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Candy Review: Brown Family Farm Pure Maple Candy

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Brown Family Farm Maple Candy

Unless you live in some horrible utopia without seasons, fall has descended like a warm Рcold Рblanket, wrapping you with wet leaves of many colors, harbingering hot cocoa, carved pumpkins, and whatever autumnal clich̩ you want right here.

But most importantly, when there’s a nip in the air, we all know that a boy’s thoughts turn to tree sap. Even better: maple sugar candy.

The Brown Family Farm of Brattleboro, Vermont, makes all manner of maple syrupy things, but we’re trying the Pure Maple Candy – in the shape of a leaf.

Have you ever had maple candy? I mean, candy with only one ingredient: 100% pure maple syrup? Well, what are you waiting for? This stuff’s delicious.

Wait, you haven’t? You want to know what it tastes like?

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Candy Review: Hobo Beans – Maple-Flavored Jellybeans

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Novelty Candy,Weird Candy

Hobo Beans

Right now you’re probably wondering why Candy Addict would be reviewing something called Hobo Beans in the first place. Well, if you’ve been reading us for any amount of time you’ll recognize the name Archie McPhee and a light bulb will go off above your head (not literally, but you get the idea). From bacon mints to gummi haggis, they bring the “weird” to “weird candy.”

Hobo Beans are actually nothing more or less than maple flavored jelly beans. Now, I love jelly beans. I also love maple candy. A combination of the two would have to be delightful, right?

Well, not quite. Mind you, I’m not saying these are horrible, they just aren’t… you know… good. Oh, sure, they smell like maple when you first rip off the plastic wrap, but when it comes to taste they fall far short. The closest they come to maple flavor is a vague sense of almost maple-ness – which isn’t surprising considering the source of the flavor, according to the ingredient list: “artificial maple flavor.” Yeah, no kidding! Instead of sporting any one specific flavor, these have more of a general sweetness followed by a strange tartness that comes through after chewing and right before swallowing.

I can’t say I’ll be rushing out to buy these any time soon, but I do have to admit that the mini can they come in is pretty cute. If you’re a tin/can fan, then by all means grab one for your collection… but forgo the beans themselves. Of course, I’m sure your friendly neighborhood Hobo would probably appreciate them greatly!

Candy Review: Lollyphile’s Absinthe and Maple-Bacon Lollipops

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Gourmet Candy,Gross Candy,Lollipops,Weird Candy

Absinthe Maple Bacon Lollipops Package

There are several ways people approach eating candy. One of the main two is nostalgia for a specific candy and the other is the adventure some candies offer; some people just like enjoying their tried-and-true treat from their childhood and others love to try the newest and craziest candy for the experience. As a true Candy Addict, I fall into both categories. That’s why I was especially excited to find a small box of lollipops from Lollyphile waiting for me on my porch when I arrived home from work a few days ago.

Why all the excitement about a bunch of lollipops, you ask? Well, these aren’t just any lollipops. These come in flavors you won’t find anywhere else: Absinthe and Maple-Bacon. By now you’ve either started to drool on your keyboard (hey, happens to me all the time) or you’ve scrunched up your nose in skeptical repulsion. When I first saw the two flavors, I did both.

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Retro Candy Flashback: Seven Up Candy Bar

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Chocolate Candy,Classic and Retro Candy,Oddly-Named Candy

Seven Up Box

(Image courtesy of The Imaginary World)

Here is a guest review by Julie…

When I was about 8, our family moved to a remote part of Connecticut that was easily five miles from any main commercial shopping areas. The only place we could get candy was the neighborhood gas station, complete with a grungy, grumpy old mechanic guy who, though a bit scary, stocked some awesome candy in his little 2-bay garage; I have since wondered if he was a Candy Addict himself. Of all the candies that he had on display (and though I bought others, too), it was the Seven Up bar that got a sizable chunk of my allowance money every time.

Discontinued sometime in the 70’s, the Seven Up bar began its seven-sectioned life in the 1930s, before the 7-Up Bottling Company began making its soft drink. Eventually the 7-Up company bought the bar and retired it, so they had the exclusive use of the name whichever way it was spelled: Seven Up or 7-Up. None of that mattered a whit to me, as I was only interested in one thing: those seven sections of chocolate-covered different candy centers, meaning I was getting seven big pieces of candy in one regular-sized bar. Quite a bargain to me back then for my hard-saved pennies and nickels (shoot, I’d pay just about anything for one today)!

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Review: Japanese KitKat Part 2 – Strawberry and White Maple flavors

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Chocolate Candy,Foreign (non-US) Candy,Limited Edition Candy

Kit Kat Strawberry

In part one of this two part series, I reviewed the Japanese Kit Kat flavors of Noir and Wine. Today I am reviewing some more Japanese Kit Kat flavors: Strawberry and White Maple Syrup. I’m still amazed the candy companies produce different flavors in different countries. Both of these flavors came in boxes of 4 sticks wrapped in 2 packs of 2 each. The size of the Kit Kat sticks are the same size as their U.S. counterpart.

Upon opening the package, all I could think of was Strawberry Quik – it smelled just like Quik! One of the big selling points of this flavor is that it has strawberry bits in and it truly was loaded with strawberry bits. It looks like they took white chocolate and mixed in real strawberries. The filling between the Kit Kat bars was also starwberry (pink). Overall it tasted really good and was very strawberry-y, though it was a touch too sweet for me.

Kit Kat White Maple Syrup

White Maple Syrup
This one is an odd one. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this. It is essentially a Kit Kat with white chocolate and a touch of maple syrup (wait – isn’t that what the label said?). The maple syrup flavor was faint – just enough – and wasn’t overpowering at all. Again, I thought it was just a bit too sweet for me. I think I just don’t care for white chocolate much and that’s probably why I thought it was good, but not great. The Kit Kat White Maple Syrup flavor is a limited edition so it may disappear at any time.

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