More new treats from So Delicious.. Pumpkin Spice and Candy Corn ice cream o_O
Photo credit: Flip Flops and Avocados


More new treats from .. Pumpkin Spice and Candy Corn ice cream o_O

Photo credit: Flip Flops and Avocados

Jelly Fruit Slices Part 2 - The Fudge Factory: Wildwood, NJ

I may have gone a little overboard when I was buying these jelly fruit slices. (I just had to have them all!) Although these citrus flavors aren’t as interesting or exotic as the Chili Mango and Pineapple flavors I’ve already reviewed, they were still lovely to photograph.

Today I’m going to give a quickie review on the Lemon, Pink Grapefruit and Key Lime flavored slices. Let’s kick things off with a slice of pink grapefruit!

This pink grapefruit slice has a yellow rind with the same white confection pith as the slices I’ve reviewed before, and it’s been covered in a generous coating of sanding sugar. If any of you are confused by the term “pith”, I found this handy photo guide on Urban Sacred Garden

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The “pith” is that slightly spongy tissue that you can find in various plants, fruits and veggies. When it comes to citrus, it’s that bitter tasting white stuff that separates the peel from the fruit itself. Personally, I hate the taste of the real thing, but I really like that the confectioner took the time to include this little layer of white detailing.

Okay, back to the candy!

The grapefruit slice has the same soft bite as the Chili and Mango, soft and tender, like a really fresh gumdrop, while the candy rind and pith are a bit crumblier and tougher. (Like partially cured royal icing.) The citrus flavoring is bright, zesty, and tangy. While this is much sweeter than a freshly sliced grapefruit, it still tastes very authentic. I never had grapefruit growing up, so when I reached adulthood I kind of went a little grapefruit crazy, and this suits my grapefruit cravings just fine. I really enjoyed this flavor, and I could easily see myself buying more next summer.

Next up, Lemon!

The lemon slice looks, well, very obviously like a lemon. It’s almost the same as the grapefruit, but this time the center portion is a bright translucent yellow color and there is a lot less of the candy pith.

Texturally this has the same soft bite and chew, but I didn’t find the citrus flavoring for this one to be as bold and bright as the grapefruit. To me, this tasted a lot like the lemonade gummies I bought this summer in Chinatown. This little fruit slice was very sweet, with a mild lemony flavoring, but after the intensity of the grapefruit flavored candy, this was a bit of a let down for me. While the flavoring was pleasant enough, this is a fruity flavor I won’t be repurchasing.

Last, but not least, Key Lime!

Foodie confession time! When I was about 9 years old, my grandma would babysit me and my sister while my mom worked. I was hungry, so she let me try a slice of key lime pie, thinking I would hate the citrus flavor, but I loved it and ate the entire pie. (Full disclosure, she wasn’t the healthiest caregiver. She often gave us bowls full of confectioner sugar with a spoon. Long story short, I had a LOT of cavities as a kid. (whoamIkidding?Istillgetthemnow.) Key lime will always hold a special place in my heart, so I couldn’t pass these little green fruit slices up.

Just like the lemon and grapefruit slices, this flavor as a bit of a candy pith too, although it isn’t nearly as thick grapefruit. Now, I didn’t mention a scent for the last two slices, because there really wasn’t one, but this little slice has a slight lime-zest aroma.

The bite is the same soft jellied candy as the other flavors, but the rind and pith are a lot less crumbly. As far as flavoring goes, this tasted a little on the artificial side to me, more like a lime popsicle than a freshly squeezed key lime, but there was a nice amount of zestiness in the aftertaste to keep me wanting more.

Out of the three, the grapefruit was my absolute favorite, no contest. I will be buying more of those (alone with the chili mango) during my next trip to the shore. The lemon and lime were still enjoyable, but I feel like their flavoring wasn’t authentic or interesting enough to make me repurchase them. Still, they were all very pretty to photograph! I have two slices left to review, Pear and Pomegrante, so stay tuned!

