Dum Dum Chewy Pops – Good idea, terrible execution

Dum Dums. In a lot of ways.

Reviewed by Jonny

October 22, 2008

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This was a total impulse buy. I was in Longs, about to introduce Hank to candy corn for the first time (sidebar: candy corn is friggin good. Seriously, why do so many people hate it?) when I saw this bag of Dum Dum Chewy Lollipops. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that there was something different about these-they have 3 different kinds of chewy centers: sour chew, chocolate, and gum. Hmm. Sounded unique, I had to buy the bag.
Cut to the next day when I tried them. The good news: they’re only 20 calories a piece. Bad news: they’re not good. And really, it’s not the flavors, it’s the whole thing. Here’s the problem: Dum Dums are small. They’re really small lollipops, which incidentally, makes them perfect for kids, as they don’t last that long. But the thing is, when you try to fill something this small with a filling, the actual AMOUNT of filling is way smaller than the pop (obviously), to the tune of being a pea sized ball.
For gum, this is ridiculous. It’s like trying to chew half a chicklet. Moreso, a colleague of mine who I gave one to commented that the gum tasted like cinnamon. Not cool, when the lollipop flavor is grape.
Moving on to the “chocolate” center-again, it’s like a pea sized ball of tootsie roll filling, but WAY less tasty. As for the sour chewy center (the only one I was really looking forward to), they weren’t that chewy, and they sure as shit weren’t sour.
Let me lay a few of the flavors on you now for perspective:
Blue Raspberry with gum center
Banana with sour center
Strawberry with chocolate center
Apple with gum center
Vanilla with chocolate center
Sour banana? Vanilla with chocolate? I dunno. I call shenanigans on these things, and so…to the Halloween basket for the neighborhood kids they go!



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  1. BrentLover

    Yo buddy no shot you think these are mid. Shut up. Dum Dums are super fire and there’s nothing you can do about it. Your prolly not gonna respond because you know I’m right. L

    • Matty

      I’m responding – but yr right, Jonny, who wrote that piece did it so long ago the word ‘mid’ didn’t exist. Also, the fact these are fire is indeed something he can do nothing about. I wish he could. He simply doesn’t have the skills.
      Thanks for reading and keep eating!

  2. Denise Ryan

    Bwah, ha, ha – you are so funny!! Thanks for the review – you saved us all some cash. Maybe you should talk to Fannie Mae….

  3. Cybele

    I saw those at Long’s too but just couldn’t bring myself to buy that two pound bag just so I could try them. (Especially since I already know I love Tootsie Pops.)

    Thanks for the review!


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