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Candy Review: Archie McPhee Wasabi, Bacon, and Meatball Gumballs

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Gross Candy,Gum,Novelty Candy,Weird Candy

meatball gumballs

I am a huge fan of Archie McPhee. My bathroom is decorated with their matching sushi-themed shower curtain, rug, and trash can; I have their band-aids that look like Crime Scene tape, their toy gun that catapults pigs, their little squeaky monk who’s talking on the phone and drinking coffee…. But you’ll notice something all those items have in common: none of them are supposed to be eaten, or even, like this gum, just chewed.

So here’s the thing: I love the concepts of all of these gums just like I love the concepts of their other products. Gumballs that look like meatballs, wasabi gum – this stuff tickles me to death. But, here at Candy Addict, we are about actually eating things. So: are these just joke gifts, or would a person really want to eat them?

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Candy Review: Bacon Mints (yes, Bacon Mints)

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Gross Candy,Mint Candy,New Candy,Novelty Candy,Weird Candy

Bacon Mints

I am amazed at how often bacon and candy cross paths. Candy Addict has done articles on chocolate-covered bacon, gummi bacon, and bacon jellybeans. Now we can add Bacon Mints to the list. When I was offered some Bacon Mints to review, I immediately said “hell, yes!” but wondered what they would taste like.

When the package arrived, it contained two tins of Bacon Mints and two tins of Bacon Flavored Toothpicks (more on those later). Opening the shipping package brought a scent to my nose that I wasn’t prepared for. It was bacony, minty, and had a smell of a hospital. The smell was odd and didn’t hit me as being an appetizing smell.

I opened a tin and took a big sniff and it nearly knocked me over and I don’t mean that in a good way. It was an absolutely awful smell. It’s really hard to describe, but it’s not a smell you want to get a whiff of. At this point I wasn’t really looking forward to trying them, but reviewing candy isn’t all about tasty chocolate – sometimes you must eat some questionable candy.

The mints taste as bad as I thought they would. It was maybe 30 seconds in my mouth and I had to spit it out. It was awful. It’s one of the worst tasting candies/mints I have ever had. Just thinking about it makes me nauseous. I took a tin to work to share with my co-workers too (with fair warning). I set the tin on my cabinet shelf behind me at about 8:00 AM and I could only last til 11:00AM and I had to move them to my car – the smell (even through the closed tin) was overwhelming. Nobody at work dared try them – even the guys that ate crickets with me wouldn’t try them.

My sisters tried them with me one day and we all spit ours out in less than ten seconds. I just tried one more while writing this to make sure the taste was fresh in my mind and palette. Good lord they’re hideous. I’m not sure who came up with the idea of mixing mint and bacon, or who gave the final OK to start making these, but I have to question that person’s sanity. The only good use I can think of for these is hiding ten or so of these in your enemy’s workspace and watching them go crazy trying to find the source of the smell. If I haven’t convinced you not to buy these yet, two tins of 100 mints will run you $4.95. Oh – and for the record – one of my dogs ate one, the other refused.

And the Bacon Flavored Toothpicks? Almost made me gag. Seriously.

I have an unopened tin of the Bacon Mints and an unopened tin of the Bacon Flavored Toothpicks that I must get rid of so leave a comment on this post before Thursday, March 1, 2007 and I’ll randomly draw one of the commenters to get them – be sure and leave a real email address so we can contact you (your email won’t appear on the site). Don’t say I didn’t warn you though.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Austin – he is the winner of the bacony badness!

Bacon Flavored Toothpicks

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Gummi T-Bone Steak

Categories: Candy,Gummi/Gummy Candy,New Candy,Novelty Candy,Weird Candy

Gummi Steak

If there is one thing I am always saying, it’s that we need more candy that looks like meat. We had Gummi Bacon not too long ago, which was a good start, and now Archie McPhee brings us Gummi (or Gummy) T-bone Steaks. Just like the Gummi Bacon, the Gummi T-Bone is also strawberry flavored. Each delicious slab of strawberry flavored gummy meat is 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and weighs an impressive 85 grams (about 3 ounces)!

Notice the great attention to detail in the packaging – the styrofoam meat package with the sticker on the front just like you bought it at the local grocer’s. You could make a whole meal out of this – pair it with a nice gummi lobster and wash it down with some wine jellybeans. I wonder …. if you’re a vegetarian/vegan, is it against the rules to eat a Gummi T-Bone Steak? :)

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