Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled

We found this box of Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Jelly Beans in the very back of our candy stash. I was clearing out my stash to make room for all of the new stuff I need to review from the 2011 Candy and Snack EXPO. Initially I was really excited, liked I'd found a treasure buried deep in the depths of my candy cupboard. The initial excitement did wear off when I realized what I'd found. I completely forgot they had flavors like ear wax, booger, and vomit along with great flavors like peach, plum, and my all time favorite, juicy pear.



If this candy sounds familiar to you, then my guess is that you recognize it from the Harry Potter movies and the Jelly Belly Bertie Bott's product they make. You can watch a fantastic review of this candy from the Candy Gurus. Jelly Belly still sells this Bean Boozled product and it is probably a big hit for them. I'm guessing the Bertie Bott's candy is also a big hit, but it is the exact same thing with fancier packaging and a higher price tag. My seven year old burst into hysterical laughter and had an uncontrollable need to try and eat as many disgusting flavors as possible. I'm guessing he is the target market for this candy. I'm not saying that because I'm a genius marketing guru, I'm saying that based on his overly excited reaction to a candy that tastes like vomit. No really, there's a vomit flavor in there, so I can say that.

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled

In the photo above you can see the crazy flavors that come in this box. They are all mixed up with the normal Jelly Belly flavors so it's a mystery game as to which flavor you'll actually get. The marketing on this candy is fantastic. I love the "Dare to Compare" and big yellow "CAUTION!" they put on this packaging. Those are like crack to any boy under the age of sixteen. Our family sat down and tried these out and turned this into a pretty fun activity. We had some favorites like toothpaste, black pepper, cafe latte, juicy pear and plum. We had some horrible experiences with vomit, skunk spray and ear wax. They were HORRIBLE, but were spot on for the taste. The baby wipe one confused the heck out of me because it smelled and tasted like the wipes we use on our one year old. Okay, I've never tasted those wipes, but if I had, I'm sure the taste was identical. The rotten egg flavor was probably the worst of all and never in a million years did I think I'd look forward to the buttered popcorn flavor, which looks identical to the rotten egg flavor.  Buttered popcorn (which I do NOT like) would have been a relief compared to rotten egg.



Try these out, it was fun to sit down and laugh as a family trying out these flavors and watching each other's facial expressions. I can still hear my seven year old get really excited while reading the back of the box and saying "I can't wait to taste booger!". Jelly Belly, you marketing geniuses!


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It (the activity, not necessarily the taste)
Calorie Counter: 1 box (really, who'd eat an entire box of this?) = 1 serving = 160 calories, 0g fat, 31g sugars
Price: $2.55 purchased at local grocery store
Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Web Site


Redhead Chewy Lemonhead & Friends by Ferrara Pan

Redhead Chewy Lemonhead & Friends

Ferrara Pan is adding another flavor to their fantastic Chewy Lemonhead & Friends line of candy. They started off with the Tropical Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, then they introduced the new Berry Chewy Lemonhead & Friends at Sweets and Snacks Expo 2010.  At Sweets and Snacks 2011, they introduced the Redhead Chewy Lemonhead & Friends. Personally, I think this is the best name they've come up with yet.  When I read this new name, I laughed and laughed, it reminded me of the old phrase "the red-headed step-child".



The addition of different flavors by color is not new among candy companies. Just Born created Mike and Ike Red Rageous! and Starburst created Fave Reds in a special packaging last year. The flavors in all of these packages are almost always the same: watermelon, cherry, red raspberry and strawberry. Sometimes you'll see a fruit punch thrown into the mix, but that's not a real red fruit.

Redhead Chewy Lemonhead & Friends

This box includes watermelon, cherry, strawberry and red raspberry. I tried the watermelon first and the flavor seriously woke up my taste buds. It was VERY watermelony. I was really surprised by the taste. It was really good, but I was not expecting it to be that powerful. The strawberry was just okay.....not my favorite, but it wasn't bad. The cherry was our family favorite. It tasted like a miniature version of a cherry sourball. The taste was fantastic. The red raspberry was good and added a nice extra flavor you do not normally find in a red fruit candy mix.



