Saturday, September 19, 2015

Charms Sweet & Sour Pops - Five Below

Charms Sweet & Sour Pops - Five Below
Way back when Cybele and I were doing our Treat or Treat follow up episode on Candyology 101, I bought these loose lollipops. I was pretty sure they were the pineapple and grapefruit, and strawberry lemonade Sweet N' Sour pops from Charms, but I wasn't 100% sure. I mean, I know they're the same brand and type, but I wasn't sure I got the right flavors.

Today, I'm going to find out, and review them!

First up, the pink and yellow one. (Hopefully sweet pineapple with sour grapefruit.)

The coloring is really delicate and beautiful. This has to be pineapple and grapefruit, right? I mean, the colors match up to the flavors. I can't really imagine this being anything else.

I popped the candy into my mouth, and sure enough, I was right!

This was the flavor I was most looking forward to, and it sadly doesn't live up to my expectations. The grapefruit is tangy and a bit dry, while the pineapple is overly sweet. It's pleasant enough, but it doesn't live up to the sweet and sour label, and after a while, I was sick of it. It was just too one-note for candy that was so large and substantial. I gave up about halfway through and just crunched it up.

Next was the red and yellow one. (Possibly strawberry lemonade.)

This one I was the most unsure of, because red could pretty much be any flavor. (Strawberry, cherry, raspberry, pomegranate etc.) Unwrapped, the ratio is a bit off on this one, but that might ramp up the sour factor a bit.

Oh wow, this one is so much better! The lemon part is tangy, bright, and similar in sourness to a Lemonhead, while the strawberry is sweet and floral. It's not terribly authentic, but it's really refreshing and just sour enough to keep me interested. I would have liked the strawberry side to be a bit more jammy, but this was still a really delicious lollipop. Had this one been more evenly balanced, I might not have liked it as much.

Both pops were enjoyable, but I highly recommend the strawberry lemonade one if you're looking for something truly sour and sweet. The grapefruit was okay, but it just wasn't tart enough to live up to it's namesake.
© Maria Smith
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