June 2010

Almond Joy Pieces

It seems so obvious in hindsight: Reese's Pieces are little M&M-shaped versions of Reese's Peanut Butter cups.  A realization that was only recently made clear when Hershey trotted out Pieces versions of several other classics, including the beloved and relatively antediluvian Almond Joy candy bar.

Giant Chewy Nerds

I've been a fan of Nerds candy ever since they first hit our shores in the late 1980s.  As much as I love Nerds, I loathe all of their unusual variants.  It seems like every few years, the Wonka Candy Company finds a way to turn out another weird Nerds product.  From Nerds Cereal in the 1980s to today's topic, Giant Chewy Nerds candy.  

Starburst FaveReds

I never thought about it until I picked up this pack of candy, but the red Starburst flavors really are my favorites.   Apparently I'm not alone in this, because Starburst's new variant is called "FaveREDs," and includes only the red flavors: watermelon, cherry, strawberry, and fruit punch.  No lemon, no orange, just the good stuff.

Sour Nerds

The box of Wonka Sour Nerds caught my eye at the store last night.  For one thing, it was wrapped in cellophane, which was a little unusual.  And while I have heard of Sour Nerds for a while now, I hadn't tried any.  But in the name of broadening my candy horizons, lo, to include even sour candy, I decided to buy a box.

Big Hunk

I have always hated nougat-only candy, but I was convinced to give it another try after I enjoyed a Look! Bar so much.  And it turns out that the Look! Bar is just a chocolate-coated version of another Annabelle Candy Company standard, the Big Hunk.  I thought it would only be fair to track one down.

Wonka Rainbow Nerds Rope

The same candy shelf that produced Kazoozles also offered forth Nerds Rope.  I'm a fan of Nerds, and Nerds Rope has been out for ages, but I had never tried it.  Something about the idea struck me as too juvenile, even for me.  I never could stand that bubble gum tape, which was just regular bubble gum, except in an unusual format, and with a 20,000% price mark-up.

Wonka Kazoozles

It's been a long time since I bought a candy without having the slightest idea what to expect.  I studied the package and learned only that Kazoozles are "Delickoricious Chewy Candy."  The contents are described as "2 lemon ropes with cherry filling."  Whatever was inside that super-shiny mylar package, it felt firm yet flexible.

I was led to expect something kind of like licorice.  What I found was… not that.

The Reese's Bar

I actually have no idea what to call this.  Where a Cups wrapper says "Peanut Butter Cups," this bar has a blue swoosh that says "FILLED WITH REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER."  I can hardly call this a "Reese's Filled With Reese's Peanut Butter," as hilarious as that name may be.  In fact, nowhere on either the package or on the official website does it have any mention of what this thing actually is.  Despite the fact that any rational person would call it a "Reese's Bar."

Big Cherry Candy

With surely one of the most descriptive names in candy-dom, the Big Cherry is a lot like a cherry Mountain Bar, but with the addition of an actual maraschino cherry inside.  Aside from the cherry, it's virtually identical, and I would challenge anyone to tell the difference in a blind taste test.  (I mean, if you surgically removed the cherry, I guess.)