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#130 – Cherry Love

February 14, 2020 — 0

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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).

RATING: 2/5

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#119 – Bunny Blast

February 12, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 119th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: Bunny Blast. It’s only February and Easter isn’t until April, but hey who’s counting. I found these at Target, of all places. When you have over 100 kinds of Tic Tacs, you don’t really expect to find too many new ones at retail stores.

Now, don’t be fooled, these aren’t Bunny BURST…they are Bunny BLAST. There’s a difference, duh. The previous variety of Bunny Burst (#20), that I added to the collection in 2013, was a mixture of Green Apple & Grape. This new mix, Bunny Blast, is Green Apple & Strawberry. There’s an Easter Bunny laughing it’s fluffy little butt off on the label, because he knows this mix is kinda crappy but you’re going to buy it anyways to put in your kids’ Easter baskets.

It’s truly a case of just mixing colors because they go along with a holiday and not because it’s actually a good mixture of flavors. Personally, while I love green apple, I’ve always felt the Tic Tac version of the flavor had a very artificial taste to it. I wonder if they’ve updated the formula because these do taste much better than before. The strawberry flavor is still one of my favorites. They did include dried green apple and dried strawberry in the ingredients, so that’s pretty cool. Together, the two flavors do not go well. So maybe just eat each flavor individually.

It’s Easter…in February…before it’s even Valentine’s Day…but it’s Easter! WOO!

Rating: 2/5

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#114 – Ice Pop Glacé

September 25, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 114th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: Ice Pop Glacé. This pack, straight from Canada, comes with the label “Proud Sponsor of the Toronto Blue Jays.” I was just in Toronto last month and was even right outside the Rogers Centre, but did not encounter these (sadness). Of course, where did I find them…online! I guess the tie-in with the Blue Jays is that their colors are red/white/blue.

As far as I can remember, these taste exactly like the Summer Ice Pop variety I found in the US a couple years ago. It’s a combination of Cherry, Lime, and Berry. Pretty standard flavors by now, just combined here for a summer fruity blend. The lime tastes more like that terrible Tic Tac lemon flavor we’ve had previously. The ingredients even list “powdered lemon juice”, so I’m not sure why the packaging says lime on it. The idea is that the combination is reminiscent of the old bomb pops. I guess I can taste that. I don’t hate it, I don’t love it.

Rating: 2/5

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#112 – MIXERS: Watermelon->Lime Mint

September 5, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 112th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: MIXERS Watermelon->Lime Mint. I got this pack through my candy connection in Slovenia, although they appear to be made in Innsbruck, Austria. I’ll be traveling to Austria next month, so you bet yer sweet patootie I’ll be looking for some new flavors!

The MIXERS line is still pretty small here in the US, but it looks like they’re experimenting over in Europe with the whole “flavour changing experience.” This variety feels very summery, with the light packaging and the image of a straw sticking out of the corner of a beverage. I assuming that is some sort of watermelon/lime minter cooler and a paper straw :-P.

The watermelon taste is really excellent. It’s not all fake and Jolly Ranchery. But once it fades, though, we get that acerbic lime flavor that we’ve seen before. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something about the lime flavoring they use in any Tic Tacs that is just not good. I feel like they’re trying to dress it up with some mint, but it’s not helping. The Mojito Mint variety from a few years ago was excellent, mostly because the lime really took a backseat to the mint. Overall, I’m not a huge fan of these because the lime ruins the party. Womp wommmmp…

Rating: 2/5

 

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#111 – Cerise Acerola

August 14, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 111th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Cerise Acerola. This pack was sent to me by my Tic Tac buddy Ike Estacion in California. They originate from France and hence have a French variety name. It turns out Cerise Acerola is a “Barbados Cherry” which is apparently not the same as just “cherry” we have here in the US. Cerise Acerola isn’t actually native to Europe, so I’m not sure why they went with this moniker/flavor instead of just “Cherry.”

They do indeed taste like…cherry. It’s a slightly different taste than the usual candy cherry I’m used to though. It’s pleasant, not overpowering, not that IN YOUR FACE CHERRY. I’m not a huge fan of cherry-flavored candy actually, so I’m not so hot on these.

I noticed the texture of the candy was a little soft. As I’m chewing a few of them and reading the back label of the pack, I noticed the expiration date was from 2009! OOPSIE! I’m still here to tell the tale a couple days later. No ill effects from eating Tic Tacs almost ten years after they’ve expired, apparently (ugh but now I don’t know math j/k). My guess is that this is a “Best By” date, which would explain the soft texture, iewwww. I think I won’t be eating any more from this pack.

RATING: 2/5

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#108 – Team Pack (Cola & Limonade)

June 26, 2018 — 0

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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.

RATING: 2/5

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#107 – GUM (Tropical)

June 12, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 107th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Tropical). In the US we’re only able to get the basic three flavors of gum: Freshmint, Spearmint, and Cool Watermelon…but in Italy, home of Ferrero, the makers of Tic Tacs, they get some cooler flavors. This pack was sent to me by my friend Trist Ethan Curless (of the Manhattan Transfer) while he was on tour in Italy.

