The Laidback Gourmet: Hot Tamale and Mike & Ike Cotton Candy

Welcome to another edition of the Laidback Gourmet, out of all the blogs on the internet I can honestly say that this is one of them. Well, Halloween is long over with, but my god… there’s still so much candy around. What am I going to do with all these Mike & Ikes and Hot Tamales? I don’t understand it… how do I always end up with so many of these candies every year, I didn’t BUY any! Mysteries of the universe I suppose. Well this year I have an idea what to do with all of them. I sent them to my good friend who runs the Large Hadron Collider.

So you might ask, what happens when you slam these classic confectioneries together at nearly the speed of light? Apparently, you recreate the big bang out of candy… which turns out to be cotton candy… go figure:

Yes, today we are looking at Hot Tamale Cotton Candy and Mike & Ike Cotton Candy. Now usually I prefer Mike & Ikes to their hotter cousin Hot Tamales so let’s take a look at this cinnamon fluff first. Let’s open the bag and see what you get.

Well, that’s actually a pretty large amount of cotton candy for a dollar. More than I could eat without going into sugar shock. Let’s just take a small bit to start with, shall we?

Nice fluffy texture, way better than that previous cotton candy I reviewed. This actually feels like real cotton candy. Let’s see if how it tastes.

*Om nom nom*

Hmm, you know that’s not bad at all. It’s very sweet, a little too sweet, but anyone that’s going to complain about cotton candy being sweet is out of their minds. That’s like complaining that lemon juice is sour. That being said, I wasn’t sure how “cinnamon cotton candy” would taste but its actually pretty good. Nice cinnamon flavor with a little heat, just like the actual candy these are based on. 8/10. If you’re a fan of Hot Tamales these are worth checking out.

Let’s give it’s fruity relatives a taste now.

Well as you can see the three flavors of Mike and Ikes are represented in one big squished together mass. Let’s try all three flavors separately.

*Om nom nom*

Well, the lemon tastes more like a lemon drop and sadly isn’t that good. The lime tastes pretty much exactly like a lime Mike and Ike almost surprisingly so. And finally the cherry tastes pretty similiar to a cherry flavored Mike and Ike as well, though that one isn’t as spot on. All in all it’s fairly tasty but not as good as the Hot Tamale flavored one. 7/10. Still worth checking out if you’re a big fan of the original candy.

Well that concludes another edition of the Laidback Gourmet, thank you as always for reading. If you have any comments, thoughts, suggestions, or to simply lavish thy praise upon me please email me at Until next time, this is Ed Difolco, your Laidback Gourmet, hoping you enjoy the short time you have left on this planet, because I’m pretty sure the Mike and Ike experiment with the Large Hadron Collider has opened up a Laffy Taffy Black Hole. Eh, it was worth it to further the noble cause of cotton candy.

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