The chewy texture and panned exterior were great, as always in a Ferrara Pan candy. I haven't met a Chewy Lemonheads & Friends product I did not like. I like the chewy version better than the solid version, but that is a matter of personal preference. I enjoy this candy because it is not sticky and is a great size for kids and adults. I love the little $.25 boxes you can find at many stores. I think they are just the perfect size for a hit of sugar when you need one. This was an excellent new product, but I'm not sure when these will hit retail. I assume this summer, since that is normally when this type of candy makes it to market.


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: no information given on sampler size
Price: free sample provided by Ferrara Pan


Fruit-Tella Strawberry

Fruit-tella Strawberry

When I think of the candy company Perfetti van Melle, I think of Mentos. Besides Air Heads, which Perfetti also makes, there is no other candy I associate with them more. However, they also make another great candy that we do not see very often in the U.S. That candy is Fruit-Tella. When a good friend of ours traveled to the Netherlands recently, I asked if she would bring us back some candy. She brought back a big four pack of Fruit-Tella Strawberry (among many other items) and we enjoyed every single piece in the giant package.



For Americans, the description of this candy is pretty simple. If you look at the photo below (from the Dutch import shop I visited recently) summed it up very well.  It says, "This is the "Dutch Starburst". That is as simplistic of a description you'll ever find of a foreign candy, but it does help describe what this candy is like. There are a few differences between Fruit-Tella and Starburst though. First of all, Fruit-Tella is smaller in size than Starburst. I'd say the pieces are about 60-70% of the size of Starbursts. I also think that Fruit-Tella is more flavorful and lasts longer than Starbursts. The only downside to Fruit-Tella is that I think it is more waxy than Starbursts. I often get to the end of one and have to spit out the waxy leftover part of the candy, I do not have to do that with Starbursts.

Fruit-tella the Dutch Starburst!

The strawberry flavor in this candy was very good. I'm not a big fan of strawberry candy in general because the flavor usually seems fake and it's a very tough flavor to replicate. I did like this version of a strawberry candy though. I thought it was one of the closest flavors to real strawberry that I've had. It had a nice tart strawberry flavor that reminded me of summers picking strawberries in a large field by where I grew up. We used to go to a "you pick, you-pay" field where the farmer allowed you to eat as much as you wanted while you picked. That is probably why strawberry candy doesn't appeal to me. I've eaten so many strawberries in my life, the experience and taste is very familiar to me.

 

Having friends bring back souvenir candy is one of the best parts about writing a candy blog.  This particular friend is also headed to Sweden this year and another friend just came back from Denmark.  There aren't enough days to review all the candies they brought back, but we sure are enjoying learning about and tasting candy from around the world.


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: Not listed
Price: These were listed at $1.25 at our Dutch Import shop, I'm not sure what they cost in the Netherlands, I did not ask our friend to keep track of prices.
Fruit-Tella Web Site

Fruit-tella Strawberry


Happy National Jelly Bean Day!!!

National Jelly Bean Day - Jelly Belly

My good friends at Jelly Belly sent me this fantastic box of Jelly Belly jelly beans for National Jelly Bean Day. I love it! Such a great idea and I'll definitely continue buying and reviewing their fantastic products. Thanks Jelly Belly! I hope you all enjoy this day and go out and pick up some jelly beans, there are millions of options this time of the year.

Gimbal's Sour Bunnies

Gimbal's Sour Bunnies

This was one of the easiest reviews I've ever done. I'll start by saying, if you see these on the shelf at your local store, BUY THEM! We really, really liked this candy. The Gimbal name was well known to me, but I hadn't tried a gummy candy made by them yet. They make great jelly beans and I especially love their Lava Balls. I wasn't that crazy about the Gimbal's Cherry Lovers Fruit Chews I reviewed but I love gummy candy and was excited to try these.


Here's what makes this candy so good. First off, the sour part of this candy isn't all that sour. It's not a Toxic Waste sour or a shocking sour.  It's a very-nice-make-you-pucker-a-bit-but-fades-quickly sour. That's something I enjoy because I'm older and don't want my mouth to feel like I just ate 14 tons of malic acid (that's the stuff added to make things EXTREMELY sour). I did find that the sourness increased as you neared the bottom of the bag. Mostly because the malic acid was on the outside of this candy and it settled to the candy on the bottom. That's not a bad thing, but something to keep in mind. Also, the sour was inconsistent between the pieces. I like that a lot. One piece would be very sour, the next only slightly sour, it really kept you guessing.


