As I’ve said before, I can’t resist an animal-shaped candy. And when I saw these Jelly Rats in Ikea, I figured that even if these weren’t good to eat, they would be a good joke for my reptile-keeper friends. After all, why should the animals be the only ones who get to eat rats?
But after my recent surprising positive experience with the Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummy Penguin, I was more open-minded to the possibility that these might actually be good to eat. So I tried them myself.
There seem to be four flavors, of the yellow, light-green, orange and red varieties. They are fruit flavors, in a vague way. I found the red kind of nasty and the orange dull, when orange is usually my favorite fake-fruit flavor. The other two are innocuous.
The texture is pretty soft, only a little chew to it. And they’re only vague rat-shaped. Basically these are tolerable, but they’re no gummy tummy penguins.
I was also intrigued by Godis Gula SnÃ¶ren because, well, they are called Godis Gula SnÃ¶ren. I guess this is real Swedish, you couldn’t make this stuff up, right? Also, toffee flavor laces seemed exotic, if not necessarily a good idea. But I was willing to give it a try.
I have to admit that I have not eaten candy laces in, hmm, decades? And they were never one of my favorite things even as a child. I even had to ask my assistant whether it was normal that these are hollow in the middle. He assures me that this is how candy laces are. Well, now, isn’t that cool – so long and skinny and yet hollow in the middle! If you run into someone who’s just arrived, like, from Mars, and would find this as surprising as I do, tell them they should definitely check this out.
As for the taste – yeah, like toffee. Vaguely butterscotchy, although definitely artificial – there’s no real butter or anything in them. I mean, you’re not expecting miracles with something like this. The texture is fine, a little chewy, not at all gummy. Now I see that maybe I would have liked candy laces as a child if they hadn’t come in such horrible flavors.
I would not buy these again, because I can think of better ways to consume butterscotch flavor, but they are cheap and worth a try. And, like in the photo, they look exactly like spaghetti. There has to be some cake-decorating or craft application that this would be useful for. If you can figure out a reason to decorate a cake with a plate of spaghetti, you should definitely go get some of these, and even more definitely, send us a picture.