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Just Desserts NYC Reviews KaDunks

Just Desserts NYC Reviews KaDunks

KaDunks- Lets start dunking!

 

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When I was a kid I remember begging my Dad to put Dunkaroos (a container filled with small cookies you could dip in chocolate sauce) in my lunch box. Well, times have changed and there’s a new way to dunk at lunch. KaDunks is a fun sweet chewy candy that is packed with a sour punch! Inside each package there are gummy candies that reminded me of sweetish fish. On the end of the container is a pool of sour sugar dip that is either berry ka-blast or tropical ka-punch flavored! The gummies are really chewy! We loved the sweet taste and extra chewy texture that is still sticking to our teeth. We both agreed that we enjoyed the sour berry ka-blast dip the best. The berry dip tasted like a bowl full of raspberries infused with superhuman powers! We had so much fun dipping our lightning bolt chewy candy into the super sour berry sauce. We can imagine this candy to be a huge hit with kids. It is an interactive way to eat sugar. KaDunks won the ECRM Buyer’s Choice Award for “Best New Novelty Item in 2014, and based on what we sampled we can see why. KaDunks definitely gives you a sugar rush so maybe stick to one pack at a time!

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KaDunks Reviewed by JunkFoodGuy.com

KaDunks Reviewed by JunkFoodGuy.com

TODAY’S JUNK FOOD: KaDunks!!

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So, every once in a while, JFNation, I get to try some cool stuff before it hits the shelves. And these KaDunks fit right into that category! CANDY FROM THE FUTURE! IT’S HERE!
Looking at the pictures above and below, what this candy is is pretty self-explanatory – it’s gummy candy that you dip into super sour/sweet goo! Like Kraft/Nabisco/Mondelez Handi-Snacks, but with less cheese and cracker, more gummy candy and SOUR GOO!
KaDunks is the latest invention from the candy crusaders at Yolo Candy, and it won the 2014 ECRM Buyer’s Choice award for the “Best New Novelty Product.”

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KaDunks is made off a lot of sugar in a lot of different forms. I’m not gonna dwell on this – each container has 31.5 g of chewy candy and 25 g of dipping sauce. Goo. Candy sauce. Whatever you want to call it.

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Oh good golly miss molly. When I actually saw the opened package, I realized – this is dipping sugar into sugar.
Brilliant.

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KaDunks gummy candies comes in a variety of shapes, including the two finger V-for-Victory saltue, some lightning bolts, question marks, etc. The sauce consistency reminded me of really runny jelly, or like candy sauce you might put on ice cream – perfectly viscous with the visible grittiness of sugar or sour crystals.
I went for the Tropical Ka-Punch first:

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When I opened the Tropical Ka-Punch KaDunks, I brought the red goo up to my nose to sniff.  WHOA – STRONG fruit punch flavor. The Junk Food Gal described it as smelling a Fruit By The Foot, and I agree.  This had that over-the-top fruity smell. Ka-POW.

The blue gummies, when I bit one alone, weren’t too sweet.  To be sure, they were made of sugar, but they really reminded me of Dots – sort of that neutral gummy that doesn’t have an overwhelming sweetness.  They were soft like Swedish Fish, but didn’t have the same flavor at all.  Just a basic muted sweetness.

I dipped the blue gummy liberally into the punch goo, and ate it – BAM!!!!! SUGARY SWEETNESS. And plenty of sour – like, REALLY sour.  My face puckered a bit as I chewed this. And….I REALLY ENJOYED IT.

In a lot of ways, the way this candy felt and tasted isn’t rocket science – it’s gummy candy that is coated in sour goo. So when I was chewing it, the combo basically tasted like an amped-up Sour Patch Kid – chewy gummy with a BLAST of sour flavor. It didn’t have the sugary crystal thing going on, but the sour goo stuck around and was sticky enough to cling to the candy. This wasn’t a situation where the sourness got swallowed right away and the remaining gummy had to be chewed up and swallowed separately. No, this candy did a good job with the combo.

Flavor-wise, the goo was a really REALLY sugary sweet and sour fruit punch flavor. I mean, the level of sweet and sour reminded me of Extreme Warheads, but with more consistent last power.

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Berry Ka-Blast KaDunks had a blue goo that had a strong smell of blue raspberry. It reminded me instantly of the flavor of those blue raspberry Blow-Pops – strong sugary smell with a distinct sour raspberry aroma.

Like the other flavor, the gummy was standard – Swedish fish texture, but basic Dots-like flavor. These red ones also reminded me of Red Vines – that not-really-sweet chewy confection feel. But dipped into the blue raspberry goo, the gummy definitely took on the flavor of the goo.

The sour sauce held strong throughout the chew, and was full of SOUR blue raspberry flavor.  WOW – powerful stuff. I actually liked this flavor better than the Tropical Ka-Dunks, although both honestly fulfilled my childhood dreams over and over. The Berry Ka-Blast had a more distinct berry taste, rather than the standard fruit punch flavor. I dunno – I’m really nitpicking here.

Overall, the fun factor for both was high. I didn’t think I’d like these as much as I did. If I had this as a kid, I’d be drinking that sauce and BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS.

KaDunks – talk about taking direct sugar consumption to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

PURCHASED AT: Sent to me

COST: Unsure…I actually don’t have a ton of info. But visit the website here…hopefully they’ll be around nationwide soon.

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Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy

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KaDunks Reviewed by unknownlist.com

KaDunks Reviewed by unknownlist.com

You can now “KaDunk” your candy.

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KaDunks is the latest invention from the candy innovators at Yolo Candy, the group behind the famous gourmet lollipop company Linda’s Lollies. Yolo Candy was founded by three former executives of Topps, a mainstream candy company responsible for some of your favorite childhood temptations.

