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


Trader Joe's Bunny Gummy Tummies & Friends

 

 

Trader Joe's Bunny Gummy Tummies & Friends

I was hoping the title of this candy might be even longer. Then, every time I type it, my review gets longer, Trader Joe's Bunny Gummy Tummies & Friends. See, that's writing magic right there. This is one of the candies I missed reviewing for Easter so I thought I'd review it anyway because I've been waiting to eat it.



I've only reviewed one other Trader Joe's candy and that was because one of our readers requested it. That review of the Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups left me thinking that Trader Joe's made some excellent candy to go with their excellent selection of tasty food. I liked the packaging on this candy, it's funny, it's very Easter-ish. This candy is made in France, so I assume the product it outsourced by Trader Joe's, but I don't really know for sure. The packaging lists four flavors, lemon, strawberry, orange and blackberry. It says these are all natural and have a "fluid fruity center that pleasantly melts in your mouth". I was really interested in the flavors, I really like gummy candy, but fluid insides? That's not really something I enjoy in my gummy candy.

Trader Joe's Bunny Gummy Tummies & Friends

You can see in the photo above that this candy has a different shape to match the different flavors. The shapes might be hard to see but there is an orange egg, lemon bird, white/purple sheep blob, and the very cute pink bunny. The colors made it very easy to tell which flavor you were getting but our package had WAY more of the cute pink bunny strawberry flavor than I would have liked. The gummy was nice and soft with just the right amount of chew. It had a nice blend of being soft and chewy with just the right resistance that a gummy candy should have. The gummy did not stick to my teeth, big thumbs up there. The flavors were fantastic. Very natural, very light, I liked every flavor but thought the lemon was about perfect.

Trader Joe's Bunny Gummy Tummies & Friends

The "fluid fruity center" was better than I thought it would be. I was thinking of something like Fruit Gushers, those horrible fruit snacks with a giant glob of sugar fluid inside them. This candy was not like that at all. It was a very small, sugary liquid that did add to the candy. They didn't overdo the amount or make it sour or super fake flavored. It was nice and sugary with a flavor we found enjoyable.


So far I'm two for two on liking what Trader Joe's has to offer for candy. I might pick a few more items up the next time I'm there.


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 7 pieces = 1 serving = 140 calories, 0g fat, 28g sugars
Price: I forgot to write down the price but these were purchased at Trader Joe's and in the $2 range


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.

Mighty Malts - Speckled Malted Milk Eggs

Might Malts Speckled Malted Milk Eggs

I glanced at this candy several times before I finally decided to pick it up. My curiosity finally got the best of me as I wanted to know which candy company made this candy. I'd never seen or heard of it before. I was a bit surprised to discover that the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) makes this candy. I never would have guessed that. I couldn't see how this was similar to any other candy they made. I think everyone is familiar with their Sweethearts conversation hearts. Most people are familiar with their NECCO wafers I'm guessing, but their malted milk balls?



The packaging is a little sparse and they've used 5 different fonts on fewer than 10 words, but the little window where you can see the candy is pure genius. If this package didn't have that, I would never have purchased it. My opinion on speckled, shiny or sparkly candy is that all humans are drawn to it.  In the end, the speckles really won me over on this candy. I really liked how they looked, such great colors for Easter including blue, yellow, pink and white. All of the colors taste the same, so it's merely cosmetic...but it's beautiful.

Might Malts Speckled Malted Milk Eggs

I wasn't impressed with this candy at first. However, I had just purchased a small bag of Jelly Belly brand malted milk balls, which are fantastic (and also $10/pound), so the comparison wasn't really fair.  Jelly Belly has a great formula with a hard candy shell, then a layer of chocolate followed by the malted milk center. I'm in love with that combination. This candy on the other hand is some kind of vanilla-ish tasting almond bark, that is extremely sweet covering a malted milk center. I was not impressed. However, I did figure out that I was eating these wrong. I kept them around the house for a few days, which is odd, as I usually toss out candy right after we've reviewed it.  Since it was sitting there, I decided to give this candy another try. Instead of trying to melt it and enjoy the malted milk center slowly, which is what I had done with the Jelly Belly version, I took one of these and chomped it down like a Whoppers malted milk ball.  This led me to the conclusion that these were okay tasting, which was a huge upgrade from "hated them", but they are still not even comparable to the Jelly Belly ones (I reviewed them as part of the Jelly Belly Easter Mix here) and nowhere close to the amazing taste of the Madelaine Chocolate Company Malt Eggs. This candy was much cheaper than my other two favorites, so it's perfect for kids and Easter baskets. since it isn't chocolate so it's not going to melt on hands and clothing, if the Easter weather is warm enough to melt chocolate. As a parent, that's something I can appreciate, but I'd probably just give this candy to the kids and I'd save the good stuff for myself.

