Archive for January, 2013

Are Trolli Gummies Playing Hide and Seek?

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Trolli! Trolli gummies! Come out, come out, wherever you are! Find yourself searching high and low for your favorite Trolli gummies? Fret not, fellow gummy guru! I got the candy scoop on where they’re hiding. The good news? They haven’t gone away, and I doubt they’ll become harder to find in any way. They’re the creme de la creme of the gummy circuit, and unlike a hit TV show or popular rock band, there’s no benefit in quitting while you’re ahead. No, contrary to slipping into obscurity, they caught the eye of the Ferrara Candy Company, who loved them so much they bought ’em up! While we have to agree that buying Trolli was a very, very smart move, we don’t think it was such a bright idea to change the name of Trolli gummies to Ferrara. Nope, not at all.

Now, you might be thinking, “But Trollis never disappeared from my candy and grocery store shelves!” If that’s the case, there’s a good reason. When Ferrara changed the name on the package of Trolli gummies to their own, they saw sales fall faster than a glass of red wine headed for a white carpet. They had kept the same recipe luckily, so once some people tried them they realized they were the same. But when we go to the store looking for Trolli and see Ferrara, the natural inclination is to assume it’s a different candy. Soooo…Ferrara is switching back to the Trolli name! In fact, I’m fairly certain they already have. But I just wanted to let you all know that if you happen by a candy counter with Ferrara gummies that look just like your favorite Trolli gummies, you can buy them with confidence.

P.S. On a related note, while I do agree that Fun Dip is indeed fun to dip, I still think Lik-m-aid was a better name! It’s been years, but it still irks me. But as long as I still get to eat it I won’t split hairs. I guess 🙂

Jelly Belly Unbearably Hot Cinnamon Bears – The Perfect Heat for Me!

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about spicy food and candy it is this: The ‘hotness’ is subjective. While I can down a box or bag of Red Hots without batting an eyelash, some people can only handle a few before their tongue ‘feels funny.’ I’m certainly no scientist, so I’m not sure what makes things that are too hot for some just fine for others, but based on experience I would say my taste buds ride somewhere in the middle. I can’t pop habanero chilis like they’re Tic Tacs, but I can find the flavor for the tingle in most moderately spicy dishes.

As for spicy cinnamon candy, I’m most definitely a fan. I never pass up the movie theater style boxes of Hot Tamales, and I’m among the first in line for cinnamon hearts come Valentine’s Day. But for all the cinnamon sweet treats I so adore, my taste buds vote Jelly Belly’s Unbearably Hot Cinnamon Bears as the spiciest. I can’t promise your taste buds will feel the same, but I have a feeling they will!

While some shops might carry Jelly Belly’s Hot Cinnamon Bears year-round, in my experience they are easiest to find close to Valentine’s Day. To be sure I have them on hand as long as possible – you know, before they hibernate for the summer – I am always sure to stock up shortly after I find the first sleuth of spicy bears! (Did you know a group of bears is called a ‘sleuth’? It’s true!)

When stocking up, shopping around for deals is a must. So this round of Mouthwatering Prices is dedicated to Jelly Belly Unbearably Hot Cinnamon Bears! Hope you love them as much as I do 🙂

Candy.com

8 oz. bag of cinnamon bears – $6.49
10 lbs. of cinnamon bears – $71.49

JellyBelly.com

1 lb. tub of cinnamon bears – $8.99
6 oz. gift bag of cinnamon bears – $5.99

BlairCandy.com

1 lb. cinnamon bears – $7.29

BalboaCandy.com

6 oz. gift bag of cinnamon bears – $4.95

WeaverNut.com

10 lbs. of cinnamon bears – $49.05

CandyFavorites.com

(12) 3 oz. bags of cinnamon bears – $25.19

MunchiesSweetsAndTreats.com

1 lb. cinnamon bears – $6.99

Sweet Treats for Kids of All Ages: Candy Sushi!

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If you’re like me, and bajillions of other ladies and gents (note: bajillions is a guesstimate), chances are you can happily pin away hours of your day on Pinterest.com. If pinning what I love, think I’ll love, and hope I’ll love all day was a job, I would be the best at that job that ever was or would be! Needless to say, a lot of my pokin’ and pinnin’ around revolves around the sweeter side of life. You know, cupcakes, candy, cupcakes with candy, that sort of stuff! And it just so happens I was looking for some cute and colorful Valentine’s Day treats for kiddos when I stumbled across one of the coolest candy creations I’ve ever seen – candy sushi. No fishing pole required, folks. Just a little creativity and some good old fashioned love of the sweet stuff.

This pin o’ perfection caught my eye while looking through a board named Fun Snacks for Kids. I thought it best to give you the full source as there’s tons of other great stuff to try as well! The Candy Sushi are made up of some of the most universally loved ingredients of all time – stuff that even the pickiest kids are more than happy to gobble up. The pin itself leads back to this easy-to-follow Candy Sushi recipe, which calls for the following:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 12 regular marshmallows
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal (Kellogg’s Rice Krispies or similar)
  • Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Swedish Fish
  • Colored Twizzlers
  • Various other candy that you want to use as the roll filler or on top of the Nigri style sushi

I know recipes always claim they include ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard, even when it’s stuff I’ve never even heard of, but in this case? I’ve got it all! I may not have couscous at the ready, but Swedish Fish and marshmallows? Ummm…yeah!

I haven’t yet decided if I’ll make these for Valentine’s Day or another ‘just because’ time, but if I do opt for Valentine’s Day I’ll be sure to use more red Swedish Fish and Twizzlers than any other color. Or perhaps I’ll just make them all sorts of rainbow wonderful and tuck a few inside a Valentine’s treat bag with little chopsticks for easy, attractive gifting, and a tag that reads ‘You’re a Catch!’ Now…where to find little chopsticks? Off I go Googling…