Post-Halloween, I stated that my kids would like to use my blog to review all of the American candy they had never tried before. This, therefore, is that review.
The boys had had Reese’s pieces before but not the cups. That was something new. Essentially they are little chocolate cups filled with a peanut butter flavoured unction. They liked that they were very “peanut-buttery” and that the mixture of chocolate and peanut butter was delicious. They scored 17/20.
3 Musketeers is a bit like a UK Milky Way, with a whipped gooey centre coated in chocolate. Two of the boys thought they were “awesome” and two thought they were “fine” so they scored 15/20.
Nerds can be purchased in the UK but my kids had never had them before Halloween. They are essentially packets of tiny, brightly-coloured, strongly-flavoured crispy candy fragments. The 10 year old liked them because they last a long time apparently. This is a child who has to be compelled to eat his chocolate Easter eggs before they go off because he likes to hoard sweets. Clearly the longevity of this product alone was going to score highly with him. The 8 year old liked that they were hard but then had a sugary burst of flavour and the 6 year old liked the texture of them. They scored 16/20.
Dum Dums are just standard lollipops, boilings on a stick, but the flavours of the ones the boys tried at least were very American. The 10 year old was disappointed that they were just a standard lollipop, nothing new or exciting. The other three liked the strong flavours and the 6 year old appreciated the fact that they were really hard so were difficult to crunch and consequently meant he had to “sook” on them for a long time. Dum Dums scored 15.5 / 20.
York Peppermint Patties are dark chocolate rounds filled with a dense mint cream. My 8 year old was enthralled with them! He loved the flavour and also the fact they were “squishy and not stable at all” on the inside. I don’t really understand that analysis but if he could have given them triple full score then he would have done so. They were a hit with his 6 year old brother too who reported that they were “like a mini chocolate pie with mint icing inside”. York Peppermint Patties received full marks at 20/20.
Butterfingers are a bar of crisp peanut butter centre, perhaps approaching peanut brittle but I’m not sure since I’ve never had one, all coated in chocolate. The boys reported that it tasted like “caramel toffee” and “tastes kind of buttery inside”. They scored 15/20.
Tootsie Rolls are like chewy toffee but with a chocolatey flavour to them. The older three boys declared that they were “delicious” and the 4 year old decided they were “yummy”. They scored 16/20.
Twizzlers are like strawberry liquorice straws, a bit like when Bertie Bassett does the red thing, and are in a sort of twisted yarn shape. My 4 year old did not like them at all. Amusingly the 6 year old determined they were “awesome but really unhealthy”. They scored just 11/20.
Whoppers are somewhat like British malteesers in that they are balls of chocolate containing a crisp centre but somehow they are just not the same. The centre is more brittle and less light and the chocolate is not as thick on the surface. The 4 year old loved them and the others thought they were pretty good but nothing to rave about. Only the 6 year old felt they were as good as maltesers. They scored 15/20.
Unlike me, my children believe that Hershey’s is just as good if not better than British chocolate. They, therefore, scored Hershey chocolate as 18/20.
Almond Joy is like a UK Bounty but with almonds running along the top of the chocolate. The boys liked the mixture of almonds, coconut and chocolate so it scored highly at 18/20.
Smarties are not like UK Smarties, which are chocolate dots covered in a crisp coating a bit like m ‘n’ ms. Instead US Smarties are like UK Refreshers, little pellets of hard sherbet-type stuff. My 8 year old thought they were “kind of weird” and everyone else thought they were mediocre so those scored just 13/20.
Life Savers are a bit like fruit polos in the UK but bigger and chunkier, round halos of brightly coloured boilings in essence. My 8 year old felt they were “sort of sour” despite being sweet. The 6 year old felt they were “awesome because they are really sooky”. The oldest and youngest felt they were “good but not special”. They scored 15/20.
York Peppermint Patties are, therefore, the winner of Pictish Candy Wars.
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