I picked this unique candy up at a truck stop on our way home from a weekend away. I've always wondered how you are supposed to eat one of these things and when I saw it was made by Jelly Belly, I knew I had to try this out for myself (much to the distress of my dentist, I'm sure). When I first saw this, I was very surprised that it was made by Jelly Belly. However, when you consider that jawbreakers are made with a hot panning process, the same as the exterior of a Jelly Belly jelly bean, I guess it's only natural that Jelly Belly would be able to make something like this.
After pondering how to eat this, I ended up hitting it with a hammer to break it into pieces small enough to eat. What a mess that was! Here I am on our tile floor, whacking away at a piece of candy (in a plastic baggie) trying to break it into smaller pieces. It's very surprising how hard something made out of sugar can be. I powdered some of it, some of it went into tiny little pieces and the rest broke off into bite-sized chunks. This whole process makes it even funnier that 1/3 of a piece is a serving. How in the world would you only eat 1/3 of this thing? The bigger irony, of course, is that I bought it at a truck stop...and a trucker certainly could not eat it while driving or whack it with a hammer. He'd have to take it home to eat later (like I did) or maybe a trucker might buy it to take home to the kids after a long trip? I did find another method at Serious Eats on how to lick one of these for 3 days to get it eaten, I wasn't willing to try that myself. I do have a job I have to go to and they wouldn't be amused if I carried this around licking it all day. This candy is about as large as a racquet ball and would be sticky mess if you just carried it around licking it. I realize it is meant as a novelty candy....it is just so absurd!
Absurd as it is, I love the beautiful red color on the outside with small flecks of other colors in it. Once you get this open (smacked open with a hammer or some similar method) you can see a beautiful rainbow of colors inside. I couldn't get a good picture of the inside but there's a good picture at the Serious Eats link above. The packaging says this is flavored orange, lime, grape, lemon and cherry. You can taste the flavors slightly on the inside and I have to admit this is the best jawbreaker I've ever had. The flavor reminded me a bit of a Gobstopper, only better, more flavorful and less sugar-y. As difficult as it was to eat, I can imagine buying this again, this would make a magnificent "big prize" on an Easter Egg Hunt, a super birthday gift for any boy aged 7-10, or something that would make a work day around the house a little more fun for my son. I can hear it now, "I am done hanging this picture, now pass me that jawbreaker before I put the hammer away."
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1/3 of this piece = 1 serving= 160 calories, 0g fat, 39g sugars
Price: $2.29 purchased at a Truck Stop
Jelly Belly Web Site