It's no secret that Chicos are one of my favourite lollies. The chocolate-flavoured gummies are consistently soft, chewy and pretty darn cute to look at. When I heard that Allen's was releasing Chicos in a caramel flavour, I just about jumped for joy.
The original chocolate Chicos are scented, but they don't really
smell of chocolate in the true sense of the word. They're warm with a
little kick that heads in the direction of cocoa, but doesn't quite get
there. The scent reflects the taste; it's tasty, but lacks the creamy
mouthfeel (obviously) and depth of what you would expect from a
chocolate-flavoured product. They are pretty one-dimensional, not very
sweet, and excellent for mindless eating at the movies.
On the other hand, the new caramel Chicos have a very definite
scent. It's sort of fudgey, inspired a little by caramel milkshakes or a
caramel latte (don't worry, there's no coffee), but with more sweetness
than the chocolate version, and a little like burnt toffee. The smell
was quite strong when I opened the bag, but dissipated quickly.
In terms of taste, the Chicos are not as strong in flavour compared
to the chocolate version. It's quite a soft flavour mostly only released
when chewed; it's gentle on the palate, and very fudgey in taste. The
little bit of milkiness I identified in the scent isn't present,
thankfully; any other flavours would wash out the already-mild caramel.
As with the chocolate Chicos, the caramel ones have a nice, firm
chew, are soft and pliable to the touch, and bounce nicely when chewed.
Allen's are very good at making sure their gummies are fresh.
The caramel Chicos would be good for you if you find the chocolate ones too strong.
Caramel Chicos contain wheat, starch and soy.