Nov 132019

Kenny's Candy Root Beer Licorice

Another find from Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. Kenny’s was started in 1987 as a bulk supplier of red and black licorice twists. They’ve expanded into other types of candies, and other flavors of licorice, including this root beer. They actually make two types of licorice twists, these and an A&W but I’ll talk about those another time. I really, really love licorice so I have high expectations for these.

The root beer flavor is mild and generic. There’s a hint of wintergreen and I almost catch a hint of fruity in there. On the whole they’re very sweet but weak.

You can tell it is root beer flavored, but it’s not very satisfying when you’re looking for that root beer fix. I think I’ll pass on these in the future. There are better root beer flavored candies and better flavors of licorice. Hopefully I’ll find a better root beer licorice too. It shouldn’t be hard.

Oct 302019

Abdallah Old Fashioned Root Beer Drops Back when I did my Duluth trip to hunt root beers, we made sure to stop at Tobies in Hinkley on the way back. Tobie’s is a bakery that makes famous caramel rolls. Stopping at Tobies is something of a tradition for all travelers to Duluth I’m told. So who am I to stop tradition. While there I found these root beer drops. Abdallah is a candy maker in Minnesota that’s been around since 1909, so though they aren’t made at Tobies, at least they’re a local brand that you can’t buy just anywhere. Their website calls these “Sanded Root Beer Drops” but that label clearly calls them “Old Fashioned” so I’m going with the label. These are only my second root beer drops, and I wonder if they are just like these other.

It has a nice classic root beer stand flavor that’s lighter and spicier than most hard candies I’ve tried. There’s less licorice and wintergreen. Dare I say it almost has a sharp sort of bite in there.

All in all it’s very well balanced and delicious. I like these and also that they’re a bit different that the other root beer flavored hard candies I’ve had recently. Definitely worth snagging if you see them.

Oct 162019

Root beer float taffy

Another find from the Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, which, as an aside, how do they verify that? I mean, I’m sure they’re just saying it, and it is pretty big, but what if someone opens a bigger candy store, maybe they already have but I don’t know about. It’s something I’ve often wondered about and now you are too, or you’re calling me an idiot but I digress. So Sweet Candy Company has been making candies since the late 1800s and is still a family owned and operated business. They specialize is shipping bulk candies, so probably most candy stores you’ll visit will have something of theirs. They specialize in salt water taffy, which is probably why they originally relocated from Portland, OR to Salt Lake City… More salt water… yeah I’m just gonna move onto the review.

The root beer flavor is strong, generic and a little spicy. There’s noticeable wintergreen. It reminds me of a lot of the root beer hard candies I’ve had. The vanilla portion is rather mild. It’s not near as rich and creamy as it could have been. The combination of the two sides is more like a creamy root beer than an actual root beer float, which isn’t bad, but not really the intention.

These aren’t bad. I kind of like them though they’re nothing special. I’m kind of surprised they call them root beer float and not creamy root beer, but what ever. They’re fine if you want a root beer taffy but not worth seeking out otherwise.