Review: Sweet Surprise

This post is sponsored by Puzzle Warehouse.

That's not a picture of a completed puzzle, what gives? Well, it's a surprise, a Sweet Surprise. Just like with Wasgij and What If? puzzles I never show the entire completed image, I don't want to spoil anyone else's fun. Above is a picture of the puzzle in black and white; the twist is that the puzzle inside is in full color. And not only that, once color is added it forms a picture that you can't see until it's "colorized"! It's sweet, trust me. But just to prove that I actually completed the puzzle, here is an image of the lower right corner. I'm not giving anything away, this is the portion of the puzzle shown in color on the box.

I had no idea that it would be as difficult as it was, it took me 4 days to do this one!  Usually I can finish a 1000 piece puzzle in 2 days. It’s so different seeing the full image without color and translating that to the pieces you’ve assembled with color. My brain was working overtime!

The PuzzleTwist quality was very good, I was impressed. The pieces are sturdy, with a good thickness and they fit together quite well. The image reproduction is crisp and clean, with wonderfully bright colors. The cut is random with a very good variety of piece shapes, and there was almost no puzzle dust in the bag. Overall an excellent first impression was made. Click the link above to see all the “twists” currently available at Puzzle Warehouse. There are 6 different types of puzzles, all with a separate twist on the box image; Something’s Amiss!, 4More!, What’s Up?, Here or There?, Mixed Up!, and Reveal the Color!.

Even though it was a bit of a challenge, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will say, there is a LOT of green in this puzzle. A LOT! Luckily there are different textures and shades for each of the green candies used, so although it may test you, it can definitely be done! I’m really proud of myself, my brain cells may have gotten an extra bit of a workout, but they were up to the challenge – even if it took a bit longer than expected. Definitely recommended.


  • Title:                   Sweet Surprise
  • Artist:                 Steve Barry
  • Brand:                PuzzleTwist
  • Piece Count:      1000 pieces
  • Size:                   Approx. 19 x 27 in. (48 x 69 cm)
  • Purchased:        N/A, sent for review


  • Board:                   Very good
  • Cutting:                 Very good
  • Image:                  Excellent
  • Box:                      Average
  • Fit:                        Very good
  • Puzzle dust:          None
  • Piece cut:              Random cut
  • Piece shapes:       Very good variety
  • Finish:                   Slightly shiny finish, lays flat

Overall rating:              Very good, recommended

Want to see more of my reviews and comments on puzzles? Check out My Jigsaw Journal, there are new puzzles and posts every day! 

I received this puzzle at no cost to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own.


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