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Candy Review: McPhee Lollipops, History Tastes Good!

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McPhee Lollipops

Yum, history is tasty! Candy Addicts know what I mean because of the historical lollipops that I’ve previously mentioned. The kind folks over at McPhee decided that I needed to taste these historical legends for myself! Sweet!

These aren’t your typical lollipops. Not only are they made of up a base of boiled hard sugar like Ring Pops and Dum-Dums, they also have a hard, foamy, piped-on sugar for the details of the facial features (think eyebrows and jewelry) that reminds me of decorations on holiday candy. This blending of textures is a real strength, since it provides a welcome contrast for the mouth to experience. So here’s how they taste…

Abe Lincoln (orange): Very sweet with not much zest at all. It’s a really nice, full orange flavor and I wasn’t reminded of Tang, which is a very good thing.

Pirate Skull (lemon): This flavor was refreshing in several different ways. I’m a fan of lemon flavors and I don’t think enough of them exist, so I was really excited to have a lemon lollipop. The taste is nice, like a good refreshing lemonade. It’s also sweet enough that I don’t think children are likely to skip this over in favor of another.

Marie Antoinette (Cherry): Very standard cherry flavor. Not medicinal at all, thankfully. I wish my taste buds were powerful enough to see if there was an aftertaste to the food coloring (which, I may add, there isn’t much of at all) just so I could give a heads up to those folks who are sensitive to it.

Sigmund Freud (Watermelon): Really sweet and powerful candy watermelon flavor. Despite the fact that candy watermelon never tastes of the real thing, I still love it and can’t get enough. I couldn’t help but feel odd eating this one, even though I ate the others without a second thought. I guess it’s because I’m sure Freud could read meaning into every opinion I had about how he tastes…

If I had to pick, I would say my favorites would be Abe Lincoln and the Pirate Skull, simply because orange and lemon are favorite flavors of mine. On the whole they’re all winners. These were a lot of fun to eat. The decorative sugar coating provided a satisfying crunchiness to the lollipop when I decided that I was tired of sucking and needed to give my teeth something to do. Another plus is that these last a good long time, so you definitely feel satisfied once you finish one.

I’d recommend these to history and candy lovers alike. You can believe lollipop Abe Lincoln where he exclaims on the box “I’m delicious… honest!”

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One Response to “Candy Review: McPhee Lollipops, History Tastes Good!”

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    Peter says:

    Haha, I saw these at Reminiscence, a kitschy NYC store, just yesterday. I thought the exact same thing about the Freud lollipop. As it said on the box, “Sometimes a lollipop is just a lollipop.”

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