SNAPS are a retro candy that I didn’t know about until just a week or two ago. I was in Michael’s Arts and Crafts store and noticed it on the “retro” candy rack alongside Sugar Babies and Necco Slapsticks. “Oooooooo, what’s this?” I thought to myself as I picked up the package.
It was definitely a retro candy with it’s bold and simple graphic design which consists of colorful illustrated representations of the candy inside spotting the bright red background. “Classic Chewy Candy” reads the tag line, but that doesn’t tell me what exactly SNAPS are. Turning the package over I finally find out what SNAPS are made of, literally. Ah, so it’s a black licorice with a candy coating!
So how did I enjoy my first taste of SNAPS? I didn’t. The snaps themselves come in 4 colors: white, green, pink and orange red. The sizes are not uniform at all, some are tiny and others rather long. What first surprised me was that they’re hollow. I was expecting a roll of licorice with a coating like Bassett’s Allsorts, and I was sorely mistaken. The second thing is how STRANGE they taste. I’m a black licorice lover and these didn’t taste of licorice at all, especially the pink ones which tastes like soap. Yuck.
So are there any SNAPS lovers out there? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this candy. Taking everything into consideration, it makes me wonder how this one has survived since its birth in the 1930s.
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