Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday (except this time on a Friday)!! The 130th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: Cherry Love. I found these at Target just after Christmas (yep). I’ve been sitting on them to post on Valentine’s Day and here they are.
These are the large mega-packs that have 200 candies in each. The packaging was printed in two versions that are mirror images of each other, so when you put them together they form a heart (awwwww).
The flavor is pretty much your standard cherry and it’s like they didn’t even try on these. There are artificial flavors and colors, nothing natural listed in the ingredients. Some other flavors had used dried acerola cherry extract for flavor or beet juice powder for color. Not here. You want Tic Tac love on Valentine’s Day, it’s gonna be chemical.
Each candy has a cute little message printed on it, like Conversation Hearts candies. Sadly, there are only 3 different messages on these. This is probably because the candies are so tiny, there isn’t much room to fit many characters. Cute nonetheless.
If you like cherry (I don’t care much for it) and you like love (I do care much for it), then these might be the candies for you. Perhaps they should stick with chocolate on Valentine’s Day and come out with the Choco Tic Tacs like they sold in Germany for a short time (I’m still searching for them).
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 128th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: Coca-Cola. While the press release regarding this giant collaboration came out a month ago, these were still difficult to track down in the US. I suspect pretty soon we will all be inundated with marketing for these and they’ll be available in every possible corner of the globe. I was able to procure my packs from my usual connection in Slovenia, although these were actually made in Germany.
The packs are wrapped in the iconic “Coca-Cola Red” and feature a cutout of the globally-recognizable glass bottle silhouette. Each candy is handsomely imprinted with the Coca-Cola logo (see below). I was wondering if the candies should be red with white printing, rather than the reverse. Perhaps there was an issue with using that much red, which is colored here using the controversial carmine, but that could be only in Europe. It’s possible the US release might use artificial coloring. Also, the previous cola-flavored MIXERS: Cherry->Cola was red and maybe they wanted to steer clear from that.
A quick scan (and translation from German) of the ingredients shows the usual suspects PLUS “Coca-Cola Syrup 2%.” The syrup is broken down into its own ingredients and still includes caffeine! I’ve been hoping for caffeinated Tic Tacs for a while, and the only thing I had been able to find was Mint Guarana from Brazil. Of course, if you did divide up the rather low caffeine content of a Coke into about 50 candies, you get a VERY small dose, but still. There is no high-fructose corn syrup in these, so maybe they’re Mexican Coke Tic Tacs 🙂
Sitting here, staring at my pack of Coke Tic Tacs, I had an interesting thought: how well would it combine with other flavors? I immediately grabbed a pack of Ice Pop Glacé, fished out a lime candy, and popped it into my mouth with a Coke one. I’m a big fan of Coke with some Lime (and if you live in Mexico, you apparently take this combination for stomach trouble) and this candy combo lived up to my expectation. Very tasty! I also tried Coke+Tangerine with less positive results. I rolled my own Cherry Coke mix and it was mostly good, although the Tic Tac cherry flavoring (acerola) tastes too artificial and overpowering for me. Coke+Blueberry was pretty good too.
When you first open a pack and give it a whiff, you smell a strong hit of cinnamon. While the recipe for Coke is still a highly-guarded secret, it is pretty well accepted that it includes cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, orange & lemon essential oils. I’m not getting too much of the other individual flavors though, just that cinnamon. There is a middle-flavor, a sort of bitterness to it, that strongly reminds me of Coke mouthfeel. Sort of hard to describe.
The flavor is spot-on: this is made with Coca-Cola. I don’t drink much soda anymore, but I still do love an icy Coke now and then. One of my favorite candies is Haribo Gummy Cola Bottles, which is made with a generic “cola” flavoring. The Tic Tac version is similar but somehow tastes unmistakably COKE to me. In Europe, there was a release a couple of years ago of the co-branded The Simpsons: Buzz Cola and that tasted more like the Haribo gummies to me than actual Coca-Cola. The taste lingers in your mouth for a while, and that’s where the citrus notes come out a bit more.
If you love Coca-Cola, these are the candies for you. I’m not sure when they’ll become available in the US or for how long, but I plan to buy up a case of them for sure when they do. It’s the perfect combination for Coke & Tic Tacs fans everywhere.
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 118th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: Around The World. This pack comes to us from Croatia, but through our source in Slovenia. At first glance, it might appear to be just another fruit-flavored mix, like Fruit Adventure or Emotions or Sorpredente, but we have an unprecedented SIX flavors in this mix and they’re all really tasty.
The first thing you might notice is that if you put these three packs together, it forms a world map on the labels. I could see them selling these three as a set in airports. Each candy has an icon printed on it, representing a different world culture: horseshoe (US??), djembe drum (Africa), kangaroo (Australia), parthenon (Greece), maracas (Mexico), and pagoda (Asia). I’m just guessing on the cultures there. They aren’t consistently printed on each flavor, meaning each candy has a random icon. They aren’t tied together icon+flavor.
