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Do you like the Zero Bar? I’m curious….

Apparently lots of people love this candy…I tried one today for the first time, and it’s not for this girl.

Look on the internet and you’ll find fans waxing poetic about the Zero bar, but I just don’t get it. The center is a whipped chocolate nougat, combined with almonds and peanuts, all robed in some sort of white fudgy coating, not white chocolate. I detect a malt/almond flavoring, and this may be the problem, I do not like malt, except for malt balls. (yeah, I know, odd).

I even put the bar in the freezer, trying to improve the taste. Don’t bother… a frozen Zero bar is impossible to eat, and the coating drops off in your lap when you bite into it.
Here’s some Zero bar trivia courtesy of the Hershey site and wikipedia:
Created in 1920, thought to be named zero because it’s white (as in zero degrees), back in the day there was a polar bear on the wrapper, it has gone through 2 company takeovers and survived. It’s now made by Hershey.

It is a mystery to me how this candy lives on when the Marathon bar exists only in our memories.
If you like the Zero, please let me know what I am missing.

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Newman’s Own makes licorice, and it’s good!

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a licorice bender as of late…I don’t know what’s up, but I’m working through it….

I found these licorice twists in the organic section of my local grocery store. Cheap, they aren’t, but in the interest of research,  I bought one of each flavor. Here are my musings on Newman’s Own Licorice Twists:

Strawberry, Tangerine, Pomegranate, and Black are the 4 flavors offered. The package weighs 5 oz. and says it has 3.5 servings (really?). On the Newman’s own web site they list suggest retail at $2.99. The licorice twists are about 5 inches long and have a good chew when you bite down on them. Strawberry is by far my favorite flavor. The tangerine and pomegranate flavor are a little too subtle for me. The black licorice flavor is subtle, but pleasing. This is certified organic candy, and all profits go to charity, so you can feel good about eating 3.5 servings in a day. (But remember my previous post about the adverse effects of too much licorice). All in all I think this is a good product, I’d just like a little more flavor in the tangerine and pomegranate ones.

Warning-Too much licorice is not a good thing…

Should packages of real licorice carry a warning for folks like me who can’t stop at just 10 pieces? Last week, after consuming an entire package of Newman’s Own Strawberry licorice in an afternoon (it was a small package, ok) I started to get heart palpitations. I figured it was just a reaction to the latest teenage-related incident at my house. But no, yesterday I ate a few (ok, quite a few) black tire tread licorice bites, and lo and behold, heart palpitations again!

I checked out the licorice entry on wikipedia and there at the bottom it talks about toxicity from licorice CANDY!!! This is a first for me, I knew that you could make yourself sick from gorging on candy, but you can also bring on hypertension and edema…so go easy on the stuff.

Space Food Sticks-The Final Candy Frontier

Today I was visiting a favorite online candy store, oldtimecandy.com  and came across these blasts from the Apollo program. Seriously, Mom would put these in my lunchbox. These were the prototype of the modern-day energy bar. This was the food the astronauts ate, so it had to be good for us! Made by Pillsbury, they were a smash hit with all of us space-crazed kids.

The foil packaging looked like what a spaceman would carry, and the texture was a cake/tootsie roll hybrid. I remember eating the chocolate ones. There were peanut butter, mint, malt, and caramel flavors, too.

These are now made by Retrofuture Products, and of course, they have a web site. I can’t believe these are still made, or maybe they’re just left over inventory from 1973……

Back in the 70’s, before food labeling, these sounded a lot better than they actually are. They have 130 calories,6g of fat, 12g of sugar and only 3g of protein. If you’re looking for nutrition, you’d be better off eating a hard boiled egg. However, eating Space Food Sticks isn’t about nutrition, it’s about nostalgia. So, mix yourself a big glass of Tang and enjoy!

Junior Mints!

Wow, I love these! I’m eating a few right now as I type this….They satisfy a chocolate craving and are refreshing all at once. By now everyone has eaten a box, so lets get into a little Junior Mint trivia shall we? All this information was gathered from the Tootsie Roll web site.

They were introduced in 1949, and named after a Broadway play called “Junior Miss”. Tootsie Roll Industries (doesn’t sound so sweet and kind when you end it with “Industries”) has made Junior Mints since 1993. They’re gluten-free, and are now vegetarian since the gelatin has been removed. They are OU-D Kosher as well. Look, they are practically health food!

15 million are made each day in Cambridge, MA (home of the Car Talk guys and my family).

Here’s a great recipe for Junior Mint brownies care of the amazing bakers at Cooking Light. To go that extra mile, decorate the top of the brownies with more Junior Mints as soon as the brownies come out of the oven. Then, package them up and send them to me!

Turkish Taffy – It’s back

Bonomo Turkish Taffy has been around for years, in fact, I was shocked that was still produced. I purchased a vanilla bar and a strawberry bar and started my research… As it turns out, the candy went out of production sometime in the 1980’s, and just returned in 2010.

If you can find it, you’ll see it in 2 sizes; big like a candy bar, and bite size. The tag line to Turkish Taffy is “Smack it and Crack it”, believe me, it’s the only way to eat the big size. Only try to bite into the big size if you have a great dental plan. For this reason I suggest the bite size.

It comes in four flavors; chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and banana. Why is banana a regular taffy flavor? I don’t know. I do know that for some people it’s their absolute favorite taffy flavor.

This candy has a satisfying chew, but the flavors are a little weak. I would like to taste a little flavor more in each one, but overall it is satisfying to this taffy-lover. I would buy it again.

This is a very popular candy with a really long history. Check out their web site, for the whole story, and great prices, too. Turkish Taffy is an edible piece of American nostalgia.

Who remembers ZOTZ?

Chances are good that you had these as a kid. Zotz are fruit-flavored, hard candy with a fizzzy center, and the fizz tickles your tongue. They come in six flavors: lemon, orange, grape, sour apple (my favorite) cherry and watermelon.

The actual name of the candy is “Zotz Fizz Power Candy”. I just discovered that they are made in Italy. Any time you see hard candy from Italy, buy it. Italians are great at candy making.

You can find these where penny candy is sold. They usually come in a string of four individually wrapped candies.

It’s nice to see that Zotz are still around.