So you guys all know by now that I’m a HUGE procrastinator, right? I mean first it was FINALLY hockey season, then I got sucked into Supernatural, then lately Animal Crossing has taken up a ton of time, that is when it isn’t so dang GORGEOUS outside that I don’t want to be inside. That, and I haven’t really found a ton of new stuff. I have found a few, but I was too eager to try them so I didn’t take the time to “review” them. However, I got something yesterday that says “New!”, but I think have been out for a couple months now(which is SOO old news for me.. HA, just kidding. Kind of..), but the package is so pretty and I just want to eat them. So since I really have no excuses not to, I’m going to do a write up on them as well!
Airheads bites! As always, well in the past few years, they have bold, bright, colorful, shiny packaging!
There are five different flavor bites; watermelon, blue raspberry, cherry, orange, and lemon. These remind me a lot of Wonka’s Oompas. I’m talking about the more recent ones, the fruity ones!
(Totally not my picture! Thanks Google!)
Not the chocolate/peanut butter version. Those were gone before I was around! The bag is so pretty to look at. Ahh. Colors! I hope that these are going to be awesome. I love Airheads, but I kind of hate how sticky they can be! Hopefully these are like giant Skittles! Which I would assume they are..
Yay!! They aren’t sticky! I like these already! They are all roughly the same size, some are more flat than others.. They are very bright, they remind me of gumballs.
I’m already slightly disappointed though, because there are a ton of lemon ones and only THREE orange. Luckily, there are quite a few blue raspberry, so I guess that evens it out a bit for me. Also only three watermelon too. Sure, cheap me out on the best flavors!
Red(Cherry): Oh, sooo super medicinal cherry. I don’t recall the strips being quite this strong before. Maybe my tastes have changed a bit. After a while, the flavor gets better, but it was kind of a shock at first. Unless you dig that medicinal cherry flavor(I’ve known someone who LOVES candy that does.) It is fairly simple to the Oompas though. They aren’t SUPER soft, but it’s easier to bite in half than the strips are. Also a lot less gritty too. As you can maybe tell, the outer shell isn’t very thick. I don’t think I’d be able to bite it off like Skittles or M&M’s. The bite doesn’t disintegrate quite as quickly as the strips. It really is like a big Skittle or an Oompa if you’ve had one. MUCH more convenient to eat than the strips. So far, I’m thinking, if I had a bowl of these sitting in front of me and I was preoccupied with a game or a movie, the bowl would probably be gone pretty quickly. I’d also have quite a sore jaw after a while though too.
Orange(Um.. hm.. Probably orange? Maybe? I mean it could be mango.. but.. my gut says this is going to be orange!): Why?! WHY ONLY THREE?! I love this one! It’s such a tasty orange flavor, not too sour, not too sweet. It’s so good. At first it seems like a typical artificial orange flavor, but after a while, if I were totally out of it, I’d possibly think, “hmm.. that lingering taste in my mouth.. Did I eat an orange? Wait, there’s no pulp..”. But since that scenario is not very likely, I’ll stick with, it starts of super fake, but the aftertaste is very similar to REAL orange! Dang! Something orange, that tastes like… orange?! What?! I know.. I know.. No, I don’t.
Yellow(Lemon): Before biting into one of these, I’d just like to say that these seem like massive Lemonheads to me. However, they aren’t, and I don’t think I’ll need to worry about possibly breaking a tooth on the hard center, that it doesn’t have. If you just kind of let it sit in your mouth, it kind of tastes like lemon Pez. It’s not very strong. Then you decide to chew it and it’s like super powered lemon gum, that disintegrates and won’t sit in your intestines for seven years if you swallow it(which is a bunch of lies anyways right? Don’t they say it digests just the same as everything else?). Airheads don’t usually have lemon in the packs do they? I know recently they’ve had pink lemonade.. Hm. Anyway.. These are kind of pleasant I suppose. At first it’s mellow, then it hurts my tongue a bit, but the aftertaste is sort of almost refreshing. Though my tongue still stings a little. I think I could trade in a few of these for some more orange maybe.. Yes. I could do that. These aren’t terrible. I guess if I was in a lemon mood they’d be pretty freakin’ sweet? That happens. I have my lemon moods! Right now I’m just in more of an orange mood, which is unfortunate.
