As I was starting to write this article, I found myself with a dilemma. You see, I couldn’t come up with a category in which to put this particular candy. The package says “chewy candy” but it isn’t a gummy. It starts out hard, but it ends up soft, so neither of those work either. Ultimately, I guess it will just have to stand in a category of its own.
I received two varieties of Eiffel Bon Bons in a candy-laden package originating from Brian and his spoils from the All Candy Expo. I was immediately drawn to the strawberry variety, but it turned out both flavors were delicious.
As I tore open the first package, I was struck by the strong smell. It reminded me a little of pink cotton candy. The pieces of candy themselves looked for all the world like larger-than-average After Dinner Mints. When it came to eating, however, all mint resemblance ended. On both strawberry and apple, the first flavor that presented was a mild sweetness from the extremely fine sugar coating. Next came the strong artificial flavoring, which is actually something I quite enjoy. The apple flavor really reminded me of a green apple Jolly Rancher. In terms of texture, they started out quite firm (some more than others), but quickly softened to a very chewy, almost gum-like consistency.
Call me weird (many people do), but I’ve always enjoyed artificial flavoring. Both varieties were tart, with the apple slightly higher on the tartness scale. The flavor really comes out as the candy softens.
Apparently, these are “Enjoyed by students and foreign language groups in the U.S. for over 20 years!” I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered them before, but if you happen to run across some, I recommend you give them a shot. Personally, I’d love to try the watermelon.