Thursday, June 11, 2009

Guest Blogger Chrissy: Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut...

Little One wears pink elephantsLittle One was excited to see a parcel from Jeanna arrive the other day. Oh, what a tough job it is to have to taste test and review all this candy!

CandyFirst up: Plantafresh Breath Freshner. For fresh breath. You know, because breath "freshner" is supposed to give you fresh breath. I was wondering if the company really intended to misspell freshener. I guess freshner sounds so much better.

Plantafresh tabletsThis interesting sugar free chewable tablet is supposed to eliminate bad breath. It is Masala (cardamom and anise seed) flavoured. Apparently it is to be used after consumption of garlic, nicotine, alcohol, onions, and much more. Can one really consume nicotine? That sounds rather hazardous to me.
The Masala tablets remind me of the fennel seeds in the little bowl by the cash register at Indian restaurants. It was only a few years ago that I realized one was supposed to take a pinch of the fennel seeds and chew them after the meal to freshen one's breath. I guess this is similar in concept.
Neat to try, but I don't think I'd make a habit of buying these. If one chews these after smoking, it may very well make them want to quit smoking, or smoke even more.

Prickel Pit and other foreign candyMah Mama always said...Never eat anything that's packaging has been previously opened or anything you can't read. This does not only apply to Halloween candy.
Many of the candies that Jeanna sent were written in languages foreign to me. I deduced that some of the Asian candy came from Korea. I've taught enough Korean students to recognize the Korean characters on the packaging.
I took a stab in the dark (kept my eyes closed and fingers crossed) when sampling the Korean nut candies.
The Hatai Crunch Candy tasted a combination of sweet and nutty. It reminded me of eating crunchy peanut butter. The nut candies had to be consumed ASAP since our nieces are allergic to nuts. I also did a clean sweep of the area to get rid of contaminants. Seriously.

Big bubble gum bubbleGLEE GUM: Oh joy! Oh rapture! One has to scratch one's head when the packaging for bubble gum reads "bubblegum flavor." As opposed to...?
As the makers of Glee Gum say, "Chew with Glee, naturally." I have to admit that I like the idea of a gum with no artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours, or preservatives. What I find even cooler is that the company has Make Your Own Candy Kits. How cool is that? I'm going to have to order some kits for when I go back to teaching when Little One is a year old. Yeeeeahhhh. Any teacher who teaches kids about The Sticky History of Chewing Gum, The Gooey Tale of Gummies, and The Sweet Saga of Chocolate is by far the coolest teacher ever.

Glee GumThe gum was actually better than I thought it would be. Not as soft as Bubalicious, but not as jaw breaking as Bazooka Joe.

Plum CandyI must confess that I didn't actually try the Plum Candy or the other unnamed mystery candies with Korean (?) writing on the wrappers. Why? I'm chicken. I just was so unsure, uncertain, and hesitant. I'm going to get Hubby to taste test them and review them. He'll do it. He's crazy like that.

Gudo PopI do have a reason for not trying the Plum Candy. I like to think that since I've traveled to eleven countries, thirteen American states, and four Canadian provinces, that when it comes to sampling international cuisine, I am pretty open minded. Well, I already know I don't like Plum Candy. I don't like plums. Period.

PlumIn Japan, they've got plum beverages and garnishes. They are just so sour. My Japanese friends and students looooooooove plum things. Me, not so much. This is the same in China. My Chinese relatives enjoy dried plum candy. Ever since I was a kid, I can remember always pretending to like it just to appease people. That stuff is nassssstay. I mean, huge pucker power!

White Angel sugar babyI did really enjoy the White Heim (in the purple wrapper). It's a Korean treat and it translates into the Engrish "White Angel." It's a wafer-type treat that is light, airy, and delicately sweet. LOVE IT.
There were also a bunch of random candies thrown in there with Spanish and German writing.
The Miel Eucalipto was a pleasant surprise. The honey caramel and eucalyptus candy came in handy with my throat being rather croaky this week.

Little One close-up"Did you say CANDY?"

This is Little One hours after I sampled all these candies for Jeanna.
Can anyone say sugar rush.

DISH NOTE: This is more candy from the evilbottomlessbagofsugar and the All Candy Expo. You can find Chrissy and Little One up yonder at Random Thoughts and Musings from the Island.


  1. Great job, Chrissy!

  2. Yayyyy!!! Thanks, Jeanna! Wow! That was a lot longer than I intended it to be! I guess I was just having too much fun doing this! :)

  3. P.S. I've got Little One sitting on my lap right now as we read this post. She thinks it's funny. Wish I took a video of her "reading" your blog! She's laughing like crazy! Funny girlie!! :)

  4. The glee gun cracks me up! The feshner doesn't sound so refreshing but that little bitty girl is just a DOLL!

  5. Ha,
    Great post C!!!
    Only you would notice the misspelling of Freshener!!!!!
    I had to google misspelling to make sure I didn't misspell it!!!LOL!!!!
    And you have the most adorable little sugar baby to promote your candies!
    Love the sugar rush photo!!!!

  6. Tee hee! Thanks, Lisa! :) I got a kick out of the Glee Gum too! Little bitty girlie is still little bitty...but she's 11 lbs now! That would be more than 5x her birth weight! Crazy, huh? Must be all the candy Jeanna's been sending us! ;)

    Jimbo, well you're Little One's favourite uncivil redneck from the south! :) Doesn't that sugar rush photo just crack you up?
    Funny...the pics were taken just the other week and she's already changed so much since then! Gah! They grow too fast :(

  7. yummm candy!! i loved trying all those weird Korean candies when i was there....and I actually LOVED those plum candies. they are just hard candy, very sweet- tastes more like sugar than fruit!
    the pics of LO are too cute :)

  8. Is she really? You better take a video of that one. So when does she learn Dynamic HTML?
    See, now didn't you do good? Pat yourself on the back. DO it.

  9. Hey Lisa, I braved townie punks to find a few interesting tidbits for you today. Will mail tomorrow.

  10. Hey Chrissy, did you get a chance to try the Prickle Pit? Such an inviting name. I talked to the Prickle Pit guy (very nice) and now I forget if they were supposed to be the original Pez or the original Sweetart or what.
    I think they're German.

  11. Hey, Jeanna!
    Ummm...yeah! I did try the Prickels (but only after you asked me if I did)! ;p I'll tell you why later. I actually just wrote a post about said Prickels, but I'll post it tomorrow since I figured I ought to write a Canada Day post...since it is Canada Day. KWIM?

    Dina, you like the plum candies? I should send you the plum candies then! ;p

    Jeanna, Dina is my good friend (IRL), former roomie and former co-worker. Gotta luv blogging friends...and blog friends too! ;)

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