Might Malts Speckled Malted Milk Eggs


Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 6 pieces = 1 serving = 190 calories, 0g fat, 26g sugars
Price: $2.68 purchased at Wal Mart
NECCO Web Site


Russell Stover Pectin Jelly Beans

Russell Stover Pectin Jelly Beans

When I think of Easter, I think of jelly beans. It could be the shape, it could be the colors, but mostly it is because they are primarily sold at Easter time. I had heard of pectin jelly beans before, but I didn't think they were "premium beans" because of that ingredient. I guess I didn't really understand what pectin added to the jelly bean. I did a search and found that Candyblog had reviewed this and, like always, Cybele's review filled in my missing knowledge on this type of candy.



I also went to Wikipedia to read more about pectin. I learned that pectin is mainly extracted from citrus fruits. It is primarily used as a gelling agent in jams and jellies. Cybele pointed out that most jelly beans we consume are thickened with corn starch. I think her guess on why is right on track...it is probably cheaper than pectin.  (Just like it is cheaper than sugar, so it is used in most sodas in the U.S.)  So, how did it taste?  Well, the difference between normal jelly beans and pectin jelly beans is like night and day to me. Most jelly beans I've tried are slightly hard to chew, the melt is gritty and they stick to your teeth. These pectin jelly beans have a soft chew, they didn't stick to my teeth, they had an amazing smooth melt and best of all, they had a consistency of jam or jelly after chewing for a few seconds.

Russell Stover Pectin Jelly Beans

The flavors in this bag included strawberry, orange, pineapple, grape, lemon and cherry. I didn't find any of the lime flavored beans Cybele found in the larger Russell Stover package. The flavors we had were all fantastic and I liked each and every one of them. I also like the size of these jelly beans. They were very large and had nice vibrant colors. They were easily four times larger than a Jelly Belly brand jelly bean. As I mentioned above, the best part about these beans was the consistency, chew and very smooth sugary melt. I can't explain how good (and different) these tasted, you really need to try them yourself. The finish on these, when it turned into a jam-like substance, made me continue to reach for more and more of them. The only downside is that I picked up a rather small 1.5oz bag because I wasn't sure how they'd taste. I see that Jelly Belly makes a pectin bean and now I'm eager to try that one too.


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 21 pieces = 1 serving = 150 calories, 0g fat, 37g sugars
Price: $.99 purchased at Walgreen's
Russell Stover Web Site


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


Dove Peanut Butter Eggs

Dove Peanut Butter Egg

This is the second bag of Dove eggs we have purchased. I have also reviewed the Dove Coconut Creme Eggs prior to this review. I purchased the two bags together in a 2/$6 sale at CVS pharmacy. The normal price on this candy is a little expensive, but I did not have to wait long for a nice sale on this candy. There were lots of flavors to choose from...but since peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations in the world in my opinion, I decided to give Dove's go at this amazing combination a try.



The peanut butter is smooth and creamy and is a perfect match for the silky smooth easy melting Dove chocolate it's wrapped in. It blends well and melted together so smoothly. The peanut butter wasn't sugary sweet, although it was sweet enough and slightly salty.  I think the mixture of sugar to peanuts was just about perfect in this filling, although the peanuts were somewhat muted by the sugar. It might have been because there was so little filling inside this candy.  I was looking for more peanut, less sugar, which is odd to say since this wasn't that sugary to begin with.  It's a nice flavor overall, but I still prefer the in-your-face-sugary-sweet-grainy filling in a Reese's.

