Ginger has been used for centuries to treat inflammatory conditions to reduce inflammation. Ginger is also said to help in soothing nausea and digestive issues. With its many uses it’s quiet a handy seasoning/spice to keep on hand.
One Friday afternoon my mother and I were shopping and had stopped by our local TJ Maxx Home Good’s to do some mother daughter shopping. Along side many fun beauty products and home decor, they have has some of the most interesting drinks (teas, coffee, sodas), snacks/candy (gummies, caramelized nuts, chips, crackers, cookies ect.) This is when I found an assortment bag of ginger candies called Gem Gem’s that sparked my interest.
Included in the bag was a pouch of: Just Ginger, Zesty Lemon, Oh, Oh Orange and Gimme More Mango.
I’m unfamiliar with ginger as it isn’t a spice I use on a regular and I haven’t had it in a candy form either so I was interested in giving these a try. I appreciated that the company put together a sampling of each flavoring in one sample package like this so that it gives the buyer a chance to see what they like. I also love the bright packaging and artwork on the side decorating each one. Something I love even more is that each of the candies are individually wrapped for sharing and/or the ease of on the go snacking.
I decided to go for the plain ginger first to get a feel of what I’m working with. Very tacky and chewy out of the package but lightly dusted in what I believe to be powdered sugar. Chew this well like you would a caramel. It isnt as tough as a caramel just has that sticky, stick-to-your-teeth consistency. The spice though.. wowza, that is different. It’s hot and spicy leaving your taste buds tingling.
Zesty Lemon– Oh this is delicious. The ginger is much more palatable and toned down. The lemon isn’t sour but more of a bright sunshine lemon zest that is lightly flavored in the background. (This would be a good wax melt too!)
Gimme More Mango!– Too strong for my liking. I associate mango with strong wax or perfume notes so it comes off very perfumey to me yet my husband really liked it and describes it as more of a fresh mango juice with light spice.
I returned back to TJ Maxx and I was able to find a big bag (5 oz) of the Zesty Lemon along side another sampler bag. The big bags run about $2.99 each and the sampler bags are $3.99. I would recommend the lemon and orange. They both really do a great job of being subtle enough to still enjoy the ginger yet take some of the heat off the pallet.
If interested these can also be purchased through The Vitamin Shop or I believe you can find them on Amazon. Their website can be found here
Are you a ginger fan? Have you had these candies before? Let me know!