H - North America - Pieces

Hot Tamales "Spiced Flavored Jelly Beans"

Just Born

Taste: 4

Texture: 3

Novelty: 3.5

All scores out of 5

May 15 2010

This is an interesting idea with jellybeans, it's a way of intruding more flavours that are a little out of the ordinary, and for the most part I like out of the ordinary. The other fact is that green mint jelly beans are my absolute favourite so it was really cool to see a company go not only in a new direction but in a direction led by something I love.

To start off the green was pretty much the perfect bridge from old jellybeans to this new flavour. The pink and white was the next logical step. At first I was concerned that Wintergreen (Pink) and Peppermint (white) would be too similar to the green (spearmint) jellybeans but really they had such different unique flavours. The red was a nice cinnamon flavour, which fortunately didn't have too much kick to it. If they had have made the red super spicy it would have thrown off the balance with the other cool flavours. Now we get to clove (yellow).

I can't say I'm a big fan of this flavour, I mean it was pretty close to the real thing, but I don't think I've ever had a desire to eat cloves on their own. Cloves are a great accent spice, and make some baked goods taste great. They also smell great with oranges around the holiday season. I just don't think it works as a Jellybean on it's own. Maybe a handful of orange jellybeans might be the perfect trick.