I was dying to open the Maoam Kracher bag as soon as I saw it-clearly not a gummy or a hard candy per se, I was optimistic that I new what they were:
A few years back, in another life before I had Jr., my wife and I were in St. Barth’s. FYI, it’s a plethora of Haribo on that little island. Every grocery store you visit is stocked to the gills with varieties that we can only salivate over around these parts. One bag in particular has always stuck in my mind, my Great White Whale if you will. I can’t remember what they were called, or truly, if they were even Haribo, but they looked exactly like these Krachers, and were an explosion of chewy, sour, crunchy and powder. They were auce. Could these be the same thing?
Already extremely intoxicated, dehydrated, and generally wiped out from a day of holiday cavorting, I busted these bad boys open last night. Yep, they looks exactly the same as my fantasy candy. Things were lining up nicely for me.
As soon as I bit into one though, I knew I hadn’t found my whale. These have a very thin “shell”, that’s not particularly flavorful. Once you bite in, you find a chewy, Mentos-like confection. The flavors are better than Mentos, but there’s nothing particularly special about these to set them apart in any other way.
Let’s talk about Mentos for a sec. They suck. Do we all agree on that? Perky “they-were-cute-in-the-90’s” commercials aside, the “candy” is a total hoax as far as I’m concerned. They’re almost flavorless, regardless of how many different flavors I try. Not so much the “freshmaker”, as a “trashmaker” in this dude’s opinion.
The flavors are lemon, apple, strawberry, raspberry, orange and cola. A nice variety, and like I said, they taste good. There’s just something…not quite great about them. Look at the insides, it’ll give you an idea of their consistency:
Seeing as how I was tired and buzzed, I’m surprised that I didn’t snarf this whole bag down. Or rather, it’s telling that I didn’t. If these had a sprinkling of some sort of sour powder inside, it would give them a dynamic, explosive flavor. As is though, I can’t honestly say that I recommend these. In a world where great international candies are available from lots of sources, it’s probably not worth it for you guys to spend your time or money hunting these down. Having said that, they’re certainly not even close to bad, so…if you do happen to see them stateside, sure, pick up a bag.