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Sparkling Frozen “Icicle” Jelly Belly Mix - Old Navy (Gift)

My boss saw this little bag of Frozen themed jelly beans while she was shopping and she was kind enough to buy a bag to share with me. While the flavors in this mix are all from the normal Jelly Belly line, so there are no new flavors in this mix, I still wanted to write up a little review because, well, they’re gorgeous!

The jelly beans in this mix have been coated in some kind of edible luster dust in both pearly white/silver and iridescent gold!

Inside the bag there are four different flavors. We have Berry blue, Blueberry, Cream Soda and Grape Soda. I might be mistaken, but I think they are available in the normal (large) Jelly Belly boxed sampler. (The only flavor I’m a little iffy on is the grape soda. That might be exclusive to the soda themed mixes.) As you can see, the flavor/color palette for this mix is obviously Elsa-inspired. These color remind me of Elsa’s clothing, make-up, and (of course) her magical ice powers.

Now, before I get into this review I want to take a moment to say that I wouldn’t call myself a Disney fan. I watch the films and I enjoy them, but it seems like there is a LARGE group of people who are absolutely obsessed with everything Disney. (Especially it’s princesses.) I’m just not one of those people. I’ve watched Frozen, and while it was cute (and Idina Menzel has an amazing voice) it felt rushed story-wise. So, for me, the allure of these jelly beans isn’t the Disney tie-in, but the (highly photogenic) luster-dusted beans!

Look at these photos! Oh man, these candies look like beautiful iridescent beads, or little dragon eggs! I showed them to my sister, and while she agreed that they were beautiful, she also said they look like they shouldn’t be food, and I’d have to agree with her.

When I touched these jelly beans I thought the sparkly coating would rub off onto my hands, but it didn’t. Not even a tiny fleck of glitter! These things must be coated with a decent amount of food grade wax or something to keep all that sparkle contained.

Enough looking, let’s get to eating! Starting from right to left.

Sparkling Grape soda
: is a rich grape-y color with a silvery-white, almost metallic, coating. The fruity flavor was actually quite deep, like Welch’s grape juice, but there was an artificial grape finish similar to grape freezer popsicles. It’s a pretty authentic artificial grape soda flavor, but it comes off as rather flat.

Sparkling Cream soda: is a translucent white color with a frosty pearl finish. This bean tastes sweet, really sweet, and there is a hint of vanilla flavoring, but it certainly doesn’t resemble any cream soda I’ve ever had. It’s pleasant enough, but there’s no attempt at recreating carbonation so there’s nothing to cut through the overwhelmingly sweet flavor of this bean. (This was my least favorite, but kids would most likely love it.)  Actually, it tastes a lot like this fancy vanilla sugar I bought at Ikea.

Sparkling Blueberry: the darkest color is the mix, t has the same silvery white coating as the cream and grape flavored beans. It starts out strong and fairly artificial, just like a blue Icee or Slurpee, but there is a slightly authentic fruity aftertaste. As far as artificial blueberries go, this isn’t half bad.

Sparkling Berry Blue: to me, this is the most beautiful bean in the bag. Instead of the same old while and silver finish, this little bean is coated with a beautiful green/gold shade that changes with the light. I want this color as a nail polish! (Darn, I should have painted my nails for these photos and gotten all theme-y with it.) Now, I wasn’t too sure what the flavor difference between blueberry and berry blue would be, but it seems like this is just a more artificial “blueberry.” This tastes just like those blue freezer popsicles in the clear plastic squeeze-tubes.

I think the flavors in this mix would definitely appeal to children more than adults, and all of these flavors are in the normal Jelly Belly line up, so they really aren’t worth buying taste-wise, but they look absolutely beautiful! Something worth noting, my boss told me this itty bitty bag cost her almost $6.00! That’s insane! Six dollars for a bag of shiny jelly beans? This is like something out of Jack and The Beanstalk…or Pokémon. (Get it? Shiny Pokémon?) I’m super thankful that she bought it and let me review some of the candies, because these photos are absolutely gorgeous, but that is just too much money for a novelty product.

