Happy new year, blah blah blah. Let’s talk candy. Specifically, ginger candy. Have you tried these yet?:
I certainly hadn’t, but my last run at Cost Plus World Market inspired a purchase. My brief history with ginger candy has been disappointing-I’ve only tried one variety, and it was mediocre. Gingery to be sure, but kind of one-note. I usually pass them by without a second thought. I didn’t hold out high hopes for these, to be honest.
First, you gotta comment on the packaging. Wait. I mean I gotta comment on it-it’s beautiful. Very cool looking tin stuffed precisely the same way (I bought a few tins) every time. Very OCD. Each piece is individually wrapped, and when opened, looks like this:
You feelin’ me? The consistency is chewy, yet not too chewy, with a nice contrast of slight chalkiness from the sugar coating. I might not be describing that well, cause chalk sounds disgusting, but trust me, it’s a nice contrast.
The flavor department is where these really pop. Yes, they have that standard ginger chew taste that the “other” brand I tried had (cough cough), but the fruit flavoring sends this in a totally new direction. I’m not sure who thought mango would pair with ginger, but wow-it’s great.
This candy isn’t super sweet…it’s definitely a more “adult” candy. I should also note that they make flavors like orange, peppermint, and peanut butter (yes, you read that right). They’re all good, but it was unanimous at my workplace-mango is the jam. Fresh, different, a bit spicy, delicious.
This is a different candy-something unique. Therefore, you must try it if you have any fondness for ginger. These would be absolutely perfect after a sushi dinner that costs $110 for 2 people (Bay Area, folks).
Sometimes you find a stinker, and sometimes you find a gem when you pick blindly. We got lucky this time. Pick them up at World Market, or from Amazon in several different flavors and packing options.
Another nice aspect? All natural ingredients, and not the bullshit “all natural” packaging lie, this is actually true:
Cane Suger, Maltose, Choice Ginger, Mango Juice, Mango Flavor, Tapioca Starch.
No Additives or preservatives.
Gotta love that.