I Tried IT'SUGAR's Stranger Things Candies, and This Gummy Waffle Is As Strange As It Sounds
I popped on over to my local IT'SUGAR shop to buy the most eye-catching Stranger Things treats they had to offer, and here are my honest opinions of all of them.
Gummy Waffle: $10.99
First up, I tried the compelling but slightly terrifying maple-flavored gummy waffle. It's made up of a big, extra-shiny gummy topped with a yellow pat of "melting butter" gummy, and I'd say it's larger than a typical Eggo waffle.
I'd never had a syrup-flavored gummy before, and I was nervous it would be as gross as it sounded. As I opened it up, I wasn't reassured by the powerful artificially syrupy smell.
However, when I did cut it up into smaller pieces for more manageable consumption and took my first bite, I was very pleasantly surprised. Fortunately, the maple flavor wasn't immediately overpowering. While I chewed on it, it had a vaguely fruity taste, like a gummy bear, and only once I'd swallowed each bite did I catch a slight maple aftertaste. The opaque pat of butter had a lemony taste and a different texture from the rest of the waffle, and overall I enjoyed it a lot more than I anticipated. While it's a little pricey, I do think it's worth sharing at least once with fellow Stranger Things fans.
Gummy Letters: $9.99
I was excited to try the fruity gummy letters because, though they're a great reflection of the show, the flavors themselves weren't going to be strange. The gummy letters in the box came inside a plastic wrap, and as I opened them up and got a vibrant, fruity whiff of them, the first thing I did was alphabetize them, of course.
I had 47 letters total in my box coming in five different fruit colors and flavors. I was a little sad that I only had a single S, T and N in the box so I wouldn't have the letters to spell Stranger Things, and the letters C, J, L and X were missing entirely, but I still got a good mix of letters (though I still think three Qs was overkill).
The flavors were great, too. The orange-flavored orange, apple-flavored green and strawberry-flavored red letters were all delicious, as were the unplaceable blue and yellows. Overall, the flavors were solid, and a purchase is warranted if you want to spell out gummy words for your friend.
Barb Missing Milk Carton: $9.99
Of the IT'SUGAR collaboration with Stranger Things, I think this one if the biggest stretch—though I'm still a big fan. It resembles a milk carton featuring a missing poster for Barb Holland and is chock full of malted milk balls.
When I opened it up, I was a little surprised to see that the malted milk balls were contained within a plastic wrap inside the carton. I understand that it's there to keep them fresh, but it's not the best for maintaining the shape of the carton and pouring them out. I decided to go in with a pair of scissors to open a big enough hole in the plastic baggie for them to pour out as I expected.
Flavor-wise, if you've had malted milk balls before, there are no surprises here. They're rich and sweet, and just the thing if you need a light chocolate fix. Again, it's a little pricey, but you may want to keep the collectible carton if you're all about justice for Barb.
Edible Upside Down Slime: $5.99
Lastly, I tried the Upside Down slime. When I peeled off the plastic wrap surrounding the container, I realized that some of the candy goo was already seeping out. I gave it a quick taste and was met with an extremely sour flavor with a hint of apple. My suspicions were confirmed when I saw that it was indeed "tart apple"-flavored.
When I unscrewed the lid, I was surprised by how pretty the slime was. It's a gorgeous black-grey color with a glittery, pearlescent sheen. It in no way looked edible, but I bravely dipped in a spoon and gave it another taste. This time, the apple flavor was stronger, but it remained just as mouth-puckeringly tart. I was a little surprised by how watery the slime was, as I was expecting a consistency closer to a moldable toy slime, though I do think it's smarter to not make it something you'll be tempted to play with in your hands.
Plus, when you're done with the container, you'll be left with a neat little Hawkins Lab-branded specimen cup for all your cosplay needs. Though you should be warned—this stuff is super sticky and will get stuck to your hands, no matter how careful you're being.
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If you can't get enough of spooky treats, click HERE to check out the full Stranger Things-themed menu at Universal Studios this year.