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Confessions of a Novelty Confection Fiend


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Orange Coffee Crisps?? How long have those been out? I've seen the regular and the extra chocolate one, but the orange (which sound heavenly, by the way).

I buy bags of Coffee Crisps and Canadian Kit Kats every time I go to Windsor (I'm in the Detroit area). BTW, whatever happened to Coffee Kit Kats? I saw them a few times, and now I can't find them anywhere. Any leads?

The Orange Coffee Crisps have been out for awhile now. A couple of weeks ago I bought a couple of Raspberry Coffee Crisps at Shoppers Drug Mart. Wasn't impressed since they tasted like a Voortmans iced wafer covered in chocolate.

I vaguely remember a coffee flavoured Caramilk or some other bar but not a Kit Kat.

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I buy bags of Coffee Crisps and Canadian Kit Kats every time I go to Windsor (I'm in the Detroit area). BTW, whatever happened to Coffee Kit Kats? I saw them a few times, and now I can't find them anywhere. Any leads?

Still haven't seen the coffee Kit Kats but I noticed at Costco on Merivale Road yesterday cases of Orange Kit Kats.

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Thought I'd dredge this old thread back up for fun, since I recently bought a bag of new mint-type-things I'd never seen before.

Also see Son of "Confessions of a Novelty Confection Fiend", from when this topic was temporarily lost after a board crash.

Spearmint Altoids

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At first I was seriously dissapointed with Spearmint Altoids. Later on it occured to me that the taste of Spearmint just doesn't work as well in a mint as it does in gum. No matter what do NOT bite into one of these--they are much more tolerable if you suck on them.

X-It Lemon Mints with Green Tea extract

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A smooth silky taste which doesn't overwhelm you.

Intense Peach Smint

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Usually I find fruit flavored mints unpleasant, but these Peach Smints are great. Not too sweet, with some real tartness to them.

Dragonfire Gum

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It's got Malitol--which is a downside for me--but putting that aside this is the best spicy flavored gum I've ever had. A real biting cinnamon, it reminded me of an even stronger "Big Red".

Jon Lurie, aka "jhlurie"

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Just consumed today (one of them, not the whole box!):

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Surprisingly good. I was skeptical, since Nestle has tried to extend the Crunch brand before and did a horrible job (anyone remember the "White" Crunch bars? Yuck!)

The caramel ribbon nicely complements the "crunch" portion of the bar.

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Jon Lurie, aka "jhlurie"

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I've long been a champion of Chocolate Velamints, but I was still relatively surprised at how good these puppies, new at my local convenience store, were:

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Vanilla Velamints

Like Chocolate Velamints, they have a creamy texture and taste and smell surprisingly like the "real thing".

Also, fresh in from "Brand Extension Land" comes yet another form of Altoids: The Breath Strip.

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Cinnamon and Peppermint Altoid Breath Strips

Jon Lurie, aka "jhlurie"

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Of course, inevitably, this thread was hijacked from the original subject about addiction to new confections.  But if we are going to talk about nostalgic candy, I suppose I can dig even deeper into the niche than Goldenberg's, Marathon, and Spree.  How 'bout a candy so rare it's only available in one city?

When I was visiting Kansas City I had (and loved) one of these:

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See the Valomilk Website (click here) for the whole Valomilk story.  Apparently it used to be very popular throughout the whole midwest, but is now limited to K.C.  If I'd known that when I was out there I would have bought a whole case...

No, no, no. You can get these outside of K.C. as well. They are not carried by every purveyor, but, they can be found at several locations in the Midwest.

Crystal

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Of course, inevitably, this thread was hijacked from the original subject about addiction to new confections.  But if we are going to talk about nostalgic candy, I suppose I can dig even deeper into the niche than Goldenberg's, Marathon, and Spree.  How 'bout a candy so rare it's only available in one city?

When I was visiting Kansas City I had (and loved) one of these:

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See the Valomilk Website (click here) for the whole Valomilk story.  Apparently it used to be very popular throughout the whole midwest, but is now limited to K.C.  If I'd known that when I was out there I would have bought a whole case...

No, no, no. You can get these outside of K.C. as well. They are not carried by every purveyor, but, they can be found at several locations in the Midwest.

Crystal

I found them in a cracker barrel restaurant in the SW.

