Sunday, February 15, 2009

Good & Fiery

Imagine my surprise when I happened upon this box of Good & Fiery while candy shopping this afternoon. "Good & Fiery", I thought to myself, "I didn't even know these were coming out!" Naturally I laid down my $1.65 and bought a box. It's obvious from the name, font, and box design that the Fierys' are a member of the Hershey Company's "Good & Plenty" family. This same company caused quite a stir in the candy world about a year ago when they reintroduced Good & Fruity as a thick-shelled jelly bean, instead of the awesome candy coated red licorce bits they used to be in the 1980s. While I personally don't despise the new Good & Fruity, I don't think they are comparable to version I remember from my youth. I was curious where in the jelly bean/licorce world the Good & Fiery would fall.

The box describes this candy as "sweet & spicy chewy candy." There are four flavors in the box - lemon, orange, apple, and cinnamon. The inclusion of fruit flavors is a little strange. I would have been satisfied if the entire box was just plain ol' cinnamon bits. The cinnamon pieces have a deep red shell that cracks easily to reveal a clear jelly bean-like center. Just like the box promises, it is both sweet and spicy. It packs more heat than a Hot Tamale and I enjoy the size of the pieces. They're small enough that I can eat a bunch without getting a stomachache. I was not as keen on the other flavors. The lemon tastes like lemon and cinnamon. It reminds me of tea that I would drink when I have a cold. The orange tastes like orange and cinnamon, see a pattern here? Orange is always my least favorite candy flavor. This one does nothing for me, I even find it kind of bitter. The apple bits remind me of a crisp autumn day, because they taste like spiced apple cider...or a bowl of potpourri, take your pick.

I do like this mix and will probably continue to pick from the box. The cinnamon pieces are quite tasty. Really, the only one I will avoid is the unfortunate orange.


Anonymous said...

Not too bad! I found these at the Dollar Store and grabbed 4 boxes. I am on my last box and will have to go back and get more.

The cinnamon is my favorite, the apple is my second favorite, then lemon and

They are all addicting! I work in the oral health program at our Health Dept. and here I am sitting at my desk scarfing down Good & Fiery. Good example, huh? :)~

JoAnn said...

Hey, that's what toothbrushes are for! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I disagree, the lemon "zest" and cinn. was the worst. What a horrible combo. I thought the orange was better than the apple. Cinn. was the best, but not nearly a good as a hot tamale and not even pallettable compared to fire tamales (which they should make in super hot). I won't buy another box of these. I will have to give away the rest of the box if I can trick someone into eating them. It must be hard to come up with new ideas because as much as these people get paid to make candy, I expect something descent.