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#128 – Coca-Cola

November 19, 2019 — 0

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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.

Closeup of the Coca-Cola printing on each candy

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 GlacĂ©, 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.

RATING: 5/5

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#127 – X-FREEZE: STRONG MINT

November 12, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 127th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: X-FREEZE Strong Mint. Just like the previous flavor, X-FREEZE Wintergreen, my mother found this pack for me at a local store (WOOO!!). As we saw last week, Tic Tac was so kind as to give us a US version of the European-only FRESH+ line, with some slight flavor variation. I’ve listed the flavors below:

FRESH+X-FREEZE
Strong MintStrong Mint
LiquoriceWintergreen
Eucalyptus

The ingredient list for Strong Mint is identical to Wintergreen in this line. The Strong Mint flavor is stronger and really “sharper,” from a lack of better words to describe it. Wintergreen feels like a sweeter and “softer” mint to me. I could eat a couple Wintergreen at a time but I don’t know if I’d want to have 2 Strong Mints at once. Might be too much awesomeness (and my tongue might get frostbite).

If you’re looking for the strongest, hit-me-over-the-head mint in a Tic Tac, this is probably it. It’s a strong and lasting mint that definitely freshens breath. It’s pretty easy to find right now at most Walgreen’s & CVS in the US.

RATING: 5/5

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#126 – X-FREEZE: Wintergreen

November 5, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 126th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: X-FREEZE Wintergreen. My mom actually found these for me. It’s becoming increasingly rare that friends & family can find me new flavors, so she gets one point for finding this! I get a lot of texts from people, “Do you have these yet?” YEP!

This is a new line from Tic Tac, called X-FREEZE. It’s pretty much the US version of the FRESH+ line I’ve posted about here, with some subtle differences. The major difference, though, is the name. I’m not sure why they didn’t just go with FRESH+, it’s a perfectly cromulent name. While the candies themselves are exactly the same size (X-FREEZE vs FRESH+), the plastic packs are slightly different in size. In the smaller packs, the X-FREEZE is slightly thicker and contains 30 candies, which is a few more than the FRESH+ packs contain. The FRESH+ line featured Strong Mint, Eucalyptus, and Liquorice but not Wintergreen as we see here with X-FREEZE.

So how do they taste? AWESOME. I really love these mints. They’re super strong and have a very different texture & experience than what you get with regular Tic Tacs. The sweeteners are Xylitol & Stevia. There is also maltodextrin, but there must be so little of it that the candies still have 0 calories each. I’m pretty sensitive to the flavor of some sweeteners but I didn’t really detect any “Stevia taste” so that’s good. The Xylitol “cooling effect” is still present in these mints and I love it.

There’s not much discernable aftertaste from these, and I don’t mind that at all. The “cooling crystals” must be clumps of mint & xylitol (and spirulina for color). They should just sell pouches of cooling crystals, that would be rad.

I was sad when I first tasted the FRESH+ line because I loved them but figured I’d never find them in the US or get them in any real quantity online. I’m happy to see these come to the US, but I am wondering how long they’ll last. Grab them while you can if you like strong mints.

RATING: 5/5

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#123 – FRESH+: Strong Mint

June 25, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 123rd variety added to the Tic Tac collection: FRESH+ Strong Mint. This pack comes to us from Italy and it is our third & final entry in the new European “FRESH+” line of Tic Tacs. I guess I should have started this little mini-series with Strong Mint, since basic mint is really the foundation of Tic Tacs. Eh, live and learn.

Just like the other two varieties of FRESH+, the package is a lightly-frosted plastic that really does convey the frosty feel of these mints. No extracts or oils or banned coloring agents in this variety. There is just the trio of sweeteners (xylitol, sorbitol, and steviol glycosides/Stevia) and “aromas.” Yeah, your guess is as good as mine as to what aromas really means here. It just sounds very “euro” to me.

The flavor crystals inside are colored with spirulina concentrate to give them a nice blue/green tint. Of course, you’d only be seeing these crystals when you bite the candy in half…after killing a guy with a hammer (see previous post).

These mints are FROSTY. I love them. They’re the FRESH+ version of Powermint/Mint Evolution/Mint Rush/TORMENTA/etc but even stronger because of the cooling effect you get from the xylitol. The others don’t have that, so while they are really minty, they’re not truly frosty.

