Apr 172019

Peeps Root Beer Float

Since it’s Easter week I thought I’d do a nice Easter candy post. And there are few Easter candies more iconic than the Peep. Those marshmallow sugar coated chicks (and rabbits) that always get Easter grass stuck to their sticky sides. They’re a really love ’em or hate ’em type of candy, and I love them. This year they made some special, limited edition flavors, including root beer float. Sadly, they were only available at Kroger and there are none of those near me at all. Thankfully Ebay exists and so I was able to acquire some.

It’s a peep, first and foremost, so it’s that sugar covered marshmallow flavor. The sugar has a decent root beer flavor, that mixes with the marshmallow to give the float effect. The root beer flavor is mild and generic, but no one would ever expect or even want a strong flavor in a peep. The fact that the sugary, marsmallowy confection has a distinct root beer flavor at all is enough for me.

So, I like them. They achieve the goal of retaining the experience of a standard Peep while augmenting it with a passable root beer float flavor. Which, I have found as I embark on this root beer product evaluating journey of mine, is harder to do than it would initially seem. So stuff your baskets full of these, because they won’t be around forever.

Mar 272019

Dum-Dums Root Beer

Ah Dum-Dums. The classic sucker that you find everywhere, mostly as free treats for children at places like doctor’s offices, banks, and the like. Also found hurtling off floats at 4th of July parades. These little guys are so ubiquitous and yet nobody ever goes to just buy some Dum-Dums cause they want one. I mean, who would do that? You buy them to give away, and you eat them because you either are at a place giving one away or you found it in your pocket from who knows how long ago but it’s not like they ever go bad. When I had aspirations of being a professor it was my goal to have 3 bowls of candy on my desk, Dum-Dums, Smarties, and Nerds and depending on student’s grades I’d offer them from one of the respective bowls, all innocent like. This would be after I was tenured of course. Probably why I’m not a professor… Anyways, in addition to their many, many flavors (including Mystery), they make root beer, and so, in my quest to write about all products root beer related, I decided to wait until I found them being offered somewhere and I’d pick through to find a root beer one. But I didn’t even need to wait that long, as my son, wanting to help his daddy, was thinking the same thing and quickly procured and offered me a root beer lollipop. I knew I’d never need to buy one for myself. Now that I’ve had a decent number of these hard candy types, how does it compare?

A rather generic root beer flavor that is neither minty nor licoricey, if that’s a word. It’s quite pleasant and the closest thing to a creamy root beer that I’ve ever experienced in a hard candy. It also isn’t overly strong, so it doesn’t feel super sticky, but it isn’t too light either. Basically it’s a perfectly proportioned root beer flavor in lollipop form.

I truly like these things. They’re very well balanced. Definitely worth rummaging through the bowl next time you need to make a cash withdrawal at your local branch if you’re in a root beer sort of mood. Or you could buy some, to give away, knowing full well that the quality will not be met with disappointment.

Mar 202019

Jelly Belly A&W Root Beer Jelly Beans

Ah Jelly Belly, the Original Gourmet Jelly Bean. At least that’s what they claim and it seems they’ve been around for over 100 years, so … maybe? Despite my absolute love of jelly beans, I’ve never done much research on them. And on that topic, I must say that jelly beans are my favorite candy type (if I had to pick), especially in Easter baskets. Jelly Belly has a host of various flavors and I’ve always been struck by how realistic their flavors taste, especially that juicy pear. But I’m not here to talk about pears, I’m here to talk root beer. They’ve licensed A&W, the most iconic brand, for their root beer flavor which has my hopes high.

They have a very nice root beer flavor, though a little mintier than A&W, and also less vanilla. It’s more like a root beer barrel flavor made into a jelly bean. Somehow, it also seems like they are carbonated, which is ridiculous, because you can make a fizzy jelly bean, but it still feels like that in my mouth.

What dark magic have they employed to make a fizzy jelly bean? They never cease to amaze me. Now, I still hold that this doesn’t really taste much like A&W, yet, more than any candy I’ve ever had, it most closely resembles the root beer drinking experience, because of that arcane wizardry. So I heartily recommend these.