 

This candy is like the elegant "goes to fancy parties" version of a Reese's and there's nothing wrong with that. I call it "elegant" for many reasons.  One reason is the smooth Dove chocolate used and the other reason is the fancy foil wrapper. I think there's plenty of room under the peanut butter and chocolate tent. It's a big party and every candy manufacturer is invited, as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't mind seeing ten more candies with a peanut butter and chocolate combination because they'll all taste slightly different. The chocolate is what sets this candy apart from the Hershey-Reese's juggernaut, and anyone that has tried Dove chocolate before knows what I'm talking about here. What I'd like to see is a mash-up between Dove chocolate and the Reese's peanut butter filling because that would be amazing. I think the outer chocolate of a Reese's is the downside to that candy and the peanut butter inside is the downside to this candy. I doubt that would happen as Hershey and Mars are the major competitors in the U.S. market....but a candy lover can dream!!!

Dove Peanut Butter Egg

This Dove candy has been around for awhile in the Dove Promise square size. They changed the shape for Easter and it is a great way to sell more product. Everyone loves egg-shaped candy at Easter time! I'm not sure I'd part with this candy to put in my children's Easter baskets though.  (I don't give them Reese's peanut butter eggs either, call me a horrible parent, but you know I'm the one hiding in the closet with chocolate on my hands and face eating the kid's peanut butter and chocolate candy.)  This is Easter candy for grown ups, don't we deserve a basket too?

 

Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 3 pieces = 1 serving = 200 calories, 13g fat, 17g sugars
Price: $3.00 purchased at CVS Pharmacy
Dove Chocolate Web Site


Dove Coconut Creme Eggs

Dove Coconut Creme Egg

I've reviewed several coconut products in the past. They tend to range from the sickly sweet to the fake tasting coconut flavor. I have yet to find a coconut flavored candy that I really like. However, I think I've finally found one. This is a new flavor from Dove and fits in perfectly with their other Easter egg chocolate candies.



This candy does have real coconut oil in it so the flavor is definitely more authentic. The ingredient list also has artificial flavorings listed, so maybe it isn't all real coconut flavor, but it sure tastes good. It isn't sickly sweet, it isn't fake tasting, it is just about perfect. I'm not sure I'd call the filling a creme, but it does melt very smoothly and evenly. If you look at the picture below though, you'll see it's more of a "solid" than a creme. I know that is nitpicking but when I think of a creme, I think of something completely different, more fluffy and whipped. This is more of a semi-solid.  You won't find any coconut chunks, strings or pieces in this candy either, which is a little different than what you'd find in a higher end coconut creme chocolate candy. I think that's a bonus in this candy because the chunks would be out of place and odd in a candy that melts so nicely.

 

Dove Coconut Creme Egg



Speaking of melting nicely, this is the same Dove chocolate with a silky smooth melt. This candy has a fantastic crisp shell and there's the perfect amount of resistance when you bite into this. If you haven't had Dove milk chocolate before, you should really try it. The taste is unique and the melt is definitely the best of any easy-to-find mass-produced chocolate. It's a very good chocolate for what it is. I also like the beautiful foil wrappers on this candy. The colors are fantastic and the aluminum foil keeps this candy in great condition.

 



The only downside to this candy is the size. See the picture below for a comparison to a Hershey Kiss. At 70 calories a piece this candy is very large. I think I would have preferred the candy to be half the size, it seemed like a lot of candy and after eating two of these, I was done snacking on them. I also thought the picture on the front of the package was a bit deceiving because this candy is mostly chocolate with some creme while the photo shows a ton of creme with a smaller layer of chocolate.  While an egg-shaped candy may make this seem like an Easter candy, I would be happy to see this available all year round.

Dove Coconut Creme Egg


Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 3 pieces = 1 serving = 210 calories, 13g fat, 20g sugars
Price: $3.00 purchased at CVS
Dove Chocolate Web Site


Jelly Belly Mint Creme

Jelly Belly Mint Creme bag

I cannot resist the Jelly Belly 3 oz. grab and go bags. It's the perfect sized bag of candy to share with friends and family. I do enjoy mellowcreme candy and their mint has such a good flavor. These are about the size of a quarter and about as thick as two quarters stacked on top of each other. It is a great size and gives you the right amount of mint, not too much, not too little. The mint aftertaste is fantastic.  I think Jelly Belly should offer these in a roll as breath fresheners.


