Pros: Soft, chewy, gummy fruit flavors, inexpensive
Cons: One box has too many calories but sometimes that's OK, gets stuck in teeth
If youre going to waste your allocation of candy calories on something, in my opinion it either needs to be one of two things: REALLY good chocolate or theater candy. Near the top of the list, for me, of nostalgia candy is a product that used to be made by Mason who also made Crows. I love the original DOTS, especially at the movies, at home with a good video, or on the road. Every video store in the world knows that DOTS goes with movies, they are what you share, you pick through, and you try to sneak the last piece out of.
But, what makes them so appealing? Good grief, its not easy to explain.
DOTS is a candy, similar to gumdrops minus the sugar coating. They are chewy, small and bite-sized. DOTS come in several categories of flavors (Wild Berry, Tropical, and Crows). Crows are a black licorice flavor and I seem to recall a time when they were included in the original packaging of DOTS, but I could be confused.
A Little History for Theater Candy
Mason Candy used to make DOTS but in 1972 Tootsie Roll Industries took over the Mason Division of Candy Corporation of America. Crows were their first product, and they were invented some time during the 1890s, although they were originally called Black Rose but due to a misunderstanding they were packaged as Black Crows. DOTS were introduced about the same time that World War II endedthey were trademarked in 1945. They were introduced as theater candy in a variety of fruit-flavored sweet chewy gumdrops.
I need to take a tour of the Tootsie Roll factory in Chicago where they produce more than 16 million DOTS a day. Thats a lot of DOTS! These small half-dome gumdrops are obviously popular, although I suspect many of the 16 million DOTS include the various flavors, not just the originals.
Nutrition? Twelve little DOTS have 140 calories, they are fat free, but they have 35 grams of carbs. Regarding ingredients, they are made of corn syrup, sugar, and hey, these are DOTS. Knowing the ingredients wont slow most of us theater-candy fans down. If that were the case the theaters would never sell popcorn in those huge sizes.
I only wish that Hot DOTS (Cinnamon DOTS) had not been discontinued in 2006, two years after they were first released.
My favorite DOTS flavors are the cherry (red) and lime (green), but I won't say no to orange or lemon. I've passed on the tropical flavors but suspect they are equally tasty. In the movies it's easy for me to pass on the popcorn as long as there are DOTS in my hand, or hidden in my purse. You might want to carry a toothpick for sticky-remain removals from your teeth, or you can benefit from the extended flavor long after the box is empty. If you havent tried them, do, especially if youre a fan of gummy candies, gum drops and jelly beans. They are sold in 2.25 and 8.5 ounce sized boxes, but also in bags of .73 ounce snack boxes. Grab a box and run for the movies, or, sit at your computer and snack a few. Bet you cant eat just 12. What's your favorite theater candy?
This is a contribution to Kathy's November EpiWriMo Write Off, sleeper's Lean-n-mean VI and Julie's Food for Food Write Off. Join the fun and write a short review every day during November.