If you really love Frozen, or love taking pretty foodie photos, this is worth looking into. Other than that, these are just shiny 6-dollar jelly beans. I’d say pass them by unless they go on sale.

© Maria Smith

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Currently drinking: The best Butterbeer I have ever tasted.

I just made this and it’s absolutely delicious! 



Currently drinking: The best Butterbeer I have ever tasted.


I just made this and it’s absolutely delicious! 

Tandoori Vegetable Pizza - Aldi: Cherry Hill, NJ

Apparently my last post, about the art for the returning monster cereal boxes, marked my 666th post on this site. (Spooky. It happened organically, but it totally works and I’m running with it.) I started Sometimes Foodie on Tumblr, which I still update daily, but still have less than 300 reviews that haven’t been transferred over to blogger. Between both sites, I am quickly approaching 1000 reviews total! To celebrate, I’ll be posting another give away contest later this week. It’s been a while since I’ve ran one, so it’s long over due and it should be a lot of fun. I’ll keep you all posted.

In the meantime, check out this Tandoori pizza from Aldi!

I’m no stranger to Aldi’s frozen pizzas, and I have actually reviewed a pizza from this Stone Baked line before. The Chicken Club version was one of the best frozen pizzas I’d ever had, and I was really impressed with it’s overall quality. Mama Cozzi’s is an Aldi exclusive, pseudo-no-frills (It’s too pretty to be a true no-frills), brand, and for it to make a pizza that tasted that good for that cheap? How could I not want more?

When I saw this new flavor from the same line in the freezer aisle, tossing it into my cart was a no-brainer.

The box has a very similar design to the last flavor I reviewed, it has the same brick oven background and logo, but this time the information is typed in a font that’s meant to represent the Indian influence behind this flavor. Looking at this from a designer’s perspective, the typeface is pretty weak. I like the color choices, patterns, and the overall layout, but that font just seems like the Comic Sans of pseudo-Indian typefaces. Other than that, I do like the design for this box and, just as I said last time, it far exceeds my expectations for a store brand.

As far as cooking goes, the instructions were the same as any other frzoen pizza on the market. Preheat the oven, toss the pizza in, and you’re good to go! It doesn’t get much easier than that. I followed the baking instructions, but I fopund that my pizza didn’t look finished in the recommended 12-14 minutes of baking time. I gave my pizza another few minutes (about 20-25 total) to get the crust to start to brown.

Once it was out of the oven, my kitchen started to smell like caramelized onions and Indian spices. The scent was really appealing, and although my pizza didn’t look as loaded with veggies as the one on the box, there were still quite a lot of toppings.

 took a bite, and the flavor combination was really sweet. A lot sweeter than I had ever expected. It’s been a long time since I’ve had tandoori anything (I’ve been ordering curry or masala based dishes the last few years), but this is a lot sweeter than I remember. The onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes are almost caramelized, while the cheese and spices add a bit of a savory bite. Sadly, the sweet veggies and sauce overwhelm the savory aspects of this pizza and I found the flavoring to be very sweet and tomato heavy.

Although it was far sweeter than I expected, the flavoring isn’t half bad. The crust was thick and crispy enough that it was able to withstand the weight of all the veggies, the toppings added a fresh flavor and texture, and the Indian spices were present, but the sauce just isn’t right. When combined with those already sweet vegetables, it really made this pizza go from something that could have been amazing, to something rather bland.

After eating a slice as-is, I decided to add some red pepper flake to the next one, to see if a little more heat would help, and it did. The red pepper flake wasn’t a cure-all, but the addition of some spicy heat did make the other spices more pronounced.

This Tandoori pizza wasn’t as delicious or rich as the Chicken Club version, but it was an interesting idea. As is, I wouldn’t buy it again, but it did inspire me to try making my own Indian-food inspired pizzas in the future. I wouldn’t recommend trying this pizza, unless you like it super sweet, but it is a nice little change from the average (frozen) cheese pizza.