Green(Watermelon): Mmm, of course! My other minority piece would HAVE to be tasty! It’s such a light, sweet, and a TEENY bit sour, artificial watermelon flavor. It’s so good! To me. Sometimes I have the taste buds of a five year old. A five year old that does not like medicinal cherry flavored candy. It reminds me a bit of the watermelon Gushers fruit snacks!
Blue(Blue Raspberry): YAY! I love blue raspberry! Usually.. These are so pretty though! I almost don’t want to eat them.. psh yeah actually, I totally want to eat these. Look at them! So bright blue! Here in America, I think we were raised to find things that are super unnatural looking, things that are SOOO full of artificial colors, super delicious, more appealing. Even though I don’t think it’s totally necessary, but these do look pretty awesome. These ones smell really good too! Again, this is a super sweet, not very tart flavor. It’s ALMOST kind of boring. If I wasn’t a big blue raspberry fan, I’d probably find these a bit boring. But after having the lemon that made my tongue burn, this is quite nice! It’s a very mellow blue raspberry and it lingers for quite a while too. Sadly, I have terrible lighting.. if I don’t use flash, it looks super dark. The flash makes it look SUPER bright. The middle is actually quite light. AH well..
After consuming as many as I have(maybe eight or so? There are between 20-25, at least in my pack..), maybe I couldn’t eat a bowl of these. My jaw is already sore. I do find them quite tasty. I think I said in my Airheads post that they are more of a kid’s candy since they’re super sweet. I also said in THIS one, that I often have the taste buds of a five year old, so these are pretty awesome to me! SO much more convenient than the strips! My hands don’t get sticky, I don’t have to sit and mess with trying to peel the wrapper off, AND I can have the same flavor more than once and switch it up a bit if I want! However, I can’t sit and play with them, turning them into spirals or other things. Maybe that’s why I end up with sticky fingers when eating the strips.. Oh well, they shouldn’t make them so appealing and able to play with then! It’s my own fault though, that’s okay. But I do really likes these. Maybe not so much the cherry(though it’s candy so I’ll eat it!) and the lemon at times. I also think that MOST of the hardcore artificial coloring is in the outer shell and not so much the middle, so none of these have that odd, almost bitter taste to them because of that. Maybe it’s just my mind, but sometimes in the strips I feel like I’m just eating sugared up, hardened artificial colors with flavoring added in. But this is American candy! That’s how it is! I will totally probably buy these again though. The packaging is very eye-catching and fun, as are the bites themselves. If I want chewy fruit candy, I’d probably pick these over Skittles(HOW DARE YOU TAKE AWAY MY LIME!), unless there are Darkside Skittles.. then… I don’t know what I’d do..
And throwing this in here because it reminded me of some snowmen my brother and I once made..
Seriously, I did NOT mean to disappear after that last review. To answer a few questions, NO, I did not really die from eating those mysterious gingerbread Peeps. I honestly did have another review I was going to queue up to post after, but, I don’t know what happened. There are a million excuses, but honestly, who cares? None of them are super exciting, I didn’t get invited to join the Avengers, or invited to go on an adventure with a bunch of dwarves and a wizard. BUT, I do have a ton of stuff that I need to start trying.. and for this one, I was going to do four separate reviews, however since it’s been so long, I figured I’d cram them all into one. Or maybe it’s because I can’t decide which one to try first. Either way.. let’s get this ball rolling again, shall we?
I walked into the Lindt store today.. which is always a fun and beautiful place to walk into. I’ve never been a HUGE Lindt fan. I used to really like the truffles(I loved how the cream inside felt literally cool on the tongue), so much that I bought three bags on sale and ate two of them I think in a day.. maybe it was a day and a half. Either way, I haven’t been able to eat them quite the same since. It’s been many years since that and I’ve been working my way back into that world. Partially because the first time I walked into a Lindt store, all of the bright, colorful chocolates that surrounded me were just too fun to not buy a million of.. Which then of course I’d have to eat, just, responsibly.. Anyway, today I was SUPER excited because there were a few new flavors(including coconut!! COCONUT! I LOVE coconut. No reviews on that, I was far too anxious to eat them.. but I will say, that they are DELICIOUS. At least I think so.. I just have to keep repeating “be responsible.. eat responsibly..” in my head. I don’t want to make myself sick of those either!) AND bright, colorful, awesome looking new bars too! I almost passed them up because, and I think I’ve mentioned this before, when I buy big bars, like the Lindt usually are, I sample it and never end up finishing it. I hate the packaging. Once it’s opened, it’s either gotta be gone in one sitting, one day, or it’s just not the same. Luckily, as I went to the register, I saw they also sold them as sticks, so of course, I had to buy all four flavors! I couldn’t pick just one, or two..
