You want to know why I consider Dum Dums the best lollipops? Because they don't overstay their welcome. They come over, have a beer, watch a movie, and then they leave. Tootsie Pops and Blow Pops bring their suitcases when they barge in through the door. They put their feet on the table, they drink all your beer, and when they leave a week later, they've left behind a sticky mess. I don't like cleaning up after my friends, and I certainly don't like cleaning up after eating some candy.
I have to admit, this is the first time I can remember seeing Dum Dums available somewhere other than a bank or a doctor's office. Admittedly Chelsea found these and gave me a not so subtle hint that she wanted them in her stocking. I figure there's no way she's going to eat all of these on her own, so it wouldn't hurt if I did a little taste test first. That's right honey, I'm thinking of you. I'd hate for you to get a stomach ache from too many sweets.
Each bag contains 8 different flavors, though they do note that it's possible not all flavors will be present in every bag. This particular bag had all of them, but there was only one of the Green Apple Grinch pops. Thanks guys, now I have to go buy another bag so my fiance will have all the flavors..
I didn't even realize I gave the blue guy the blue lollipop until I took the picture. I just gave Ellorrs Madak the first one I had in my hands. I promise you guys I'm not prejudiced against blue skinned people. Well, except for the Smurfs. Screw those little blue bastiches.
The name Polar Punch doesn't really give us a hint as to what we should expect from this flavor. When I initially tried it, I thought it was blueberry or blue raspberry, but more of the "punch" flavor came through the longer I ate it. I'm gonna say it's just regular fruit punch with my taste buds thrown off by the color. It's not my favorite in the bunch, but it's far from the worst.
Hot Chocolate and Sugar Plum
The Hot Chocolate Dum Dum was a surprise. Chocolate flavoring doesn't always transfer well to other mediums. Cookie Crisp for example, or those chocolate Bonkers. They're just horrible. So, I was a bit concerned when I first unwrapped this Dum Dum. The fact it smells like a chocolate scented eraser only eroded my confidence further. Imagine my surprise then, when I popped it in my mouth and discovered it isn't half bad. In fact, it's pretty damn good. It definitely tastes just like hot cocoa. I never thought that such a feat was possible, but they did it. If we can make a tasty hot chocolate Dum Dum, we can get a man on Mars. It's as simple as that.
The other flavor Mikey is holding is Sugar Plum. It's the one that intrigued me the most, mainly because I've never actually had sugar plums. A quick trip to the internet, and I learned that they aren't sugar coated plums, rather they're candies sometimes made with chopped dried fruit. Okay...there go images of actual anthropomorphic plums dancing through my head..With that knowledge, I gave the Sugar Plum Dum Dum a lick. They start off a bit fruity, almost grape like. Then there's a hint of licorice on the back end. The longer I left it in my mouth, the stronger the licorice taste got. I'm not talking black jellybean strong, but it was enough for me toss out the sucker. It seems anise is often used in the making of sugar plums, hence the licorice flavor. I don't like it, but I'll still give Dum Dums an "A" for accuracy.
I love me some apple cider. There's nothing better than coming in from the cold, and finding a tall mug of steaming hot apple cider sitting on the kitchen counter...with a dash of rum...and a cinnamon stick. It's even more satisfying when you discover that it was someone else's drink. Ah..
I'm finding that to really appreciate some of these Dum Dums, you have to savor them. You can't just have a taste and immediately judge them. The Apple Cider pops fall under that savor category. On first taste, I wasn't impressed. But as I allowed the machinations and chemical mechanisms in my mouth go to work, it turned into something delicious. It will never be as rich as real apple cider, but it does a respectable job for a lollipop.
Merry Cherry and Green Apple Grinch
Growing up, I used to eat way too many cough drops. I also used to swallow chloraseptic spray rather than spit it back out. Hey man, everybody did it..Anyway, I bring that up, because I started having flashbacks of cough drops and throat sprays the moment I put the Merry Cherry in my mouth. It actually gets stronger the longer you suck on it. If you like things that taste like cherry flavored medicine, these will be right up your alley. I actually managed to drop this one on a cat, so I wasn't able to finish it. It's not like I really wanted to anyway.
Green Apple Grinch was rather underwhelming. With a name like that, I was expecting some tartness. You know, the kind of candy that gives you that little ache in your jaw. Nope, just regular old green apple. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but when you add "Grinch" to your name, I figure it's going to be particularly sour. It's not a bad flavor, just a "meh" one.
This is another flavor that should have been easy, but somehow missed the mark. But first, I have to wonder, are those Christmas trees on the wrapper, or slices of green cheesed pizza? Regardless, I get more of a cake batter flavor than sugar cookie with this one. I'm also reminded of those yellow wrapped butterscotch candies that everyone's grandparents seem to keep in an open bowl. Again, it's not a bad flavor, but I was a little sad they didn't actually taste like cookies. Try harder next time Dum Dum.
Full disclosure, I still don't like gingerbread. I'll eat, for sure, but it will never be my first choice, regardless what form it's in. Having said that, this sucker was amazing. I might not like the flavor, but I have to appreciate that they absolutely nailed it with this one. It's actually a pretty strong gingerbread flavor, almost as strong as spice cookies. They have a nice aroma as well, and smell like a gingerbread candle. I wouldn't be opposed to hanging a bunch of these around the room to act as air fresheners. I doubt they would be as nice as say, a Yankee Candle, but I bet they would work.
Last up, we have a mystery man holding the mystery flavor. I'll just go ahead an unwrap the mystery for you; it's just one of the other flavors with a different wrapper on it. So, one Mystery Flavor might be Apple Cider, while another is Sugar Plum. This particular one was Hot Chocolate, so it's still a win. The only disappointment is that it wasn't a ninth, unlabled flavor. But, with so many other hits in one bag, I guess you're allowed one miss in execution.
If I had to crown a winner, the prize would have to go to Hot Chocolate, with Gingerbread coming in second. Merry Cherry would fall into last place, with Sugar Plums just ahead of them.
Really, there's something in here for everyone, so be smart smart, and pick up a bag of Holiday Dum Dums.