Fun Dip Mystery Flavor [Review]

Fun Dip blue it.

Location:  at home

Date Played: Feb 7, 2022

Team size: 22 packets of Fun Dip is a lot of Fun Dip if you’re over the age of 12

REA Reaction

Come on a journey with me…

Last week, our Patreon community turned on the Mystery Flavor Signal… and within seconds I had a box on its way to my home. Amazon delivered that thing in less than 24 hours… and here I am unwrapping a box of 22 Mystery Flavor Fun Dip packets. I’d never handled a box of Fun Dip. It was just one of those candies that showed up in birthday party goodie bags as a kid. It was a product that I never engaged with past the age where commerce was relevant.

An assortment of Mystery Flavor Fun Dip packets in a pile.

So, I’m cutting open this packet with scissors (because I’m an adult), picking up the Fun Dip stick thing… and memories are flooding into my brain… the stupid summer camp that I went to as a kid. I silently hated that place and felt bad about it because I knew it wasn’t cheap. It was a rough place to spend your summer if you weren’t athletic.

I’m looking at that Fun Dip stick and remember, “oh yeah, you have to lick it first… you know… prime the pump…” So I lick it, and then I look at my Mystery Flavor sugar mixture and it’s electric blue, the kind of color that exists nowhere in nature. Cool. Dipping it in, I reflect on the kids at camp comparing Fun Dip and Pixie Sticks to drugs. I didn’t have any understanding of drugs then, neither did they… and I still don’t… funny… maybe the person you are at 10 is the person you grow up to be?

Gazing upon the wet stick covered in electric blue sugar I lift it to my lips and lick. “What could it taste like?” I wonder as it lands on my tongue. Red flavor. It tastes like Red… I had maybe three friends at camp (Hi Jason! He reads this site everyday. Thanks, buddy) and we played Magic the Gathering together. A lot. I had a Red deck… still have that deck… it’s worth over $2,000 today. I wonder if those kids at camp suck as much as adults as they did as kids?

I dip the stick another time and remember that I never really liked Fun Dip. I was more of a Nerds kid.

A lik-a-stix beside a pile of blue Fun Dip on a plate. In the distance is a pair of scissors and the cut top to a Fun Dip packet.

Who is this for?

  • Elementary schoolers
  • Anyone looking to spend $10 to recapture a glimmer of their youth

Why play?

  • Fun Dip is your jam
  • The packaging has cute to/ from lines to turn the packets into Valentine’s Day cards
  • You’re due for an existential crisis

Gameplay

Lick the stick to wet it, dip it in the sugar concoction, and lick. Repeat until either the package is complete, you realize that you don’t like Fun Dip, you enter diabetic shock, or you flash back to a traumatic childhood event and disassociate. I cannot prescribe your Fun Dip journey for you.

After completing your Fun Dip journey, there’s a form you can fill out to enter a prize drawing!

Box of Mystery Flavor Fun Dip, covered in purple and pink hearts.

Analysis

❓ Mystery Flavor or not, it’s Fun Dip. Its goodness is entirely dependent upon your feelings about Fun Dip.

βž– The flavor is virtually indistinguishable from any other Fun Dip. What do they expect me to guess in their contest? “Tastes like Fun Dip?”

Spoiler: What did it taste like?

It tasted like Red flavor to me. Lisa said it tasted like cough medicine… which is how you say, “it tastes like Red flavor” if you hate Red flavor.

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βž• The Valentine’s Day card packaging was cute.

βž•/βž– The contest terms and conditions were pretty good and only slightly clunky.

βž–/❓ $%&* 22 packets of Fun Dip is a lot. I probably shouldn’t complain in this economy, but I cannot fathom what I’m going to do with the other 20 packets.

Tips For Playing

  • Mystery Flavor Fun Dip are available on Amazon
  • Do this with friends; 22 packets of Fun Dip is an inconceivable volume for an adult

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The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

Turkey Hill – Mystery Flavor Ice Cream [Review]

It’s weird when a mystery flavor has *real* food in it.

Location:  at home

Date Played: Feb 5, 2022

Team size: one 48oz tub can go a long way

REA Reaction

Lisa and I love us some ice cream. As our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide can attest, we are into ice cream to a degree where we’re willing to buy a serious scoop.

When our Patreon community pointed out that Turkey Hill had released a mystery flavor ice cream, there was a 100% chance that we were trying it. Three grocery stores later, I had a tub in my hand and a scoop in my bowl.

Tub of Turkey Hill Mystery Flavor Ice Cream.

The verdict? It was pretty good, especially for a mystery flavor product… most of which taste like a bring-your-child-to-work day activity was turned into a product.

Turkey Hill’s Mystery Flavor Ice Cream tasted like it had a number of real ingredients. There were actually distinguishable flavors within that weren’t a fantastical facsimile of flavor. To top that off, there were some legitimate clues to the flavor in the ingredients, because unlike all of the mystery flavor candy we’ve reviewed, you don’t need to speak chemistry to know what some of the things in this ice cream are.

