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Hershey Chocolate Twizzler (Classic Twist) Review

Nutrition

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

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Candy, Food, Review

 

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The Taste of Chocolate

This past weekend brought a doubly delicious treat for me.  For starters, I finished the last of my classes at the University of Central Florida (I’ll be graduating Thursday morning).  The second and sweeter treat, however, was the arrival of the Festival of Chocolate.  Since I’ve been living right off campus, it made attending this decadent event a bit easier.  And when you’re a college student who has to pay for an event that demands $17 just for entry, anything easier is all sweeter.

My expectations were wondrously met as I wandered about, eyes darting back and forth at numerous booths, each simply begging for the last share of my student loan.  Of course, this being the end of the semester and seeing so many overly rich treats, the concern of temptation quickly becomes irrelevant.  And when I say “overly rich,” I don’t exaggerate…someone actually had a heart attack.  Granted, I didn’t actually witness this, but the sweet and rich factor can’t be underestimated.  Until I treated myself to a golf ball-shaped cake drop, I was convinced sweet was synonymous with non-filling.

All of the booths and displays throughout the festival were, to put it simply, overwhelming.  For all of the sweets to crave, I actually found myself initially drawn to trivia posters and boards placed throughout the Arena.  A few weren’t too surprising, such as how people who eat chocolate typically live a year longer than those who might not.  But then there was some more curious trivia, such as how a single chocolate chip can apparently give one person enough energy to walk 150 feet.  Or how about this?  Even though chocolate is the most liked flavor in the United States, we’re far from the greatest chocolate consumers…that honor goes to Switzerland.

There was certainly a fair share of the usual suspects for a festival dedicated to chocolate treats, ranging from large cookies, to immaculately designed cupcakes of all sizes, ice cream, multi-flavored fudge, covered apples, doused marshmallows and many more of what you’d expect to find.

This isn’t to say there weren’t some surprises and twists to find lying about.  Some chocolate sculptures were on display, including an unnamed Chocolate Lab, a life-size jazz man made of fudge, several dresses made out of candy wrappers and even a game of hands-free doughnut-eating (hung above the contestants).  Watching people struggle to chomp and talk while eating their doughnut only made me chuckle, thinking that this must be how dogs feel when we tease them with Beggin’ Strips.

Something else that drew much attention was a wedding cake decorating contest in which four people had two hours to make their best creation.  Two of the contestants were trying their hand at a wedding cake for the first time, while the other two had several under their belts.  It shouldn’t be tough to guess who did better than the others.  Regardless, I have to give credit to anyone who can make a decent-looking cake in such a short span of time, especially since one of the contestants didn’t wind up faring so well (but the judges at least liked the way it tasted).

Not long after the winner was crowned for the cake competition, I wound up making my take-home purchases of the day and went on my way.  The damage came to $18 for four pieces of the aforementioned fudge and five assorted cupcakes (and a brownie bite on the house).  It’s a miracle I haven’t brought myself to finish them all at this point, two days later.

But why should I have all the fun?  Have a look below at some of the photos I took and see a bit of what I saw at the Festival of Chocolate.  If it ever comes near you in the future, then be sure you check it out, especially if you haven’t before!

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Blog, Food

 

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