© Maria Smith

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Comic Book Makeovers for the Classic Cereal Monsters 

Halloween fan rejoice! The monster cereals we all know and love will be returning to the shelves very soon, and with some nice, new, art to boot. I posted a link to this here on tumblr a few days ago, but I did a bit of digging and found more information. Although there is no news on the return of Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy, it seems like the berry and chocolate trio will be returning this year with a fresh coat of paint, but retro boxes will also be returning to Target stores this year.

Just like last year, Target will be releasing exclusive retro-cereal box designs, this year the designs will be similar to the ones released in 1979-1980, but normal grocery store shelves will be getting these snazzy new boxes.

As a fan of comics and horror movie monsters, I really love the new box art. (Especially the Count and Franken Berry. Sorry Jim Lee, the Boo Berry Box just isn’t my style.)

The boxes are designed by DC Artists:

Franken Berry- Dave Johnson

Count Chocula- Terry and Rachel Dodson

Boo Berry- Jim Lee

I might have to pick up Franken Berry and the Count this year, but I’ll be torn between these fresh new designs and the fun retro ones that feature a mask. Which will you be buying?

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Jelly Fruit Slices - The Fudge Factory: Wildwood, NJ

Two weeks ago I finally went to the shore for the first, and most likely last, time this year. Since I knew I’d only get one day in Wildwood this summer, I made sure to hit up all of my favorite shops and buy tons of boardwalk treats. My first stop, The Fudge Factory.

Some of you might remember that I reviewed some fudge from this shop last year, because it’s the best place to get fudge on the Wildwood Boardwalk, and I got a few new flavors to review this year, but I also spotted these little jelly fruit slices. Normally I would pass these by, but there were a bunch of interesting flavors I had never seen before (at least not in jellied fruit slice form) so I had to grab a few to photograph and review.

First up, Chili Mango and Pineapple.

Out of all of the flavors that were available, which were a lot as you can see in the photo above, the Chili Mangowas definitely the most interesting and exotic. After trying candies like Super Ginger and drinks like Jin+Ja, the combination of spicy and sweet flavors has really grown on me, so I bought two slices to photograph and review.

The Chili Mango slice is a pale yellow-orange color with a bright orange and white candy rind. The entire candy is coated in a thick layer of sanding sugar, just like a gum drop, and you can see little flecks of chili powder inside the translucent jelly slice. Although there seem to be a few specks of chili powder on the outside, I don’t think these are dusted with any additional chili powder. (I think it’s just transferred from the jellies sitting and touching one another.)

As far as scent goes, this smells more like plain gelatin than anything else, which is kind of chemically and unappealing, but there’s a faint sweetness from all of the sugar.

I took a bite, and the jelly center was really soft and tender, while the outer-rind was a bit stiffer and crumbly. (Kind of like a cured/dried cake icing.) At first I could taste a sweet and tangy mango flavoring, which was a bit on the artificial side, but then the heat started kicking in.

Looking at the section I took a bite from, you can actually see all of the specks of chili powder in there! The heat isn’t over whelming, but it’s still quite impressive for a fruity candy slice. After two bites I can feel a cayenne pepper-like burn on the sides of my tongue and in the back of my throat. The sweet artificial mango and spicy pepper flavors work nicely together, and I ended up feeling sad that I had only bought two slices of each flavor.

I wouldn’t say this candy is for everyone, but If you enjoy moderately spicy foods (about a medium to medium-high salsa on the spicy scale) then this is perfect for you! I know I’ll be buying more next summer to share with friends and family.

Next up, a more traditional fruity flavor, pineapple. This might not be the most exotic flavor in the world, but I had never seen it in jellied fruit slice form before and I decided to give it a try.

The pineapple slice has a red-ish brown and white rind with a translucent yellow interior.It has the same, generic but sweet, aroma as the chili slice, but there are no signs of any mix-ins.

I took a bite, and the textures were the same as the chili slice, but the flavor was hard to place. If this were given to me without any kind of label I think I might have a hard time guessing what this was meant to be. It tastes fruity, and tropical, but it’s hard for me to imagine that this is pineapple. There are no tart or acidic notes, just a sweet and slightly tangy fruit-punch-like flavor. Real pineapple is one of my favorite treats, I really love it in dried/dehydrated form, and this just can’t compare to the deliciousness of the real fruit. 

