Food Biz Kids: Off the hizzle fo' shizzle

June 15, 2003
Looks sophisticated and tastes really, really good
Hickoryworks Pure Brown County ShagBark Hickory SyrupHickoryworks Inc.Trafalgar, Ind. 317-878-5648 www.hickoryworks.comAlly Domark, 8th grade:Hickoryworks is the best syrup I've ever had. It's better than the artificial syrups that I've had before. It really is pure. I like the packaging; the jug makes the product worth eating. The texture is smooth. I think this product is necessary because it's the best syrup anyone can have.Olaide Agunloye, 7th grade:The sweet tasting Hickoryworks is delicious. It put my taste buds on high. The texture is neither watery nor too thick; it's just right. The packaging does not spill, and the bottle holds it all in. It is necessary and very delicious.Anders Pollack, 7th grade:The packaging is kind of cool, not just a pile of plastic. It looks sophisticated. It tastes really, really good. It's very sweet, so it tastes better if it goes on something like waffles. This syrup may not be necessary, but it's great.Nadia Pierrehumbert, 7th grade:I think the name of this product is too long. The jug it comes in is good, but the handle should be a little bigger. It's hard to pour from a jug that size with such small handles. The syrup itself seems too sweet. Margaret Kelly, 7th grade:The packaging is labeled well. It comes in a large quantity, which provides customers with syrup to last a while. The syrup is tasty because even if you get too much syrup on your waffle, it won't take away from the waffle's taste or whatever you have it with. Also, the syrup has a milky substance that lasts longer. It's not too sugary that you can't eat it, but just enough so you want more. The texture is obviously sticky, but that is expected. I only like my waffles and pancakes with syrup, so I do think that it is necessary to have this syrup. Overall, your product is delicious, well labeled and necessary.Taylor Epskamp, 7th grade:Hickoryworks is a great product. I have always been a fan of cheap syrup and never liked gourmet syrup until now. This flavorful treat would get me up for breakfast. From the first taste, I noticed this high-grade product is much more sugary that others. The jug looks old fashioned and is nothing special, but it has become my favorite syrup.  Josiah McClellan, 8th grade:It's syrup and, well, it tastes like syrup. There's really not much more to say, besides pointing out the ridiculously long name , Hickoryworks Pure Brown County ShagBark Hickory Syrup. It makes you think it's going to be special rich-flavored old-timey syrup made by down-to-earth Farmer Joe in his little cabin in the woods, but honestly, it's just syrup.  Ana Grahovac, 7th grade:The packaging is interesting and pretty appealing to the eye. I like the shape and size of the bottle. It would make a good family pack. It's very watery and sweet, has a dark brown color and isn't as sticky as other syrups. I couldn't taste it very much on the waffle. It would be a good choice for people who don't want to have a very sugary breakfast. I think people will look at it as just another syrup in the world of waffles. It's pretty tasty and I like that it isn't very thick. It's kind of milky and oozes off your plate easily. It tastes natural, which makes it necessary in a world filled with artificial flavors.Ashley Henderson, 8th grade:The packaging is kind of dull and boring; it wouldn't attract my attention. But it tastes really good , buttery, tasty and sweet. It is thick, smooth and delicious. If it weren't for this packaging, I would definitely buy it.Ariana Strindburg-Peshkin, 7th grade:The packaging is about average. It looks almost exactly like any other syrup, but the taste is definitely below average. The syrup is way too sweet. It tastes like pure sugar with maybe a hint of flavoring. This product is not needed. We already have many different types of syrup. Why do we need one more, especially of mediocre quality? It does not compete with other brands. If you want to compete, you have to be really good or really different. Hickoryworks is neither. Skye Litten, 7th grade:The texture is too thin and it tastes like graham crackers. I would rather eat real maple syrup instead of this nasty stuff. You'd be better off tapping maple trees. But this is just my personal opinion because I live near a maple sugar farm that has maple sugar festival.Patrick O'Leary, 7th grade:The syrup is very tasty. It is very sweet, but I like that. I like the big jug; it's groovy. I could drink a whole bottle. But then I would throw up, so I won't. This syrup is off the hizzle fo' shizzle. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it an 8.34765923465. Keep selling it. I'll be sure to buy it.If you have a new product you want to test on our 7th- and 8th-grade panelists, contact Diane Toops at [email protected], or (630) 467-1300, ext. 321.

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