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Candy Review: Charms Black Cherry Blow Pops

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Black Cherry Blow Pops Box

My love for all things black cherry-flavored originated from living in Los Angeles, haven of Rite-Aids. Now, for those of you who don’t have these drugstores in the states you live in, they are pretty much your CVS or Walgreens – with one exception.

You see, Rite-Aid was originally named Thrifty, a name I actually still use, and they were known for their own brand of ice cream. You might be thinking “Yuck! Drugstore ice cream?” But I assure you that it’s some of the best you’ve ever eaten, with my favorite flavor always being Black Cherry.

As far as flavors go, black cherry is just a specific type of cherry, characterized by its darker and juicier flesh, which tastes more woodsy than the tart of your average cherry. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to consume any since I moved away from Los Angeles.

Passing through a gas station, I spotted Charms Black Cherry Blow Pops. I reviewed the mango-tangerine variety not too long and failed to be impressed, preferring the classic Blow Pops flavors, but I was curious to see how this flavor compared to the original cherry variety.

The lollipop is a dark purple, a nice start for something that claims to be black cherry; however, the color is about the only thing this candy shares with the fruit it is modeled after.

The flavor is very mild at first, but intensifies after about thirty seconds. It goes from an unremarkable fruity flavor to a sweeter, inarticulate grape/berry concoction. Despite the name, there is no cherry in here.

Is that such a bad thing? I didn’t think so. Yes, it was a letdown not to have a black cherry flavor, but this grape-berry mix tasted good regardless. I think people who are not fans of artificial grape or cherry flavors, as in the originals, might actually enjoy this since the flavor is more realistic in terms of mimicking a fruit than any other Blow Pop I have ever tried.

As for the gum center, well, in my typical anti-gum fashion, I disliked it. The gum was very hard to chew. Once pulverized enough, it tasted like the gum center found in all Blow Pops, while amounting to the puny size of a stick of Trident.

So I say buy one of these if you see them. They aren’t going to wow you with a black cherry essence, but the candy itself is still downright good, and that’s something you can take to the bank.

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2 Responses to “Candy Review: Charms Black Cherry Blow Pops”

  1. 1
    Mike Whalen says:

    Your comment about “drug store ice-cream” is funny. Many drugstores were originally the local malt shop and quite a few made their own ice cream. From what I know, it was quite an easy step to ice cream since many of them were also soda shops. (Remember: Drinks like Coca Cola was originally proposed as medicinal in nature. So, you can see the connection — pharmacy, drinks with medicinal qualities made on-site with soda water, soda shop, malt shop, ice cream.)

    In New Orleans, K&B Drug Stores held this lineage. One of the earliest memories I have is going to the Lake Forest location which still had its malt stand intact.

    Sadly, K&B Drug Stores are long gone with the malt shops going away much earlier.

    I don’t know how many drug stores still sell ice-cream let alone how many actually make it themselves! ;-)

  2. 2
    amypaige says:

    You neglected to mention the great SHAPE of Thrifty ice cream scoops! They were squarish. And the scoop was like nothing I’ve ever seen anywhere. And the scoops were like 25 cents each or something amazingly cheap. My favorite was chocolate chip. MMMMMM.

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