February 21, 2008

Review: Ginger Chews by The Ginger People - Original Flavor

ginger guy.gifMuch to our surprise, we're finding more and more interesting candies in the checkout aisle at Target. The other day, we picked up a 2 oz. box of Original flavored Ginger Chews from The Ginger People.

The package is roughly a cigarette sized box filled with 10 individually wrapped chews. Being a fan of ginger, we decided to check them out. To be honest, we hadn't heard of them before, but according to their website and packaging, they are the #1 selling ginger candy in America, and have been voted Best Candy from 1999-2000 at the Scovie Awards (which present awards to the best "hot" food around).

The pieces are wrapped twice, once in the branded paper, and again in parchment - we assume to keep them fresh. The piece itself is about 3/4 of an inch long by 1/3 of an inch wide and 1/4 of an inch high. When you take the parchment off, the piece has a light dusting of powdered sugar, no doubt to keep it from sticking to the paper. But we also found that it was a nice intro taste.

The sugar starts the flavor journey, a little sweet, which then moves quickly into what can only be compared to Luden's Honey Lemon cough drops. Granted, this is not a bad taste at all, but the similarity took me to Luden's instead of focusing on the Ginger Chew. It doesn't take much time, however, for the ginger flavor to impose itself in a nice way. It is not overbearing, but it definitely heats up and gets you on the sides and back of your tongue.

I would say the texture is more like a European gummy bear - tougher and much stickier than the U.S. counterparts. I wish they would have been a little softer, but they are not inedible by any stretch, this is completely a personal preference.

Overall, if you're a ginger fan, Ginger People Ginger Chews are a really nice option. They have a simple ingredient list, its an all natural product, and its a nice little treat with strong but not overpowering flavors. In addition to the Original flavor, the chews come in Peanut and Spicy Apple.

Go to the Ginger People website.

Check out Ginger Chews at Amazon.

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Posted by Bob Wallace at February 21, 2008 8:38 AM
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