May 19, 2009

Candy Expo Round-up: Nonchocolate sweets

Candy without chocolate? What's the point? I can easily pass up confections that are made without chocolate, so I had my boys, Smartypants age 11 and Pikachu age 9, share their feedback on a few sweet treats.

GUD FUD Gud Fud is the name of a tiny marshmallow with filling in it. The flavors of the fillings are grape, strawberry, orange, or chocolate.
Smartypants: I think they are good but very sweet. They mush in your mouth. Pikachu said he hated them before he tried it, but he put it in his mouth and spit it out anyway.
Pikachu: Yuck.I spit it out.

Toxic Waste hard candies:
SP: Too sour to describe. Probably as sour as Warheads.
P: Awesome!!!!!Even though they are VERY sour. I had to drink water. I finished it. My brother spit his out even though he had my favorite flavor.

Tung Toos
Tattoos that get put on your tongue.
SP: It does not taste good when you put it in your mouth. It also makes you gag because your mouth stays open with something big on your tongue for a long time.
P: They're sour. (And, full of food dyes, mom adds). But fun!

Chewy Lemonhead and Friends Like regular Lemonheads, but chewy. The"friends" are the other flavors: apple, cherry, grape, and orange.
P: They are good. I think that they are better than the original Lemonheads. (My brother can't eat them because he has braces.)

C. Howard's Fine Mints and Gum
P: The flavors are: spearmint (really good), peppermint (I didn't get to try it), lemon (even better than spearmint,and it tastes like lemonheads), and violet (violet tastes bad!)

Mom: We'll be back with more reviews of sweets and treats in the coming week. Unfortunately, we had a problem with one of the above reviewers sneaking a bit of candy and then lying to me about it. I can forgive the sneaking- heck, I've been known to sneak a bit of chocolate now and again, but the lying is unacceptable, so we're down a taste-tester.

I know; such a sad ending to such a sweet post.

Hammond's Candies

Live from the All Candy Expo, a big shout out to Hammond's Candies. This Denver-based family-owned business makes the most beautiful handcrafted candy canes and lollipops I have ever seen. And they give free factory tours. Best excuse ever to visit the Mile High City.

Aunt Sally's Pralines

Make that pralines *lite.* The Aunt Sally's folks had the brilliant idea to send me a sample of the lite praline before I'd ever stepped foot in the All Candy Expo, which longtime readers will know is a Good Thing. Aunt Sally's Lite Pralines have 85% less sugar and 40% fewer calories that the full octane version.

Admittedly, when it comes to food from New Orleans, I'm partial to beignets over pralines. Indeed, when I showed it to my Yankee boys, ages 9 and 11, they asked me to describe a praline. "Um, it's got a lot of sugar and butter and nuts." Yup.

Aunt Sally cuts down on the sugar by substituting Swerve Sweetener. The result is a super-sweet praline with no aftertaste.

Edited 5/19 to add:
I hadn't heard of Swerve before, so I'm adding this bit their website: Swerve is the first all-natural zero calorie sweetener that tastes, measures, cooks and bakes like sugar.

Swerve™ has zero glycemic index, so its perfect for diabetics; Swerve™ does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels.

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