectly like Starbursts. The sour ones are covered in a granular coating that’s adds a fun kick and the flavours are unreal – watermelon that tastes like jolly ranchers, blue raspberry that reminds me of kool-aid, and cheery and strawberry that are too good to be true!! The originals  come in the classic Starburst flavours like orange, cherry, strawberry and lemon.

Clearly, I’m a fan.

Next up, Fini’s Crunchy Marshmallows. I know they sound weird, and somewhat unappetizing but let me assure you they aren’t. The rainbow marshmallows with fizz (in the pink bag) are lightly crunchy on the outside and slightly sour (and we all know how much I love sour candies). The crunchy coating isn’t too hard, more like a thin layer that breaks easily making these treats a super interesting texture. And the flavours are vibrant! They really do fizz in your mouth.

After loving the rainbow crunchy marshmallows, I was excited to try the diablo marshmallows because I’m a big fan of spicy treats. Unfortunately, I only ate one. The flavour is just so peculiar. They aren’t sweet at all and instead taste like spicy, savoury marshmallow balls with a hint of smoky flavour. No thanks.

Still, three out of four is a win in my books.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

The Wonderful World of Spanish Candies

Remember a couple weeks ago when I mentioned the candy company Fini? I talked about how they had recently launched into the North American market with tons of new candies. Candies like the Fini Roller, which reminds me of  Fruit-by-The-Foot but better. The Roller is pleasantly sour with a perfectly thick ribbon that’s chewy and soft. It also comes in rainbow flavour which is my favourite.

Or Fizzy Tornadoes and Very Berry Tornadoes, which are like flavour-packed fruit straws or jacked-up licorice strings. Yum!!

Clearly, Fini knows that they’re doing! I love their candies and can’t wait to get my hands on more.

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

Why I love Bubble Gum Cigarettes Even Though They Taste Bad

My husband Ian says I’m a terrible candy blogger because I make “emotional decisions” about candy. He thinks that I decide whether or not I like something based on my personal attachment to the product. To be honest, he’s right. I do like candy that evokes happy memories from me.

For example, whenever I eat gummy worms, I’m reminded of Pete’s Variety Store where my sisters and I used to buy ‘worms and dirt’ (aka candy worms hidden among Oreo cookie crumbs). Sure, it wasn’t – and isn’t – the tastiest treat in the world, but we liked it because it was a tradition and today we like it because it takes us back to being kids.

And really, aren’t some of our best memories made around food? So why should candy be any different?

Which brings me to today’s review:  Bubble Gum Cigarettes

Bubble Gum Cigarettes

If you remember my post on Popeye Candy Sticks you’ll recall that I was rather baffled by the fact that they still produce candy cigarettes for kids. But ya, they do.

These bubble gum cigarettes even have brown tips that look like filters taking the whole ‘let’s make smoking look fun and cool for kids‘ to a whole new level. Either way, they’re still pretty fun to whip out at a party. When I brought them out after dinner one night, everyone in my house had a good laugh and proceeded to share stories they had from eating them as kids.

Don’t get me wrong, the gum isn’t very good. It crumbles,  is relatively flavourless , the wrapper is hard to get off and the portion sizes are absurdly small. But still, there’s something really special about feeling nostalgic around candy, don’t you think?

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs

All the candy from this blog was given to me by Candy Funhouse but the opinions shared are 100% my own.

What Makes a Candy Good?

Lately, I’ve been wondering….what makes a candy good?

Is it the way it tastes? The way it looks? The nostalgia it evokes when we take our first bite? Probably a little bit of everything, which is how I came up with what I think are four key components to any good candy: flavour, texture, looks, and expectations.

Flavour is by far the most important component of any good candy (probably goes without saying right?).  How much we enjoy eating something will definitely supersede anything else.

Texture is how it feels to eat. Is it grainy? Soft? Chewy? Hard? Before I started this blog, I never considered ‘texture’ as something that mattered to me. But it does. It really does. Texture tells us a lot about the quality of the candy and if it’s really good, texture can even enhance flavour.

Looks are important in the candy world, especially when you consider that a candy company’s target audience is probably children and adults who, nine times out of ten, are buying something on impulse. Candy that’s eye-catching and cool-looking sells better. So it’s no wonder it’s usually packaged in bright colours that make us feel happy when we grab it off the shelf.

And finally, expectations. By that I mean, our own expectations of how something should taste. If our expectations are too high or too low, then how we feel about a product will be impacted. For example, if the candy advertises itself as being super sour and it’s not, we’re more likely to  be disappointed regardless of how good the candy actually is.

So how do Fini Shock Tongues match up to the four essential components?

Well, the flavours are unreal. Shock Tongues come with six candy ribbons (one of each colour) and each ribbon is as flavourful as the next. Texture was good. They’re hard enough that they have some structure, but still chewy and they don’t get stuck in your teeth. They’re also coated in a nice grainy sugar/sour concoction that melts on your tongue.  Looks get an A+ in my books! They’re super bright in colour and the ribbons pop out of the bag.

The only downfall? Expectations. Shock Tongues are advertised as being incredibly sour (hence the name) but they were more sweet than sour and definitely didn’t ‘shock me’. To give you a point of reference, imagine gummy bear are on one end of the spectrum and sour patched kids are on the other, now Shock Tongues sit right in the middle.

Even still, Shock Tongues are a new favourite of mine. I was really impressed with the flavours and like I said, taste surpasses everything else. I just wish they’d re-brand the product so you don’t pick it up thinking they’ll make your eyes water. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing 🙂

Enjoy the sweet stuff,

Urs