Previously we reviewed the “Caramel Lovers” variety of hard andies by Victoria’s Grandma, and absolutely loved them. This time, we got their “Home Sweet Home” variety, which….while being a cute name, doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me, given the flavors. Let’s take a look.
Again with the big bag. Bravo, Gramma, Bravo.
This time, instead of creamy caramel flavors, we get fruit flavors. And not just ordinary everyday fruits either-these are decidedly high-octane. The purple-edged wrap is Elderberry-Plum. The red is Strawberry-Rhubarb. Finally, the yellow is Apple-Quince. Holy smokes!
I don’t know about y’all, but my home growing up MAYBE had an apple. Plums were rarely spotted. But Quince? I still don’t think I’ve ever seen one. But hey, Victoria lives on a plush farm, we get it. She probably has several ponies too.
More importantly, these found their way to us, because they’re flipping fantastic.
The colors on these are mesmerizing. Something about colorful hard candy shoots me back to MY Grandma’s candy dish, and despite the fact that she had shitty candy in hers, I like that memory. One side note about these-as you can kind of see, the tops of all the candies have slight indentations on them, which can be a little rough on the tongue (if that kind of thing bothers you). For me, the flavors were just way too excellent to care.
Strawberry-Rhubarb: the only candies with these flavors I’ve ever had are from the UK, and I have to say…I think this might be the best iteration yet. Bright, sweet strawberry, mixed with tart intense rhubarb- it’s a fantastic combination that lends itself so well to hard candy.
Apple-Quince: This one was subtle, but in a good way. Like I said, my quince experience is extremely limited, so I’m not super clear on whether this is accurately flavored or not. It’s like an apple flavor, but with a deeper, woodsier note to it. Very nice indeed.
Elderberry-Plum: Soooooooo good. I like anything plum flavored, and this was no exception. Deep, tart plum with an overtone of berry. Amazing.
Juding by how great these are, and how great the caramel lovers are, I’m a bit confused as to why there’s NOWHERE online to buy these in the states. Nowhere. Usually, with enough trolling, we can find at least one (usually overpriced) source for you, but not for these. So if you ever see them in your travels, be sure to pick up a few bags. Hard candies with this kind of exceptional flavor combinations are rare. If I could have a gigantic candy dish with nothing but these in it, I’d be ok with that.