This is the same mellowcreme Jelly Belly uses in other candy mixes. It has a nice smooth melt, is slightly chewy, and feels dense in texture. The peppermint taste is slightly spicy/hot and has a lasting minty effect on your mouth. I love the spring/Easter colors. They remind me of wedding candy for some reason.  I can also imagine putting these in an Easter basket.

 

I don't think I haven't found a Jelly Belly grab-and-go product I didn't like.  At $1.99, a bag is more expensive than a $.79 candy bar, but the 3 of us can easily share a bag like this in the car.  Sharing a bag is less expensive and fewer calories than each of us getting our own candy bar and makes for a far higher quality snacking experience.

Jelly Belly Mint Cremes


Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 12 pieces = 1 serving = 140 calories, 0g fat
Price: $1.99 purchased at Jelly Belly PopUp Stand at a Truck Stop while traveling
Jelly Belly Web Site


The Madelaine Chocolate Company - Malt Eggs & Easter Eggs

Madelaine Milk Chocolate Malt Eggs Madelaine Easter Eggs Milk Chocolate


I know it's past Easter but I purchased this candy, loved it and think it needs to be reviewed. Madelaine is a company that, I think, deserves more fans. I'm happy to toot their horn, although a bit late for Easter.
The first thing I noticed about this candy is the packaging. I love how the beautiful spring/Easter colors alternate on the two packages, green in place of yellow and yellow in place of green. The slightly darker colored cursive Ms are a very nice touch. I really like the ribbons tied to them, the little cards that tell you what the candy is and I absolutely love the font and wording at the bottom of each package, *Smooth & Rich* CHOCOLATE. It's bold, it's in large letters, it's CHOCOLATE!!!! The see-through window is perfect because this candy is beautiful. Why not show it off? The malted milk eggs show through in large vibrant colors and the foil wrapped Easter eggs look amazing with the little peak that windows gives you. All around great packaging. I almost love the packaging as much as I love the candy.

Then, you open those beautifully decorated packages and you see all of this beautiful candy instead of just that little peak the window gives you.

Madelaine Milk Chocolate Malt Eggs

Madelaine Easter Eggs Milk Chocolate



The wrapped eggs are a perfect size of chocolate to snack on. The malted eggs are GIGANTIC and....I LOVE THEM.
Madelaine Milk Chocolate Malt Eggs Madelaine Easter Eggs Milk Chocolate



The chocolate is smooth and creamy. It's like a Dove chocolate in that regard, but it's also a smooth and milky chocolate like a Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. Sugar is listed as the first ingredient, but there's no sugar burn in your throat with this chocolate. It has a fruity/flowery smell and taste, which is very pleasant. There are very few ingredients, which I really appreciate in this age of food chemicals and additives. The chocolate has an even and excellent "melt" in your mouth. This goes for both the solid chocolate eggs and the chocolate covered malted milk balls. I love malted milk, so the size of this candy is perfect. Plenty of chocolate, sugary outside coating and a very nice amount of malted milk. I would definitely say both candies were the perfect size.

We've never tried this brand of chocolate before and, I admit, there's always something fun in trying new candy and chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised at how good both of these candies were. Perfect size, fantastic packaging and wonderful taste. It's the small things that make a BIG difference in candy for me. For instance, look at the gold foil packaging photo below, it's not your average cheap silver tinfoil. This is a thick gold foil that peals easily and helps to set this candy apart from other candy on the shelf. I highly recommend you try these or any of the other Madelaine Chocolates. They taste even better than they look.

Madelaine Easter Eggs Milk Chocolate



Milk Chocolate Malted Eggs
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 3.5 pieces = 1 serving= 190 calories, 9g fat
Price: $1.49 on clearance at Kohl's
The Madelaine Chocolate Company


Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 6 pieces = 1 serving= 220 calories, 13g fat
Price: $1.49 on clearance at Kohl's
The Madelaine Chocolate Company