REVIEW: Candy Corn Red Vines

Candy Corn Red Vines Box

What are Candy Corn Red Vines?

Everyone’s favorite* red licorice** is now orange! But not only is the color new, but it also tastes like candy corn. (Supposedly.)

*Favorite unless you prefer Twizzlers, or Wallaby, or. . .

**OK, it’s not technically licorice, but who cares?

How are they?

So, what do Candy Corn Red Vines taste like?

Nothing.

Well, that’s not quite true. They taste like marshmallows. Which also taste like nothing.

Candy Corn Red Vines Candy Corn

I had some Brach’s candy corn to go with these Orange Vines, and the candy corn was positively flavorful in comparison. Let that sink in: these twists make candy corn taste flavorful.

Candy Corn Red Vines Orange

Texture-wise, these are like regular Red Vines. They are chewy, and I feel like I want to eat several, but once I finish one, it feels like I’ve already had two or three.

Anything else you need to know?

Candy Corn Red Vines Inside the Box

The ingredients list includes “natural and artificial flavor.” For the life of me, I can’t figure out what that could possibly be.

I can remember a lot of candy corn products from roughly a decade ago: Hershey’s Kisses (2007), Tootsie Dots (2009), Jones Soda (2009), M&Ms (2011), Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (2011), Oreo (2012), Charms Pops (2013), Hershey’s bars (2014), Jet-Puffed Marshmallows (2014), Spangler Circus Peanuts (2014), Peeps (2015), Hostess CupCakes (2015), Russell Stover Pumpkin (2018), and Pez (2018?).

I’m happy to revive the trend (if only for the novelty), but I wish Red Vines had brought a stronger offering.

Conclusion:

Well, at least they’re not gross. They’re just bland.

Purchased Price: $1.25
Size: 4 oz. package
Purchased at: Dick’s
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (3 Twists) 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 15 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar including 12 grams of added sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

4 thoughts to “REVIEW: Candy Corn Red Vines”

  1. I am an admitted candy corn aficionado and can’t recall very many other products that can successfully capture that subtle honey/vanilla/marshmallow/wax flavor.

  2. I am also a fan of candy corn as well as Red Vines . It is disappointing that they did not execute on flavor and didn’t even bother to give us the traditional candy corn colors.

  3. Well, that’s kind of disappointing but I’m still going to get them anyway. Nothing can deter me from Halloween-themed foods even if they are underwhelming.

    Seeing that list of old candy-corn flavored foods brings up fond memories of the ones I tried. As I recall, the Hershey’s bars were surprisingly on-point. On the other hand, the Hostess cupcakes weren’t candy corn-flavored, they were just candy-corn colored.

    The fact that so many of those foods were released five or more years ago–or even in the aughts–shows that candy corn has been mostly forsaken as a seasonal flavor. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s too hard to accurately recreate, or if it’s just a response to all the internet “cool kids” constantly volunteering how much they hate candy corn as though anyone asked.

  4. I couldn’t agree with this review more. They do basically taste like nothing. Maybe nothing plus a little plastic. The best part of candy corn is the texture so I’m pretty sure it can’t be captured in another form. They do smell good. I will give them that.

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