The fruit flavors are very good and represent, in my opinion, the best and most natural of the fruit flavors Tic Tacs makes. I’m happy any time a mix includes cranberry, since it’s not yet been made available on its own. I really dig that flavor and I’m hoping maybe some Autumn/Thanksgiving they release it alone. There is also a disclaimer written on the back, in Croatian, that says you must listen to Draft Punk while eating these candies. Hey, it’s not my rule.
If you’re looking for a nice all-around fruit mix, Around The World is your destination for yummy.
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday (but this time on a Wednesday)! The 115th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: Día de Muertos Menta Intensa. These specially-branded packs, sold only in Mexico as a limited edition during the month of October, were rather difficult to track down. I had a couple different people in Mexico searching and finally was able to actually procure them from someone in Texas (no doubt smuggled across the border, much to our president’s chagrin…but I digress).
Many of these candies have little skull faces printed on them, which is a common theme on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Not every candy in the pack has the printing, which seems weird. The mint flavor and color are pretty much identical to Arctic Rush. It’s a powerfully strong mint flavor but still with that anise hit at the front, similar to the classic Freshmint (white). If you can’t find these, just get some Mint Evolution, which are available at Walgreen’s fairly widely in the US. Pretty much the same thing.
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 108th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Team Pack (Cola & Limonade). These come to us from Germany, by way of Ljubljana, Slovenia and branded with the logo for the Deutscher Fussball-Bund (German Football Association).
There is a contest to win an original DFB shirt (555 available) by scratching off a code on the back of the pack and entering it on the Tic Tac website. Sadly, when I tried to scratch the grey area to reveal the code, it wouldn’t scratch off. I’ve got a few more days to try getting the code off before the contest ends. Maybe I’ll win a shirt!
Each candy (or dragée) is imprinted with what I assume is the face of a German footballer, but I don’t know who any of these guys are. I tried to extract one candy featuring each face for a photo but it’s very possible I missed some. See pic below.
The flavor mixture in this pack makes sense, cola and lemon (or even better, LIME!!!) go well together…usually. The cola flavor here is good, similar to the Buzz Cola Simpsons flavoring, but the “limonade” lemon is another story. I have had this flavor before, also from Germany as a matter of fact, when it was in the “Honey Lemon” pack I got way back. It’s a weird chemical flavor with this sort of “Pine-Sol” aftertaste. Really not good. I think a cola & lime pack is definitely due. You hear me, Ferrero? I’ve got a list of flavor ideas, hit me up.
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 105th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Emotions Edition. These come all the way from Slovenia. They feature cool little “emotions” (and some hands?) printed on each candy.
These are very similar to 2017 Emotions Edition from Slovenia and the 2016 m00d flavor from Italy. The difference here is the flavors. The previous versions had faces printed on the basic Fruit Adventure mix, but now we’ve got something really interesting. The flavors in this new mix are: Cranberry (red), Mango Guava (yellow), Blueberry (purple), and Lemon (white).
I’ve still not found cranberry on its own, just in this and one other mix (see Merry Elf Mix). I saw a post online that London Drugs in Canada actually sold packs of just the one flavor. Sadly, I have not been able to find them. It’s a great flavor, just a bit tart and very tasty. Mango guava is another elusive flavor on its own. I only found it previously in a mix with Mint Guarana (which was awesome). Mango guava just tastes like Mango to me, but I’m not sure what guava really tastes like. Blueberry is very good and pretty realistic, much the same as in the Simpsons: Marge flavor. Lemon is white here, to distinguish it from mango, I suppose. The taste isn’t great, however. It reminds me of how Lemon Pledge smells. Sort of chemical lemon. Not the best. I really wanted to rate this mix a 3/5, but I gave it an extra point for having cranberry and mango guava in it. Gives it something a bit special.
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!!! This week, we’re adding a new pack to our collection but it doesn’t really count as a new flavor or variety. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, they’ve made these Canada 150 Fresh Mint packs featuring tiny maple leaves printed on each candy. Very cute and fun!
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 97th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Grape & Strawberry from Canada. Thanks to my cousin, Adam Muscott, in Montreal for helping me swing this pack across the border to the US.
Not much new here, it’s just a mix of the standard grape and strawberry flavors. The difference this time: printed ribbons on the pink candies. I assume that is for breast cancer awareness, but there’s no info on these packs explaining that. Previously, the Pink Grapefruit flavor had a pink ribbon printed on the label with info about Susan G. Komen on it.
I love the two flavors individually but not as much together. Pink-washing the packs with a ribbon doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, so I’m going to take off one point in my rating.
Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 93rd variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Despicable Me 3 (Tangerine & Banana). These are a limited edition release and I’ve found 8 different label variations for characters from the movie: Dave, Mel, Gru, Dru, Lucy, Carl, Bratt, and Tim. I’m not sure what the tangerine connection is to the movie, maybe it’s just the same color as the movie logo. As far as bananas, the minions are obsessed with bananas and previous Minion Tic Tacs were in banana and also passion fruit flavor (no idea why).
