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Mike and Ike Review Roundup – Five Varieties

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Mike and Ike candies

As a hardcore Candy Addict, I consumed a good deal of candy during my childhood. My mother even packed full-size candy bars in my sack lunches! Mysteriously, Mike and Ike candies were absent from my candy-eating repertoire. I wasn’t exactly sure why, since I did like candies in the jellybean category. Well, I recently had the honor of reviewing five selections of Mike and Ike candies, and I think I know why.

The five kinds of Mike and Ike candies included Original Fruits, Berry Blast, Tropical Typhoon, Tangy Twister, and Lemonade Blends (which is due to be released nationwide in the summer of 2008). We’ll start with the bad then work up to the good, okay?

Mike and Ike Original Fruits:

If these are the original flavors, I can see why I bypassed these during my childhood. Talk about bland city! The flavors aren’t listed on the package, and I certainly couldn’t tell what the flavors were from eating the candies, but there were pictures of some fruits, so these are my best guesses:

  • Orange: The initial flavor is quite strong and somewhat reminiscent of orange, but it quickly morphs into just a sickly sweet candy.
  • Lime: This one boasts a strong artificial lime flavor. The key word here is “artificial.”
  • Cherry: Boy, is this one nasty. The first hit tastes like cherry-flavored Sucrets (for those of you born after 1970 or so, Sucrets are cough suppressant tablets), and then it tastes kind of like burned rubber (not that I have ever eaten burned rubber, but you know).
  • Strawberry: There are supposedly two red flavors in the package, but all the reds look the same. I suspect one of the reds was supposed to be strawberry, but it was impossible to tell.
  • Lemon: Really? Are you kidding me?

Mike and Ike Berry Blast

  • Blueberry: Tastes like blueberry that has been laced with pesticides! These have a slight chemical taste to them, and there is no sour to offset the sweet. Where is my sour candy!
  • Strawberry: This lacks a strong strawberry flavor and tastes artificial and sickly sweet. Not good.
  • Mixed Berry: What is mixed berry supposed to taste like, exactly? Well, this just tastes like corn syrup.
  • Raspberry: Doesn’t taste like raspberry, but this does have the strongest flavor, so if you like full flavors the raspberry would have to be the best. It is still too sweet, though.
  • Wild Berry: And how is wild berry different from mixed berry? Is mixed berry calm and sedate? Anyway, this tastes like artificial watermelon flavor, and last time I checked, watermelon wasn’t a berry.

Mike and Ike Tropical Typhoon

This selection was hit and miss. Some of the flavors were passable, but I still don’t think I’d buy these unless I was insanely desperate or had suffered from amnesia and couldn’t remember these weren’t that tasty.

  • Orange Pineapple: I love the whole orange-pineapple combo in general, and the Mike and Ike orange pineapple isn’t too bad. It’s slightly tangy and tastes relatively true, though the sweetness of the pineapple offsets the citrus tang of the orange.
  • Caribbean Punch: I couldn’t identify any distinct flavors in this at all. And no, that’s not a good thing.
  • Kiwi Lime: Again, a mix of unidentifiable flavors. There is really no hint of lime or kiwi.
  • Strawberry Banana: Gross. There’s an artificial banana flavor with a hint of sickly sweet artificial strawberry flavor.
  • Pineapple Banana: There’s not much banana flavor, and the pineapple flavor is very subtle as well.

Mike and Ike Tangy Twister

Okay, if you’ve stuck with me so far, you are about to be rewarded, because now we’re getting to the good stuff! Tangy Twister ROCKS. These are so good that I don’t even care about the welts that develop in my mouth from eating too much sour candy (okay, so maybe that’s not so appetizing).

  • Apple: Yum, this is a tangy green apple flavor! Oddly, there was only ONE in the entire package.
  • Raspberry: Now we’re talking! This packs a sweet and tart raspberry flavor.
  • Pineapple: Biting into one of these juicy little gems took me back to the beaches of Maui…
  • Cherry: No wimpy cherry flavor here.
  • Citrus Punch: To me, this tasted like a tangy little combination of mango, lemon, and orange.

Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends

I’ve saved the best for last. These Lemonade Blends are seriously so incredibly delicious that I don’t know if I can wait for the summer of 2008 for them to be released! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. If you like tangy lemonade flavors, then these are definitely for you. In addition, you can feel good about eating these, because part of the proceeds will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a group dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.

Now, I have a sad confession to make. These were so good that I just chomped them down without carefully noting the distinctions between the flavors. I hope you will forgive me. All the flavors were good, though, I can guarantee that. The flavors are Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Limeade, and Tangerine Lemonade.

