King Leo make some pretty yummy mint-based candies. We’ve reviewed a few. They understand how to mix different kinds of flavors with mint. Some of their highlights have been their key lime, pomegranate, and of course their insane bark. But now they’re going uptown.
What you’re looking at are three different bags of individually wrapped flavor-infused mints. Citrus-mint, Vanilla-mint, and good ‘ol Peppermint. They all have their unique qualities, but at the same time, all have a classic mint taste that ties them together. Additionally, they’re made with all natural ingredients, which I like. However, as is the case with natural things. sometimes the appearance is a little less than outrageous:
Color wise, you get what’s in it. On the left, vanilla mint, which is just a bit tan. In the middle is peppermint, which is more or less white. The right side holds citrus mint, which has a faint yellow color to it. This kind of thing for me is actually a nice reminder that it’s real and natural, so it doesn’t bother me at all.
Now to the flavor. The first question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you like mints. If the answer is no, then read no further: these aren’t going to change your mind. The next thing we need to tackle is that these are the opposite of working class pragmatic utilitarian mints like Altoids: you’re not popping one of these to cover the garlic fries you had for lunch.
Jesus, I love french fries.
So these aren’t power horses like Altoids. Fine. As long as we know that going in, it won’t be a disappointment. Think of these things like the name suggests : Royal. They’re decadent. Let’s take the flavor I was most eager to try for example : the citrus-mint. If you know me at all, you know I’m all about citrus. Acidic, tangy, sharp citrus is among my favorite flavors on earth. This isn’t that. This is rich, creamy citrus mint. In fact all three of these flavors have a “creamy” aspect that ties them together, and gives them an indulgent feel.
But how can a mint be creamy, you say? That’s what makes these things, and King Leo in general, pretty special. Like other King Leo products (puffs, sticks), these are not classic hard candies. They’re more of a chalky consistency: one that breaks down and “crumples” for lack of a better term as you suck it. Sort of two candies in one.
I found myself gravitating back to the peppermint. It’s definitely my favorite of the three. Junior though, he was nuts over the citrus-mint. For fun, click the video below of him trying to “pop one” in his mouth.
If you’re a fan of mints, or even better, interesting variations on mint, you gotta check these out. If not, …just watch the damn video below. The kid is funny. Not good though.
Kids, kids, kids. They’re good for a few laughs, at least!
According to the Juicefuls website, they seem to be only available at Walmart. So…I guess I’m never buying them! Note to Juicefuls: there’s this thing called the “internet” where you can “purchase goods” really easily. Check it out.
I have to warn you. I was an idiot and had my camera the..uh…wrong way. So we got a lot of tight shots. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t like completely unwatchable, right? Check it out and you tell me. Of course it doesn’t take away from the popcorn, which rocks. From dark to milk chocolate, and coffee to chili, banana chips and macadamia nuts, there are flavors for everyone here.
Alex at one time bitched that we didn’t review gum enough, and to that, I agreed. Hell I like gum. The problem with gum? It’s one dimensional. It’s got flavor. And it’s chewy. Sometimes hard then chewy. Sometimes soft then chewy. But thats basically it. So reviewing becomes all about taste. And you can pretty much sum up taste with a few keywords: fruity, minty, fruity-minty, berry, apple-y, bubblegummy. Done.
Still, my littlest pup bought me a pack of gum to review. Jesus christ I love that kid. So we tore it ope and had at it. Watch.
Twizzlers or Red Vines, Red Vines or Twizzlers…The Hatfields vs. McCoys of the candy world. Or maybe more like Apple fanbois vs. Androidos – we are all expected to land on one side of the debate. Those of us who straddle the fence usually just get sore balls. (Like what I did there?) As readers may remember, my past tendencies have been for the old school Red Vines. They age like none other, and the taste is great. Ever eaten them AS you’re eating popcorn? It’s like the best cereal you ever had. Ever drink your Sprite through a red vine? No better way to harden up that bad boy.
And yet…I’ve found a new friend in the Twizz rainbow twist! The colors aren’t from nature, neither is the taste nor consistency – but I won’t apologize for liking them. Now it’s possible I’m starting to crave because we have them at work, and everything free at work seems to taste ok…but whatever it is..
At work we only get 3 flavors but the real world appears to have a few more. Probably all as fake and tasty as the ones I’ve tried.
Note that in it I say these are from Germany. And um … I think I’m wrong. It looks like these are from Netherlands. That’s what you get for doing a vid review BEFORE doing the necessary research. My bad!
Actually, no. Happy New Year doesn’t mean make your own gummies. It means “it’s a new year – for the love of peet, try and be happy.”
Yet, here we are in 2011 with a new vid where my kids and I make some of our own gummies, after the littlest ‘un got a kit for xmas. You get to watch all the grueling details below. And then we eat them on camera. And then I’ll rate them. This is damn compelling stuff. How do we not get paid to do this shit?!
I love popcorn. I’ve documented my addiction to any savory flavored popcorn (sour cream & onion, cheddar, ranch, whatever), but I’ve never been a huge chocolate & popcorn guy. It’s good, but..for me it misses the salty mark.
