| 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
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.
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
History of Barley Sugar Lollipops
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
Melville 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
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.
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".
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.