This candy was nice and chewy. It didn't stick to my teeth like some gummy candy does. It started off nice and chewy, a bit firm, after awhile this candy formed a fantastic chewy substance that I can only compare to chewing gum. I can't stress enough just how good the consistency of the gummy was in this bag of candy. The only thing I didn't like was that the different colors did not vary in taste. They all tasted the same, a sour start with a nice sugary/corn syrup candy gummy finish. This is a simple candy, but one that was done right. I'm not sure if I'm just extra excited about this candy because it is the first I've reviewed for Easter (my favorite candy holiday) or if this candy was just that good. I think this candy was just that good.

Gimbal's Sour Bunnies


Taste: 5/5 Loved It
Calorie Counter: 5 pieces = 1 serving = 140 calories, 0g fat, 25g sugars
Price: Around $2.50 purchased at Walgreen's
Gimbal's Web Site


MIke and Ike Fruit Twists

Mike and Ike Fruit Twists Strawberry Mike and Ike Fruit Twists Green Apple and Watermelon

Mike and Ike Fruit Twist Blue Raspberry with Strawberry

My son found this candy when we were on our way out of Walgreens. He tells the story like his little eagle eyes are sooooo great and he spotted them from a mile away. Pffttt....I say. They put candy at little kid's eye level and give it big bright colors with sparkles, because we all know sparkles attract attention to candy more than writing "new" or "improved" right? Okay, I'm bitter. I'm supposed to be the guy with the candy hobby who should be able to spot new candy a mile away and I was bested by a six year old!



I wasn't aware that this candy would be out this year and I met with the Just Born representatives for a long time at the Sweets and Snacks EXPO last year.  Why didn't they mention it?  This candy is manufactured and distributed under license by CandyRific. This candy was made in Spain and it has the CandyRific logo on it. CandyRific is a company that makes lots of different novelty candy under license from other companies. I wouldn't consider this candy "novelty", but it is different from what Just Born normally makes.



One thing you need to know about me is that I LOVE novelty candy. I think it's fun to see how many different kinds of candy companies can make. Add batteries, lights, fans, bobble heads, I love it all. Most of the time the candy stinks, but I still like the marketing spin to all of it. Earlier I said that I didn't think this candy could be classified as "novelty" candy. I guess I associate novelty candy with the bizarre add-ons I listed above. This candy seems like a new variety or direction for Mike and Ike, similar to the Mike and Ike Cotton Candy I've already reviewed.



If you look at the picture below you'll see that this candy looks just like licorice. In fact, it looks just like Filled Twizzlers from this review. This is definitely a licorice-like product, and it does use wheat flour just like licorice. I like to use the candy industry lingo and call it extruded candy. I love that name, E-X-T-R-U-D-E-D, it's so fun to say. I would say these have the same chew and consistency as a Twizzler licorice. Our packages were extremely fresh and the licorice was nice and soft. I left a few of these out of the package for a few days to firm them up a bit. I like a chewier licorice and not a "melts easily in your mouth" kind of licorice. It was a little better that way.

I don't understand the flavors and different sizes of this candy. One of the king size 3.3oz packages was Strawberry licorice with strawberry filling. The other king size package was green apple and watermelon mixed in the same package (see photo below). Then there was a 1.15oz ten inches long package that was a mixture of blue raspberry licorice with strawberry filling. HUH? It took me a few minutes to figure out if I had all the the flavors they offered or not. I kept thinking there was another mixed pack or mixed flavors somewhere, but there wasn't.

 

Oh, how did it taste?  It was good if you like Twizzler-type licorice. It didn't taste at all like Mike and Ike candy, so I'm not sure why it's licensed from Just Born except for the instant name recognition. I also don't see how this candy is called a "twist" unless you think of it as twisted licorice because it has a filling and most licorice does not. Although it didn't taste like Mike and Ike candy, it did have a good taste. I liked the green apple best, but the watermelon wasn't bad. The inside filling was a sugary paste, but it melted nicely on the tongue and was enjoyable. In case you were worried about feeding this to children, they added little logos all over it with sayings like "Made with Real Fruit Juice!" and "Good Source of Vitamin C". So there you go, skip the orange juice in the morning and grab a king size pack of Mike and Ike Fruit Twists for your daily dose of Vitamin C (well, you'd need 10 servings as its only 10% of your Vitamin C RDA).

