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.