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Retro Candy Flashback: Wax Lips

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When I look at the popular line of Bratz dolls, all I can think of are Wax Lips. The over-sized flavored lip-shaped wax that magically seemed to release a tasty juice when you chewed it up. Did they really turn into gum or did I just chew the wax so much that it seemed like it? How fun were these? Loads of fun! You could instantly become a superstar without Botox or a costly cosmetologist! A superstar in your own mind, perhaps. In any case, Wax Lips could transform you. They made kids confident and loving, pretending to pucker up for anyone within ten feet of them.

Wax Lips have a sort of “bit” on the back that you can slip between your lips to wear the wax lips. If you got excited and bit through that part, your fun was significantly halted. All you can do without the back piece is hold them up to your lips with your fingers. So, training yourself not to bite the back part off was a proud talent. Wax Lips used to be at all the dime-stores when I was a kid… Where have they gone? You would think with all the big-lipped dolls, they’d make a comeback.

Wax Lips were invented by the American Candy Company in the early 20th century (whoa!). Concord Confections, Ltd. picked them up in 2002, and then Tootsie Roll Industries picked up that company in 2004. The lips are now called “Wack-O-Wax” which, to me, makes them sound like a horror movie. I suppose if you were a boy on the other side of those lips, it would be like something out of a horror movie. The more boy-friendly version of Wax Lips is Wax Fangs – lips with fangs!

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Candy Review: Limited Edition Junior Mints Inside Outs

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Inside Outs

I eagerly anticipated Inside Outs since I discovered them when I reviewed Junior Caramels, so when I finally found them at Target, two 4.75oz boxes made it to the checkout line. I’ve been a fan of Junior Mints for years, and had high hopes for Inside Outs.

The Inside Outs were smooth and flavorful. Most were the same size and shape as regular Junior Mints, but a few were misshapen, some like globes and some like irregular blobs. They’re minty, but not quite as clean-tasting as Junior Mints. The box refers to the outside of the candy as “white topping” and “white coating.” The taste is somewhere between yogurt and white chocolate. The inside “dark chocolatey mint center” was soft without being gooey.

I started feeling a little sick of the Inside Outs after half a box, but I can empty a box of Junior Mints and still want more. Something about that white coating is off—it’s tasty, but also after-tasty. I’d like to try the dark center coated in the original Junior Mints housing instead of the white stuff. The bottom line is that they are a refreshing twist on a delicious original, but I’d definitely pick Junior Mints over Inside Outs if I had to choose.

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Candy Review: Candy Cane Tootsie Pops

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Candy Cane Tootsie Pops

Melding the chocolate chewiness of a Tootsie Roll with the classic crunch of a peppermint candy cane seems obvious, since chocolate and mint have intermingled happily with each other forever, but Candy Cane Tootsie Pops are a new (to me) addition to store shelves. Tootsie Roll doesn’t seem to have a separate webpage for this flavor either, so I’m guessing it’s not going to stick around after December.

Each pop is the same size and shape as a Blo-Pop, and I wonder if they used the same molds to form them. They’re wrapped in clear plastic like a candy cane, which shows off the eye-catching design of the lollipop. Red and white swirls. Very festive and a really nice touch.

I love crunching down on hard candy, and candy canes are no exception. As tempted as I was to get to the Tootsie Roll center, I took one for the team and just licked and spun the pop in my mouth instead. The outer shell is a familiar peppermint flavor. A little sweet, a little minty, and neither side overwhelmed the other. As I got closer to the center, a subtle fudge flavor started to mingle in with the mint. I really liked this gradual introduction of chocolate, which later intensified as more of the center was revealed.

And then? And then I couldn’t help myself. I munched through the rest of the shell and chewed the Tootsie Roll off the stick, which is my usual way of finishing a Tootsie Pop.

I’m a Tootsie Pop fan, and these Candy Cane Pops are a great seasonal addition to the regular lineup. The chewy, chocolatey center mixes much better with peppermint that it does with the regular fruity flavors. So if the idea of eating grape with chocolate isn’t your thing, maybe you can give these Tootsie Pops a try.

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Candy Review: Junior Caramels

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Junior Mints Junior Caramels

I’m a sucker for bite-size candy, so unless it’s something really gross, mini candies have an automatic leg up on the competition. Junior Caramels are good enough to not need my bite-size bias. The box I bought had melted, and the candy was stuck together, but the taste was still great.

I wondered if the Junior Caramels would have any sort of minty taste, but they are completely unrelated to Junior Mints (unlike the Inside Outs). The candy is almost perfectly spherical, the caramel is soft and chewy, and there’s a generous layer of milk chocolate around each caramel.

I paid $1.29 for a 4.5oz box at a gas station, but probably could have gotten them for considerably less money at a big-box chain. Junior Caramels aren’t quite Awesomely Addictive, but definitely runners-up.

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Candy Review: Tootsie Roll Mini Chews

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Tootsie Roll Mini Chews

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I wish I could stop saying “this is my new favorite candy,” but near-perfect products just keep finding their way from stores to my mouth. That said, Tootsie Roll Mini Chews just might really be my new favorite candy. It took me two or three bites to get used to the taste and texture of chocolate-covered Tootsie Rolls, because the candy was unlike anything else I’ve ever tried. By the fourth bite, I was hooked.

Each piece is about half the size of a regular Tootsie Roll and generously covered in milk chocolate. It’s the sort of candy that can easily be tossed into the mouth over and over again. In fact, I most enjoyed eating three or four at a time. The Tootsie Roll is wonderfully soft, and the chocolate gives the candy a unique identity without stripping it of authentic Tootsie Roll flavor.

The Mini Chews are available in 2.5 oz and 4.5 oz boxes, and in bags of snack-size boxes. You might want to issue a warning to friends and family who try these—eat at your own risk of addiction. This is the first candy to get our brand new “Awesomely Addictive Candy Award”!

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