Mike and Ike Fruit Twists Green Apple and Watermelon


Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 2 pieces (king size package) = 1 serving = 110 calories, 1g fat, 15g sugars
Price: $1.50 purchased at Walgreen's


Starburst Sweet Fiesta

Starburst Sweet Fiesta

I always look forward to a new Starburst flavor. It seems like they come out with new flavors quite often. So far I've reviewed Summer Fun Fruits and Tropical Chews, Fave Reds, and Sour Sweet Fruit. I really liked the Summer Fun Fruits, but, as a whole package, it didn't replace the regular Starbursts flavors as my favorites. One individual flavor might be my all-time favorite though.



Cherry Mango
You could easily taste both the cherry and mango. This is a very nice flavor. I never would have paired these two together myself, but the pairing is really good. Much, much better than plain cherry.
Peach Guava
Peach is fantastic! I couldn't pinpoint the guava flavor, but this was a nice tangy peach and the guava flavor added something to it that a normal peach wouldn't have. Really good.
Strawberry Pineapple
Another good flavor. This was my favorite of the group, but not by much. This had a nice strawberry taste (even if it was fake) and the pineapple flavor was always in the background adding a nice citrusy punch to the strawberry flavor. I don't like the plain strawberry and can't imagine a plain pineaple but putting the two together made a new favorite Starburst flavor for me.
Melon Berry
Nice cool melon taste. There was a background berry flavor to this one like the background pineapple to the strawberry. This was my least favorite of the group but it was still really good.

Starburst Sweet Fiesta

I think this is a nice mix of what you'd find on a Caribbean cruise ship or on a breakfast fruit plate at a nice Central or South American restaurant.  So, "Sweet Fiesta" is a good name for them.  I am tempted to guess that this is a Cinco de Mayo offering.  Could that be?  This is the best Starburst variant I've ever had. I think it is the perfect extension to the normal package and I'll be buying more of these in the future. Look out at my home or work, I'm gonna get my Fiesta on!


Taste: 5/5 Loved It
Calorie Counter: 1 package = 1 serving = 220 calories, 5g fat, 30g sugars
Price: $.99 purchased at local gas station
Starburst Web Site


These are also available in a larger 14 oz. bag for $2.38 at WalMart.

Trolli Soda Poppers

Trolli Soda Poppers

If you want Americans to buy your candy, make it soda-flavored. I'm not sure what it is about soda (or pop, if you are a fellow Midwesterner) that makes Americans go crazy about it. Maybe it's the high fructose corn syrup, maybe it's the flashy commercials and print ads. I'm not sure why we are so drawn to soda, but if you put it in a candy, even I will buy it!



I try not to drink a lot of soda myself, but I do enjoy the flavor. I don't buy a lot of gummy candy, it isn't my thing......but if you put the two together....I'm sold. I found this bright beautiful package hanging at a local gas station and the words "NEW!" and "SODA" grabbed my attention immediately. Like I said, I'm not a huge fan of gummy candy, I don't dislike it, but a lot of gummy candy is bland and flavorless and it sometimes hurts my teeth when it's ultra chewy. But this little package from Trolli has made me rethink gummy candy.



When I opened the bag I could only smell root beer. I was hoping that overpowering flavor/smell didn't overwhelm the other candy in the bag and for the most part it didn't. I picked out an orange soda first and it felt nice and squishy. Each little gummy looks like can and tells you what flavor it is with molded lettering, just in case you couldn't figure it out from the color. The orange was good, very light in flavor, but still nice and orangey. I wouldn't say it was as good as an Orange Crush, but it was good. I moved onto the cola flavor and this one was far and away my favorite. It was nice and chewy, I'd say it was soft with just the right amount of firmness. The flavor was unmistakeable cola and it was very good. The lemon lime flavor was okay, not what I'd want it to be and several of them tasted like root beer. The cherry cola was good, but very light on the cherry and the cola. The root beer was super smelly, as I mentioned earlier, but it had a nice flavor to it. I wish the inclusion of this flavor didn't overpower the other flavors though. I'm sure it was just the smell, but a HUGE part of taste is smell, so it ruined some of the other gummies' flavors.

