Recently we were sent some samples from King Leo’s Candies. You probably know them best from their peppermint bark- it’s good stuff.
However, I got no bark love. Instead, I got a large assortment of “puffs”. Check ’em out:
These things are all about consistency. The closest comparison I can draw to them are a certain kind of Grandma mint you might have had- it’s hard, but as you suck it, it softens up, and then sort of gets a grainy, soft consistency, until it breaks down in your mouth.
Had one? Any idea what I’m talking about? No? From the top then…
The flavors I got were: Orange & Cream, Strawberries & Cream, Key Lime, Lemon, Peppermint, Watermelon, and Pomegranate. The cool thing about these is that all the flavors taste good. Even cooler is that each particular flavor has a slightly different consistency from the others. For instance, lemon are more dense, and take a little longer to break down then the others. And on the other side of the spectrum, pomegranate are bit less dense and quicker to break down. While I enjoyed all of them, I had two favorites. Runner up:
The Key Lime. Really nice tasting, not too acidic, with that unique key lime flavor. I was addicted to these until I tried the….
Holy anti-oxidants, Batman! These things rock! As you can see, they’re not white, but instead colored like pomegranates all over. All of the other flavors look like the lime (as you can see from the unwrapped picture up top), white with an accent color of that particular flavor. The pomegranate however, stray from the crowd. And I aint no food scientist or nuthin’, but I’m thinking that the colored outside is at least partially responsible for the softer consistency.
I like it. A LOT. the pomegranate flavor is dope- very authentic, with the perfect combination of sweet and tangy.
The best part about tasting these candies is that I doubt I ever would have picked these up if I saw them in a store. Now though, I’ll seriously considering ordering a few boxes of the pomegranate, key lime, and maybe even lemon.
(You can order then online from the King here)
I really like this company, because in addition to sending me a buttload of free candy (much of which I’m not reviewing here), ALL of the candy had a quality look, feel and taste. Their peppermint/chocolate sticks are dope. Their bark, as we all know, is the shizz. And that’s weird, cause usually some products are good, some are weak, and life goes on. But across the board, I noticed an emphasis on quality flavor, manufacturing, and packaging. Kudos to the king.
Seriously though, when the holidays (and YES, I mean Hannukah!) roll around and you’re about to buy that crappy peppermint stick assortment at Target, do yourself a favor and order some peppermint love through the King instead. And when you do, do NOT forget to get some pomegranate puffs. I just ate another.
I had a pomegranate puff that was AMAZING from a Hammonds holiday basket. Hammonds doesn’t think they make a pomegranate puff (I called and asked) so they must have been sourced third-party. I would love to find more but am at a dead end, was hoping they might have been King Leo (although these had well-defined stripes). Bummer.
King Leo no longer sells directly to consumers. Bummer!
But I enjoyed your post about them.
Dick, I’m pretty sure they don’t make them anymore although I have no idea why. Sorry man!
Any leads on where to get the pomegranate puffs? The link in the article is now dead- and can’t find them on their site! The horror!
I purchased a tin of the King Leo Cinnamon stick candies and they are simply amazing. I had never heard of the brand previously but will be buying in the future.
Lover813, I’m so glad you found this. Trust me, we know what it’s like not to be able to find candy we love. That’s one of the reasons we started this site-to track down weird, random candies that people can’t seem to find anymore. If you come up with any others, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
the pomegranate puffs are AMAZING!! i got a box from tj maxx. i wish now i would of got more!! i was in love with strawberry but now i am hooked on the pom! wow!!! they are bitter sweet and full of flavor. they melt as soon as it hits your mouth. i am so glad u posted the site…now i can get as many boxes as i want and not search every tj maxx looking for them…lol
I had the lemon yesterday and loved them.
If figured out where I had these before – the gramma ref is pretty right on – But…these are the same candies that PSA airlines would give out on plane trips back in the 70s. Or at least, that was the memory I had when I popped it in.
Want. Some. Now.