I would buy these every week as my go-to breath mint, if I could.

RATING: 5/5

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#122 – FRESH+: Eucalyptus

June 18, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 122nd variety added to the Tic Tac collection: FRESH+ Eucalyptus. This pack comes to us from Italy and it is our second entry in the new European “FRESH+” line of Tic Tacs. While I’m not able to find any information about this line on the internet, I have procured 3 flavors so far (yep, 1 more to post next week!).

I really enjoy the flavor of eucalyptus in mints & candies. I recently stopped briefly in Sweden on our way back to the US from Austria & Czech Republic and I grabbed a bunch of flavors of Läkerol to try (including Cactus, weird). My favorite was by far the eucalyptus. It’s not a particularly popular flavor in the US. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any candies in this flavor here.

They went in hard on the “FRESH+” concept with the mint and cooling being seriously dominant. While the eucalyptus is present and pleasant, it still takes a back-seat to the menthol. These are REALLY minty and do have the xylitol cooling effect I’m so fond of. The order of ingredients is actually menthol, powdered liquorice extract (wha??), and then eucalyptus. It definitely shows in the taste, although I don’t really get any liquorice flavor.

I’m happy they didn’t use any banned coloring agents in these candies, as they did in last week’s entry FRESH+ Liquorice. These do include spirulina concentrate to color the flavor crystals inside. It makes for some pretty crystals, if you do actually bite one in half and eat it in two servings. Then again, if you do that you’re probably a psychopath, so…

Sadly, I was only able to get the one pack but I wish I could find these in the US, I’d be purchasing them often. Incredibly fresh, tasty, cooling, and breath-freshening. I love this flavor.

RATING: 5/5

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#104 – Mint Evolution

February 27, 2018 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday! The 104th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Mint Evolution. These little babies had eluded me for some time, until my BFF over at Ferrero sent me a pack! Thanks, man!

These are basically the European Mint Rush flavor, that I found online about a year ago, but now they are available all over the US. It looks like they’ve adjusted the labeling though, as Mint Rush used to list the sub-flavors of Fresh Rush & Smooth Mint but those names have been removed here. Also, Mint Rush used Apple Extract either as a coloring or flavoring, not sure which, but that has also been removed for the US market.

Compare Mint Evolution (US) to Mint Rush (Europe)

The taste is pretty much the same as Mint Rush, so check out that review so I needn’t rehash it here. This is a really excellent mint combination and definitely freshens your breath.

Rating: 5/5

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#93 – Despicable Me 3 (Tangerine & Banana)

May 16, 2017 — 0

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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.

RATING: 5/5

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#92 – The Simpsons: Buzz Cola

February 28, 2017 — 0

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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!

RATING: 5/5

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#90 – Saunf

February 7, 2017 — 0

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The 90th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Saunf. This unusual flavor just arrived here from Kolkata, India. Saunf is the Hindi word for “Fennel,” something that is very well known to the Indian palate but largely unknown in the US. If you’ve ever had mukhwas, those fennel seeds served in a bowl as you exit an Indian restaurant, then you’re familiar with this flavor.

In India, they are prohibited from using artificial colours (see what I did there?), so all the candies are white but the packaging is a translucent green color.  The label is colorful and features a couple fennel seeds. These packs are fragrant, filling the air with smell of fennel before I even unwrapped the 6-packs of small Tic Tac boxes.  The taste is pretty much exactly like a very fat and large candy-coated fennel seed. The label lists “Added Fennel Flavour.” The taste fills your mouth and stays there for quite a while. If you like black licorice flavor, these are the candies for you.

It really freshens the breath in a different way than any mint could. Saunf is truly a unique Tic Tac flavor, reminiscent of the Elaichi Mint variety I received previously from India. I wonder if there are any more local flavors coming.  I’m really enjoying these, but I suspect my wife and children won’t be fighting me for these unusual candies. More for me!

Rating: 5/5

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#89 – Mint Rush

January 31, 2017 — 0

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The 89th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Mint Rush. These just came in from the UK and they sure are interesting, and just as tasty. There’s a lot going on in this little pack. First, what we have is actually a combination of two new flavors: Fresh Rush and Smooth Mint. The label is more involved than usual, with a very modern design and having small drops of water added in (to indicate freshness?). There is a little legend or key to show us which color goes with which flavor. This is a new thing, compared to previous “combo flavors” but probably because previous combos are pretty obvious which flavor goes with which color.