Yum Yum!

Although I like MALLO-CUPS better.

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i can't get enough of these things.  still hoping for the golden ticket.

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the wonka bar is amazing....also big fan of the pocket listerine should be a prerequisite for all food service employees (sometimes you just can't find the time to brush mid shift after either absent mindedly eating a garlic chip or sneaking an illicit smoke and gum is just so unseemly)

back to topic at hand I will most definately reach for any shiny new confection..though will not always eat it myself last week I bought a tube of squeezable pudding (brownie flavor) but had our sous chef "Big Crazy" eat it.

also a huge fan of these english red currant chews whose name I cannot rememeber (anyone?) that are ridicluously expensive ( like $6 a tin) love love them snatch them up whenever I can find them then guiltily hoard as long as possible and any sort of flowery pastille in a pretty box will eventually make it's way into my hands.

I did buy some Italian licorce pastilles once because the tin was so attractive they tasted soooooooooooooo bad...only a fan of strong salty licorice ( I know you are out there) could warm up to these bits though they provided endless hours of amusement ...I would offer then up like want to taste something terrible and nine out of ten times the offeree would partake.

OOOOH one more thing the Bertie Botts every flavor beans kept them up at the bar one night presented them as a game of chance ...could get cherry could get Booger....I got cherry freind got ear wax V. fun.

hmmm I really seem to enjoy getting other people to eat groww stuff...harks back to 6th grade when I gave some guy in 50 cents to drink my backwash..didn't every one have a kid like that in thier class?

"sometimes I comb my hair with a fork" Eloise

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Well, those strip-py breath mint things have finally made it to Japan, they are now for sale in front of the register at every convenience store.

By the way those spearmint altoids are great!

My husband picks them up all of the time.

Kristin Wagner, aka "torakris"

 

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Well, those strip-py breath mint things have finally made it to Japan, they are now for sale in front of the register at every convenience store.

Actually, I think the breath strip things were invented in Japan. At least I've seen them at our Japanese grocery store several years before Listerine started making them (in packages written entirely in Japanese, so I couldn't tell what the flavors were).

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also a huge fan of these  english red currant chews whose name I cannot rememeber (anyone?) that are ridicluously expensive ( like $6 a tin) love love them snatch them up whenever I can find them then guiltily hoard as long as possible and any sort of flowery pastille in a pretty box will eventually make it's way into my hands.

Grether's?

Anyone ever had a Vlnky from the Czech Republic? It's an example of where "and sometimes 'Y'" comes in.

Sorry, it's a candy bar.

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Well, those strip-py breath mint things have finally made it to Japan, they are now for sale in front of the register at every convenience store.

Actually, I think the breath strip things were invented in Japan. At least I've seen them at our Japanese grocery store several years before Listerine started making them (in packages written entirely in Japanese, so I couldn't tell what the flavors were).

Really? :blink:

I had never seen anything like that before here, I really need to get out more!

Kristin Wagner, aka "torakris"

 

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Yeah, I had bought some at the Japanese candy store here in Seattle.  They were mint ones, but they had some other flavors too.  I liked them much more than the listerine ones.  Not nearly as harsh.

The Altoid ones actually work for that purpose. They are actually slightly WEAKER than a real Altoid (not "curiously strong"), which for a breath strip is probably the right level.

Actually another favorite "strip" is:

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Wrigley's Winterfresh Thin Ice - Mountain Rush flavor

Better than Wrigley's own "Eclipse" strips (which come in Cinnamon and some other mint flavor), and not as weird a head rush as the Listerine strips.

Jon Lurie, aka "jhlurie"

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All this talk about the listerine strips reminded me of a couple of months ago, I had left a pack in my car where they all melted together. I was in a situation of immediate need of minty fresh breath, so I put the wad in my mouth. Now I can handle some pretty hot food, but holy sh*t! the entire melted wad of breath strips stuck to the roof of my mouth. Sheer agony. I am an idiot.

On the same tip, the Altoids strips come in the coolest lil' can, damn if they don't come flying out of the box & they don't pack the punch a real altoids can give you.

The following is really not relevant, but what the hell..

