The Good: About one second of the taste, Fat free!
The Bad: Not at all nutritious, Foul taste, Poor environmental packaging.
The Basics: Glad I no longer have to taste this candy, I eagerly pan the Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop and move on!
There are many ways that my wife and I are alike. That is actually something that is actually very reassuring to me. There are many things that she likes that I do not. For example, she was positively giddy when we found the Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop. I, however, found it to be not only unpleasant, but outright gross.
Surprisingly, the Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is not the first Sour Watermelon-flavored candy I have reviewed. No, that honor goes to Jelly Belly (that is reviewed here!) and, sadly, I’ve discovered neither wowed me enough to make me see why there would be a market for this flavor. The Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is just plain terrible, though it is actually not as unhealthy as I would have thought.
The Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is actually a conceptually interesting candy. Instead of having a hard lollipop on a stick, the Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is a gel that comes in a thin plastic tube. Produced by Wrigley’s, the Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is supposed to give one the experience of having a lollipop, without the mess.
The 4.0 flexible plastic tube of Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop gel is clear with a translucent pink gel inside. The bright yellow cap further differentiates it from other Squeeze & Lick Lollipop flavors. Cosmetically, the Watermelon and Sour Watermelon flavors are virtually identical. Wrigley’s, of course, is the gum manufacturer and I suppose I did not know that they owned Hubba Bubba. Apparently, they are branching out past gum. The Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is WAY past gum!
Ease Of Preparation
As a candy that is ready to eat, the Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is a very simply product to consume. Simply unscrew the top and squeeze the pink gel right into your mouth. The head on the tube is reminiscent of a roll-on deodorant bottle, which was somewhat unnerving to me. The gel comes out a hole in the center of the curved top of the tube.
The Sour Watermelon “lollipop” smells sweet and inviting, like a fruity bubblegum. In fact, outside cotton candy, I am not sure I have ever smelled a confection scent that was quite so light and sugary. This made me immediately want to consume the gel!
Squirting a bit of the Sour Watermelon SqueezePop into the mouth, one is greeted by a flavor that transitions from sweet and fruity to wretched in only two seconds. Predictably, the Sour Watermelon flavor is tart, but this is just cruel. Initially, the taste is like what one might expect from a lollipop – made somewhat unnerving by the fluidic nature of the candy. However, after a second and a half, it turns into a sour flavor that eliminates even the hint of the watermelon taste that was on the tongue. Replaced with an odd sour flavor that lacks the acidity of citrus, the Sour Watermelon overcomes the tongue and makes no attempt to be palatable. The sour taste is fascinating in that it is distinct; I cannot recall having something that was so sour without any sense of bitterness to it. This is oddly flavorful for something bend on turning one’s tongue!
The sour aftertaste lingers on the tongue until the mouth is cleaned out.
Obviously, the Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is a candy and, thus, is not intended as something nutritious. Instead, it is supposed to be fun and yummy (despite actually being kind of disgusting). However, the objective reviewer is compelled to note that this is, surprisingly, not the worst food in the world. Sure, it’s not going to win any points with health nuts, whatwith the primary ingredients being corn syrup, citric acid, and natural and artificial flavors before becoming a weird collection of chemicals. But, while it might not be anywhere near “all natural,” none of the ingredients leap out at me as anything that anyone with allergies, the need for a gluten free diet, Vegans or those who are keeping Kosher would have an issue with. While it is not marked kosher, gluten-free, or Vegan compliant, there is nothing that violates any of those dietary restrictions in the ingredients and there are no allergy warnings!
A single serving of Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is considered 5 teaspoons (I won’t even imagine trying to eat that much of this stuff!) and the 4 oz., tube represents about three servings. In a serving, there are 130 calories from the 32 grams of sugar. There are no other nutrients in this gel!
The Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is a self-contained tube of goo. As long as it is not superheated or the tube is ruptured, this should remain a “viable” food product indefinitely. There is no expiration date on this and I shudder to think that this might be one of the “foods” that remains for us, six months after a zombie apocalypse begins. Damn. I had been looking forward to that.
This “lollipop” gel is a light pink and it is hard to imagine it would stain anything but the lightest fabrics. It ought to wash right out of anything it gets on. The Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop gel is a fluid and if you get it on your hands, it will get sticky, but simply washing your hands solves this problem.
The Hubba Bubba Sour Watermelon Squeeze & Lick Lollipop is pretty gross, making it impossible to recommend, even though it is (nutritionally) not the worst thing on the market today.
For other candy reviews, please be sure to check out my takes on:
Turin Kahlua and Malibu Rum Chocolates
Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgees
Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints
For other food reviews, be sure to visit my Food Review Index Page for an organized listing of all the foods I have reviewed!
© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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