Peeps, I introduce you to my new friends : Two Haute Cowgirls, and their crown jewel, “Fistful of Fleur De Sel” popcorn.
Damn it’s been while since I’ve posted anything to our site. My BAD! However, I have been busy as all get out, and watching baseball just about every night throughout October so cut a guru some slack yo!
Candy Canes for Halloween?! Sure!
The fine people at Tru Sweets (or is it Surf Sweets since it’s the same company as far as I can tell…) have created an all-natural, gluten-free, corn syrup-free candy cane that tastes like something Santa could get behind. Watch all about it here:
I’ve been asked countless times to review gum. Ahem. Alex. Ahem. And finally, I’m listening. My kids got their mom to buy a mint chocolate chip gum from Extra a few times and it smelled like… well, exactly that, and I never tried it. It just didn’t sound like my cup of tea. But the darned kids liked it so much, they’d finish it before I could even try and jump in myself.
So I decided I’d wait full tilt, buy some, and get it on video. And here we are. Interestingly, I couldn’t find the mint choco. But I did find Strawberry Shortcake and Key Lime Pie – 2 others in their Extra Dessert Delights line of flavors. I think there’s only three…
Cookies on Candygurus.com?!
Ok no, we don’t usually review anything but candy. However, Oreo came calling with free cookies shaped like footballs, and if you peruse this site, you know that we love us some sports. And football be a sport. So I said, “Sure!” and they sent me a package, which looks just like the image right here (which I stole from taquitos.net).
They taste almost exactly like your reg Oreos. Wait. No. They taste EXACTLY like the reg Oreos. The chocolate cookie itself though seems to be a bit more dense. And the overall size is bigger. But otherwise, all good. Watch the vid – you’ll see.
Sorry if you aren’t a sports fan – but if you are, don’t tell me this isn’t the greatest time of year baby!! My baseball team is in contentch (Go Gyros) and the optimism around my fave football team is palps! (Go Niners) Plus I have my fantasy football draft and the 5th pick and I’m torn. QB? RB? Do I even think of taking a wideout in the 3rd round? hmm. (I’ll know what I did by the time this posts – so look for an update in the comments.)
I may have eaten more chocolate over the last 2 weeks than I’ve ever eaten in a 2-week span because dammit if the Ritter-Sport people didn’t send us like 9 chocolate bars. You know Ritter… they’re the Euro-choco bars next to the cash register in your favorite fancy food store, priced between 2-3 bucks each, and you wonder who’s actually paying this much for chocolate?
I have no idea who is paying for what but I can tell you this: Ritter-Sport chocolate is good. Perhaps the best of the mid higher-end bars. Also, you get a lot. Don’t let the square package fool ya – these things have some heft, almost a quarter pound per bar, and even fat ol’ me couldn’t eat an entire package in one sitting. You may pay $2.99 but yr getting two solid feastings out of it.
Look, sometimes we hunker down, commit pen to paper, and write thoughtful, informative reviews. Sometimes however, we drink beer all day while playing golf, and THEN do live video reviews-and not particularly good ones.
Judge for yourself though, and whatever you do, don’t miss out on this gem of a find:
I found new Haribo. I’m actually quite astounded. Aren’t you? I mean – how often do Jonny and I bitch about there not being more types of Haribo? ALL THE TIME. And now there is. It’s really quite remarkable. Watch the vid and you’ll get revved up to seek out Fruity Fruttis. Trust me on this – they’re good.
Heyoooo! I review a bunch of Foreign Candy Company sweets in this week’s video, including Rips, Rips Bits, Rips Whips, Rips Hips and Rips Lips. OK the last two I made up. Overall – not bad.
I’m still tired of companies calling things licorice that don’t even have any Essence of anise. And I may completely lose it if another company markets their sour as the “Most Extreme” sour when it’s like all the others…But the folks at Foreign have some good stuff. Sorry for the length. Reviewing 5 candies in 6 mins isn’t that bad…
If you order a steak with mushroom sauce, you wanna see some Morels on top.
If you buy a $14 Margarita with nice Tequila in it, you want to see fresh squeezed lime juice going in there as well.
And when you eat candy, friends, you should want it to be as “all natural” as possible. My reasons are selfish, and not necessarily “PC”- I don’t really care SO much that it’s better for me. What I care about it is the taste. And real things taste better than fake things. Ergo sum, Q.E.D. It’s just a fact.
So color me tickled when Puredent asked if they could send us some samples. Note the semi-witty and ironic packaging. Also note…the way the look packages exactly like most other gums on the market. Not sure why they went that route, I know I wouldn’t have:
I love Haribo. Hell – who doesn’t. But if this was the first and only thing you ever ate from that crew, you might hold a grudge or swear off German candy forever. Jonny, Scotty and I review these badboys on video. Our first video review. There will be more. And let’s all hope they get a whole lot better than this. But for now this will do. Thanks for readin…er..watching.