If you grew up in the 1990s or early 2000s, I’m sure you remember getting bombarded with very effective TV ads for Ring Pop, Push Pop, Baby Bottle Pop and Juice Drop Pop, all of which came out of Topps, where John Budd, the Yolo Chief Marketing Officer and former Topps Vice President of Marketing, lead the branding and marketing strategy that made these candies such great sellers.

The Yolo founding team also includes Chief Sales Officer Brent Greer and Chief Executive Officer Scott Silverstein, and they were kind enough to send us some samples of the new sour confectionary for a review.

KaDunks has yet to hit stores, but even so, it won the 2014 ECRM Buyer’s Choice award for the “Best New Novelty Product”.

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Knowing that going in, my expectations were set a little high, which is not good for a product review like this. From a brand PR perspective, they shouldn’t have told us that because it’s easier to impress when expectations aren’t high. Plus, while I’m a fan of a variety of candies, I find that a lot of candy almost tastes the same with far too much sweetness, so I tend to look for sweets that put more effort into the flavor rather than sweetness or novelty. I can’t say I’m the easiest person to please.

But I’m pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

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It was definitely a weird, unexpected experience: the combination of flavors and textures, an explosion of stimulation in every part of my mouth. While it’s nothing like Pop Rocks, the sensation of eating this for the first time is as surprising as trying Pop Rocks for the first time.

Your brain knows what food is supposed to be like, and weird sensations like this are not what your brain knows as food. But I urge you, just give in. Let yourself get lost in the sour. Rub your tongue over the rough curves of the gummy piece. Let it get drowned out by the sour gel. A melee of delicious.

Still biased that I wasn’t going to like it, I swallowed my first KaDunks piece. I thought about it for a minute, reminiscing over the odd traces of flavor still in my mouth.

And I was tempted to do it again, so I Kadunked another gummy into the sour dip.

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This time, the experience was known. I was ready to accept the sour invasion, and I liked it more the second time around. By the time I KaDunked my last gummy piece, I was thrilled with the whole experience, though I wasn’t happy with the limited number of pieces in my box.

“Just one more,” I thought to myself.

 

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Linda’s Lollies, the Original Gourmet Lollipop, Relaunches

Linda’s Lollies, the Original Gourmet Lollipop, Relaunches

Linda’s Lollies, the original premium gourmet lollipop brand, is being reimagined for a new generation of lollipop lovers. Linda’s Lollies is now part of Yolo Candy, founded in 2012 by three former senior executives of The Topps Company, Inc., who bring a shared passion of creating innovative candy products that deliver unique and delicious eating experiences.

In 2012, Yolo Candy acquired Linda’s Lollies, a brand introduced by industry pioneer Linda Harkavy almost 30 years ago and built on the premise of offering the highest quality lollipops in a variety of exotic flavors. With the recent introduction of similar products, Yolo set out to distinguish Linda’s Lollies from the competition and reinforce its position as the pre-eminent gourmet lollipop brand. That effort began by creating an optimized assortment of 24 new gourmet flavors, including intriguing new taste concepts such as Mango Chile, Blueberry Muffin and Maple Pancake. Each flavor has been specially crafted to deliver superior flavor intensity and accuracy.

New thought was given to the appearance of Linda’s Lollies which now come in a variety of interesting color combinations:  bright translucent, opaque, swirled and half-splits, all on a unique purple plastic stick, making these new pops look as good as they taste. Linda’s nostalgic packaging has been updated to project its premium positioning and strong branding. Even the wraps have been re-engineered to feature a notch for easy opening, eliminating the difficulty consumers experience when trying to open twist-wrapped lollipops. The final step in pop perfection has been to develop a range of new display solutions that enable retailers to merchandise Linda’s in a variety of impulse locations. With these significant, consumer-targeted improvements in taste, design, and display, Linda’s Lollies once again distinguishes itself from the competition as the highest quality gourmet lollipop in the world.

Yolo Candy’s executives are no strangers to creating popular brands. The company was founded by three veteran candy industry professionals, who collectively have more than 55 years of experience in creating, marketing and selling world-wide popular candy brands. The executives are:

Scott Silverstein, Yolo Candy founder & CEO

Scott Silverstein is the former CEO of The Topps Company, Inc., a multi-national corporation best known for its Bazooka bubble gum and Topps trading cards. Mr. Silverstein oversaw the Topps worldwide confectionary, Sports and Entertainment businesses and has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, new product development, sourcing, and licensing.

John Budd, Yolo Candy chief marketing officer

John Budd is the former Vice President of Marketing for The Topps Company, Inc., where he was responsible for Brand and New Product Development, Quality Assurance and Packaging. He has spent more than 15 years in the confections industry and 25+ years in kids’ marketing. Budd is the architect of the best-selling children’s candy brands: Ring Pop, Push Pop, Baby Bottle Pop and Juice Drop Pop.

Brent Greer, Yolo Candy chief sales officer

Brent Greer is the former Vice President of Sales & Customer Marketing at The Topps Company, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in the confections industry having worked at both Topps and M&M Mars. For 10+ years he’s managed top-to-top relationships with key retailers and confectionery brokers and is a pioneer of kid’s candy category management in the U.S. retail space.

Linda’s Lollies are just the beginning for Yolo Candy, which was founded to build a portfolio of confectionery brands that excite and delight kids as well as folks who are simply young-at heart. With the company’s spirit of “You Only Live Once” in mind, the founders are working on a number of innovative concepts that deliver a unique combination of great taste, engaging interaction and “wow” factor that will be the hallmark of all Yolo products.