Saturday, September 17, 2011
Candy Review: Tin Coffin Sour Citrus Candy Bones & Skulls
I say "mystery item" because I had no idea what was in this little tin.
Ok, that's a lie.
The label said "Tin Coffin Sour Citrus Candy Bones & Skulls" so I had SOME idea.
I was hoping, HOPING that I would get something like Mr. Bones.
(Don't know what Mr. Bones is? Go HERE and read up. Back? Ok.)
At a $1.99 it certainly wasn't a huge risk. So I spun the roulette wheel.
And instead of chalky SweeTart flavor it was more what I'll call "Knockoff-Spree."
Let's take a closer look.
There were three types of candy in the tiny container (see quarter for size reference) and the candy was contained in a small clear cellophane bag within the tin.
When you open the clear bag, you get three types of bones: Yellow femurs, Black skulls and Orange skulls. (Apparently candy hands and feet are a hot item on the candy-corpse black market.)
Yellow: The first taste is an overwhelming artificial lemon flavor. Put simply: it tastes like what you think lemon Pledge furniture polish would taste like... if it weren't poisonous. Once you bite it though it has the consistency and flavor of a yellow Spree candy. 2nd place favorite.
Orange: No strong flavor on the candy shell. When crunched: orange SweeTart (yes, it's supposed to have one "T") all the way.
Overall the candies are delicious but the color scheme and candy shell make them feel a little cheap. Like mass produced vending machine candy. Which is probably exactly what they are.
My theory is that it's the ratio: when you eat a Spree, you've got much more candy coated with a candy shell. I think by having the candies so small, the ratio is off so the shell taste (which is a cheaper taste) overpowers the candy.
Bottom line: I like skeleton candy in coffins.
It certainly wasn't a bad purchase. I like the little coffin tin. The candy was fun. If I knew I was only having a handful of trick or treaters I might buy a bunch of these to drop in bags.
Don't tell Mr. Bones I cheated on him.