Out of the two flavors, I’d say the Chili Mango is a must try, especially for you spicy food lovers out there. It’s delicious, sweet, and, rather than  using chili spice as a gimmick, the flavors really work well together to create a deliciously addicting candy. As for the pineapple, I’d say it falls flat, but it was still enjoyable.

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Birthday Cake Cookies - Target: Cherry Hill, NJ

It seems like the birthday cake trend is finally coming to an end, most likely due to the influx of pumpkin spiced items for the fall, but Target might have missed the memo. In all fairness I’m not sure when they were first released, but these cookies showed up on in my area last month, and even though I am still confused as to how something is supposed to taste like “birthday cake” when it has no specified flavor combination, I though it’d be interesting to see what Target’s take on the birthday cake Oreo sandwich cookie would be like.

First up, the packaging. The design is very no-frills-y, which suits the Market Pantry Line which is one of Targets more affordable store brands. It may not be terribly fun to photograph, or look at, but it gets the job done. Something I noticed about this package right away is that it isn’t resealable. This isn’t really an inconvenience, I’ll just put the opened bag into a seal-able freezer bag like I used to back in the 90’s before resealable cookie bags were a thing, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

On the back panel there is the usual nutritional information and a little “recipe” for party treats, but it’s just a cookie at the bottom of a cupcake liner with a scoop of ice cream on top. I might be getting cranky and nit-picky, but that is no recipe.

I wanted to mention one last thing before I got into the actual review, and that is that the “birthday cake” pictures on the package is a vanilla cake with vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles, if that is what this cookie is meant to taste like…why is the cookie-part chocolate? (Is it obvious that I am bitter and really over the birthday cake trend?) Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let’s see how this cookie tastes.

Inside the package the cookies are lined up in neat little rows on a plastic tray, just like the rest of the cookies you can buy in the grocery store. The first thing I noticed was that, For a no-frills brand, these have a pretty good amount of icing. It seems like this is more filling than you would find in a normal Oreo, but not quite as much as the Double Stuff’d variety. The icing is a slightly off-white color (Sometimes it almost looks like a very light blue or gray), and there are little bit of rainbow confection (Sprinkles?) scattered throughout.

The cookie portion looks, and smells, just like a classic Oreo cookie, and the filling has a sugary sweet vanilla aroma that’s reminiscent of canned frosting. When combined, the icing scent easily over powers the chocolate. It might not smell like a traditional birthday cake, but the scent combination does remind me of ice cream cake. (Those delicious bad-for-you ones with the chocolate cookie bits pressed into the sides.)

I started out by trying the filling on it’s own. The vanilla icing is really sweet and sugary, and it coats your tongue with that artificial-waxy substance that I’m not too fond of. This doesn’t taste like normal cake icing to me, I’d say this is more like that icing-like confection that’s piped onto ice cream cakes. That stuff is like icing, but it’s really waxy feeling because it’s made to withstand freezing and thawing. I wish I had some normal Oreo’s to compare this too, or the birthday cake variety, but I want to say that this filling leaves a stronger, waxier, coat on my tongue than any Oreo I’ve ever had and it tastes generically sweet, like you mixed normal Oreo filling with some of that ice cream cake frosting. 

When combined, the flavor combination is very similar to those ice cream cakes I mentioned earlier. The cookie has the same, delicious, semi-sweetened, cocoa flavoring as normal Oreos, and the sugary filling adds a nice amount of sweetness with hints of vanilla. The cookie helps cut through the waxy mouth feel left behind by the filling, making it a lot more tolerable for me, and as far as I can tell, the rainbow flecks are only for show.  The little sprinkles don’t add any texture or flavoring to the cookie, but they did make for some nice photos.

For a no-frills store-brand cookie, this wasn’t too bad! I think this is leaps and bound better than the Birthday Icing-filled Chips Ahoy, but I still don’t see myself buying another package of these. I’m not sure how long these are going to be available, but if you’re a fan of the birthday themed Oreos, this seems to be a pretty good dupe. (I think I might toss some of these cookies into the freezer and see if they’re any better iced.)

