May 292019
 

A packet of Reed's Individually Wrapped Root Beer CandiesReed's candy

Reed’s Candy was started in 1893 by William and Eugene Reed in Chicago. They made butterscotch candy rolls at first and at one point in the early 1920s they were the largest manufacturer of butterscotch candy in the USA. Since nothing lasts forever, the brand fell in popularity and went bankrupt in the 1980s only to be resurrected two years later. They still produce four of their classic flavors today, including these root beer ones. These are different from your standard candy rolls (life savers) in that they are individually wrapped. They also aren’t flat discs, but bulge in the middle like discuses which I must say is a first for me.

It’s a sweet, standard tasting root beer candy. A little wintergreen is noticeable but it isn’t strong. It’s my favorite root beer candy profile, and tastes very similar to all of the other standard ones.

So yeah, it’s a yummy root beer hard candy. Much like the rest. I’m finding that there is significantly less diversity in flavor profiles of these candies as there is with actual root beers. So do I still recommend this? Yeah, it’s good. And if you really like that discus shape, like maybe you were a discus thrower or something, this might be just the perfect root beer candy for you.




May 222019
 

Richardson Root Beer Crystal Stick

Richardson Brands got their beginnings in the 1890s making pillow mints. Soft pillow mints. Which are not mints you put on your pillow, but are mints that look like pillows. Through the decades they’ve acquired other nostalgic sorts of candies including the original makers of these crystal sticks, Dryden & PalmerĀ® Rock Candy. Which are of course, just rock candy on a stick rather than a string. But crystal stick sounds much cooler than rock candy anyhow so that’s why people want to market it thusly. At least I think. Anyways, I was at a candy shop and asked if they had any root beer candies and they had those so I got one to tell you all about. Also I really like rock candy as a concept, cause it’s cool how they make it. Though I’ve never been able to successfully do so myself, I guess it’s “easy” to make at home. Anyhow, on to my tasting.

The root beer flavor is mild, generic and very much like other root beer hard candies. It doesn’t have much of a wintergreen or licorice taste on it like some do, which I prefer. The texture is, rock candy. Very bumpy licking, strange crunching if you chew. It tastes good either way.

All considered, this is a fun treat. It’s different and the root beer taste is what you’d expect, nothing more nor less. I can recommend this one, if you’re in the mood for a rock candy that is, on a cool little wooded stick. I imagine the novelty of these things wears off after more than one every month or so.




May 082019
 

Kemps Pop Jr.'s
A while ago I was back in Cub Foods, getting some manner of groceries and I figured, hey, maybe there’s some new root beer frozen treat in the cooler. I don’t know why there would be. I doubt the stores change their stockings that frequently. Yet, there they were, more Kemps’ variety packs with a root beer in it. I don’t know why these are Pops Jr.’s. They look pretty regular sized to me. The same size as the float bars. Maybe a true pop are one of those double stick things and the juniors are single sticks? Would that mean the float bars were also juniors, even though they weren’t called that? I’m probably over thinking this.

It has a mild and generic root beer flavor that’s a little too weak yet still refreshing. There’s a minty hint to it as well which is nice, but you can only really notice that if you bite it, and if you have cold sensitivity on your teeth that could be a problem.

The flavor seems to be the same as their Float Bars recipe, which makes sense, but it’s stronger here as you don’t have the vanilla ice cream overpowering it. So in that respect I’ll say these are closer to the sort of root beer pop you’d want, but I still think it still falls short, and I don’t recommend it if looking for a root beer treat.