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.

Joyva Sesame Crunch

Joyva Sesame Crunch

Since we seem to be drowning in jelly beans this week, I thought it might be nice to consider a candy from Passover also.  When I set out to buy Passover candy, this wasn't what I had in mind. I asked a Jewish friend if there was a "jelly bean equivalent" for Passover, which made her laugh.  She said there wasn't.  I was hoping to find something similar to the candy on this web page, Payard's Peanut Butter & Jelly Matzoh Sandwich.  I thought maybe a visit to the nearest kosher deli might yield some fun results and hopefully a Peanut Butter and Jelly Matzoh Sandwich dipped in dark chocolate.....YES, PLEASE!!!

I had an excellent conversation with the owner and he explained that Passover isn't a big candy holiday. Macarons are very popular, but since they aren't a candy, I can't review them here.  He suggested we try these sesame crunch candies. He said this is a very popular selling candy, but it's not specific to Passover. The ingredients are sesame seeds, sugar, corn syrup and honey. You can see by the golden color below that this is a boiled sugar/corn syrup/honey candy. The easiest thing to compare this to would be peanut brittle.

The bar is hard like peanut brittle, it has a very nice solid crunch to it and the taste is very sweet and also very nutty...again, like peanut brittle.  But where peanut brittle is a field of hardened sugar with sparse nuts sprinkled in, the ratio here is very different, this is all sesame seeds, all the time. The sesame seeds get stuck in your back teeth, but I liked the combination. The "unsweetness" of the sesame seeds mixed very well with the "supersweetness" of the sugar mixture.  Joyva also makes an individually wrapped bite-sized version of this candy.  I think I would have preferred it, as biting off a piece of this with my side molars was serious work.

Joyva Sesame Crunch

My quest for Passover candy was fun.  It's one of the things I love about writing this blog...I get an idea and I get to follow it wherever it leads.  I also got to try a good candy I probably would not have tried otherwise.  It was great to meet a nice shop owner who was willing to talk to me about Passover.  I also got to ponder the idea of a MAJOR holiday without a candy tie-in.  In the US, all of the Christian holidays (plus most national holidays, minus the 4th of July) have MAJOR candy tie-ins...I wonder what it would be like to have a holiday that wasn't so commercialized...that's a a nice thing to ponder this week, while I drown in jelly beans.

Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1 bar = 1 serving = 190 calories, 1g fat, 15g sugars
Price: $1.00 purchased at a local Jewish deli/grocery store
Joyva Web Site

Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Santa

Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Santa

When I see foil wrapped candy on a store shelf, I am instantly drawn to it. I have this weakness for great designs, colors and overall presentation or packaging of any candy. It's one of the reasons I love Madelaine chocolate. They have fantastic foil with great designs and fantastic packaging. In my opinion Russell Stover has created a really nice Santa design. It instantly drew my attention when I saw it sitting on the store shelf. I've had many, many Russell Stover candies over the years as they have a great outlet store we like to stop at and for the price, they are a great candy.

The milk chocolate mirrors the foil, which is a very nice touch. I can't tell you how many times I've opened a foil candy to find a plain old piece of chocolate inside, which is BORING. Why not create a mold and make your chocolate interesting? For me, it's the little things that make a difference in my candy. If you go that one extra step, I'm more likely to buy your candy in the future, or more importantly, buy it as gifts. This is better than any RM Palmer chocolate and you find plenty of that during the Holidays.

Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Hollow Santa

The milk chocolate this Santa is made from is good. It's not great, but at this price point, it can't be fantastic. When you first open the package you are greeted with a nice chocolatey smell. The melt is very nice and even and it coated my tongue nicely. The flavor was milky but had a woodsy and sort of a dark chocolate taste to it. My wife hated it, but my son and I thought it was pretty good. I think my six year old summed it up best when he said it tasted like hot cocoa. That is exactly what this tastes like. Overall, this type of candy really isn't about the taste, although this one wasn't bad. This type candy is more about looks and borders on the edge of novelty candy instead of great tasting candy. This would be perfect in a Christmas stocking or in a gift bag of other candy to give to friends or co-workers and for 99 cents, it is priced perfectly to give to many people in your life.

Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: no information available
Price: $.99 purchased at our local Farm Fleet
Russell Stover Web Site

Guest Review: Gummy Body Parts Candy

Gummy Body Parts Candy

This is one of those products that, I think, can best be reviewed by my 6 year old son. I'm pretty sure this candy was created for boys in particular because they think eating things like body parts is pretty cool. This candy is made by the Frankford Candy & Chocolate Company. This might not sound like a familiar company, but they make a lot of candy you would know...things like Bubblicious, Sour Patch, and the licensed candies for SpongeBob, Harry Potter, and Disney.