Lindt Chocolate Sticks in Strawberry CHEESECAKE(what? It’s in all caps on the wrapper!), CARAMEL Brownie, COOKIES & Cream, and Nougat CRUNCH. Is that good enough? As I typed that, I was wondering why they weren’t consistent in which words the have in all caps on the wrappers.. At first I thought maybe it was because the words in all caps are the ingredients that are of majority in each bar.. According to the little pictures on the wrappers though, I don’t think there is more “crunch” than nougat in the Nougat Crunch.. It’s not always the first word, or the last word.. Hm.. Not alphabetical.. Not the longest or shortest word.. I don’t know.. Anyone else have any theories?
These wrappers are so fun though. I love that they chose to do black as the main color and then bright shiny lettering and ends. It totally looks like something I would want to buy. It’s very eye catching, which I suppose is all part of marketing and stuff, huh? So not only do I love the bright shiny colors, but I love how the wrapper starts off with, “Hello. My Name Is..” and ends with “Nice to Sweet You”, and then has delicious pictures of the ingredients and the cross section of the stick itself. Love the packaging. LOVE, the packaging. I’m weird. It’s fine. It just means someone did their job right by having awesome ideas for the wrapper. Congrats to whoever that was. Although the “Nice to Sweet You” is a little, eh, to me… *shrug*
Strawberry CHEESECAKE: I love strawberry cheesecake. I love it, a lot. I also love how shiny and mouthwatering the cartoony strawberry on the wrapper looks. Mmm. I don’t really love that this thing smells super, SUPER sweet and I haven’t even cracked the wrapper yet.. Oh!! These are way cooler than I expected so far!!
Obviously, it is one whole stick, but sort of separated out into six segments. Each segment has a different picture on it though!
I think that’s pretty cool! Smells really creamy too.
Well, the segments snap apart pretty easily.
I was expecting the bottom to smush in, but it split pretty clean! Hm.. I don’t know how I feel about this. I was anticipating something super sweet.. The chocolate is delicious and creamy.. The filling is actually pretty tart. Which I guess would be great if I had been expecting it. According the the ingredient list, there are actual strawberries in here. Explains the crunch. They must be the dehydrated ones, which I’ve never had great luck with trying to buy on it’s own. Yes, there obviously are strawberries in here. Crunchy, sour, strawberries. The cream itself is a bit sweeter, so it’s not mouth puckering.. The second bite is a bit better now that I know.. Thinking about it, it’s a good thing it’s tart because I think this would be waay to sweet since it’s milk and not dark chocolate. Though I do think dark chocolate would be good too. However, the semi natural strawberry flavor is kind of refreshing. I say semi natural because with the cheesecake mixed in with it, i don’t feel like I’m biting into a strawberry. It’s a bit off. I swear I have a seed stuck in my tooth too.. I’m usually not a huge fan of fake strawberry candy(aside from starbursts and skittles.. I don’t know how those are supposed to be strawberry.. I still think it should be called “delicious” instead.. but whatever works!), so I’m glad they used real strawberries, sweet or super tart. Not bad.. Not great either though. I’m quite satisfied after just two bites..
CARAMEL Brownie: I think the picture is misleading. I don’t think there are going to be any walnuts in this.. Who knows though! This entire bar is identical so far to the Strawberry Cheesecake. Same pictures, same order!
Oooh, gooey caramel. Yes please! This one is a bit messier to eat! The last was pretty solid. The caramel with this makes it a bit more “hollow” so the piece kind of crumbled in a bit on the top and sides.. The caramel is pretty tasty. Not too sweet, a bit more on the salty side. Again, better salty than sweet with the milk chocolate. As for the “brownie”, there’s a small fudgy layer on the bottom. Nothing that really stands out. At all. It’s pretty much just a caramel filled chocolate bar. Which is okay by me! I did notice a tiny bit of crunch at the end though. Also, no walnuts. Dang.
