I was unhappy with the candy selection in stores this Valentine's Day so I started looking through my candy stash to find other candy to review that could "pass" as Valentine's Day candy. The Kimmie Candy Company recently sent me a few of their products and this Habanero Kettle Corn Nugget candy seemed a hot and spicy fit for Valentine's Day. What says I love you more than Hot and Spicy?! I couldn't decide if I should put these in the candy or snack category but in reality, they are not much different than peanut M&Ms or candy coated sunflower seeds, which are definitely considered candy.
These are candy and chocolate coated corn nuggets, like an M&M, only with toasted corn in the middle. I can't exactly explain what a corn nugget is, it's kind of like a small, crunchy piece of popcorn. These have an unmistakeable "kick" to them that M&Ms lack, but I think a Habanero M&M would be great idea. As I live in the heart of corn country, I'm all in favor of substituting peanuts with kettle toasted corn! While I've seen candy made by Kimmie (most often the coated sunflower seeds), I've never tried any of their products. It's hard to miss their products in the store because of their great containers. I think this shape is perfect for gift giving. You could easily include this in a box with another gift, put it in a Christmas stocking etc...
This candy starts out sweet, then turns to warm and then you feel the Habanero hot. It is a crunchy candy, which I like, with a very nice chocolate taste. I love the beautiful red color that lets you know this isn't a plain old candy/chocolate coated toasted corn nugget, this is SPICY. The nice thing about this candy is that it isn't so spicy that you can't eat it. I like hot and spicy food, but I usually wash that down with a drink. I liked the "kick" in this candy, but didn't find it so hot that I needed a glass of water after eating it. I also found that I wasn't addicted to these. I think the hot and spicy flavor made it so that I'd eat a few, then I'd be done with them. I think that is a nice quality, since you can't really go crazy and empty an entire tube of these in one sitting. Although, even if you ate an entire tube of this candy, the calories are not horrible (see calorie count below). The pop top plastic container makes it easy to eat a few, then set this aside. Now, I'm not saying I didn't eat ten or so while watching TV. However, I would eat a few, then set the container down, eat a few, set the container down and so on. That is different than eating M&Ms for me, with those I can empty a bag in five minutes and wonder where my snack went.
I recommend you buy these and try them out. If you can't find them locally, there are a lot of online retailers that carry this candy. They are a great change from plain old M&Ms and my 6 yr. old said it perfectly when he called these "sweet and crunch popcorn".
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1/2 of a tube = 1 serving = 150 calories, 7g fat, 16g sugars
Price: Free Sample from Kimmie Candy Company
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