These are individually packaged inside a larger mixed bag that has 7 different types of body parts. Each gummy comes in its own plastic tray inside the wrapper, which is very nice, as no one wants smashed brains. I managed to grab 3 different body parts from the bins at the 2010 Sweets and Snacks EXPO. When I first opened the package, the smell reminded me of Juicy Fruit gum. The flavor also reminded me of Juicy Fruit with some orange thrown in. I thought these were pretty good.   My son thought it was hilarious to pretend he was a zombie while eating the brains...thank goodness we only had two packs of brains.   The "blood" at the severing is a nice touch, otherwise it would just be a body part, not a gory body part.  Overall, it's a fun candy for kids, the flavor was really good, and the gummy had a nice soft chew. But, don't take my word for it, here are my  year old's comments while he ate them:

>>"WOW! These would make a great Halloween Snack!"

>>"Hey, this foot looks like it has blood inside it"

>>"This is a good quality gummy, I like how it's slightly chewy"

>>"These are way better and scarier than plain old gummy bears or worms"

>>"Awesome flavor, it's really fruity"

>>"Girls might be grossed out by this, I'd chase the girls at school with these"


There you have it.  If you are looking for something different to pass out at Halloween or something to chase girls with---here's a good candy choice!

Gummy Brain

Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: No information on individual packages
Price: Free Sample provided by the company
Frankford Candy & Chocolate Company Web Site

Feliz Cinco De Mayo - Candy From Mexico

We visited our local Mexican market and found some fun candy. We love eating at the little restaurant attached to the market, but have not shopped around the market beyond the few items my wife loves. I found several different pieces of candy, at really great prices, that seem like a good fit for Cinco de Mayo.

Nestle - Carlos V

This is the Carlos V bar made by Nestle. It is a solid chocolate .75oz bar. My first thought after biting into this bar was "Who was this guy? and Why do they hate him so much to immortalize him in such a horrible tasting bar?"  Obviously, the chocolate was not good at all. (If you didn't know, Carlos V was the 1st King of Spain.  And he is not hated.)  This bar was chalky, way too sweet and not good, in my opinion. However, while I might not like this bar, tastes vary from country to country, and this may appeal more to taste buds in Latin America.

Ricolino - Kranky Ricolino - Kranky

I bought this candy because I loved the name, Kranky K.  Who names a candy Kranky K? I like the little K mascot on the front with his funny face (which doesn't look kranky to me).  Since, the Ritter Sport CornFlakes bar is my absolute favorite, when I read this was "Corn Flakes with Chocolate Flavoring Coating", I just had to try it. The chocolate isn't great, I'm not even sure it's real chocolate, but I found these strangely addicting. I couldn't stop eating them while taking these pictures.  This was a great find.

Ricolino - Bubu Lubu Ricolino - Bubu Lubu

I'll be honest, I bought this one for the name too! Bubu Lubu, so fun to say!  I asked my wife, "Would you care for a Bubu Lubu?", and she asked me not to talk like that in front of the children. (JK!)  This is a chocolate coated bar with a layer of strawberry jelly and a layer of marshmallow. The marshmallow is soft, spongy and super sweet while the strawberry jelly is nice and tangy and provided a great balance to the marshmallow. I loved the taste of this right off the shelf but decided to freeze one, and oh my, these are SUPER DELICIOUS FROZEN!

Hershey - Crayon Mango & Strawberry

This candy was made for SugarKid. It's the only conclusion I can arrive at after tasting it. Either kids will love it, or it's some kind of horrible candy used as a way to teach kids not to eat glue/paste at school. Honestly, this was a horrible, horrible candy, and I love most candy. This had the consistency of paste with a totally fake flavor, horrible taste and even worse aftertaste.

Hershey - Crayon Mango & Strawberry Hershey - Crayon Mango & Strawberry

This Crayola-shaped candy works by taking the top off of it, then twisting the bottom like deodorant. You can see in the pictures above that this causes the candy to "ooze" out of the top in a very unappealing manner. However, just like the candy I reviewed earlier this week, I'm not the target audience for this candy. SugarKid loved it. He thought the container was fun, the candy tasted great and that this was the greatest invention ever. I think my 6 year old's palate has some growing up to do!

There you go, some fun Mexican candy for Cinco De Mayo. I won't give ratings on all of it since I gave my impression in the reviews. These were all priced very inexpensively. Most of them were less than $.50 If you are near a Mexican market or store, stop in and see what they have. The Bubu Lubu really surprised me and I'm really glad I bought it. I hope you find something you like too.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg

Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg
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While most people normally purchase a chocolate bunny for Easter, this candy blogger goes with his favorite candy, inside a candy. Say what? Yes, this is my favorite Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate with my favorite Cadbury chocolate mini-eggs inside it. When I saw this at the store I was like a moth attracted to light, I had to have it. It was like some candy developer at Cadbury was like, "How could I make two wonderful things even better? I know, I'll put one inside the other!"

