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Candy Review: Oh Nuts! Rock Candy

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Purple Rock Candy

As any self-respecting Candy Addict knows, rock candy is the epitome of basic candy. By simply melting enough sugar into water and then allowing it to crystallize around a central core, you can create a delicious, pure sugar candy. Add a little flavoring to the mix, and you can end up with any number of tasty confections.

Recently, Oh Nuts! sent me a box of various flavors of rock candy to try. I had no idea what to expect when I opened the box, but what I found was nine, count them NINE, bags of rock candy to try. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement; these weren’t little bags! It’s hard to remember the last time I’ve seen that much sugar in my apartment at one time. Well, on to the flavors…

  • Orange: orange Very faint orange flavor, ever so slightly chemical flavored, kind of like the flavor of food coloring. Ok, I know I can’t be the only person who thinks that food coloring has a flavor… right?
  • White: no added flavor No special flavor, pretty much just pure crystallized sugar with a very very slightly burned flavor.
  • Blue: blue raspberry Fake blue raspberry flavor is definitely there. It dyes fingers blue. Definitely adds another dimension to the plain sugar, and isn’t overwhelming. The flavor is strongest at first, but present throughout the entire candy. Slight flavor of burned sugar.
  • Purple: grape Very grapey, but with the same chemical/food coloring undertones as the blue.
  • Pink: pink cherry Very mild flavor; for some reason it brings to mind pink frosting, though I can’t place where it’s from. Unlike some of the others, it doesn’t have a strong chemical flavor. Towards the end, the flavor either wears off or the tongue just doesn’t notice it anymore because it was so mild to begin with.
  • Light Blue: cotton candy Immediately tastes like cotton candy; easier way to get the flavor without having cotton candy mess everywhere. Highly recommend for cotton candy lovers!
  • Green: lime Fake lime flavor, not overpowering, very much like a generic lime lollipop you would get at the doctor’s office when you were a kid.
  • Yellow: lemon Exceptionally faint flavor, only very very slightly lemon. More of a lemon aftertaste than a true taste, but not bad.
  • Lime Green: watermelon This one isn’t listed on the website, but it’s definitely watermelon. Yum! Very mild, no chemical overtones, but flavor wears off fairly quickly. Completely unexpected and easily my favorite!

In general, it’s hard to go wrong with rock candy, and with such a wide variety of flavors, there’s always something to appeal to those sweet-loving taste buds. Just don’t tell your dentist it’s my fault you ate all that sugary goodness!

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2 Responses to “Candy Review: Oh Nuts! Rock Candy”

  1. 1
    Julie Nicolay says:

    When I was about 7, I remember my mom making rock candy in our kitchen and having me help…wow, talk about a candy lover’s dream! Way better’n baking cookies.

    Whenever our family went on vacation, the big part of the trip there, for me, was stopping on the way at a Stuckeys and getting to spend my own money any way I liked. You know what I bought, of course: candy! And I always went for the rock candy first. Must be that sparkly, shiny, crystal thing beckoning me. Though it’s nothing but sugar and water, it’s still just so cool because of how it looks. I’d LOVE some flavored stuff, and know now that I’ll pass up the other flavors and go for the watermelon…mmmm! Thanks for a fun review!

  2. 2
    Julie says:

    This is the most interesting description yet!

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