I was at the drug store the other day on line, and these two teenage girls, who I wanted to say, "hey girls, do you want a sweater" (I am not a fuddy duddy, hell I'm only in my 30s, but damn) anyway, they were buying some candy that came in a paint can. And the girl was going "and like they have vanilla, and strawberry, and chocolate, and grape, and mystery. " "Mystery? Then she went on an on how sour was the only one, and it dawned on me that all the candy markets towards the kiddie set are sour. What gives??

Totally unrelated, the girls went on bantering back and forth and then as they were leaving one of them screetches at the other, "well at least I didn't suck my best friend's boyfriend's ANKLE for an hour." I cracked up, the kid at the register looked like he needed to go get a cold shower and the man behind me looked like he was going to run home his teen porn collection. Sour candys, trashy teens.

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All this talk about the listerine strips reminded me of a couple of months ago, I had left a pack in my car where they all melted together. I was in a situation of immediate need of minty fresh breath, so I put the wad in my mouth. Now I can handle some pretty hot food, but holy sh*t! the entire melted wad of breath strips stuck to the roof of my mouth. Sheer agony. I am an idiot.

On the same tip, the  Altoids strips come in the coolest lil' can, damn if they don't come flying out of the box & they don't pack the punch a real altoids can give you.

The following is really not relevant, but what the hell..

I was at the drug store the other day on line, and these two teenage girls, who I wanted to say, "hey girls, do you want a sweater" (I am not a fuddy duddy, hell I'm only in my 30s, but damn) anyway, they were buying some candy that came in a paint can. And the girl was going "and like they have vanilla, and strawberry, and chocolate, and grape, and mystery. " "Mystery? Then she went on an on how sour was the only one, and it dawned on me that all the candy markets towards the kiddie set are sour. What gives??

Totally unrelated, the girls went on bantering back and forth and then as they were leaving one of them screetches at the other, "well at least I didn't suck my best friend's boyfriend's ANKLE for an hour."  I cracked up, the kid at the register looked like he needed to go get a cold shower and the man behind me looked like he was going to run home his teen porn collection. Sour candys, trashy teens.

TOOOOOOOOOOO damn funny!!!

One of the best.

Congrats!

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New one... GINGER flavored Altoids (Click here for photo)

Amazingly good. In fact I was shocked how good it was.

My record with Altoids (in the order they came out in the U.S.):

Original: A big fan, although in time I grew somewhat tired of them.

Cinnamon: At the time it came out I thought it was an amazingly effective product extension... and I still do.

Wintergreen: Didn't catch my fancy, although they're not horrible.

Spearmint: I thought they were very convincingly "spearmint", but also that they didn't work at all as a breath mint. The taste was just TOO overwhelming.

Really, this Ginger flavor is the first time in this progression that I think that a new flavor is better than the one before it.

One thing... I really like Ginger. And this REALLY tastes like Ginger. So I'm guessing only people who like Ginger will love it.

Jon Lurie, aka "jhlurie"

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Okay, to cheapen the thread a bit, I just bought some Mike & Ike orange and cream. My first Mike & Ike ever by the way. Tasted like baby aspirin without the tang. Little cream flavor either. Hmph. :angry: Can't wait to try the strawberry and cream. Can't screw up strawberry, can they?

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The Italian deli on the ground floor of my office building has an unconventional candy selection and they've recently added black licorice tubes (soft, about the diameter of a white board marker) with apricot middles. I think they're Australian. Hate licorice more than I love apricot, so I haven't tried them but it seems a pretty brave thing to bring to market.

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The Italian deli on the ground floor of my office building has an unconventional candy selection and they've recently added black licorice tubes (soft, about the diameter of a white board marker) with apricot middles.  I think they're Australian.  Hate licorice more than I love apricot, so I haven't tried them but it seems a pretty brave thing to bring to market.

Welcome to eGullet, KNorthrup.

Unlike you, I love both apricot and licorice -- but trying to "visualize" that taste combination is giving me a headache!!

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Far be it from me to mention the term 'plagiarism', but the ad jhlurie posted at the top of this thread is - by chance, I'm sure - very reminiscent of a long-lasting campaign for Opal Fruits, a chewy British candy.  I can't remember the exact words, but there was a catchy jingle along the lines of "Five (something) colors, five refreshing flavors."  If only you could all hear me singing it.   :biggrin:

I think this was also the slogan for life-savers once. Or 5 fruity flavours or some such thing

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