We shared the ice cream with some friends and everyone was happy eating their scoop. Some liked it enough to have more scoops. I have a hard time getting excited about fruity ice cream, but I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of Turkey Hill’s ice cream, which I had never had before. I’ll be picking up some of their regular flavors when it warms up… so I guess I fell into their trap.

An open tub of Mystery Flavor Ice Cream, it looks white with purple inclusions.

Good on you, Turkey Hill. You win this one.

Who is this for?

  • Fruity ice cream fans
  • Mystery food junkies

Why play?

  • For a sweet and fruity ice cream, it was pretty good
  • There were distinct and identifiable flavors

Gameplay

Mostly, it’s an unusually flavored ice cream to enjoy and speculate over.

Beyond the flavor puzzle, Turkey Hill’s Mystery Flavor Ice Cream is paired with a sweepstakes. If you submit a correct guess before March 14, 2022, you can be eligible for one of the many prize drawings.

Close up of white ice cream with purple inclusions.

Analysis

βž• Turkey Hill’s Mystery Flavor Ice Cream tasted good and had real ingredients in it.

βž• The ingredients list, in addition to being a legal requirement, feels like a legitimate set of clues as they were largely readable by normal humans.

Spoiler: What did it taste like?

I feel reasonably confident that the flavor is Blueberry Cobbler. There were clearly blueberries in the product. They were listed in the ingredients. There was a caramel or toffee vibe as well. This led me down a rabbit hole of learning the difference between caramel and toffee. Interesting stuff. Caramel seems like a pain to make.

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βž• The packaging and presentation were clean, clear, and unremarkable.

βž• The sweepstakes, its rules, and its administration seem simple enough. Looking over the rules wasn’t a mind-bending reminder of why I decided not to go to law school.

βž• The sweepstakes form was simple and well designed.

βž– This was a legitimately good mystery flavor product. It’s kind of sad because the disaster is usually more than half the fun. Turkey Hill’s competence in executing this product is uncalled for; it has robbed us all of comedy and snark.

Tips For Playing

  • Turkey Hill’s “Where to buy” feature will tell you what stores carry their products, but not the specific flavors in stock… so it might take a little effort to get your hands on their Mystery Flavor Ice cream.

Twizzlers Twists, Mystery Flavor [Review]

The Twist You Can’t Deduce

Location:  at home

Date Played: May 31, 2021

Team size: a 16oz bag is a lot of Twizzlers, trust me

REA Reaction

Let’s get this out of the way: classic Twizzlers are allegedly “strawberry” flavored. I like classic Twizzlers, but if you were to put an unlabeled classic Twizzler in my mouth and ask me to guess what the “according to Hershey” flavor is, “strawberry” is not what I’d guess.

Rendering of Twizzlers Twists Mystery Flavor packaging, and product surrounded by question marks.

The classic Twizzler tastes like “red.” Classic Twizzlers resemble the taste of strawberry in the same way that mozzarella tastes like bacon.

All of this is to say that actually identifying the flavor of any Twizzlers product is a bit like playing a game of “guess what number I’m thinking?” You’re not going to get it right, and if you did, it’s because you got lucky.

The positive news is that these Mystery Flavor Twizzlers Twists taste pretty good. Also, I respect the overall execution by Hershey: no crazy contests, no forms, and no insane legalese… just a classic “guess the flavor” product that has a pleasant enough taste, if you like Twizzlers.

I have a few guesses as to the flavor, and you can find them below… but I think the flavor matters less than the friends we made along the way. Seriously, the first time I went to a friend’s house post-quarantine I found myself eating these. How sad is that?

A brownish mystery flavor Twizzler beside a classic Twizzler.

Who is this for?

  • Twizzlers fans
  • Mystery food junkies

Why play?

  • If you like Twizzlers, they taste pretty good

Gameplay

There’s nothing complex here. You eat them… and then speculate blindly as to what they are.

I recommend having the Mystery Flavor Twizzlers Twists side-by-side with classic Twizzlers for maximum flavor confusion. I mean seriously… I know that I’ve already said this in a few different ways, but are classic Twizzlers twigs that wished upon a star to be real strawberries?

Back of a Twizzlers Twists Mystery Flavor package opened up.

Analysis

βž• Mystery Flavor Twizzlers Twists taste good enough. I prefer the originals, but in the Mystery Flavor Game, any product that I can eat more than one of without questioning the life choices that lead to me eating this food is a big win. This more than comfortably cleared that bar.

βž– I have no clue what I ate… and it’s sort of difficult to make a game out of something that seems so far away from actual flavors that occur in nature. That said, here are a few guesses:

Spoiler: What did it taste like?

Maybe grape, raspberry, or blackberry??? Honestly, I have no idea. The scent was strongly grape. The coloration made my brain lean towards blackberry (color is usually a lie in the Mystery Flavor Game), and the taste was… aspiring towards fruit. I don’t know. You’re not here for real answers… you’re here for snarky entertainment.

