I have made a few attempts to catch this food truck when outside of my work place. And on each occasion I have just missed it. So today when I saw it parked by the road during a casual stroll down commercial drive I had to stop. My long last excitement rubbed off on “Miss Vancouver Piggy”, fellow food enthusiast and blogger, as we approached the truck with smiles. We have all heard of and seen trucks offering snacks and meals on the go, though this is the first I have seen offering candy. And not just your regular grocery store variety bulk candy, but the all natural gourmet kind.
The truck is predominantly blue and white with stripes of yellow, red, and green. It’s name is the real draw, who doesn’t want to get a closer look at what a candy truck can offer. And when was the last time your solution to quelling your sweet tooth came to you?
Already heading in its general direction, we were drawn even closer with the offering of free samples by the clerk in the truck. She generously doled out full sized candies using plastic tongs. She got us interested using the safe lure of assorted fruit candies. These I suspect are the most popular in classic lemon wedges, sweet raspberry, cherry drops, and green apple. She was insistent in offering us others to try despite the first hard candy was still being in play in moth. I couldn’t refuse her persistence after the third plea. And thus was forced to double cheek, a candy per cheek, I found it hard to judge one from the other. But was pleasantly surprised at how well they married together.
Hard candies given an attempt at being healthy. These natural candies are home made in Germany. They use either use honey, fruits, or herbs as their main ingredient. And as a result come as vegan friendly, gluten free, dairy free, and corn free options. A handy visual chart easily explained this with photos and fine print for better clarification. Some more interesting combinations included Bavarian malt, mulled wine, fennel sticks, and anise as ingredients.
I simply do as I usual do and asked for the recommendation of the most unique. This was “green woodruff leaves” fruit candy. I don’t know exactly what green woodruff is, other than it being a German herb, but was sure it tasted good. A mild flavour that wasn’t over bearing, it offered itself as a gentle after meal mouth cleanser.
The more cautious and ever careful, “Miss Vancouver Piggy” played it safe with “honey bees” and “fizzy candy”. They were as their name suggested, candy that tasted of honey and candy that gives off a fizzing sensation. The bees were more honey taste than honey sweetness. And the fizzes were assorted fruit flavours that bubbled when sucked.
Would I come back? – No.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this for someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
I like my candy chewy or chocolatey, the kind that rots teeth and is bad for you. Though novel, the idea of satisfying my sweet tooth with healthy and hard candies isn’t the image that immediately comes to mind. They were good and I did enjoy all that I tried, but these aren’t the kinds of taste I would long for again. When present I will park take, but nothing I would go out of my way for. I almost prefer a candy truck stylized like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Unique treats and nostalgic sweets. The candy that requires you to play with your food and remise of a childhood once had. Bubble tapes and bubble jugs, pop rocks, and gobstoppers, colour changing gum balls, and flavour intensifying chewables. Don’t deny your cravings.
To read “Miss Vancouver Piggy’s” review of “Candy Meister” from our blogger’s date click HERE.