COOKIES & Cream: LOOK at that cookie. That looks delicious to me.. Though I’ve been on a cookie kick lately. I dream of cookies. Mmm, cookies. When I first saw this one I thought it was going to be cookie dough.. Cookies and cream is usually an awesome thing for me, but not as awesome as cookie dough. That was my initial disappointment with this one. Also, usually when it’s cookies and cream, I think of like, Oreo cookies.. not chocolate chip cookies and milk. Maybe that’s just too “American” of me to think that way. I don’t know. Either way works though, I guess. *sigh*. Just kidding. Honestly, either way does work. Cookies are cookies. Great any way, as long as there aren’t raisins in it. Those aren’t cookies, those are just cruel jokes.
There are some decent sized chocolate cookie chunks in here!
Cookie chunks that are more like Oreos, not chocolate chip cookies. The cream has an almost sour taste to it. Meh. It’s okay. I’ll eat it if it’s sitting in front of me. I’m not sure I’d buy this one again. It’s not terrible but.. I’d rather have the Caramel Brownie one over this..Or a chocolate chip cookie.. or an Oreo..
Nougat CRUNCH: I honestly almost didn’t buy this one.. I wasn’t looking at pictures, I was looking at names. Nougat Crunch sounded a bit boring to me.. until I looked at the picture and realized crunch=toffee bits, not crisped rice. Toffee? Yes, yes please. What am I missing here? These weren’t with the Valentine’s Day items.. Though I do recall getting an email that could have possibly tied to two together.. I’m not sure.. But there are hearts on the wrappers too.
Not that there’s anything wrong with hearts! I don’t know. Oh, this bar smells a bit salty. Which would make sense, right?
This one doesn’t look very fun so far. Wow! Well that was a surprise to my mouth! One, I can’t see the “crunch” but sure can feel it.. and two, the filling is a hazelnut nougat! Awesome! I was almost dreading a fudgy, chocolate filling(I do love chocolate.. but the milk chocolate is so sweet, that is a bit too much..) and was SUPER pleasantly surprised by this. This is pretty dang tasty actually! Not salty at all. Just creamy, hazelnutty goodness with some milk chocolate thrown in there.. or wrapped around, whatever. I’m really glad I didn’t pass on this, even if it wasn’t what I expected!
So in comparison, the wrappers are WAY cooler looking than the bars taste, if that makes sense. They aren’t bad though! I totally wouldn’t buy the full sized bar though.. The caramel is probably my favorite, just because, I have a better chance of eating more of the caramel in one sitting than I do the nougat crunch. Hazelnut is delicious, but is also a bit rich and too much is never a good thing. The strawberry cheesecake is good, but the tartness threw me off a bit.. It’ll take some time to warm up to that one. It’s tasty, but it’s not what I expected. As for the cookies & cream.. it’s okay.. I’m not thrilled with it.. meh..
*phew* That wasn’t so tough, now was it? I PROMISE I will be posting more often again SOON. I’ve got way too many things I’ve got to consume.. I’ve seen a few things I want to buy still too. There’s one I already have bought, that’s sitting on my desk, staring me in the face.. I’m really psyched to eat them.. You’ll find out what they are soon!!
I’m going to start this off by saying, and I hope it isn’t true, but this may be my final review. Why? Well, I brought these home a few days ago, just grabbed them to start writing this up, and noticed this..
The bottom corner is completely torn off. So, I’m hoping it doesn’t result in my death. If it does, then this will probably be my last review. Actually, that’s a lie. I’ll have at least one more after this queued up to post, and then that could be the end! Hopefully these bad boys aren’t poisoned and I’ll be just fine! Just to be safe, I won’t eat the ones nearest the hole, okay? Okay.
Flavor number three!
Gingerbread Peeps! Or as it says on the package, gingerbread flavored marshmallow gingerbread men. These are the same price as the chocolate dipped peeps, but you get six of these instead of three, and no chocolate. I can’t say I’m overly excited about these yet. I’m not really a huge gingerbread fan. I don’t hate it as much as I do pumpkin, but they are pretty similar flavors to me. I have started making gingerbread houses every year though, which probably drives my dad crazy because you spend what, ten bucks on the kit, and then it sits for a few weeks, and it goes in the trash. I have fun making them! I also get incredibly stressed because the stupid frosting doesn’t ever stick how I want it to, but I still enjoy it! I have always wanted to make gingerbread man cookies though. I want to decorate them! Steal their gumdrop buttons and yell at them. All of that good stuff!