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A magnifying glass with a question mark, surrounded by the text, "can you guess the mystery flavor"

βž•/βž– The packaging looked good, if a little clichΓ©. It was decidedly Twizzlers, with a mystery flair. You know there’s a mystery afoot because there are lots of question marks and a magnifying glass.

βž• I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. I’m glad there wasn’t some insane contest where the lawyer who drafted the terms and conditions made more money than the winner of the prize payout. Simplicity of execution is my preference.

❓ 16 ounces of Twizzlers is a lot. I mean… maybe when I was younger I’d have felt differently, but at this point in my life, polishing off a full bag of Twizzlers feels about as doable as climbing K2.

Tips For Playing

  • Twizzlers Twists, Mystery Flavor are available on Amazon
  • Do this with friends; 16 ounces of Twizzlers is a lot.

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The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

Trolli Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers [Review]

Wiggly, wormy, tasty mystery

Location:  at home

Date Played: December 10, 2020

Team size: Do you want to share?

Price: about $6

REA Reaction

This is how I like my mystery flavor products:

  • A variety of flavors
  • Most of them good
  • No BS contests with pages of legalese and crazy entry processes
Packaging torn open, worms pouring out.

Trolli Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers were a fun collection of flavors that really highlighted how much artificial coloring and flavoring go hand in hand in normal sugary treats. When you bite into 3 different white treats and they each return different flavors that are typically associated with other colors, it’s a surprisingly weird sensation.

If you’re looking to play the Mystery Flavor Game, this is a fantastic option. Frequently mystery flavor products make me feel like I am being punished for past sins, but I can comfortably say that Trolli Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers came regret-free.

Who is this for?

  • Sweet & sour gummy fans
  • Mystery food junkies

Why play?

  • They’re tart
  • They taste pretty good
  • Mysteries are fun
Continue reading “Trolli Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers [Review]”

Mystery Oreo – 2019 [Review]

Mystery Flavor Oreos II: The Stuffing Strikes Back

Location:  at home

Date Played: September 17, 2019

Price: $10.50 online

Publisher: Nabisco

REA Reaction

They’re back… The flavor mystery that got us into reviewing flavor mysteries has returned! This year’s mystery is more enjoyable.

The bright white Mystery Oreo packaging with a question mark dotted with an oreo.

By more enjoyable, I don’t mean amazing. I mean, they’re edible and we might make it through the entire package… instead of pranking our friends with them like we did back in 2017.

This time around I’m feeling confident that I know what the flavor is – and you can find that hidden behind a spoiler box down in the “Analysis” section.

I’m comfortable recommending these Oreos as a mystery flavor worth exploring. They’re weird. I wouldn’t buy them regularly. But dammit… it’s interesting and baffling that Oreo manages to make the cream white.

We published a hot-taste video for our Patreon supporters last night. Back us on Patreon for more oddities like this one. A little support goes a long way.

Who is this for?

  • Adventurous Oreo lovers
  • Mystery flavor detectives

Why play?

  • The flavor is interesting and kind of good

Story & Setup

The folks at Nabisco have decided once again to sell us a new Oreo flavor mystery.

Back in 2017, they ran a Mystery Flavor Oreo… and, oh boy, did we hate that one. The good news is: this year’s mystery tastes way better.

Closeup of lines of oreos in the packaging.

From now through November 10, 2019, anyone can submit a guess and enter for a chance to win $50,000.

Setup

Once again, the Oreos look just like regular Oreos. The coloration of the white cream gave nothing away (which is kind of a creepy miracle of science in its own right.)

Closeup of a whole oreo on a plate.

The packaging was also elegant and eye-catching. Having bought ours off the shelf at our local grocery store, that packaging jumps right off the shelf.

Gameplay

Things are pretty simple. You eat the cookie and guess the flavor.

If you want to get fancy, twist open the cookie and guess the flavor (which kind of helps because the cream is the mystery.) The chocolate cookie part was traditional.

Closeup of a half eaten oreo on a plate.

Analysis

βž• The cookie didn’t suck and it evoked a strong sense of nostalgia. That nostalgia wasn’t for Oreos, but for a different Nabisco product line.

βž– These Mystery Flavor Oreos were entirely too sweet for us to have more than a cookie or two.

Spoiler: What did it taste like?

Graham cracker and cinnamon. More specifically… I’m betting on Cinnamon Teddy Grahams.

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βž• Mystery OREO’s website has started posting hints. The only hint currently visible is super cryptic… but if my flavor guess is correct, then I think that I get it. Kind of. Maybe? I’m still happy to see anything resembling hints.

βž• Once again, the packaging was lovely. The agency and brand managers behind this product line have good aesthetic taste. It’s tough to design bold packaging that doesn’t look like it was designed by a 5-year-old who just got an extra big box of crayons with all of the colors!

Buy your copy of Nabisco’s 2019 Mystery OREO, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

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