I've never hidden my love for all things Cadbury. You can see my glowing reviews of other Cadbury products HERE, HERE and HERE. I'm drawn to the purple packaging, the recipe that puts milk before sugar in milk chocolate and in this case, tiny scrumptious little Cadbury Mini Eggs inside. What a clever idea those Cadbury people came up with. Hiding one of my favorite candies inside one of my favorite chocolates, so I'd have to eat my way through their wonderful chocolate to get to them. Oh...I can see them laughing now with one of those mad scientist evil laughs, "Muahahahahahaha, they will never be able to resist this." I could not wait to review this and I waited until Easter Sunday to do it. The suspense almost killed me.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg

I went from elation to frustration in seconds though. The first problem I encountered was that I dropped the egg on the floor as I took it out of its package. I'm not sure who designed this box, but he should lose his engineering degree. What a travesty (see the picture below). The plastic inside the box opened in the back, so after gently cutting the tape I opened the box while looking at the front of it. Once the egg was out, the plastic opened and the egg smashed to the floor. I was sorely disappointed. After carefully opening the tinfoil and snapping the picture below, I then noticed there was only a whopping 5 Cadbury Mini Eggs inside the chocolate egg. *sigh* Double disappointment.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg

Okay, so even after I was extremely disappointed twice, I still LOVED this candy. It was a thousand times better than a silly old chocolate bunny, which everyone buys for a basket.  The chocolate had a great thickness and bite. It was milky and creamy like all other Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. This is a fantastic chocolate with another fantastic candy inside. The design also ties Cadbury Mini Eggs to Cadbury Chocolate as some people might not realize are from the same company.  I loved everything about this egg and would highly recommend you pick one up next year, I know I will. My son also thought this was the coolest idea ever and he was almost as excited to open it as I was. The only problem was that he wanted to treat my , I mean, the chocolate like a rattle. He did tell me that waiting to eat it made sitting through "adult" church completely worth it (if only I could bribe him with one of these every week so he'd sit quietly in church!)  I loved this product, the idea, the packaging, the egg shape instead of a bunny, and most of all, THE CHOCOLATE.

I also ran out and purchased some more Mini Eggs but in this really interesting tube package. I've made mention before that I hate buying entire bags of candy, so I thought this tube was perfect. I cannot buy entire bags, especially not the family size, of Cadbury Mini Eggs because I will eat the entire bag in one night. I know I'm not alone here, if you've done the same thing you can give a little chuckle while reading this because the Mini Eggs are really that good. I love the flavoring on the candy coated shell and the chocolate is the perfect size. Don't get me wrong, I love the larger Cadbury bars that you can buy year round but I often want just a little bit of chocolate and not an entire bar and they still haven't made a candy shell coated version of that bar, and it is the shell which makes the Mini Eggs so appealing.

Cadbury Mini Eggs

Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg
Taste: 5/5 Loved It
Calorie Counter: 1/3 egg = 1 serving= 200 calories, 11g fat
Price: $4.49 purchased at Target
Cadbury Website

Cadbury Mini Eggs
Taste: 5/5 Loved It
Calorie Counter: 12 Mini Eggs = 1 serving= 190 calories, 8g fat
Price: $2.99 purchased at Target
Cadbury Website

Look What the Bunny Brought - Day 5 - Filler Items

Easter Basket Filler Items

Every Easter basket needs a few filler items. These are the small candies that range from $.29 to $.50 a piece that fill in those gaps between the larger candies in your Easter baskets. I purchased a few examples and there are a lot more to choose from at the store. I somehow missed getting a Cadbury Creme Egg this year. I'll definitely try to pick one up in an after Easter sale.

Blue Peep

I don't think any basket is complete without Peeps in it. These are a staple for every Easter basket. I really like this video by The Bewildered Brit "Peeps Must Die!" Here is the Washington Posts Peep Diorama Contest, I love the UP Peeps diorama, so amazing.

Absolutely Divine Creme Egg

I purchased this Absolutely Divine creme egg at CVS. This is the store brand of candy. I wanted to try it out and see how it compared to a Cadbury creme egg. It had an okay flavor, not as good as Cadbury, but it wasn't bad. I think some type of creme egg is a must in any basket.

Dove Truffle Egg

This is a Dove Truffle Egg. I love how decorated the chocolate is on the outside. The taste was pretty good. This is your typical very smooth Dove chocolate with a truffle filling. This makes a great filler item for $.29.


