Serving Size: 4 pieces (45 grams)
Calories: 160 (15 from fat)
Total Fat: 2 grams (1 gram saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat)
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 85 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 35 grams (less than 1 gram dietary fiber, 19 grams sugar)
Protein: 2 grams
Who am I kidding by extending my blog to food in addition to film? What do the two even have in common? I’ll tell you: Movies and food go hand-in-hand like standing and burning calories. You don’t realize one is being done while the other occurs, but it does. And it’s for that exact reason I give you my first candy review. After all, nothing quite screams bloated caloric content quite like many of our favorite sugary sweets.
So it’s only fitting that my first candy review be for a product that’s similar to one of my once-frequent selections: Twizzlers. Sure, cutting my weight in half leaves less time for overdoing my indulgences, but the memories stick. I’ve tried a number of Twizzler variants, ranging from the classic twists, to the cherry peel-offs, one pack of the black licorice flavor, the sweet and sour mix and, my personal favorite, Rainbow Twists. If there’s anything my stepfather and I can agree on, it’s that those are the real king of Twizzlers.
But while our opinions are (un)likely to incite horrific rage, we have a different flavor to attend to. Because I could care less about who and what controls each branch of candy, I guess Twizzler and Hershey are owned by the same company. That or they just decided to go for a spontaneous collaboration. And here we have chocolate flavored Twizzlers. What’s interesting is that instead of giving these an official name for the said flavor, they’re just called Twizzlers with Hershey chocolate. I guess not every odd combination is worthy of an official sounding name.
Half the reason I bothered trying this flavor is because it was the only one left at a store I just got hired at. The other half is because it would go towards a coupon I’d use on a future purchase. Call me frugal, but when you get a paycheck every other week after three months of unemployment, tendencies really die hard. And so I approached these with a sense of uninspired curiosity (how’s that for an oxymoron). My relationship with Twizzlers has proven to go up and down at various points, so anything was open with this cocoa-enhanced flavor.
First off, the bag didn’t leave a particularly good first impression. It felt stiff, as if it had been shrink-wrapped and the Twizzlers were stale; whereas the other flavors would actually bend when held at one end. But the expiration date was still four months away, so they should be good, right?
Pulling the bag and a few sticks apart (laboriously, I might add), I readied myself for my first taste of these babies. I should probably point out that, upon opening, I got a decent whiff of cocoa. However, this quickly gave way to a more traditional licorice smell that only made me more skeptical. Reason being that the black licorice flavored Twizzlers have a bitter, rather cringe-inducing flavor that actually counteracts what candy should do in the first place: keep you addicted.
So with a lingering feeling of trepidation, I took my first bite. My response?
It’s funny, candy tends to be something that you can immediately come to a verdict on. These Twizzlers left me chewing and taking subsequent bites simply to decide what I thought. Which is to say that they’re not a very satisfactory treat. In fact, calling them a “treat” is a bit of a stretch. Okay, so they’re not as appetite-breaking as the black licorice Twizzlers, but these are a candy you’d keep eating out of false hope. You want to get more chocolate, hope the next piece will provide you with more. Instead you’re greeted with something so bland it’d make rice without butter or salt seem taste like a collage of sodium-enriched flavors. I’ll say that these are more enjoyable than black licorice Twizzlers, if only for the lack of bitter flavor and aftertaste. But given how unfulfilling they are (at nearly 5 grams of sugar per stick, I might add), they clearly aren’t going to be a repeat item when I sneak something into the movie theater.
The Verdict: Toss It in the Spill