Hardcore sour people are like hardcore chili people: always looking for the next fix, forever buying products with labels like â€œX-treme Sour,â€ only to be disappointed again and again. As someone who craves intensely strong flavors in both food and candy, itâ€™s a pain I know all too well. (Youâ€™ve heard of a supertaster? Iâ€™m pretty sure Iâ€™m the opposite.) Well, my sour-loving friends, today Iâ€™m going to share with you the one candy that always satisfies my sour cravings: the Nobel Super Lemon.
â€œOh, Candy Addict Staff Writer Laurie,â€ youâ€™re probably thinking, â€œhow sour can they be? The bag doesnâ€™t even have the word â€˜sourâ€™ on it.â€ Itâ€™s true â€“ in contrast with American sour candies, which scream â€œCrazy Mouth-Blasting Sour!â€ if theyâ€™ve ever been within a three-foot radius of a grain of citric acid, the packaging seems downright sedate, giving little hint of the pummeling your taste buds are about to receive. (Note that these are also imported by a brand called Santa, who sells them in a different-looking bag, but Iâ€™m pretty sure itâ€™s the exact same candy inside.)
The candies inside the bag look innocuous too â€“ little yellow hard-candy spheres with a dusty whitish exterior. Well, that dusty white stuff? The helpful English-labeled diagram on the back of the bag calls it â€œLemon Taste Powder,â€ and itâ€™s got to be pure citric acid, or close to. To a sour-lover like myself, the stuff may as well be crack.
When you put a Super Lemon in your mouth, you are hit with the kind of sour that twists your tongue into a Moebius strip and knots up your jaw muscles like something out of a Boy Scout rope-tying lesson. The kind of sour that screws up your mouth â€“ nay, your entire face â€“ tighter than security at a White House press conference.
Then, just when you think you canâ€™t stand it any more, the sourâ€™s gone, leaving you with a nice mellow easy ride down with a smooth, tangy lemon drop. (The lemon drop also has a sour core to it, but compared to the mouth-pounding exterior, itâ€™s mildly refreshing, no more.) I like to refer to the whole experience of eating a Super Lemon as a â€œsourgasm.â€ As the Roy Lichtenstein-esque comic-book woman on the bag says, â€œOH! Powerful Candy.â€ Lady, youâ€™re not kidding.
So on behalf of all our sour-head readers, Iâ€™m awarding Super Lemon the coveted Candy Addict Awesomely Addictive Candy Award. If youâ€™re looking for a sour fix without the hype, head on down to your nearest Asian grocery, grab a bag of Super Lemon and you too will be experiencing sourgasms in no time at all.
(I have heard of people getting stale ones that werenâ€™t actually sour. So if they donâ€™t taste sour to you, theyâ€™re broken â€“ go get your money back!)
Buy Nobel Super Lemon Online:
- at Amazon.com