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Candy Girls: Twilight Sweethearts, Forbidden Fruits

Okay, so we've never read or seen anything from the Twilight series.  Clearly the success of the books-turned-movie has not suffered the loss of two candy-obsessed ladies, but we are always willing to entertain a new themed confection that comes with the promise of "secrets" and "forbidden fruits."

The box is quite tantalizing.  It's graced with the easy-on-the-eyes visage of centenarian vampire Edward Cullen and conversation hearts that appear to not only carry Twilight-customized sayings, but also to glitter.  Additionally, our interest was piqued by the mysterious "Secret Scent" and "Rub to Reveal..." directions.  Ooo, rub what?  Reveal what?

Unfortunately, we never found out.  Feeling a little silly, we tried rubbing the box and various conversation hearts, but no scent was revealed.  I mean, when we opened the inner plastic lining a huge, overpowering, sticky sweet smell was released into the air, but we didn't think that counted.  And the glitter?  Well, it wasn't so much glitter as a luminescent coating that served more to blur the words than to make the hearts shine.

The hearts came in four "forbidden" flavors: Orange Obsession, Tempting Apple, Secret Strawberry, and Passion Fruit.  We mostly appreciated the Orange, which had a pleasant Creamsicle taste to it, and the Passion Fruit, which, while perfumey, was a nice departure from your everyday candy flavors.  Of course, being Sweethearts Conversation Hearts, they otherwise tasted like your average Valentine's Day nub of chalk--a soft and slightly chewy nub of chalk, thanks to the addition of gelatin.

The sayings on the hearts were revamped (har har) for the Twilight consumer:  "Bite Me," "With You," "Live 4 Ever," "Lamb,"U R My Life."  The "Forks" one had us baffled until an internet search told us that was the name of the town where the series takes place.  This is where being a fan would probably immensely buoy your eating experience.

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Would we finish the box?  The 5 ounce, theater-size box may never be emptied.

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