| Reviews Melville Candy Company|
Melville Candy Company is a family-owned company that has been producing charming barley sugar lollipops in whimsical shapes and classic flavors for a quarter century. In addition to their regular selection of fruity barley lollipops, they offer a wide variety of seasonal and holiday products, and offer endless customization options. They have also recently expanded their selection to include hard candy tea and coffee spoons.
Review of Honey Tea Spoons
Melville’s Honey Spoons are honey-flavored hard candy discs about an inch and a half long and a half inch thick. They’re shaped like the bowl of a spoon, mounted on a sturdy wooden handle, and overall have a very classy appearance. The spoons are available in a variety of flavors including orange blossom honey, lavender honey, lemon and honey, and clover honey.
For this review I tried the clover honey flavor. I should first admit that I don’t drink coffee, and the only tea I drink is herbal, so I’m probably not the ideal consumer for this product. However, I tried the clover honey spoon in a mug of mint tea, and it was fantastic. The spoon dissolves quickly—it took about a minute in my mug—and it left a really mild, gentle honey taste that was present but not overwhelming. I might not use the tea spoons every time, since I don’t usually take any sweetener in my tea, but I would definitely reach for them when trying to make my tea more of a dessert substitute or sweet treat.
In addition to my mug of sweetened tea, I tasted the honey spoons on their own, and they are just as delicious by themselves. I usually find plain honey to be oppressively sweet and one-dimensional, but the honey spoons are subtle and have a complex fruity flavor. I can see myself snacking on these when I want a quick sugar fix, as they are not too sweet and are a very reasonable size for a lollipop.
Overall, I really liked this product and would definitely buy it for myself or for others as a gift, perhaps with some gourmet coffee or tea thrown in. Five stars.
History of Barley Sugar Lollipops
The main focus of Melville Candy Company is “old tyme” barley lollipops. Barley sugar candy is fairly uncommon nowadays, and the Melville website explains the history of this old-fashioned candy:
”More than one hundred years ago, barely sugar candy was developed as the purest form of crystal clear hard candy. The barley candy was made from hulled barley and water and as its popularity grew, the recipe was simplified without losing any of the unique flavor. Pure sugar was boiled to a high temperature, poured into unique molds and quickly cooled. The name remained the same because this candy retained the unusual crystal clear consistency and flavor of the original Barley Sugar Candy which originated in Europe. The confection's fancy shapes are as vital to its flavor and charm as the taste itself. In order to achieve these appealing and intricate shapes, hardmade molds had to be created and due to the time intensive task, the art of making the molds and barley candy has almost been lost. Fortunately, our company was able to recover these molds and using the time old recipe has been preparing these delicious treats for many years.”
Review of Barley Sugar Lollipops
If you are used to simple round cane sugar lollipops, the appearance and taste of Melville’s candies will be a revelation. I tried a selection of the barnyard animals and the lobsters, and I was blown away by the presentation. The shapes were flawlessly molded and detailed, and the animals all had perfectly sized white eyes with black pupils. The lobsters were my favorite, however—intricately detailed four-inch beasts just begging to be eaten. The barnyard animals came on wooden sticks with wooden balls on the end, while the lobsters were on sturdy cardboard sticks. All of the candy came individually wrapped in cellophane secured by gold twists.
The lollipops come in traditional fruit flavors like orange, cherry, grape, lime, and cherry, each color-coordinated. My favorite, again, were the cherry lobsters. The cherry flavor was mellow and didn’t have the harsh acidity and cough flavor nature of many other cherry candies. There was a floral sweetness underneath all of the fruit flavors, which must be due to the “barley sugar” nature of the processing. The only flavor I didn’t like was the lime—I wanted more of a citrus tang to the candy, but instead it was pure sweetness with a too-artificial lime flavor.
Overall, the appearance and taste of the Melville barley lollipops are exceptional. I think the animal shapes would especially appeal to children, while the more complex flavors make them attractive to adult palates as well. Four stars for the barley pops.
(c) 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
June 26, 2011
As a kid growing up back East, New jersey to be exact, there was always one candy treat we loved over any other. The Barley Candy Pop with its rich sweet flavor. The crystal clear candy in the many fascinating shapes was and still his a family favorite. My sister still craves them! Besides being so pretty in bright colorful gem like colors, the flavor kept us coming back.
Melville Candy Company has been making gourmet custom shapes barley lollipops for over 25 years making delicious Barley Pops. Barley Candy was started more than 100 years ago. Originally made from the hulled barley and water, over the years the process has been simplified while keeping the crystal clear appearance and beloved flavor. Barley Candy is know for its unique shapes and crystal clear looks. Barley sugar lollipops are the candy of childhood memories. Melville Candy Company creates their fun pops with a time tested formula used for over 75 years. The results – delicious!
Melville Candy Company was so very kind to send me some of their summer seasonal selections – The cutest Red Lobsters ever! These cheery crustaceans are sure to be a hit for all your summer parties. The bright red color is eye catching and very sparkly. The Melvilles Red Lobster Pops come in a variety of sizes. The large Red Lobster Pops measure 4 “ for long lasting enjoyment! You can choose a scrumptious cherry flavor or the classic barley flavor. The Lobster Gift Set features six little cherry flavored lobster lollipops in a lobster trap box. How darling! If you are having a summer splash party grab a full bucket of Lobsters lollipops small for 30 pops to hand out. You can choose different colors and flavors too. Blue in raspberry or barley, Red in cherry or barley or Green in Lime, Apple or Barley. YUM!
Lobsters are only one cute style of the fabulous shapes from Melville Candy Company. They make lollipops in shapes of butterfly, dolphin, cow, crab, elephant, baseball, cake and many more.
Place your orders online. I think the cake pops would make a great wedding favor or the super adorable Baby Feet for a baby shower or birth announcement. Melville Candy Company makes decadent chocolates too! Just for fun and great savings – try the Oops Lollipops. An assortment of 24 not so perfect pops. They may be a little oddly shaped but they still taste good! It might be fun to eat a tailless dolphin or a flower missing two petals. Free Shipping in the continental US on all orders over $30.
Monday, August 15, 2011Melville Candy Company is a company that's being featured for the Heck Of A Celebration blog event I'm hosting. During the event I will be featuring companies that offer products and gifts suitable for birthday parties.
I recently held a birthday party for my son and step-daughter. In the process of finding unique and special party favors for guests I came across Melville Candy Company. This family owned and operated business creates gourmet custom shaped barley lollipops in a variety of designs. In addition to barley lollipops, they create gourmet delights for tea and coffee drinkers. Each item they produce is hand made, packed, and inspected before shipping which guarantees that you will receive an excellent product each time you place an order.
I received a box of assorted lollipops from Melville Candy Company and was bowled over and how many designs there are and at the size of them. There were designs from fish and footballs to lighthouses and rectangles. Some of the suckers were big and wide, others were long and skinny. Before the party, I let each of my kids taste a few of the lollipops to get their initial impressions. I got responses such as "these are good" and "I really like them".
During the birthday party, I handed out gift bags which included the lollipops. I even had a few left over and the adults clamored for them. Guests commented on how cute they were, how big they were, and that the suckers weren't sickening sweet.
Melville Candy Company achieves the appealing and intricate shapes of barley sugar lollipops by using hardmade molds and crystal clear hard candy. The Sweet & Sour Lollipops even had a flavor twist in the middle with a taste of sweet on the sucker and a taste of sour on the striped inside. The suckers have delightful flavors and last quite a while. Each was individually wrapped and they were very popular among all the guests.