Saturday, November 21, 2009

Morinaga Hi-Chew Strawberry & Green Apple

Manufacturer: Morinaga

Name: Green Apple

Name: Strawberry

Ratings: 3.5/5 for Strawberry, 5/5 for Green Apple

So I managed to get my hands on two more flavors of Hi-Chew. Since I already waxed lyrical on the texture of Hi-Chews, I figured I’d just put up a flavor profile for each. I will note that the packages for these said “Since 1975″ on them. I’m not sure if this referrs to the Hi-Chews themselves or the Morinaga company.

Strawberry is milky pink on the outside and dark pink on the inside. This has an extremely mellow flavor–very muted, more so than the lemon. The hints of strawberry are there, but really in some ways it tasted more melon than berry–not watermelon per se, more like canteloupe. It’s slightly astringent and has the tiniest hint of pepper. I liked it, but it wasn’t stellar, and it wasn’t as good as the lemon.

Green apple is light green with a darker green inside. It has a bright, crisp, tart flavor–almost like biting into a Granny Smith apple. It has slight floral notes and a wonderful, full sour taste to it. The chew has a great apple juice apple-taste. It’s absolutely delicious and I love this–it reminds me of the Jolly Rancher Green Apple but sooo much better. 5/5.

I know there’s more flavors out there–I can’t wait to try them all.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ambrosoli Zotz

Name: Zotz

Manufacturer: Ambrosoli

Rating: 5/5

I’ve always had a fascination with carbonation (hey, that sounds like a beat poem). Soda and I are best friends, and as a kid I used to drop Alka-Selzter Tablets in water to watch them fizz up. So when I heard about Zotz I knew they were up my alley, and I had to have them. I ordered a box of Zotz–watermelon, cherry, and apple. There’s also a grape-orange–lemon pack I need to get my hands on.

Zotz come in single-flavor strings of three. They’re hard candy, a little bigger than my thumbnail, with a white dot in each end. This dot is powder, which dissolves in the mouth and leaves a hole at each end. This is a nice feature, because it means you can suck the powder out if you want to (and which I usually do). The powder is very fizzy and very sour and it pops and fills your mouth. The hard candy is high quality–it’s smooth, breaks easily, and doesn’t leave any sharp edges.

The flavors are as follows:

Watermelon is pale pink and has pear undertones and a slight floral flavors. The rest of the flavor is artificial Jolly Rancher. Not my favorite flavor, but I don’t hate it

Cherry is a pale red and it has an immediate burst of sour cherry, with pineapple flavor to follow. It doesn’t have much of that medicinal flavor that I hate, which is awesome. Cherry is my favorite flavor usually, but this was my second favorite.

Apple is a pale green. It has a lot of that artificial apple flavor that I happen to love. It also has some, bright Granny Smith flavor to it. This is my favorite.

I can’t find anything to dislike about this candy–the bright flavor I love mixed with tons of fizz and the right hit of sourness. Highly recommended.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Morinaga Hi-Chew Lemon

Name: Hi-Chew Lemon

Company: Morinaga

Rating: 4/5

I did indeed receive my shipment of Zotz, and I shall be reviewing them next week. Why am I not reviewing them now? Because there’s over 100 pieces in my box ‘o Zotz and I don’t think the roll of Hi-Chews are going to last much longer.

Hi-Chews are made my Morinaga, and this is my first experience with this candy company and now not the last. They come in a pack about the same size and shape as a package of Bubble Yum and are decorated with the Hi-Chew logo and pictures of the flavor inside, in this case lemon. The package promises natural and artificial flavors and indeed as soon as I picked up the package in World Market I was assailed with the scent of fresh lemonade. The individual pieces are the same size as a piece of Trident, but much thicker, and wrapped in white. The candies themselves are a milky white-yellow with a bright yellow core.

The chews do have a yummy, bright lemon flavor but there was something missing. It wasn’t an issue of chemical versus natural it was more of a question of intensity–I guess I was expecting more of a punch because of the yellow core, but it wasn’t there. Just a sweet, slightly tangy, slightly floral lemon.

