Welcome to blog number one of our candy, taste test, series! (We didn’t have a more official idea for a name–so, that’s what we’re calling it. For now.) This idea was born as we were standing in the candy store yesterday, trying to remember what Razzles tasted like, wondering what Kit Taffy is all about, and questioning why a woman had just been so excited that we have Zagnut bars in. (Because she hadn’t seen them, or had one, in YEARS!) I mean, we know candy really well–but, we could get to know it a little better. (We have tried most items in the store, at one point in time; however, we take suggestions from folks, all the time, based on what they’d like to see us have–that means, it may be new to us!) So, we started thinking–what better way to get to know (and remember) some retro, and new candies, while also sharing it all with you. (Well, sharing it in the virtual sense. Everything we review is in store too–if you wanna try it out yourself. :) )
Anyway…without further ado (and we have a terrible sweet tooth today), lets dive into Kit Taffy. These are such a huge classic–but, weren’t, necessarily, something we grew up with. (We had Laffy Taffy and Now and Later’s more than anything!) They were introduced in 1924 by Fair Play Caramel Company–and, after being passed around to several different manufacturers, are now (and have been since 2012), being produced by Runk Candy Company located in Cinti, Ohio.
Packaging: There seem to be four types on the market currently–vanilla, chocolate, banana and strawberry. (Peanut Butter was an older flavor.) They are packaged, three at a time, in small, rectangular, wax paper wrappings. Color: The wrappers are a much, stronger, color version of the candy itself. The taffy is a very, pastel, color. Look/Feel: Smooth and like taffy! Texture: They start off a bit tough but are the perfect size to keep in your mouth and let warm up a bit. Once warmed, they are smooth, and soft. The flavor, despite how long you keep it in your mouth–never fades. Taste: Vanilla– This is a super softly-flavored, vanilla. It’s a non-offensive, not super sweet, flavor that almost tastes like a chewier, yet mellower, version of what’s in an Oreo. Banana– Yum! If you like banana runts, or even the flavor of a circus peanut–this one is for you. It’s not overwhelming flavor–but, just enough to give you a bang of banana! Strawberry– I have NO idea why–but, the first thing I thought of while smelling this was a school, pencil, eraser. I don’t really think strawberry is the right word to describe this flavor–though, I have no idea what it. It’s not bad, but, not strawberry. Chocolate– Chocolate comes in SO many flavors, Tootsie Roll, Hershey’s, Semi-Sweet, Dark and this–this is closer to hot cocoa and it’s really good. Beverage Pairing: We were drinking a Diet Coke while enjoying the taffy and it was awesome–though, we think pretty much any soda, or anything with bubbles would be great!
Overall Rating: 🍬 🍬 🍬 (of 5)
The next candy on our plate today is the good, ‘ol, Zagnut bar. This is one that we’re pretty sure we had a really, long, time ago–but, couldn’t remember what it was like. It’s also one that people get super excited to see, because it’s hard to find. This is another oldie–it was launched in 1930 by the D. L. Clark Company, which sold it to Leaf later on and acquired by The Hershey Company in 1996. Its main ingredients are peanut brittle with cocoa and toasted coconut. Because this treat doesn’t have chocolate, it has recently seen a resurgence in popularity with the troops overseas since melting isn’t a big threat.
Packaging: A plain old, red, wrapper with some yellow writing. Pretty muck looks like any, other, candy bar. Color: The bar, itself, looks like a light, peanut butter, color. Look/Feel: It looks like something that should be covered in chocolate. It feels like soft sand paper. (The outside has been rolled in coconut flakes which gives it that feel.) The inside is a bunch of flaky, layers. Texture: All right–do you know that crispy, awesome, texture that Baklava has!? This is like that–only crispier. Seriously–AMAZING. (Well, unless you prefer creamy, then you’re out of luck.) The outside of it is bumpy, yet when it warms up in your mouth, you can feel the thin layer of peanut butter get a bit gooey. Taste: A little bit of coconut–a lot of crispy (yet not overwhelming) peanut butter flavor. The flavors are almost like the inside of a Butterfinger, or Chick-O-Stick, but not as hard–just, crisp. (If that makes any sense.) This is one of those things that a little bit gets stuck in your teeth–and, it’s okay. In fact, you’ll probably even like it. :) (These are my new, favorite, treats, btw–and, I don’t even like peanut butter.) Beverage Pairing: Milk–white, or chocolate!
Overall Rating: 🍬 🍬 🍬🍬🍬 (of 5)
If you try either of these–let us know what you think! We’d love to hear if we’re pretty right on–or, way off. Also, if you have a candy we should review–tell us! We’ll try a couple, at least, each month. (Well, ones that we blog about anyway. We eat candy everyday. ;) )