© Maria Smith

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Classic Monsters Cereals Get DC Comics Makeover
Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, and Franken-Berry are back for Halloween, getting new looks from DC Comics’ best for their return to store shelves this Fall.


Classic Monsters Cereals Get DC Comics Makeover

Boo-Berry, Count Chocula, and Franken-Berry are back for Halloween, getting new looks from DC Comics’ best for their return to store shelves this Fall.

Melona Taiyaki Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberry Syrup - H-Mart: Cherry Hill, NJ

More fish-shaped sweets! The H-Mart in Cherry Hill, New Jersey has fairly large freezer section filled with all kinds of ice creams and desserts (well it’s large when compared to Asian Food Market’s itty bitty freezer aisle), and during our last trip to H-mart, my boyfriend and I picked up a few different flavors of these Taiyaki-Ice Waffles.

There’s quite a bit of packaging to this item. For this specific flavor, several of the bars are individually wrapped with a gold and pink plastic bag, similar to most ice cream bar packages in the grocery aisle, and then those bars are wrapped in one giant plastic bag that mimics the same design as the individual packages. The design for this item is pretty straight forward, it mainly features an illustration of the fish-shaped waffle and a cut away section revealing it’s specific flavor combination. The flavors in this line vary from vanilla and red bean to vanilla and strawberry, which both sound yummy, but neither one of those options are impressive or exotic.

Which means that this item is more of a novelty than anything else.

I have to confess, we bought right into the gimmick and purchased these because of their fishy-shape. (I really wanted to photograph them.) The flavor combination of a wafer, vanilla ice cream, and a layer of strawberry syrup is pretty basic as far as things go, we can easily find this flavor combination in a lot of desserts that are both Asian and American, but none of them would have been as fun to photograph or eat.

When unwrapped, you can see the “waffle” exterior is actually more like a wafer than any kind of “waffle.” To me, this looks like the same material as a “cake cone” or those little Satellite Wafers you can buy in old fashioned candy shops, but it’s impressively detailed to look like a fish. Was this thing vacuum formed into some kind of taiyaki pan? Even my homemade taiyaki didn’t retain as much detail as this fishy-wafer.

This fish-shaped confection doesn’t have much of a smell, but I find a lot of frozen treats rarely do. Alright, time to bite this little guy’s face off and see how he tastes.

I took a bite, and the wafer-exterior tore apart just like those wafer candies I mentioned earlier, although the texture was a bit on the softer and staler side since it’s been exposed to ice cream for quite some time. The wafer made a slightly crunchy sound as I bit into it, but it didn’t really have a flavor of it’s own. This exterior tasted mild and crispy, just like a cake cone, and it added a slightly styrofoam-y and rubbery texture to the frozen treat. As for the ice cream, it tasted just like the generic vanilla ice cream you can buy in large plastic tubs as grocery stores in America. There was nothing special about it, but it was enjoyable. As you can see I didn’t get any of the strawberry flavoring right off the bat, so I took a few more bites.

I hit a pretty decent amount of strawberry syrup after 3-4 more bites, and the flavoring was just as generic and artificial as the vanilla ice cream. This strawberry syrup may have actual seeds in it, but it tastes really processed and artificial. If I had to compare it to anything it would be that Hershey’s strawberry syrup that used to make strawberry milk.

This item was fun and enjoyable, but it’s a novelty. The fish-shaped exterior is the only special thing about it, and once you get past it’s fishy shape, the flavors are generic and artificial. I think this is a fun item to eat every once and a while, but I wouldn’t say this is a must-try and the wafer coating wasn’t really convenient or cleaner to eat than any other ice cream bar. After a few photos I noticed that the seal around the edges wasn’t completely closed, so ice cream began melting and dripping out of it’s tail.

There are other delicious ice creams at H-mart that taste a lot better, but they admittedly aren’t as adorable. I’d say this is worth trying once, but mostly for cute photos and the experience of eating a fish-shaped ice cream.

