Because why the heck not, y'all!
Sorry, ^^ that was supposed to be American.
If you read my Blog's Birthday post, you'll know I've been contemplating a blog makeover for quite some time and today I finally knuckled down and revamped the entire thing. Say hello to the sexy, brand spanking new site. Whatcha think? I'm so glad I changed my domain name - looks 100% more professional and concise. I've decided to take my blog in a slightly different direction and test the fashion and beauty blogging waters to see if I enjoy them as much as food blogging. So keep your eyes peeled for those upcoming posts. I promise I won't be in my pyjamas all the time. But for now, here's a fun little post on trying different American sweets and chocolates.
I grabbed a handful of different bits and bobs from the wonderful people over at American Soda, to give some variety. There's a ridiculous amount of candies to choose from, so if you're looking for something in particular I'm sure they've got it covered. I chose the things I'd heard of before, from TV shows and movies. You can get some of these in the UK. Tesco have a pretty good World Food isle, however they only have a select few items.
Beginning with the chocolates, I OBVIOUSLY had to try the Pretzel flavoured M&M's. These were recommended by just about everyone. I've had the peanut butter ones before which were aaaamazing but had never tried these. The pretzel ones are cool, bigger than the usual M&M's, crunchy texture and slightly saltier. If you're really into pretzels, definitely try these as they're pretty good. I wouldn't rush to buy them again personally, but they're a fun spin on the originals.
Next the Butterfinger, which to me pretty much just tastes like a peanut butter crunchie bar. It has a similar texture to a crunchie bar but kind of looks like toffee flakes on the inside. It smells super buttery and creamy and I'd 100% eat it again and again. But I'm a huge peanut butter fan.
The tootsie roll was such a disappointment for me. This was one of those things I'd heard about loads, I think it might even be in some song lyrics maybe? It didn't really taste like chocolate to me and it had the texture of playdough. It doesn't really look that appetising, you'll see what I mean when you scroll down. It's hard to describe because it has this unique flavour. It just wasn't for me. Apparently they do other flavours, so perhaps I'd enjoy those more.
The 3 Musketeers bar was one of my favourites. It's similar to a milkyway bar and it's light and fluffy. You can get these in the UK, if like me you want to eat 3 more.
The infamous Twinkies. All it is, is a sponge cake with cream inside. And yet, everybody went nuts when they made their return in 2013. I don't get it. They're pretty good, but I'm not sure I'd cry if Hostess stopped producing them again. ALTHOUGH, I have just seen someone deep fry a Twinkie on YouTube which could be delicious. But then again, you could just grab some own brand sponge cakes from your local supermarket and try deep frying them.
Onto the sweets. I'm definitely more of a sweet girl (har har, see Categories) than a chocolate person if I had to pick, that is. So first up we have Razzles. These are little round sweets, similar in texture to a parma violet that turn into chewing gum. Very very bland chewing gum. To me, it didn't taste of anything. I tried all five flavours and nope, nothing. I wouldn't bother buying these sweets.
Now the Jolly Ranchers were delicious. They're little hard boiled sweets that come in five flavours. I'm currently trying to save some of them because they're that good. The blue raspberry one is my favourite, but they all burst with that intense artificial flavour which I love.
Twizzlers were another one of those sweets I chose, because I'd heard the name so often. They were pretty grim. I thought they'd be similar to strawberry laces but it was just like chewing soft plastic.
The Laffy Taffy was good. I chose the sour apple flavour, as I'm a big sour sweets fan. The flavour wasn't overly powerful. I wouldn't jump to buy this sweet again, but it's nice. I just think the Wonka company have better alternative sweets.
The best by far were the Darkside Skittles. America have wicked Skittles flavours which we really need stocked in every UK supermarket. Their tagline is 'the other side of the Rainbow' and well, I won't be returning from this side of the rainbow anytime soon. The flavours are blood orange, pomegranate, midnight lime, dark berry and forbidden fruit. The midnight lime was my favourite (slightly odd name, do limes have clocks?) but they're all equally addictive with a slightly bolder flavour than original Skittles.
The winners were the 3 Musketeers chocolate bar and the Darkside Skittles. But hey, that's just my opinion!
What are you favourite American candies?
*American Soda very kindly sent me these products free of charge.
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.