The taste of these is interesting, the back label states that it’s a mixture of pineapple, mango, and orange. I had my kids try it with me and my daughter thought she tasted peach. Maybe when you combine certain fruit flavors they make other flavors (like how red and blue make purple)? I’m thinking that the combination of flavors just trips up her tastebuds and she doesn’t know what she’s tasting. It’s a pleasant flavor though, even though I don’t taste any peach.

Again, the Tic Tac GUM features 5 kinds of sweetener: Xylitol, Isomalt, Sorbitol, Acesulfame K, and Sucralose. Also in this flavor, as before, the Xylitol they use in these gums leaves a really strong residual cooling effect in your mouth. The tropical flavor didn’t last as long as the cassis flavor did in my mouth, after spitting out the gum.

After discussing the odd packaging in GUM Cassis, I noticed Tropical packs have “36 GUMS” instead of the “25 GUMS” in cassis. No clue why, not going to venture a guess either this time. Overall, not bad. I’m not sure where they’re going to go with the gum line, if they’re trying to take on Trident or some other brand by having many flavors. We’ll have to see!

RATING: 2/5

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#106 – GUM (Cool Cassis)

May 29, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 106th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Cassis). In the US we’re only able to get the basic three flavors of gum: Freshmint, Spearmint, and Cool Watermelon. In Europe, however, they get a little fancier, with a little cassis from Poland. For those that aren’t familiar, cassis is also known as blackcurrant, a small berry found in Europe and Asia.

The taste is pretty realistic and not very chemical-y, which is surprising considering the number of sweeteners used in this product. As with most gum nowadays, there are 5 kinds of sweetener used in Tic Tac GUM: Xylitol, Isomalt, Sorbitol, Acesulfame K, and Sucralose. Interesting that they left out the Aspartame/Nutrasweet. Personally, I’d be happy if they left out all artificial sweeteners and just used things like Stevia or sugar alcohols (like those first three sweeteners I listed)…or just SUGAR. I get it though, you’re chewing this gum for potentially a long time and having sugar against your teeth for that long is probably not helping prevent tooth decay, right?

The Xylitol they use in these gums leaves a really strong residual cooling effect in your mouth. The cassis flavor and cooling last a really long time, maybe 30 minutes after I chewed the gum for like 15 seconds (I can’t chew gum for very long, bleh).

One interesting thing I noticed in the plastic pack is that the bottom of the pack is built up in such a way as to keep the container from holding more candies. That keeps the outside the same size while reducing the internal space so that they can fit an exact “25 GUMS” inside. It doesn’t state in the back (based on my stark lack of ability to speak Polish) what the serving size is but I’d bet it’s 5 gums, which would come to an even 5 servings per pack. Overall not bad. It’s a very “euro-flavor” but if you dig gum, this would be a good one to try.

RATING: 2/5

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#102 – GUM (Spearmint)

December 19, 2017 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 102nd variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Spearmint). The gum has arrived in the US! Previously, you could only get the gum in Europe. I guess that’s cool if you like gum and are a fan of the FIVE KINDS OF SUGAR in this stuff. Personally, I do not like artificial/natural non-sugar sweeteners and this stuff is loaded with them: xylitol, isomalt, sorbitol, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), and Sucralose. I don’t mind xylitol and other sugar alcohols, but seriously Ace-K AND Sucralose too??

Spearmint is one of my favorite mint flavors of Tic Tacs and the gum flavor is no different from the candy, except for the sweeteners aftertaste. They’re like Chiclets, little crunch of the outer shell then nice soft gum beneath it. The flavor lasts pretty long, although I’m a “chew it for a minute and spit it out” kinda guy.

The packs are available in 56 pieces but I’m not sure if you can get them in the large 200 piece packs. The large packs would fit in well with their competitors on the shelf, Ice Breakers/Ice Cubes, but otherwise these regular-sized packs will get overlooked by gum enthusiasts. Curious to see if these stick around or are just a fad.

RATING: 2/5

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#96 – GUM (Licorice Mint)

June 6, 2017 — 2

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 96th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: GUM (Licorice Mint). I know that a lot of people here in the US are not fans of black licorice but overseas, in Italy where these Tic Tacs are sold, it’s a very popular flavor.
The flavor of these is a very strong black licorice, which I personally love, and there isn’t that chemical sweetener bitterness that the Watermelon GUM had. My guess is that the licorice flavor is so powerful that it’s masking any other off-flavors. One interesting thing is that the candies are white but after chewing the gum for a couple minutes, I spit it out and was surprised to see that the gum is black. This is a very similar experience to chewing Black Jack gum.
I don’t think this flavor would do well in the US, and would be more of a “dare flavor” like chewing Black Jack gum (which isn’t really popular anyways). I like it, but again dislike all of the sweeteners used in the gum.
RATING: 2/5

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#67 – Be Mine Mix (2016)

January 5, 2016 — 0

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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.

RATING: 2/5

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#65 – Snowman Fruit Mix

December 8, 2015 — 0

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The 65th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Snowman Fruit Mix (Lime & Berry). Thanks to my mom, Miriam Feldman, for finding these for me and hand-delivering them from NY!

RATING: 2/5