It took me awhile to figure out how to describe the texture, as it was honestly something I’d never come across before. I did finally nail it–it has the same texture as a piece of gum midway through, when the softness has been chewed out but it hasn’t reached impossibly rubbery levels. I know that doesn’t sound like much of an endorsement, but I loved it. It’s somewhere between a gum and a candy and absolutely addictive.

I couldn’t give it my highest rating because of the slightly blandness of flavor, but I still can’t wait to try the other flavors.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Back from Hiatus

Hello one and all. I apologize for my absence. Real life got in the way of blogging. Real life sorted out though, as much as it ever can be, and candy and I are back. Look for a review of Zotz on Friday-I’ll be keeping up the once a week posting schedule, since time and finances keep me from posting any more than that. Graduate school is a pesky thing. It’s nice to be back.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Switzer’s Chewy Black Licorice Bites

Name: Chewy Black Licorice Bites
Manufacturer: Switzer
Rating: 5/5

I had the good luck to come across a bag of Switzer’s black licorice. I am quite happy to report this lives up to my experience with the chewy cherry twists.

These are licorice bites, a little bigger than a quarter, with holes in the middle. It comes in a black plastic bag, and it is delicious. It’s a mild licorice with a strong molasses flavor and a nice citrusy hint to it. It’s also delightfully chewy without any waxiness. Switzer has the best licorice. My mom found both this and the chewy cherry twists at Cracker Barrel, so if you’re looking for some of this licorice-y goodness for yourself, check there.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Switzer’s Chewy Cherry Twists

Name: Chewy Cherry Twists
Manufacturer: Switzer’s
Rating: 4.5/5

In one of my first entries I wrote about how I wasn’t wild about Twizzlers. I had sort of written off the whole non-red-licorice genre then, but happily this has changed my mind.

Switzer’s is actually a St. Louis company that originated in the 19th century; I’m a St. Louisan myself so I’m always happy to support a hometown company. It’s even better when said hometown company makes something delicious.

Chewy Cherry Twists are long, red, and shiny, and come in a red bag, but the similarities to Twizzler’s end there. The twists have a bright burst of cherry flavor–a flavor that tastes suprisingly organic–and a rounded, not too sweet aftertaste. It isn’t too stuff to chew comfortable, and in fact is a nice blend of stiff and elastic that works quite well. They’re absolutely delicious.

Why only 4.5, then? It still has a slight waxiness to it. That may be part of the licorice experience, though.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I’m back!

Okay, I am finally back! I was having problems logging in, but I have things sorted out. Friday I’ll have a review of Switzer cherry twists and next week look for a review of some of Bissinger’s individual chocolates. So glad to be back!
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hey gang–I’m going on hiatus until July, I’m going out of town and then I have some reading for my summer internship. Ssee you guys then!
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Monday, June 1, 2009

Kilwin’s Fudge

Manufacturer: Kilwin’s
Rating 5/5

The awesome neighbors behind my series of Austrian candy recently spent a weekend in Louisville and brought me back some fudge from Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream shop. According to their website, they specialize in handmade confections. If this fudge is an indication of their products, I can’t wait to try more.

They do a top-notch job of packaging–my fudge, milk chocolate in flavor, was wrapped in wax paper and placed in a burgundy cardboard box, along with a small plastic knife to cut the fudge with.

A lot of us have had bad fudge–grainy, overly sugary, even a little tough. This is not this kind of fudge. The outside is very slightly crunchy and the inside is as smooth and creamy as velvet. The flavor is wonderful too–intense and fully rounded, with the predominate flavor being chocolate and not sugar. It’s incredibly rich, so a small piece goes a long way.

This is worth ordering, if you have a fudge craving.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

I have some delicious fudge to review, and will be doing so this weekend. Apologies for not getting up last night (well, I guess it’s still last night, as it’s 4:33 a.m. here). I’ve been keeping odd hours lately, and I’ve been too tired to write a decent review.
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