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Taste Test: "New" Candy

Taste Test: "New" Candy

Updating an image or spinning off of a product is nothing new, but lately it seems like this concept has taken over the candy industry. I recently received a box full of new products that were featured at the National Candy Expo a month ago in Chicago. The majority of items weren't exactly new, but rather re-creations of old products. I selected four — Pop Rocks Chocolate bars, Nerds Giant Chews, Chocolate Pez, and Baskin Robbins Soft Candy — and decided to perform a taste test. Sadly none of the new variations lived up to their established counterparts. To see what I thought of each product,

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Pop Rocks Chocolate bars: This oversized bar is described as "real milk chocolate with a kick." At first the chocolate bar tastes like any normal krispy-style chocolate bar. However, the krispies explode in your mouth like pop rocks. The chocolate is mediocore and the sensation interesting, but I wasn't hungry for more.

Nerds Giant Chews: These giant nerds (they're the size of peanut M&Ms) have a bumpy, crunchy shell and soft chewy center. They taste exactly like the miniature version. Eating one is the equivalent of tossing an entire handful of Nerds into your mouth.


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Chocolate Pez: Why Pez felt they needed to expand into artificial chocolate-flavored candies is beyond me. These are chalky and leave a sour aftertaste in the mouth.

Baskin Robbins Soft Candy: With their sweet-minty scent, I was certain these chewy candies were going to be the best of the bunch. However they were disappointing and tasted fake. The best thing about them was the smell.

So has anyone else tasted any of these new candy formulas? What did you think of them?

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tyles tyles 7 years
I tried the Baskin Robbins Candies and I think they are absolutely great. I prefer the sugar-free hard candies over the soft version. With a variety of flavors, there's one for everyone. You can find them most anywhere individually wrapped bags of candy are sold.
Sweet1978 Sweet1978 7 years
What are you talkign about!?!?!?! The Soft Chews are great! The Mint Choc Chip are delicious and you should try the Very Berry Strawberry, too! I'm not sure what you tasted, but you are way off!!!! Melts in my mouth and satisfies to the very end. Maybe your taste buds are not ready for something so fabulous! Oh Well! Your loss! :o)
carlabunnie carlabunnie 7 years
Ohhh, giant nerds They sound awesomely delicious!
monistar18 monistar18 7 years
there is a version of the pop rocks chocolate in Israel that is amazingg when i came home i brought a bunch home for all my friends who also loved it... most of them at least :) i havent had a chance to try the pop rocks one yet but it looks thicker than the israeli kind. im curious to see how the 2 compare
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
Usually the new candies are gross and I'd rather eat the original.
missyd missyd 7 years
I had a pop rocks chocolate solid egg and it was yummy. It was like mini eggs, but with pop rocks in them
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
I might have to try those jumbo nerds candies, I love me some nerds :P
anniebananie anniebananie 7 years
Giant nerds are pretty delicious, I describe it more like a jelly bean with nerd coating. yumm I want some right now.
marinewifey marinewifey 7 years
I saw the Pop Rocks bar and wanted to try it.... but I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on it.
Crisonce Crisonce 7 years
giant chewy nerds are my favorite new candy!!!! i buy them whenever i see them!
CocoChic CocoChic 7 years
Ooh I have to try those giant nerds!
Lambsauce Lambsauce 7 years
Those giant Nerds sound right up my alley... I'd like to try those! The others, meh. I'm not a fan of BR soft candy anyway... LOVE the hard candy but there's just something about the texture of the soft stuff that doesn't jive with me. Pass (as much as I love mint chocolate chip).
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 7 years
But you're lucky to get to try them for free!!! :) Send some to me, and I'll be happy to review and give the thumbs down.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
Those sound phenomenally appalling.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 7 years
I'm pretty sure anything "wonka" branded will be delicious in my book hehe
cybele cybele 7 years
I think I would rank them like this: - Giant Chew Nerds (awesome) - Chocolate Pop Rocks Bar (okay, could use better chocolate) - Baskin Robbins Soft Candy (I thought the mint one was kind of stale tasting - but I might like the Strawberry) - Chocolate Pez (a chalky compression of the stuff left at the bottom of a bowl of cocoa pebbles)
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
Those sound horrible!! The pop-rocks chocolate sounds interesting enough to try, but not the rest!
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