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Candy Review: Yogurt Dots

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My dad introduced me to the majority of candies I have ever tried. One of his favorites which still exists today is Dots. First established in 1890 by Mason, they were all black licorice-flavored as Crows. In 1945, the original fruit-flavored Dots – which boast the title of most popular gumdrop in the world – debuted in small yellow boxes found in Tootsie’s Fun Size mix. My dad had me sample both of these versions and I didn’t care for either, not being a fan of black licorice and finding the fruit-flavored too sticky and stale.

When I was a teenager, Tropical Dots debuted, which I bought not so much because I thought they would be any good, but rather because it was like seeing the first two installments of a bad horror film; you feel obligated to watch the next one so you’ll be able to claim to have seen them all. To my surprise, I actually loved the tropical version and it has since become a staple candy in my cabinets.

All these years later, I was shopping in a Walgreens in Los Angeles and a purple, movie-sized box of Yogurt Dots tempted me from the checkout line, and for only a dollar too. Having reasoned that Dots have progressively improved with each new version (black licorice = yuck, fruit = eh, tropical = yum), I was excited to taste the newest spinoff.

Yogurt Dots are the same size as all their counterparts, their shape being similar to a half-inch eraser head crossed with a bullet. They come in five flavors, which I found interesting because they aren’t just yogurt versions of the original Dots.

Strawberry: Has a really subtle flavor to it that resembles artificial strawberry syrup.

Banana: Has a much bolder and recognizable flavor of the fruit it is trying to mimic, without being overpowering like many banana flavors often are. I liked this one.

Orange: Has the basic orange flavor down, but lacks the citrus that makes it a true orange flavor. It’s like eating an orange-flavored popsicle versus eating a real orange.

Blackberry: I was most excited to try this flavor as berries tend to be my personal favorite in the gummy world, though also one of the most difficult to replicate in candy form. I didn’t taste blackberry with this one as much as I had some overtones of blackberry pie, which still missed even that mark, to my disappointment.

Lemon-Lime: Tastes like the lime flavor of the original Dots, which is artificial and not sour. Those who like the original green Dots will probably like this one as well, for the same reasons.

What makes Yogurt Dots live up to their name is that only the top third of the candy is the fruit flavor, with the bottom two-thirds being yogurt based. The yogurt portion isn’t really that appealing to me, tasting like a gelatin version of a yogurt covered pretzel. Even worse, the yogurt flavor is so overpowering that you can’t even smell the fruit flavors when biting into them, much less taste any of the fruit tip. In order to get a sense of what the fruit tips actually tasted like for this review, I had to bite them off and eat them separate of the yogurt portion.

A nice thing about Yogurt Dots is that they are not hard, unlike their predecessors. They are slightly sticky, but do not get stuck in your teeth. I think Tootsie has made improvements on this front and hope they incorporate whatever method accomplished this feat into their other brands. Overall, I didn’t much care for these, and would have probably just settled for the fruit flavors without the yogurt flavor interfering.

On an interesting side note, a fellow Candy Addict recommended I try these frozen. When chilled, the fruit flavor is remarkably enhanced, but the candy then sticks to your teeth like the original does; when refrigerated, you get a nice mix of the room temperature and frozen characteristics, and I found these to be most appealing.

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5 Responses to “Candy Review: Yogurt Dots”

  1. 1
    Maya says:

    Hmmm….. I haven’t seen these yet.

  2. 2
    Robert B. says:

    I tried these about a year ago, and the yogurtiness (word?) really added to their appeal. They still come in WAY TOO BIG of a box though.

  3. 3
    Sea Hag says:

    Oh man, Dots are one of my favorite candies. To the Walgreens, Candy-mobile!

  4. 4
    Pam says:

    Yogurt Dots?! What a way to ruin a great candy! I don’t think I’ll be trying these in the near future.

  5. 5
    Tynki says:

    Oh man, Dots are one of my favorite candies. To the Walgreens, Candy-mobile!

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