folks at Ice Chips Candy offer a few flavours of their treat,
and of all the flavours "root beer float" was the
one that grabbed my attention. I've had a lot of root beer flavoured
candies in my day, but very few of them are root beer float
flavoured. The candies themselves interested me because it uses
Xylitol, which is the current trendy sweetener of the moment.
As much as this might surprise you, I'm a big fan of fake sugars
(as I like to call them) and I feel they have an important role
in the candy world. In some cases they're good because they
allow people with a reduced sugar diet to eat something sweet
tasting, or in the case of these candies, they actually give
them an interesting quality.
start with the flavour, I have to admit, that was the only real
disappointment I had with these. It's not that they tasted bad,
I just didn't get anything other than root beer from them. I
was expecting some kind of root beer mixed with a creamy flavour,
but all I got was root beer. Fortunately the root beer was pretty
tasty, and it worked very well with the candy itself. I was
just a little disappointed that there wasn't anything that made
these feel "floaty".
most interesting thing about these candies however has to be
the texture. The texture is shaped two ways with these. First
of all when you open the box you're not given similarly shaped
candies, what you get is what looks like a bunch of broken glass.
It works fairly well for these candies until you get to the
end and all you have left are tiny pieces (because you've likely
eaten all the big pieces already). The other texture feature
of these candies comes from what I assume is the sweetener.
After sucking on these candies for a few minutes, they start
to dissolve very quickly. One minute you're a fraction of the
way through your candy, then suddenly it's gone. I actually
really liked this feature, and it made them a quick nice treat,
instead of a chore to suck down to nothing.
in all these are pretty good. The flavour is nice, and the texture
is fantastic. If I'm to believe the package, they're also not
that bad for you either.