Trolli Soda Poppers

I loved the tiny little cans. My family thought it was a fun candy and each individual can of soda was a great size. Our bag was nice and fresh and I was impressed with the texture of this gummy. I'm glad I purchased this bag because I'm now wondering if I should open myself up to tasting more gummy candy in the future.


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 13 pieces = 1 serving = 130 calories, 0g fat, 24g sugars
Price: $1.29 purchased at a local gas station
Trolli Web Site


Skittles Blenders

Skittles Blenders

I'm always on the lookout for new candy at any store I walk into. I think my entire family has developed a sixth sense for finding candy that has just come out or that we've never tried before. I was at the convenience store near my work when this bright yellow package caught my eye. I instantly knew it was something new and exciting. I turned and there it was, a new flavor of Skittles. I'd like to tell you that angels sang and I heard a lovely tune while a bright light illuminated the candy aisle, but all I heard was some grumpy old guy that smelled really bad grumble at me for holding up the line. Oh well, it still didn't ruin the moment for me, for I'd found a new candy to try!



The idea behind this flavor of Skittles is that they've taken several different flavors and mixed them into a new Skittle. I'd like to think the flavors were new, but I found myself eating them thinking, "Haven't I had this one before?". Maybe I've eaten too much candy, maybe Skittles makes too many special flavors and new packages. I'm not sure what it was but I felt like I'd eaten all of these before. I'm not saying these are bad, several of them were quite tasty, but none of them WOW'd me (one of them did make me spit it out in disgust though). But these are Skittles and I love that "bite sized candy" mixture of sugar and corn syrup, I always have and I probably always will....even in flavors that don't seem entirely new.

Skittles Blenders

You can see the breakdown of each flavor above. Each full line is ten delicious Skittles, well except the blue ones, those were horrible. The flavors in this new pack include (from top to bottom) mango lemonade freeze, melon berry burst, cherry tropicolada, watermelon green apple freeze, and strawberry lime blast. I didn't have a favorite here and I really liked all but the blue, which is melon berry burst. No one in our family liked that one. I'm not sure about the "blenders" name because you can't always taste the flavors separately. I though the mango lemonade freeze would be my favorite, but I couldn't taste the mango flavor. I'm not sure if the names or flavors are supposed to make me think of the tropics or summer but I loved the names. Whoever thought of the name "tropicolada" is a genius in my book. I could not have thought that up in a million years and I love it. My guess is that this is a new "summer" flavor since there has been or is a Tropical Skittles for sale. I don't think it matters because the cult following of Skittles, or just the sheer love of sugar and corn syrup, will help these things sell like frozen drinks on a hot summer's day.


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 bag = 1 serving = 220 calories, 2.5g fat, 40g sugars
Price: $.89 purchased at local convenience store
Skittles FaceBook Page
Skittles Web Site


Gimbal's Lavaballs

Gimbal's LavaBalls

I'm not overly impressed with the Valentine's Day candy I've found in the stores this year. That led me to dig through my candy stash and find some candy I could review for Valentine's Day.  I looked for anything red or heart-shaped.  I found these two sampler packs of Gimbal's Lavaballs.



If you want to see what a normal Lavaballs package looks like, then go read this review over at Candyblog. This is a jelly bean like candy, a chewy center with a crunchy shell, but in a round shape instead of a bean shape. The color is a beautiful deep red that hints that there is cinnamon inside this candy. The shell is perfectly crunchy and melts nicely in your mouth. This is flavored all the way through with a spicy cinnamon flavor. You start with the shell, right under that is the spicy layer and under that is the large chewy lightly flavored center. It's a spicy, but not fire hot taste. It's not so hot that you will find it unpleasant, unless you don't like any hot cinnamon candy.

Gimbal's LavaBalls

We fell in love with these after the first bite. Amazing candy, but we love "spicy" and enjoy cinnamon candy in general. These are way more pleasant than an Atomic Fireball since you can chew through them, instead of holding them in your mouth for a very long time. This is another quality Gimbal's product, I've been impressed with everything of theirs I've tasted. The problems is I've tried to find these online, I've tried to find them in stores, I cannot locate them. I hope some of you have better luck.....because these are fantastic! If you find them....let me know.


Taste: 5/5 Loved It
Calorie Counter: unknown
Price: Free Sample from Gimbal's
Gimbal's Candy Web Site