I did a side-by-side comparison of the standard orange flavor and this new tangerine flavor because I was curious if this new flavor really was orange or if there actually was a difference. The orange uses artificial flavors but tangerine uses real “dried tangerine juice” so that’s pretty nice. The flavor of tangerine here is much less assertive than the orange with only a light aftertaste. Tangerine includes a hint of the bitter pink grapefruit Tic Tac flavor (one of my favorites) on the finish. Color-wise, orange looks much more vibrant next to the tangerine.
Each candy is printed with a face of one of the characters from the movie (and a random robot). This appears to be the Tic Tac variety with the largest number of print variations, although the Be Mine Mix had a few variations too. The printing is a bit messy on this batch, with some random black specks on the candies that I haven’t noticed on any other printed varieties. Gettin’ sloppy there, Ferrero. A close-up of all the print variations is below.
As a flavor combination, the banana flavor winds up overpowering tangerine and you almost can’t taste the latter at all. I really like the tangerine taste and hope they release it alone rather than only with banana. This is a cute tie-in with the film, an evolution of the previous release of Minions Tic Tacs and a nice new flavor addition of tangerine.
The 92nd variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: The Simpsons (Buzz Cola). This delicious new flavor just arrived from Slovenia and I cannot stop eating them! They taste just like Haribo Gummy Cola Bottles, which are pretty much my favorite candy.
This is not the same flavor as the Mixers: Cherry Cola just repackaged as Buzz Cola. Here there is no cherry at all, which is fine by me. The cola flavor is spot on but there is a strong aftertaste that lingers in your mouth for a while. It’s not unpleasant, if you like that cola taste.
Each candy has a printed face of Bart, Marge, or Homer on them which is similar to the individual Simpsons character flavors. The packaging I received is the large 98g container, which is good because I’m going to eat these things like mad. I need to find more!
The 91st variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Emotions Edition. This is a fruit mixture variety that just arrived from Slovenia. It appears to be a rebranded version of the Italian “m00d” pack that I posted previously. I thought perhaps this one would be a bit different since the labeling lists some interesting flavors like “Sour Strawberry” and “Mango-Guave” but I really couldn’t tell the difference in these flavors from the regular strawberry and mango. Sadness. These do feature very cute little “emotions” faces printed on each candy.
The 87th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios comes to us from Poland: Homer Simpson (donut). These taste pretty terrible. It starts out with a base of the bitter-ish butter flavor that they used in the Popcorn Tic Tacs, but then it changes to be sweeter. It’s almost a strawberry taste on the finish, but it’s VERY faint (and I might even be imagining it). These are not good.
The 86th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios comes to us from Poland: Bart Simpson (bubblegum). These taste just like little bits of Bazooka gum, I keep wanting to chew and chew them but it doesn’t work that way. They have little Bart faces printed on each candy too. One more Simpsons variety next week!
The 85th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios comes to us again from Poland: Marge Simpson (blueberry). I really dig the flavor of these, very realistic. They have little Marge faces printed on each candy too. You know, if they make Marge they’ve got to have other Simpsons flavors…check back with me next week!
The 84th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios comes to us again from Italy: m00d. They are basically Fruit Adventure but each candy has a little mood-y face printed on it. Cute.
The 67th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Be Mine Mix (2016). This is an updated version of last year’s release of the same name. Now it features little printed messages on them, white/red/pink candies, and a little From/To label (but so tiny, how could you write names on there??). Very cute though.
The 64th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Candy Cane (2015 version). This flavor was released in 2014 but they were red & white candies instead of just white with printed candy canes. This is the only flavor I know of that includes Sucralose…and it tastes awful. Sorry not sorry. Thanks for Vanessa Kerstein Jacobs for bringing them to my attention!
The 63rd variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Sweet Mint from Austria. These taste pretty much like the standard Freshmint flavor but with a little less of an anise hit, and of course they have little snowmen & snowflakes printed on them.
The 62nd variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Winter Red Berry from Hungary. These are really tasty, kind of tart like cranberry, and have little snowmen and snowflakes printed on them.
Our 50th flavor of Tic Tac in the collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Minions Banana!!! They have little minion faces printed on each one and are banana flavored. Huge thanks to my friend Sally Snell in Tasmania, Australia for finding these and shipping them to me in Chicago (along with some other Aussie goodies). I understand it was difficult to wrestle these away from her kids, HA! Tasty!
Our 49th flavor of Tic Tac in the collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Minions Passionfruit!!! They have little minion faces printed on each one and are passionfruit flavored. Strangely, these are not banana flavored, like the ones I read about in Australia (mine are made in Ireland, got them on eBay). Anyone in Oz see the banana ones, grab some for me!!?