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.

Nov 062019

Summit Craft Root Beer BottleSummit is an Aldi brand. Aldi is a discount market where they don’t give you bags and you need to put quarters in to get shopping carts. Their standard store brand root beer is Summit Suds, which comes only in cans. They’ve done glass versions before, though they weren’t very good. I was very happy last year when I heard this root beer was being made. But, despite living near an Aldi now it never showed up, and I was left to mourn when it disappeared from all of the shelves. Then, later this year, I got a random text from my wife who was shopping at Aldi with a picture of a four-pack of this asking if I’d tried it. What luck! My son felt very proud too, as he was the one who found it. It’s not often I get a second chance at these, so reviewing it became my top priority. I don’t understand the whole aviator dog on the label. I get that there are a lot of dogs on root beer labels, but why is it an aviator? The bottle gives no clues, and maybe we’re not to know. They probably did it just to annoy me, cause they know I rant about these dog labels. Anyhow, my review.

The Body is sweet with a classic root beer flavor and a sarsaparilla tinge. It’s a little on the mild side though. There’s a decent spice Bite, from some cloves. The Head is medium tall and very foamy. The Aftertaste is a mild vanilla with sarsaparilla.

It’s pretty good, just not quite all there. I don’t know It’s a lot better than their previous try with the Vintage root beer, so there’s that. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

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.