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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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#124 – GUM Liquid Center: Lime Mint

July 2, 2019 — 0

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Heyhey, it’s #TicTacTuesday!! The 124th variety added to the Tic Tac collection: GUM Liquid Center Lime Mint. That’s a mouthful…and so are these candies, they’re huge! This pack comes to us from Italy, just like the last few I’ve reviewed. Alba, Italy must be one Tic Taceriffic place with all these wacky varieties and flavors Ferrero has been putting out.

These packs are about the same size as the 200 candy packs, but they only hold FIFTEEN pieces of gum…because they’re monsters. I’ve compared them to FRESH+ and Freshmint below. I think things are getting out of control. I mean, the husky FRESH+ mints were big enough, now this? I’m waiting for Tic Tac shaped marshmallows next, just one in a pack!

The next thing we need to discuss is sugar. How many kinds of real and fake sugar are in this gum? SEVEN. Some of these are sugar alcohols and some are artificial sweeteners. Let’s list them, shall we? There’s xylitol, maltitol syrup, maltitol, isomalt, mannitol, acesulfame K, and sucralose. I seriously re-counted them several times because I look at that list and I’m thinking, “There’s no way they used seven kinds of sweetener in gum!” Yep.

I assume the rather astringent and offensive liquid center is made from flavored maltitol syrup, colored with E100 (Curcumin, which is actually not banned in the US and might even be good for you). Also, why bother coloring the liquid? Who is going to see it??

I taste-tested these with my 12yr old son and we both made the same face the second we bit into the gum…iewww. It was not good. I personally do like “lime mint” which debuted a while ago as one my personal favorites, Mojito Mint flavor. Something about the chemical taste of the sweeteners mixed with the far-too-acidic lime liquid, made for a rather unpleasant experience. If you are just hanging around Italy and pass these in a shop, keep on walking, buddy.

RATING: 1/5

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#44 & #43 – Mojito Mint & Frosty Mint

December 16, 2014 — 0

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It’s been a great Tic Tacs week! Latest new flavors of Tic Tac added to the collection at VOCOMOTION Studios: Mojito Mint and Frosty Mint. Both were graciously sent by Philip Alessandro Tesoro from Australia! I also just received two packs (Grape and Tropical) from Trist Ethan Curless. You guys are awesome!!