© Maria Smith

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Trident Layers Jelly Bean Gum - Shop Rite: Berlin, NJ

Last month, my rear passenger-side tire tore apart completely on my way into work. The tire wasn’t more than 2 years old, so it was most likely something in the road, but there was no repairing it. I could fit my entire hand inside it! Thankfully I have AAA, so I got some road side assistance so that I could get a replacement put on after work. What does this have to do with food? While I waited for my new tire to be put on, I wandered around a Shop Rite that was close by and found a few (admittedly older) limited edition food items to review. (Yay for foodie retail therapy!)

This gum came out quite a while ago, and when it was announced I was actually really annoyed. How can something taste like a jelly bean? Jelly beans are fruity or spiced candies with a panned sugar shell, they don’t have a taste all on their own. (Other than sugar.) How can gum taste like something that is more of a textural experience than a flavorful one? With that being said, I had never planned on reviewing this item. I was pretty sure it would be a waste of money, but then… I saw the back of the packaging.

Look at this design! Bright, translucent, jelly bean shapes are layered on top of one another to create a fun and playful pattern. I absolutely love it! Especially when it’s combined with this bold, but rosy, pink color and white text. Why isn’t this the front of the package? This design is way more attractive and interesting that the front.

To me, the front of this package is boring, and it makes no sense. Why are there only green, pinky-red and yellow jelly beans? The usual flavors related to those colors are apple/lime, strawberry/cherry, and lemon. Is that what this gum is supposed to taste like? If so, how is that jelly bean flavored at all? Wouldn’t this just be fruit punch?

When opened, you can see that the interior design mirrors the one from the back of the package. You have the playful pattern used as an accent with the same bold pink back drop and white text. If you tear the package in two and close the top flap the jelly bean pattern from the closing flap and the accent panel here match perfectly! That little attention to detail made me so happy as a graphic designer. Everything about this design is so great, except for the very front of the packaging, and that is the first thing anyone will ever see. Was this package even designed by the same team/person?

Okay, enough of my geeking out over pretty colors and patterns, let’s see if this jelly bean gum is as awful as I had assumed it would be.

The little stick of gum is striped, just like the other flavors in Trident’s “Layers” line, and this time the gum is a salmon-y pink color with a green section sandwiched in the middle. The gum may be pink and green in color, like the jelly beans pictured on the front of the package, but it smell a lot like pineapple. The aroma is surprisingly strong and authentic, although it’s more like canned pineapple slices than freshly cut.

I popped the gum into my mouth and I could instantly taste pineapple and green apple, which is a combination I’ve had before with THIS candy. The flavor combination started out really refreshing, the pineapple flavoring provided a nice amount of tanginess while still tasting impressively realistic, and the green apple flavoring ended up being more on the artificial and sweet side. Together, these flavors balanced out rather nicely and I actually enjoyed them quite a bit.

Sadly, after a few minutes of chewing, the intense fruity flavors died down and a generic, and artificially sweetened, bubble gum flavor started becoming more apparent, which I didn’t enjoy. After chewing this for a little more than 5 minutes, I spat it out, but it did leave me with the sensation that I had eaten some real (canned) pineapple.

It’s safe to say that there is no “Jelly Bean” flavoring in this gum, but I don’t even know how you could recreate that flavor in the first place. Jelly beans taste like other things, so if this was marketed as some kind of tropical jelly bean gum, it would have made more sense. (Although apples aren’t really tropical.)

This limited edition gum started out by making no sense, then it’s pineapple flavoring wowed me with it’s authenticity, but it doesn’t have staying power. If Trident layers re-released this as some kind of tropical blend or pineapple and apple layered gum, I think it would have sold a lot better. (And made a lot more sense), but we would have missed out on this beautiful jelly bean design.

If you like tropical flavors and you still see this on the shelves, the pineapple flavoring is really impressive and I’d recommend trying a pack just to check that out, but other than that, I’d say missing out on this particular item is nothing to cry about.

© Maria Smith

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