The coloring situation is pretty interesting here as well. The use of artificial colors has been banned in the UK for some time now, so Tic Tacs sold there have been all white with a transparently-colored containers. There have been natural dyes for a while, but many of them suffer from any number of production issues. It looks like they’ve cracked the natural color problem by using spirulina and apple extract in these candies. The colors look great and won’t kill you, yay!

The two flavors in this combo have some subtle differences, but in essence they are both mint. One difference here, between previous mint combos like Israeli MIX is that this mixture is made up of two completely new flavors…at least, they have new names. The light blue mint is “Smooth Mint” which tastes pretty much like Spearmint to me. It has a soft feel, not harsh or overpowering. The dark blue mint is “Fresh Rush” and it’s a bit harder to describe. It’s not as strong as Powermint, not as soft as Spearmint or Wintergreen, and doesn’t have that front anise hit like good-old Freshmint has. In combination, both flavors in Mint Rush provide for a really great mint combo and will definitely freshen your breath!

Rating: 5/5

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#85 – The Simpsons: Marge (Blueberry)

October 5, 2016 — 0

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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!

RATING: 4/5

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#81 – Melon Watermelon

June 14, 2016 — 0

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The 81st variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios comes to us again from India: Melon Watermelon. A mix of their generic “melon” flavor (canteloupe-ish) with watermelon. Tasty tasty!

RATING: 5/5

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#78 – BREEZE: Cool Melon

April 19, 2016 — 0

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The 78th variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios is from the “Tic Tac Breeze” line which aren’t sold in the US: Cool Melon (from Italy). These have a great cantaloupe taste with a hint of coolness (provided by the xylitol, I’m sure).

RATING: 5/5

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#77/76 – BREEZE: Anice and Liquirizia

April 14, 2016 — 0

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The 76th and 77th varieties added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios are from the “Tic Tac Breeze” line which aren’t sold in the US: Anice and Liquirizia (from Italy). “I thought those were the same thing!” That is what I thought until I tasted both of these flavors back-to-back. Very different! Anice is a simpler, cleaner flavor. Liquirizia is much more complex and layered. Kudos to the Italians for apparently knowing the difference between anise and licorice.

RATING: 5/5

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#71 – LIBERTY: Wildberries

March 8, 2016 — 1

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The 71st variety added to the Tic Tac collection at VOCOMOTION Studios are from the “Tic Tac Liberty” line which aren’t sold in the US: Wildberries (from Slovenia). Eating these in the studio makes you feel like you’re prancing through a field of wild berries while your hair flows in the bree…um, yeah they’re good.

RATING: 5/5

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#52 – MIXERS: Cherry->Cola

June 24, 2015 — 0

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The Tic Tac Train continues…our 52nd flavor in the collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: MIXERS Cherry->Cola. Two separate packs showed up simultaneously from both our studio clients Feedback A Cappella from NYC and from Lori Eidelman Langenderfer in Michigan. Thank you so much!!! These are really tasty.

RATING: 5/5

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#50 – Minions Banana

June 14, 2015 — 0

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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!

You can now get these easily online without having to deal with the time/cost with getting them from Australia.

RATING: 5/5

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#48 – Elaichi Mint

April 28, 2015 — 0

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A follow-up to my previous post: Your success can be also be defined by the number of flavors of Tic Tac at your disposal in your recording studio. In my case, the number is now 48. Latest flavor of Tic Tac added to the collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Elaichi Mint (Cardamom)! These just arrived from India and they taste…unusual.

I really like these, they’re not a typical taste you’d find in candy in the US. You can get these online now easily through Amazon. Much cheaper and faster than what I went through.

RATING: 5/5

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#40 – Grape

November 2, 2014 — 0

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Latest flavor of Tic Tac added to the collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Grape!! These are pretty awesome, great grape/lychee taste, and even has dried grape juice and lychee in it. We’re up to 40 types of Tic Tacs now and yes they are now mostly housed on a lovely retail display stand.

RATING: 5/5