I also picked up a Russell Stover truffle egg. Fantastic design on the outside and the chocolate was much better than the Dove truffle egg. I really like Russell Stover candy and chocolate, they do such a great job on their candy. Another great filler item.

Whitman's Marshmellow Egg

This is a new item out this year by Whitman's. Normally Whitman's is a chocolate-only company, but they were purchased by Russell Stover, so look for new items to come out using the Whitman's name. This is a pretty good candy. has a very good review of this item if you'd like to read more about it.

Reese's Peanut Butter Egg

The last item is the Reese's peanut butter egg. I believe this is the 2nd best selling item for Easter and the Cadbury creme egg is the 1st. You can't go wrong with a peanut butter and chocolate combination and Reese's does it perfectly. I love these eggs and this one was the smaller size that comes in the large bag. I had the large bag full of candy to review, but somehow it disappeared before I could review it. Fantastic candy!

Look What the Bunny Brought - Day 3 - Milk Carton Candy

Milk Carton Reese's, Whoppers, Robin Eggs

One of the things I hate is how super-sized everything has become. It's hard to enjoy all 16oz of a bag of candy....I get a bit tired of it partway through the bag...sometimes I'd rather just have a few ounces and be done. That's what I like about these cute little 3.5oz boxes. It is a nice amount of candy at 2.5 servings per box. Do you remember the milk cartons from school lunch? This packaging is exactly like those milk cartons. Boxes like this are also great because most of the candy is 100% intact, no chips, smashed or ruined candy inside these cartons.

These are not the most exciting candies Hershey makes but they are nice classics that fit well in the Easter candy selection. Reese's Pieces Pastel Eggs (introduced in 1995) are enlarged Reese's Pieces with pastel colors for the holiday. They are a great candy, but I prefer the smaller pieces size over these gigantic peanut butter eggs. On the other hand, the Whoppers eggs and Whoppers mini Robin Eggs are too small in size for me, although a perfect size for children. I love malted milk, so I find this smaller size gives you more chocolate and sugary shell instead of that great malted milk interior.

I love the price on this candy too. These are great buys and portion sizes for $1.00. You can't go wrong adding these to any Easter basket.

Mini Robin Eggs
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 24 pieces = 1 serving= 190 calories, 6g fat
Price: $1.00 purchased at Target
Hershey Whoppers Website

Reese's Pieces Pastel Eggs
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 12 pieces = 1 serving= 180 calories, 8g fat
Price: $1.00 purchased at Target
Hershey Pieces Website

Whoppers Eggs
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 31 pieces = 1 serving= 190 calories, 8g fat
Price: $1.00 purchased at Target
Hershey Whoppers Website

Look What the Bunny Brought - Day 2 - Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix

This candy was good enough that I wanted it to have a review all to itself. The Candy Professor asked me the other day if I had tried this mix, but I was completely unaware it existed. I finally found it at Kohl's in their Easter section. We do not have a lot of different places to look for candy where I live, so it often takes some serious hunting to find something like this. I'm really glad I did find it though. Here's a quick review...

This mixture has several great items in it. Of course, there are Jelly Belly jelly beans inside. There are not a lot of them, but there are some great flavors. Starting with my favorites, lemon and lime, oh my, I ate all of these instantly (my son won't notice they are gone). You can also find cantaloupe, grapefruit, some type of punch flavor, and what I think is grape, inside this package.

The other candy in this mix includes moulded sugar candy (mellocremes) in great Easter shapes. Ducks and rabbits mostly--I absolutely loved the super sweet flavor and texture of these. You can also find candy corn (which is an odd thing for Easter...but maybe this is why corn syrup is included in the ingredients list, ha ha ha, a little candy humor). You will also find some foil covered chocolate eggs which were made of an okay quality chocolate, nothing special. I liked the giant chocolate and candy shell malted milk eggs, they were excellent.

Overall, my son is going to love this candy and I think all kids would love it. It's a very, very super sweet and full of sugar candy mix. It's fun to get something from Jelly Belly that isn't just jelly beans and after reviewing several bags of them, we were ready for something different. I also think this would make a beautiful mixture sitting out on a table (for all ages), it is full of so much color that's perfect for Spring and Easter. I enjoyed snacking a bit on this package before I packed it up and put it into my son's Easter basket.

Just saw this on Amazon: 'Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix 9oz.' by Jelly Belly for $6.19

Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1/6 of a package = 1.5oz = 1 serving= 160 calories, 2g fat
Price: $3.78 purchased at Kohls's
Jelly Belly Store Link for Deluxe Easter Mix
Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix