As soon as the Christmas decorations come down and the Valentine's ones go up, I head to Kroger supermarket and stock up on one of my favorite candies, Cinnamon Jelly Hearts. These tasty treats are only available around Valentine's Day and although I have searched many stores, Kroger is the only place I can seem to find them. Some stores do carry a cherry flavored version, but for me it's the cinnamon flavor or nothing.
In past years, Cinnamon Jelly Hearts came in a 16 ounce bag. This year, they come in a plastic tub which is nice because it is easy to close and keeps them fresh. The tub weighs 16 ounces and has about 11 servings. They are made with both natural and artificial flavors and have 0% grams of fat, 15 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbohydrates, and 22 grams of sugar. A serving is equal to about 5 pieces of candy and has 130 calories.
Each Cinnamon Jelly Heart is about 1 inch by 1 inch. It usually takes me two bites to eat one. They have a soft jelly center inside, with a white granulated sugar coating on the outside and are red. How spicy and hot something tastes is a personal thing, but I find them to pack just the right punch and they leave behind a small burning sensation on my tongue. The closest candy I can compare them to are Hot Tamales but those are harder and chewier like a jelly bean. To me the heat is about the same for both. Since they do burn a bit, I find I can only eat a few of them at a time which makes them a nice treat without being too much of a problem for my waistline.
I don't usually eat a lot of candy but this is one seasonal treat I do indulge in and look forward to every year. I wish I could find them in more stores other than just at Kroger. If you like a candy that is both sweet and spicy, you should give these a try.