I nearly squealed when I saw that Junior Mints was celebrating Halloween with black and orange centers. This may be old news. Maybe the Tootsie Roll Co. has been making these for the last 16 years, but I don’t remember seeing them until recently.
Sadly, these Halloween Junior Mints don’t have any special flavors. I feel like orange mint is a missed opportunity (I love orange mint), but points to Junior Mints to giving us bright orange and deep black gooey peppermint centers.
Summer is winding down and that means the retail world is turning its attention towards Halloween (and even Christmas). What else does that mean? All kinds of seasonal candy for us to try!
Do you like chocolate? Do you like caramel? Do you like apples? Do you like fun apple shape? Then Hershey’s (new?) caramel apple chocolates are just for you!
I’m not a huge fan of Hershey’s chocolate. It’s okay, but it’s also whatever. And I don’t don’t like actual caramel apples, at all. The last time I had one was 25+ years ago, and I swore them off for the rest of my life when I found myself staring down a tiny green worm that poked it’s head out of the piece of apple I’d just bitten. Yuck!
As for these? I’m actually enjoying them. Even more so than I thought. I figured it would be a fun seasonal candy and maybe getting through the whole bag would be a chore, but they’re actually pretty good. The chocolate mixes well with the apple flavoring of the caramel. I recommend this!
New for the upcoming fall season as Cinnamon Apple candies from Hot Tamales. This is genius and I can’t believe we’ve never had this before. Everyone knows Hot Tamales. They’re chewy spicy candy, but throw in some apple flavors as well? Well, it certainly brings to mind cool autumn days and apple pie.
The cinnamon portion is the typical Hot Tamale, while the apple portion perfectly balances out the cinnamon. I liked experimenting with the cinnamon/apple ratio. I think 1 cinnamon candy + 2 apple candies is the perfect formula for me.
Just like the packaging, the candy itself is vibrant. Bright red, bright green. Hey, they could continue to sell this into the Christmas season if they like!
If you’re a fan of Hot Tamales, this is definitely worth picking up. I’ve already bought two boxes and plan to buy more!
I spent a few hours of one of my recent days off driving around town, bored out of my mind, and looking for some junk to spend my money on. I went to the usual places like Walmart, Target, etc., but then I remembered a hot tip I had gotten just a few days earlier regarding some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pillows at Dollar General.
I’m sure everyone knows what a Dollar General is. They are similar to stores such as Family Dollar and Big Lots. They sell a lot of off-the-wall and cheap merchandise. Some of it it is priced pretty low, but some things can be fairly pricey. In my experience, these stores are usually not located in the best parts of town and the stores themselves seem way too small for the amount of product they have crammed in there. The aisles are REALLY close together and stuff is usually packed to the ceiling on risers.
Dollar General is like a time-warp in the same way that K-Mart is. No matter where a Dollar General seems to spring up, whether it’s a brand new building or whether they took over a pre-existing one, these stores always seem stuck in the 1980s. From the store layout to the products themselves. There’s so many interesting products you didn’t know existed but you can basically buy everything that you truly need from a Dollar General, with the exception of produce and meat.
Obviously, something this awesome could not go without purchase. If it was based on the current Nickelodeon series, I would’ve given it a pass. Luckily there’s a lot of classic ’80s cartoon TMNT merch to be found and I’m wearing a t-shirt right now to prove it. By the way, I know people say the Nick show is good, but sorry, I know it wouldn’t capture the same vibe and spirit of the original cartoon for me, personally.
In what may sound like heaven to some (such as myself) or a nightmare to others, when you work in the world of retail, you get see and access most holiday items way before the customer does and long before the holiday arrives. I’m fine with this and I’m always on the lookout for two things: Halloween candy and Christmas merchandise.
Mid-July is typically about the time my store starts getting in Halloween candy but Halloween came even earlier this year — a few items arrived in late June. Nothing too impressive. So far it’s been the standard stuff from Russell Stover and Reese’s, but candy caught my eye. It’s a candy I don’t even like but I couldn’t resist the gimmick:
3 Musketeers Muskefears fun-size bars! First off, I LOVE the name they’ve give them for Halloween — “Muskefears”. That’s awesome.
Secondly, while they didn’t really mess with wrappers too much, at least they added the Muskefears name to them.
Finally, they colored the nougat “Spooky Red”. I guess “Blood Red” would be too gruesome for the kiddies. The color quality of the photo above doesn’t really do them justice. They aren’t that pinkish looking but they are no way as dark red as the bag would have you believe.
If you like 3 Musketeers and you like Halloween, this is a big win for you. After buying the bag and eating one and then coming down off my Halloween rush, I remembered that 3 Musketeers are one of my least favorite candy bars. Why would you stop at a 3 Musketeers or Milky Way when a Snickers is obviously superior to both?
Wine Gums were another package I had imported from Germany (it took, like, a month to get here). I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered them and I definitely wasn’t sure of their connection to England that the packaging proposes. When I think of European wine, France and Italy comes to mind way before England does.
The shapes of the gummies are kind of weird as well. Included are circles, diamonds and oblongs. One version of the oblongs is squiggly. Again, what does this have to do with wine? Labeled on each gummy is what type of wine it supposedly represents: gin, port, hock and sherry. Apparently there’s claret and champagne as well but I never saw those in my bag.
Ah, gummy (or gummi, if you prefer) candy. I’ve always had a soft and chewy spot for them in my heart. I would much rather have some type of gummy candy over chocolate or hard candy. I’ll talk about some of my favorites at a later date, but today it’s all about trying new things!
Some people may not have a preference when it comes to what company makes their gummy candy. Well, I do. It’s Haribo for me or it’s nothing. Brands like Trolli and Black Forest (both owned by the Ferrara Candy Company) offer low-grade quality gummy candy. I used to work at a video store and we carried a number of Black Forest gummies: sharks, bears, dinosaurs, etc. They were disgusting. They were never fresh and they were so greasy you could see it rubbing off on the bag.
What’s really interesting about Haribo is that they have so many different varieties gummies. The sad thing is that I think many of them aren’t readily available in the United States. There’s quite a few you can have imported from European sellers through Amazon.com though! And that is how I got my hands on today’s Haribo products.