She said that she'd read the review (oops, sorry) and that she wanted to send me some Fondarific to try. I asked her straight out if Duff brand was Fondarific and she said that she couldn't confirm or deny. Now since I'm the suspicious type, I'm assuming that they have some kind of licensing agreement with Duff, but it's possible that the formulas are different, so I'll let that one go. So no confirmation on that.
I was happy to accept her very generous offer of fondant, and by the time we were through talking she said that she'd also send me some gumpaste and some candy clay to try out also. That's great, because I use those two things far more often than fondant, to tell the truth. She also said that she might be willing to do a giveaway for my readers soon, so I'll let you know about that.
Yesterday the box arrived, and I had time to do the taste test with the different flavors of Fondarific. I'll be the first to say that I'm not a big fan of artificial flavors, so to be fair I called my two in-house taste-testers to do the tasting with me.
Some of the flavors were good, and some weren't hits. I personally don't drink coffee, so I let my son try the Mocha flavor. He said that it was good, then took the whole thing and ate it like a large tootsie roll. Other than that one we tried everything, so here's the results of the flavor test:
- Vanilla- My son said it tasted like marshmallows, and I thought it was kind of a neutral artificial vanilla flavor.
- Buttercream- I think that if you like artificial butter flavor you'd like this, but I wasn't a fan. My kids liked it. To me it tasted like some kind of candy, but I couldn't think of what it was. My son said that it was like Fun Dip, which made me wonder where he's had Fun Dip because I wouldn't buy that for him EVER.
- Grape- this one tasted like grape laffy taffy. Yum!
- Orange- Not my personal favorite, but it was deemed to taste like orange koolaid and a creamsicle by my assistants, who did like it.
- Berry- I liked this one, but I think it tasted like those little berry candies with the jelly centers and little nonpareils on the outside. My daughter said it tasted too strong to her, but my son liked it.
- Peppermint- Not a really strong mint flavor, and it had kind of a weird aftertaste. I can see that it would be good with chocolate.
- Chocolate Cherry- We all liked this one. It tasted like those chocolate covered cherries they sell around Christmastime.
- Cherry- We all liked this one.
- Lemon- This one was weird. It doesn't taste like lemon at first, then it gets stronger on you but it had a weird aftertaste. Lemon flavor is a strange thing in general.
- Melon- We all liked this but it was more artificial melon than real melon. We couldn't figure out what it tasted like, but it was probably similar to a melon jelly bean flavor.
- Chocolate fondant- Tasted like Tootsie pops.
The flavored fondants are all colored according to what the flavor is (the orange is orange, the grape is purple, etc.) According to the Fondarific website the Buttercream flavor comes in all different colors.
I do have to say that the colors are all really nice, and the short time that I was kneading the red to soften it up it did feel very nice and pliable.
The next part of this review will focus on the workability of the fondant, and what makes it different from other brands.
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA