More Candy!

And it’s not crazy-old candy this time. In fact, you should be able to find this stuff at a store near you (at least for the next month and a half or so).

Halloween is almost a month away, so most stores should already have their candy-filled Halloween sections up and running. I always enjoy novelty junk food, so I was very pleased to find these holiday-themed Dots variants at my local Target.

I have a love/hate relationship with Tootsie’s Dots candy. It’s tasty, but the moment you bite down on one, it binds itself to your teeth with enough force that it takes a good ten minutes of digging at it with your tongue in order to wedge it free. Nowadays, I find the effort outweighs the taste, but I couldn’t pass up these limited edition flavors, especially when one sports the immensely unappetizing sounding flavor “blood orange” (and yes, I know it’s a real fruit).

Halloween Dots_Boxes
Of the three varieties–Ghost, Bat, and Candy Corn–only the latter two are new. Ghost Dots debuted last year and they’re simply regular ol’ Dots in a cool, translucent shade of blue. The candy doesn’t glow in the dark, but it sure looks like it would.

I’m going to guess that the average person will look at Bat Dots and assume that they’re licorice flavored. I can only imagine that this will cause sales to suffer because I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who enjoys black licorice (although I do love me some Good & Plenty). No, this is indeed the blood orange candy, and it’s surprisingly good. The flavor is very sharp and sweet, but not to the point where it overwhelms.

Halloween Dots_CandyThen there’s Candy Corn Dots. Now, I love candy corn (really!), but anything that’s not candy corn that’s flavored like candy corn is awful. I’m looking at you, Candy Corn Jones Soda. Candy Corn Dots aren’t quite as bad as the soda, but they’re not good. They taste vaguely like fake candy corn, but that’s about the best thing I can say about them. That taste combined with the texture of Dots is not a good idea. It’s pretty cool to see a two-tone Dot, though. Tootsie needs to create more multi-colored Dots. This candy also raises the question: If I’m in the mood to eat candy that tastes like candy corn, why wouldn’t I just eat candy corn? That’s like genetically modifying a pig so that its meat tastes like beef. Just save yourself the trouble and eat the cow!

But hey, Halloween candy. Go grab some Dots before the stores switch over to Christmas candy. Otherwise you’ll have to wait a year to try them again. Now how’s about a little interactivity? Share your favorite and least favorite Halloween treats in the comments section. Surely there’s room for Candy Corn Dots in one of those slots.

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  • StinkingBishop

    Phil, have you heard of http://x-entertainment.com/ ? Great site taht has been around a long time. He reviews candy for Holloween every year. He even did these a few days ago. Go to the blog page http://x-entertainment.com/updates/ since he never updates the front page any more.

    Here is the Dots Article http://x-entertainment.com/updates/2009/09/09/dots-halloween-mix/

    Also you may enjoy the Plastic Snoopy Jack-O-Lantern he reviewed today.

  • http://www.playeronepodcast.com Phil Theobald

    @StinkingBishop
    I used to read X-Entertainment all the time, but I stopped going there a few months back when Matt stopped, well, doing anything for the site.

    It’s good to see that he’s starting writing again. Of course, now it looks like I just swiped this post from him. :\ I totally didn’t, I swear!

    I love me some Peanuts, but that Snoopy O’Lantern looks a little too creepy for my tastes.

  • http://www.bvvp.com/slimx SlimX

    “most stores should \already\ have their candy-filled Halloween sections \already\ up and running”

    See me after class.

  • http://www.playeronepodcast.com Phil Theobald

    @SlimX
    Blast! I really do need to proofread these things before I post ‘em.

  • StinkingBishop

    @Phil Theobald
    I am sure you never stole the article. Great minds just think a like.

    It was sad when he stopped updating but I still went every day. Still hoping he finish’s last years advent calendar. It is ok to have a dream right?

  • ramatut4001

    That bat looks like he’s straight out of a Dragon Quest game.

  • skumchunk

    I’m actually a little bummed that the bat dots aren’t black licorice. I love me some black licorice, despite being mocked for it by my friends and family.

  • msaeger

    My favorite Halloween candy are Reese’s pumpkins. I like them because the best part of Reese’s peanut butter cups is the peanut butter and those have more than the average cup. The thing I hate the most are the Halloween themed Peeps. I really like Peeps but they are supposed to be yellow chicks not ghosts or whatever other shape they come up with.

  • thorbahn3

    I read it Phil, I read it.

  • http://www.playeronepodcast.com Phil Theobald

    @msaeger
    Easter Peeps are the classics, no doubt, but all Peeps are delicious. Besides, Halloween Peeps come in chocolate flavor.

  • Chairman Steve

    You like Good & Plenty??? :O

    I’m not a big fan of Dots due to the whole sticking to the teeth thing you mentioned, but I’d like to try the candy corn flavored kind, since the original candy corn probably remains my favorite Halloween candy.

  • redrock963

    I tried the candy corn dots today. I actually really dig them. I had some crowns put in my mouth last week so I haven’t been able to eat real candy corn cause my mouth has been too sensitive, so the soft candy corn flavor hit the spot!

  • Ness08

    Thank you for pointing these out. I found some at Target last week like you said I would and I got to say the Bat Dots are pretty good. Plus they look like they would be black licorice, so my wife won’t eat them.