June 29th, 2011 by Rosa
Goody Good Stuff is trying to separate itself from the gummi pack by making their candies all natural and gelatin free (making these gummis suitable for vegetarians), but you couldn’t tell it from the gummis themselves. Their textures and flavors make no concessions to their natural label.
The Tropical Fruit gummis come in 6 flavors/shapes: banana, grape, strawberry, coconut, pineapple, and orange. All of them had awesomely sproingy textures that bounced against my teeth without sticking. It’s now my favorite texture for gummis.
Banana was one that I dreaded, as candy banana ain’t my thang. But I managed to get over my fear to try one of these, and it wasn’t so bad!
It tasted mildly sweet with a vague hint of banana flavor – one that tasted just like bananas smell, if that makes any sense. Thankfully the banana scent was light, and this gummi was mostly sweetness.
Grapes had deep plummy notes and tasted like a chewable version of grape juice. I like that it tasted more like the actual fruit than grape popsicles. If only all grape candies could taste like this instead of artificialness!
Strawberry was lightly sweetly red with a surprising grassy edge to it. I don’t get why it tasted as herbal as it did, but it wasn’t unpleasant; just unexpected.
Coconut was cleverly shaped like a little green palm tree. It had light coconut high notes suspended over a general fruity sweetness not unlike the main flavor of the banana.
Coconut is an unusual flavor for gummis. While it was nicely executed here, it doesn’t make me lament that coconut gummis aren’t more widely available.
Pineapple was my favorite of the set. It had a strong, core-y bite to it that really perked up my taste buds before it mellowed into that light general fruitiness. I liked that it stood out for its assertive flavor.
Finally, orange, shaped like a striated orange wedge, had just a mild citrusy sweetness. It was nice, but I like my citrus fruit candies with a sour, zesty punch, so I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed.
Pineapple was my favorite, followed by grape, and those get OMs. The rest get Os. I love these gummis for their amazing texture, but not all of the flavors were to my personal preference, and I felt like some of them lacked pizzazz. Still, they are a lovely, calm, and generally understated treat that are definitely superior to most gummi bears that are out on the market today.