Quick comment on the packaging, of course. I love how it’s decorated like a gingerbread house, with a giant window to see the gingerbread men living inside. Maybe I should start standing at our front window standing there, smiling, not moving. Just to see if I get a reaction. I found an AWESOME poster at the movie theatre a few weeks ago for Skyfall. It was the giant shutter background with James Bond casually standing like a BAMF in the center. It was about life size.. I really wanted to bring it home and hang it up in our kitchen so it looked like James Bond was protecting our house and looking out at the street. People would believe that, right? Sorry Mr. Bond, you’re going to have to shave yourself if you’re living here though.
Well aren’t these guys, uh, kind of cute.. kind of. They are a bit more creepy actually. Please, don’t be poisoned. It looks like the one in the bottom left corner may have skin cancer.. Oh look, this one has a nose!
They smell faintly like gingerbread. Maybe because my package has been opened for who knows how long. It does smell good though.
Well I’m glad the sugar is the same color as my desk. Now I can’t see how messy it is. *phew* How would you eat these? Would you eat the head, an arm, or a leg first? Or would you just bite it in half? Hm.. I kind of want to eat the eyes off first, and then the head, and then, who cares. God, I’m like a demonic dog who eats the eyes off of their toys. I don’t know why. It just seems appealing to me for some reason!
So these guys are a lighter brown on the inside. Look at how nasty their back sides look!
I don’t really know how I feel about these. The flavor isn’t too strong, and most of the flavor is on the outside. I feel like I’m eating a sugary, squishy candle. It’s gingerbread all right, but doesn’t quite taste like cookies. Maybe if it were stronger? I don’t know. All I can think about is candles that I’ve smelled that um smell like how these taste? Here we go again.. haha.
I mean, they’re interesting, and not really terrible. They’re creepy/cute and the packaging is fun.. Meh. They were interesting to try. That’s about it. I’m not excited, but I don’t think they’re bad. They just… are… I feel this was very anti-climatic. Not that I think I really hyped these up. I just don’t feel strongly about them, okay?! GOSH. Now who wants to flirt with death and try some of these? Anyone??
My pants are now covered in brown sugar.
Flavor number two!!
Peeps Candy Cane flavored marshmallow dipped in chocolate. Not milk chocolate, just chocolate. I would assume it would be more of a dark chocolate since that is typically paired more with mint flavors than milk chocolate is. I’m just so smart some times. I know. It’s okay though because I’m willing to share all of that sweet knowledge with you! And for that, I’m sorry.
Now, for my comments on the packaging. I quite like it. I think looks like a present. Except it’s no fun because I can obviously see what’s inside. Um, I like that it looks like candy canes? Actually, I thought I was going to have way more to say about it but I guess I don’t. We can just move on now. Really. Sorry I wasted your time.
Hm. They smell just a tiny bit minty. Perfect! A tiny bit mint with a hint of chocolate. Maybe these won’t be too bad! Okay, what the heck. So the chick in the middle fits all the way to the bottom. The other two don’t fit at all. Either I’ve got extra in two or I got ripped off from one. This is just unacceptable.
This chick is trying to do the limbo or something.. At least the little red flakes are kind of pretty.. Though it almost reminds me of chipped nail polish which ends up grossing me out a little bit. Yeah, the red bits don’t taste like anything. So at least I know it isn’t chipped nail polish!
That makes it sound like I know what that would taste like.. Maybe I do. Maybe I found out that chipped nail polish is like, some new, secret cure-all food? That’s right..
Please, don’t eat chipped nail polish.
Oh my god, the poor chick looks like it’s in agony.
I’M SORRY BUT YOU’RE CANDY AND I’M SUPPOSED TO EAT YOU. Quit being so dramatic! Well the chocolate has a really cool touch to the tongue. It is more of a dark chocolate(though not very bitter). It has a minty taste but it could just be the flavor transferring from the marshmallow. Okay, I take that back, unless the chocolate sucked all of the mint out of the marshmallow. I just bit the head of(muwahaha) and it just tasted like marshmallow with maybe the teensiest hint of mint…and I think that was just because I’m trying to imagine it. It also tastes a bit like chipped nail polish.
