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Purchased at: Doc Sweet’s
Price $.59
According to the website: Bacon lovers unite-finally, you can have your dessert that also conains your favorite food group- Bacon! This maple and bacon lolli is a fiercely delicious combination of real smoky bacon bits and delicious maple syrup giving all at once savory and sweet sensation. Mmm- Bacon!

Last weekend I made my way to Doc Sweet’s, which is supposed to be the biggest candy store in Michigan. I was hoping to find some chocolate covered bacon or something similar, because I’ve never seen it before and it’s one of those things that I really want to try. Either I missed it or they didn’t have it, but I did manage to find the only bacon candy in the entire store. The Das Lollipop “Man Bait” maple bacon flavored lollipop was both horrifying and interesting. My mother and best friend were not interested in this at all, they were ONLY horrified.

Alright, so the lollipop has both smoke and maple flavors in it. And it’s studded with REAL BACON BITS. I know. I unwrapped it and stared at it in trepidation for a few minutes before finally working up the courage to try it. This is the first bacon flavored candy I’ve ever had – before this, bacon had only been served in two ways: next to a stack of pancakes or mixed into some salad that’s served at a picnic.

So how is it? Surprisingly awesome.

The maple is what hits you first, and then you get the smoke, and then the salty, bacony aftertaste. And, of course, the bacon bits. The bacon bits were the best part, and I was totally not expecting them until I unwrapped the sucker. The taste is awesome. I don’t really know what to say other than that. It tastes EXACTLY like everyone’s favorite part of a big Sunday breakfast – that moment where you dip your bacon in the maple syrup that’s left over from your pancakes/waffles. I didn’t think I would get such a natural maple OR bacon flavor from this sucker, but Das Foods really managed to pull it off. I love this thing. I’m just disappointed that I only bought one.

The only downside, in my opinion, is the fact that the actual sucker itself is the color of bacon grease, which is kind of offputting. But the taste surely makes up for it.

5/5

Review: Pretzel M&Ms

June 8, 2010

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Purchased at: Target
Price: $.67

I’ve been on a mission to find these things since I first read about them a month or so ago, and I finally stumbled upon them at Target this afternoon. I was in the checkout lane and was just getting ready to pay for my stuff when the little blue bag caught my eye and I grabbed it as fast as I possibly could. The cashier gave me a weird look, and I just shrugged and said “I love chocolate covered pretzels.”

I could barely wait to tear into these things. I’m not a huge fan of sweets (I like them, but if I’m given the choice between something sweet or something salty, 99% of the time I will choose the salty), so the idea of M&Ms with pretzels inside of them really appeals to me.

These M&Ms are pretty big – about the size of the peanut M&Ms. And I might be crazy here, but I did think that the candy coating on the outside was thinner than it usually is. And there isn’t a ton of chocolate either. The pretzels have a nice crunch and aren’t overly salty, and the texture/flavor of the pretzels really works well with the chocolate and the candy coating. Texturally, they remind me of the crispy M&Ms (which I loved) that were out a few years ago.

These M&Ms are also a lot healthier than most items you’d grab from the candy display at the checkout line at a grocery store. One package only has 150 calories and 5 grams of fat, which isn’t too bad for a mid-afternoon sugar craving. I will definitely be buying these again if I can manage to find them anywhere else.

4.5/5

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Purchased at: Walgreen’s
Price: $.49 (on sale, originally priced $.89)
According to the website… Indulge your dark side with MILKY WAY® MIDNIGHT® Bar—it’s dark chocolate, golden caramel and vanilla nougat.

I love Milky Way bars and I love dark chocolate, so I have no idea why it took me until freaking 2010 to try one of the Milky Way Midnight bars. The dark chocolate coating and the vanilla nougat are the only two differences from the regular Milky Way. It doesn’t taste too different, except for the chocolate.

The dark chocolate is sweet, but not as sickly sweet as the original milk chocolate version. It also adds a different layer of depth, because it’s slightly bitter (as dark chocolate tends to be). I didn’t notice a difference in the flavor of the vanilla nougat versus the original (which is a chocolate-malt flavor, if you believe the Wikipedia article on Milky Ways). The bright white color is the only difference. In fact, if it weren’t for the color difference, I never would have suspected that it wasn’t the same as the original bar. It’s just really sweet, which works perfectly for those sudden-onset sugar cravings.

The caramel is still the traditional Milky Way caramel, and it’s arguably the best part of the entire candy bar. It goes really well with the dark chocolate, and because the chocolate is dark (and therefore not as sweet as the milk chocolate), it isn’t too sweet.

This isn’t a bad candy bar, but it’s nothing amazing, either.

2.5/5

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Purchased at: Trader Joe’s
Price: $1.99
According to the package… Vegan/tangerine, pink grapefruit, key lime, lemon

If you’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s before, you need to know one thing: they’re constantly bringing in new products. According to their website, they try to bring in at least 10 new items a week. (Unfortunately, this also means they frequently stop carrying items, too, in order to make room for all their new products. I still miss their potatoes au gratin, and those were discontinued MONTHS ago.) These citrus gumdrops are one of their newer products.

The gumdrops come in four flavors – key lime, tangerine, pink grapefruit, and lemon. The key lime and grapefruit flavors were the two that convinced me to buy the package.

Lemon – the lemon gumdrops are, unsurprisingly, the bright yellow ones. They’re pretty good, except they do have that artificial lemon flavor that’s not unlike the scent of Lemon Pledge. It isn’t bad, by any means, but it’s also my least favorite of the four flavors. That doesn’t mean I didn’t eat them, though.

Key Lime – the white gumdrops are the key lime flavor. I’m a sucker for key lime pie, and that’s exactly what the gumdrops remind me of. They’re tart and have a bright, refreshing flavor. The sugar coating on the outside really blends well with the tart flavor of the gumdrop. I would buy an entire bag of just this flavor.

Tangerine – I’m glad TJ’s decided to go with tangerine instead of the standard orange flavor. It’s a subtle flavor difference, but you can definitely tell it’s not just straight-up orange. It’s the sweetest of the four flavors, and it tastes exactly like a juicy tangerine. I’m not usually a big fan of orange-flavored things, but the slight variation/twist on the classic orange flavor is really nice.

Pink Grapefruit – The pink grapefruit gumdrops are reddish-purple in color. If I hadn’t known that this was grapefruit flavored, I wouldn’t have been able to tell. I would’ve just called it “citrus-y.” It’s a good flavor, but I guess I had higher expectations for it. I was hoping for something closer to a glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. It’s not bad, but it is a little disappointing.

Overall, these are pretty good. They’re nice and summery, which I’m guessing means they won’t stick around TJ’s forever. If you’re a fan of gumdrops/gummy candy, you should definitely give them a shot. The key lime and tangerine are the best flavors, but the other two are solid, as well.

3.5/5