Review: Lip Smackin’ Sweets

Lip Smackin'
Lip Smackin’ Sweets by Karen Romanko – Lafayette Puzzle Factory – 1000 pieces

Lip Smackin’ Sweets was difficult, but in a good way. Even though the quality was less than optimal it was still entertaining and completely absorbing.

Lafayette Puzzle Factory has good/fair quality; though I have noticed that the smaller piece count puzzles seem to be better quality. This 1000 piece had thinner pieces, a loose fit, lots of puzzle dust, and didn’t lay completely flat. On the good side there were a nice variety of shapes and the image reproduction is crisp, which is many times not true of photographic collages.

Lip Smackin' 1

The plate above was my favorite part; the bright yellow was easy to find as were the Nerds. I’m not sure I know exactly why this part was my favorite, but it was. Perhaps I just liked the look of it.

Lip Smackin' 2

The little blue “Satellite Wafers” were one of the first things I assembled. The pale blue was easy to find, and there were quite a few of them. I had a good time figuring out which satellite went where – I enjoyed the challenge. I never did like these candies though, it felt like eating tasteless styrofoam. Blech!

Some puzzlers don’t mind a less than premium puzzle, and for those people I’m recommending Lip Smackin’ Sweets. Even though the pieces were thin and the fit was loose I still enjoyed this puzzle. It doesn’t have to be perfection for me (or anyone really) to be entertained – and in the end, it’s a beautiful finished puzzle. This is a pretty image, with bright, fun colors and it kept me absorbed and wanting to be at my board for several days. That’s truly what it’s about.


  • Title:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Lip Smackin’ Sweets
  • Artist:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Karen Romanko
  • Brand:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Lafayette Puzzle Factory
  • Piece count:¬† ¬† ¬†1000 pieces
  • Size:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Approx. 27 x 20 in. (69 x 51 cm)
  • Purchased:¬† ¬† ¬† New


  • Board:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Good, but thin
  • Cutting:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Good
  • Image:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Very good
  • Box:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Average
  • Fit:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Fair, quite loose
  • Puzzle Dust:¬† ¬† ¬†Moderate amount
  • Piece cut:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Grid cut
  • Piece shapes:¬† ¬†Very good variety
  • Finish:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Slightly shiny finish, does not lay flat

Overall Rating:      Good, recommended 

Sweets In Progress

In Progress 3

I finally got going on Lip Smackin’ Sweets by Lafayette Puzzle Factory, and I’m a little disappointed with the thickness of the pieces and the way they fit together. I’m not certain I’ve ever done a 1000 piece puzzle by Lafayette; so the loose fit and thinner pieces were a bit of a surprise.

Ah well, it’s still an interesting picture and I’ve certainly worked with much worse in terms of pieces and fit before, so I’m sure I can get through it just fine.

So far the Pixy Stix were the hardest little sections to put together¬† – which was such a bummer because I ADORE them! They’ve been my favorite non-chocolate candy since I was little. Yes, I know, it’s like eating pure sugar, but whatever. You love what you love, right? I make no excuses. ūüėĀ