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Food-Inspired Lip Balms from General Mills, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury

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[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

Wearing Bonne Bell's Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers on a chain around your neck may have gone out of style, but General Mills, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury has swooped in with lines of food-inspired lip balms. The "flavors" include Warm Delights Molten Caramel Cake, Fruit Gushers, Lucky Charms, and Pop Secret Buttered Popcorn. When you don't have room in your bag for a bowl of cake batter or fresh-popped popcorn, are these the answer? Should we even be asking ourselves this? We tried 12 flavors to find out.

Cereal Flavors

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Cocoa Puffs and Count Chocula both had that chocolate candle scent, vaguely reminiscent of cocoa powder without bowling you over with chocolate-ness. Boo Berry, Franken Berry, Trix, and Lucky Charms were all fruity enough, in a Dum Dums lollipop sort of way. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was pretty unremarkable and the cinnamon? Barely detectable.

Baked Goods Flavors

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The Pillsbury S'Mores Ready to Bake cookie was sickly sweet smelling (not a big surprise). But we have to admit, we kind of liked rubbing that Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Caramel Cake on our lips. It had some rich, buttery undertones, in an artificial kind of way. We also have to give some props to the Betty Crocker Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip—it actually smelled like both chocolate and peanut butter!

Snack Food Flavors

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Half of the fun of Gushers is the little squirt of fruity goop that spurts out, right? That appeal is lost in this "fruitomic punch" balm. The Pop Secret buttered popcorn also fell flat. It smelled chemically, but hey, maybe that's what they were going for. If you've ever thought about smoothing movie theater butter all over your lips, you might be into this.

None of these lip balms come close to the flavors they're inspired by, big surprise. Now, what should we do with 12 leftover flavored lip balms again?

Lip balms available for $2-$3; check out bostonamerica.com for online retailers.

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