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20 Responses to “Mike and Ike Review Roundup – Five Varieties”

  1. 1
    cybele says:

    I too think that the Tangy Twister is their best mix. The Lemonade blend was also pretty good, though not as much variation in the flavors, that makes it easy to just chomp them and not have to look.

  2. 2
    Zombiefodder says:

    Heretic! :-p

    Faulting original Mike + Ikes for not tasting like fruit is like faulting Circus Peanuts for not tasting like peanuts. (But, then again, I don’t think CP’s ever really claimed to taste like anything in particular.)

    OK, I guess your comments are pretty valid for original flavor M+I, but IMHO, I still prefer them to the other Mike-and-Ike-come-lately flavors.

  3. 3
    Zombiefodder says:

    FYI: The previous “Heretic” statement was intended in jest.

  4. 4
    Melanie says:

    You forgot about Mike & Ikes Jolly Joes (Grape)!!! Ohh those are sooo good!!

  5. 5
    phoebe says:

    Cherry and Bubbs. The greatest Mike & Ike of all time. Does anyone know where I can buy them anymore?!

  6. 6
    Brian says:

    Phoebe – I actually emailed Just Born about Cherry and Bub a while back. This is what they said: “Due to very low interest in this product, MIKE AND IKE(r) Cherry and Bubble Gum flavored candies were discontinued. Our sales and marketing team worked very hard to promote this product over the years; unfortunately, marketplace conditions ultimately forced this
    decision upon us.

  7. 7
    Julie Nicolay says:

    (Let’s try this again, shall we?)

    Oh, I can’t WAIT to chomp through a package of the Lemonade Blends! I love all things lemon, and the more tart, the better. Lemonade is my alltime favorite drink ever, and these sound fabulous. What a great review of the other M&I candies! I love the brutal honesty and since I never was a M&I fan to begin with, won’t be trying the originals again, but the Tangy Twisters I’ll be on the lookout for…thanks!

  8. 8
    Kenz says:

    Like your blog…but what about GRAPE??!!

  9. 9
    trevor says:

    i agree saying mike and ike originals is the worst mike and ike is a little hard…and i personaly love the mike and ike tropical typhoon and berry blast…but i have yet not picked up the lemonaid!i just cant find myself to do it…but next time im in wal-greens i will since it got such a good review,but i guess im not realy that picky about candy,as long as it is sugary its good enough for me!

  10. 10
    0000 says:

    you’re wrong.everyone has diffrent taste buds,so dont judge candy!original is the best and lemonaid is the worste,you’re a bad judge.

  11. 11
    Reina says:

    I love the ones you don’t like, but then they are the only flavours to appear here in the UK. They are very rare and so hard to find, many shops don’t stock them since they aren’t a common brand that’s been around for a while.

    The tangy and lemonade ones sound really good, would love to try those if they ever appear over here.

  12. 12
    AO says:

    If ANYONE knows where you can buy Cherry and Bub…please let me know. Those are my favorite all time Mike and Ikes…Cherry? GOOD! Bubble Gum? GOOd!!!!

  13. 13
    Susan Thorne says:

    Cherry & Bubb, the only ones I ever liked. Loved putting a whole mouthful in. Best combination ever. Bring them back !:)

  14. 14
    Susan Thorne says:

    Cherry & Bubb by far the best combination they ever came up with. The only flavor I’d ever eat! :)

  15. 15
    Susan Thorne says:

    Cherry & Bubb by far the best combination they ever made. The only flavor I’d ever eat!

  16. 16
    jessica lenzen says:

    Oh my gosh I’m so glad there are others like me. Cherry & bub was by far and away the best mike & ike ever and very close to the top of my list of all time favorite candy. Please try again we will by them for our kids!!!!

  17. 17
    A. Hale says:

    Cherry & Bub is my favorite too! I don’t like any of the other flavors. Please bring back Cherry & Bub!!!

  18. 18
    Alexa says:

    Tangy Twister are my all time favorites! I hope they don’t discontinue them anytime soon, or I’ll have to seriously stock up. Lemonade is good too. All the rest are terribly chemically tasting or sickeningly sweet.

  19. 19
    michael says:

    I used to love Cherry & Bubb, and I still miss that great candy! I used to buy them at the Blockbuster Video store where I worked in the early 1990′s. I guess that it’s hopeless to think they will ever be made again… sob.

  20. 20
    Emily says:

    I just bought a box of Cherri And Bubb yesterday as well as a box of Lem and Mel! I was so excited to see them in the store again after all these years. I have been trying to remember the names of all the flavors. There was also one called Strawbana. Were there others?

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