I’ve been familiar with Muddy Bears with a few years but yesterday was the first time I’ve ever noticed Muddy Reindeer. They’re made by the same company: CandyASAP. The same people that make other junk food candy like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Fudge Brownie Bites and Care Bears Gummi Bears. CandyASAP is owned by Taste of Nature, Inc. and that brand has a huge line of organic nut-filled snack bars.
Not sure why they added “Santa’s Village” to the name. I guess to make up for the very un-seasonal box art. I swear they swiped an image of the Rankin Bass version of Rudolph and recolored him in red, green and yellow.
Side note, I created my own version of “Muddy Bears” long before I ever heard of the CandayASAP’s chocolate-covered gummy bear version. My take on it was gummy bears + vanilla ice cream + crushed Oreos (though I suppose you could cheat and go with cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream). I still prefer my version.
As you can see, despite supposedly being in the shape of reindeer, you can’t really tell. I’m thinking they look more like bunnies. Or maybe even chocolate-covered crickets!
If you’ve ever had Muddy Bears, you’ll like Muddy Reindeer. And if you’ve never had chocolate-covered gummy candy, well, WHY NOT? Muddy Reindeer get two thumbs up from me. Now I’m waiting on Haribo to release a chocolate-covered version of their Gold Bears (the BEST gummy bears in the world).
I don’t know why I keep punishing myself. I am not a fan of Peeps, but like many people around the holidays, I get lured into eating all kinds of junk that I wouldn’t normally eat just because it has some festive gimmick flavor.
Case in point:
Candy cane-flavor Peeps.
Let me spare you the effort of buying them yourself and tell you that they are gross and don’t taste anything like candy cane or peppermint. They taste like regular Peeps. That is, cheap, rapidly dissolving marshmallows that have been rolled in sugar.
They smell like peppermint though. Or at least the packaging does. When I sniff the Peeps themselves, they have no scent. Yet when I sniff the package, there’s definitely a Scope mint mouthwash aroma going on.
This product fails because it doesn’t taste like candy canes, it doesn’t smell like candy canes and it’s Peeps.
Despite the fact that I’m doing P90, I can’t pass up some of these holiday sweets and treats. Case in point: gingerbread-flavored Twix! The packaging has a nice seasonal touch. Instead of the usual gold bag, it’s gold and brown with gingerbread men and aSanta hat right over the pause button. The individual wrappers are more of the same.
I continue to flirt with diabetes.
I’ve talked about Russell Stover plenty in the past. I’m not sure if their apple pie candy pumpkin is new or not but this was the first year I’ve noticed it. It seems only natural they they would have apple pie since they already have pumpkin pie and caramel apple varieties. I was going to say they might as well go ahead and release a pecan pie candy but a quick Google search proves that they already have.
I came across a small pack of caramel apple Twizzlers last night. Dinosaur Dracula did a video review of them awhile back. Figuring these things probably aren’t all that great, there’s no way I would’ve bought a bag the size that Matt did but when you can pick up a small pack for 89 cents (or however much it was), why not?
These aren’t just plain Twizzler twists. They are filled twists. This is generally a bad sign as far as I’m concerned. I’ve tried a few variations of filled Twizzlers over the years and always kick myself for doing so because the candy is never very good. There’s always a gritty sugary texture to the filling and the caramel filling here is no exception. It’s much too sweet and completely overpowers the green apple-flavored twists (which they should make separately, without any filling). If you have a real caramel apple, it’s more apple than caramel so why are we being given more caramel than apple from these Twizzlers? Because it’s candy, I guess.
Caramel apple Twizzlers are okay and probably the best of all the filled Twizzlers I’ve ever had, but they are nothing I would ever buy again. I’m always much better sticking with the traditional strawberry Twizzlers.
I feel the same way about the Extra gum I bought. Extra does a lot of fruit and dessert flavored gums these days. For the fall season, they’ve introduced two new flavors: pumpkin spice and apple crisp. Again, they’re just too sweet (even though they are sugar free). I don’t know, maybe my taste buds are changing as I get older but I’m just not enjoying these types of things anymore. This could spell disaster for blog content! Apple Crisp Extra is better than Pumpkin Spice Extra but I had one stick of each and that was more than enough. They definitely smell like their namesakes but both are too sweet and the flavor isn’t very good.
I was walking through Target’s Hallween aisles today and came across this:
Look, I love bacon as much as anyone. The maple variety especially so. But have we gone too far? We already “pumpkin spice all the things”, do we need to “bacon all the things” as well? I don’t want bacon gum, I don’t want bacon mints, I don’t want bacon soda and I don’t want bacon cookies! The frosting is the worst part. Can you imagine how awful that must taste?
Maybe a few years ago I would’ve been tempted to try this but not anymore. People know me for trying all kinds of weird, seasonal gimmick-y food items and I’m sure there will be sites and blogs rushing to post how awesome Betty Crocker’s maple bacon cookies are and how they now have a stockpile of the cookie mix and frosting in their pantry, but I won’t be one of them. Sometimes we come to a line in the sand that we’re not willing to cross. Maple bacon cookies & frosting is that line for me. This one just seems so wrong, folks.
The fine candy-makers at Brach’s are no strangers to nougat. They’ve been releasing all kinds of seasonal (and non-seasonal) based nougats for years. For myself, the most famous and greatest of them all are their peppermint Christmas nougats with the little trees on them but they’ve also released wintergreen, orange creme, jelly bean, cinnamon, chocolate mint and cherry cordial nougats over the years for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween. With Easter the next major holiday, you might think it’s time for Brach’s to start cranking out the Jelly Bean Nougats again.
I remember Brach’s jelly bean nougats when they were just called jelly nougats and you could make a pick ‘n’ mix bag of candy at the grocery store.
Well, I’m sure you’re right. I have no doubt the Jelly Bean nougats are going to be out and about somewhere this Easter season but they aren’t at Walgreens and Walgreens is my #1 trusted source for holiday candy. But, no, what I came across was something a bit more interesting… Continue Reading