Candy for Your Favorite, Most Creative Trick-Or-Treaters: Lemonheads
My mouth started watering at first sight of that unmistakable neon yellow shell. These things are famous for a reason: the perfect balance between sweet and sour and that unusual soft-on-the-outside/crunchy-on-the-inside texture make them impossible to resist.
These mini explosions of cinnamon are perfectly sized so that you get just enough crunch and spice that you keep going back for more. Some tasters declared these a little crunchier than they remembered as kids but that makes them no less enjoyable.
Yes, these are pretty obvious Sour Patch Kids knockoffs, but they're very successful. Slightly fatter and more sour than the original, one of the tasters declared these a "great movie theatre candy."
These were one of the bigger surprises of the bunch as most of us were expecting that terrible fake grape flavor that's hard to shake. Instead, these tasted more like grape Nerds and though they were in the "Heads" family, they lacked the soft outer shell so they crunched like Nerds too.
As a big fake apple fan, I could eat these all day. Other tasters agreed, though some thought they could be a little more sour.
For the Kids Who Clearly Didn't Put Much Effort into Their Costumes: Orange Slices
Despite how hard they appear to be trying to emulate an orange slice, if you were blindfolded, "orange" probably wouldn't even be in your top three flavor guesses, though the flavor is pleasant.
These are just Lemonheads without the hard center so they end up similar to a jelly bean in texture. Not quite as satisfying as the real thing, but there's nothing specifically bad about them.
Tropical Chewy Lemonheads
Though the mango-peach flavor was a miss, some tasters preferred these to the regular Chewy Lemonheads because each one had a dual flavor and a little more going on.
Boston Baked Beans
Sort of like a poor man's Peanut M&M's, these taste of honey roasted peanuts and lots of sugar. They're also one of those things that get a little better as you eat them, but one taster pointed out they also seem like something you'd pretty quickly regret eating a lot of.
These are thankfully a little dense instead of mushy and aren't too sticky, but that's where the good points end. Tasting like something, but nothing close to fruit, these are the definition of meh.
Much the same as the Jelly Rings, the Gum Drops leave a lot to be desired, but they're pretty inoffensive. The white ones curiously tasted like the fakest version of pina colada imaginable in a kind of fascinating way.
Fake cherry flavoring can go one of two ways: it's either Sno Cone syrup good or cough syrup bad, and these were the latter. They start out almost good and then a strange off flavor makes its presence known in a way disturbingly similar to a Luden's cough drop.
Redhead Chewy Lemonheads
This was a box full of flavor misses. Not one little red gem tasted good nor like its supposed flavor.
These demand lots of patience and no real flavor requirements on the part of the consumer. They tasted only of sugar, and the texture? As one cautious taster said as she listened to the rest of us noisily chomp down, "No thanks; I don't want to chip a tooth."