Honestly though, the marshmallow just tastes like marshmallow and the chocolate is a bit dark and is where the mint party is happening. The marshmallow is decorated, that’s about it. I don’t think I’d want much more of the chocolate from these ones. It lingers too long. The marshmallow doesn’t taste like anything. AND there’s no fun candy cane crunchy bits. But, as a whole, these things are pretty tasty. I wouldn’t recommend pretending they are real magical candy cane ducks floating and playing on a magical wintry pond a.k.a your desk. The leave a nice trail of sugar EVERYWHERE.
These are still a relatively new product. They’ve been releasing several new varieties for each holiday season. Even though these first appeared well over a year ago(maybe even two?) I still have yet to try them. Well, I figured maybe now is a good time to give these a shot! I’ve got two flavors I’m going to try, and the first of the two is…
Sugar Cookie! These come in three packs. That’s right, you get THREE Peeps for two bucks, which is pretty much why I haven’t felt much desire to pick these up. However instead of being plain old Peeps, these are Sugar Cookie flavored marshmallow dipped in milk chocolate. I did try a milk chocolate covered peep, I think around Christmas last year. I hated it because Peeps to me, aren’t just marshmallow! That’s boring. It’s the colored sugar that gets me! The chocolate covered ones had no sugar crystals on it, which would make sense since I can’t imagine the chocolate would stick too well. I don’t care. Do it anyway! Okay, just kidding. But these sound pretty good to me. Sugar cookie flavored marshmallow.. this is either going to be amazing or absolutely disgusting. Also, again, I’m a bit won over by the packaging. I love the teal blue! I love the little colored dots everywhere(sprinkles!!) and all of the awesome decorated sugar cookies.. the brown and dripping “chocolate” on the wrapper makes me think more of caramel than chocolate.
Oh and if you were wondering, the serving size is 3 chicks… Yeah.
Well, they don’t really smell like a sugar cookie. It reminds me of the butter cream chocolates in Hershey’s Pot O Gold boxes. It’s really sweet, but almost a bit like caramel.
The chocolate smells incredibly sweet as well. My throat hurts a bit already and I haven’t even tasted it yet!
These chicks look freaked out. Usually on the packaging they look like they’re trying to check out what’s going on, craning their necks trying to be all nosey, while looking a bit regal at the same time. These ones look disgusted or frightened. Look at how it’s holding it’s head back as far as it’s neck will allow! It’s like, “gross! Stay away from me! What the heck am I sitting in oh my god gross it’s brown! This is NOT mud. Get it off. Don’t touch me. I’m appalled. You sick being. Look at me. This is disgusting.” Yeah actually I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what it’s thinking. Quit being such a brat you stupid “chick”, it’s chocolate. Get over it. Psh.
Usually, I eat my peeps by eating the eyes off first. ACTUALLY, I usually eat my peeps super stale. But even then I still eat the eyes first, even thought they don’t taste like anything. I will refrain from doing so for the first one.
Oooh, the chocolate isn’t too bad! It isn’t waxy at all and doesn’t melt much in my hand either. Even though the layer is thin, it’s got enough flavor to be satisfying and really isn’t overly sweet. It’s actually almost creamy. I wish there was more of it on here. Instead of being colored on just the outside, these chicks are the same color inside and out! It’s not a very appetizing color by any means. It looks like bathtub calk. Gross. Even though, as a whole they’re very sweet, I kind of really like these! I wouldn’t say it tastes like a cookie. Maybe frosting. I still think it kind of tastes like caramel. Oh, a vanilla caramel! That’s what it tastes like. A vanilla caramel with milk chocolate and lots of crunchy sugar granules!
Again, I’m pretty glad I decided to give these a shot! I get my sugar AND my chocolate. It’s pretty tasty too! I wish I had more than just three of them in the pack. I can understand why they have the whole pack being one serving though. One isn’t really enough, but any more than three could be a bit overwhelming. Wonder how these would be in smores? I would have to add in more chocolate, but I bet they wouldn’t be too bad! Maybe I’ll give that a try..