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Trolli Soda Poppers

May 29th, 2013 by Rosa

I found these Trolli Soda Poppers while I was trolling (har har) the candy aisles of a local gas station. I’d never heard of them before, but they’ve apparently been around long enough to warrant a “New Look!”

The Soda Poppers came in Cherry Cola, Root Beer, Orange Soda, Lemon Lime, and Cola flavors. As a whole, the bag smelled of root beer, and a faint root beer tinge tainted all of the gummis’ flavors.

Each gummi was shaped like a little soda can and imprinted with text naming its flavor. They were soft with a pleasantly bouncy chew.

Orange soda (orange) was a mild floral orange with a faintly fizzy undertone. The flavor was neither bright nor tangy, so I only found it middling as far as gummi oranges go.

Lemon lime (yellow green) was sweet with a mild citrus undertone. I wanted it to be more tart and tangy.

Cola (reddish brown) tasted mildly of, well, cola. Cherry cola (red) tasted similar with a fizzy, generically red fruity flavor.

Finally, root beer (purplish brown) was the strongest of all the flavors, hence its ability to contaminate all the rest of the gummis. To be fair, its root beer flavor was pretty spot on; it just isn’t my favorite soda flavor.

While I loved the texture of these guys, I thought most of the flavors could’ve used a lot more punch. Only an because I wanted more flavor that these guys didn’t deliver.

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Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas – Lemon Ginger Yuzu

May 13th, 2013 by Rosa

After I reviewed Bissinger‘s grapefruit gummy pandas, I thought I’d never buy another bag because they were just too expensive ($4.99 for a 4 oz bag). But this bag of Lemon Ginger Yuzu gummy pandas just sounded too tasty to pass up, so I splurged again.

The lemon ginger yuzu pandas had a soft yet sproingy chew that was incredibly pleasant to chomp on. Just enough bounce to keep things interesting, but soft enough to be easy on the jaw.

The pandas smelled strongly of ginger with a lemony citrus undertone, and the flavor profile matched the scent. They started off sweet and gingery, then mellowed into a sweet lemon drop flavor with just a smidge of lemon zestiness.

The ginger flavor was strong and genuine, yet immensely palate pleasing. They captured all the wonderful essence of ginger flavor without its stinging bite, which was perfect for me.

These were unlike anything other gummi that I’ve bought (I know Haribo makes a lemon ginger gummi, but I’ve yet to see it in the wild), which is a shame because they were addictively delicious. For now, totally worth the premium and my new favorite gummi. ZOMG!

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Sunkist Lemon Gummies

April 5th, 2013 by Rosa

I bought these Sunkist Lemon Gummies at the dollar store. There were also Sunkist strawberry gummies there, but I just bought the lemon since I like citrus flavors.

The yellow gummies were shaped like little lemon slices. They were firm with a bouncy bite that was too solid for me to tear cleanly through the gummi in just one bite.

They gummies had a light waxy coating on the outside, I think to keep them from sticking to each other. It left a slight residue on my fingers and was slightly noticeable in the flavor of the gummi as a suggestion of waxy aftertaste.

The flavor of the gummy was great – solid and intense. It was sweet with a slightly bright fruity flavor. There was no sourness to the gummy, just a great mellow lemon drop flavor.

I really enjoyed these gummies. They had an awesome intensity of flavor, and a fruity citrus flavor that I really liked. If only they didn’t have that waxy finish!

Still, an OM, as I found myself chasing away that slight aftertaste by popping additional gummies.

 

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Black Forest Juicy Oozers Gummy Cracked Eggs

March 11th, 2013 by Rosa

Hi readers! Sorry I was AWOL on reviews last week – I was road-tripping and out of the town the previous weekend and fell behind on life.

I’m back now with some drug store buys from my pre-road trip snack shopping. First up, Black Forest‘s Juicy Oozers Gummy Cracked Eggs.

These were a seasonal Easter product. Mine came in a 1.5 oz single-serving bag. The Easter branding was actually fairly subtle, as the dominant color scheme was magenta rather than pastel.

The egg shaped gummies were about the size of my thumbnail. They were molded with little cracks on the surface, and each was filled with a bright yellow oozy liquid.

While I get that the ooze was supposed to approximate egg yolks, it seemed a little too close to the real thing. Plus its bright coloring looked extra yolky against the muted pastels of the gummi shells.

The gummies had a firm chew with a clean bite and zero stickiness. All had a sweet brightness to their flavors, which was elevated by the bright, sweet tartness of the yellow ooze.

White tasted like a mix of yogurt and pineapple. Green started off yogurty, then became tarter.

Pink tasted of muted berry notes, which were piqued by that tart oozy center, and purple just tasted generically fruity and sweet to me.

These were simple treats, but I thought they were done quite well. Their flavors were strong and not too sweet, and the tart goo kept things interesting. An OM.

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Puré Gummies – Grape, Lemon, and Peach

January 25th, 2013 by Rosa

There Puré gummies were another gift that my friends Emma and Jason brought back from Japan. They brought back three flavors: grape, lemon, and “fresh peach”.

Each stand-up bag of gummies was resealable, which was a touch that I appreciated. The gummies inside were heart-shaped, about an inch across, and covered in tart and lightly fizzy sour sand. They had a firm bite and a bouncy chew, which is my favorite texture of gummi.

Grape was described as “grape juice that is sweet sour tasting with the texture of fruit.” The sour coating on the purple gummies was immediately puckery tart.

After the sour coating melted away, the gummy tasted of concord grape juice. Its flavor was genuine and intense, avoiding any hint of artificial cough syrupness that often dogs grape candies.

Lemon was “lemon juice that is sweet-sour tasting with the texture of fruit.” It started off tart with an edge of lemon zest, then became surprisingly mellow and sweetly lemon citrusy, like lemonade.

Peach didn’t get a full description like the other two. It was just labeled “Fresh Peach”. It was a pale yellow gummi that was virtually indistinguishable from the pale yellow lemon flavor (both seen above).

Fresh Peach, after that fizzy sour coating dissolved, was sweet and floral with a spot on white peach flavor. It was so precise that I could even taste the peach fuzz.

These were a fun set of gummies. The fizzy sour sugar was a nice twist, and the gummies’ flavors were genuine and intense. Fresh Peach was my favorite and gets an OMG. I love citrus candies, so Lemon also gets an OMG, and grape was tasty enough for an OM.

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Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas – Pink Grapefruit with Grapeseed

December 17th, 2012 by Rosa

I’ve said many times on this blog that there aren’t enough grapefruit candies out in the world. There are, at least, Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas that come in pink grapefruit with grapeseed, which I bought at Whole Foods.

The bag makes all kinds of health claims: “made with organic sweeteners”, “natural sources of antioxidants” (from the grapeseed extract), and “great tasting and good for you”. Whole Foods in a nutshell, I’d say.

I’m always dubious about health claims made by highly processed foods. Do people really want their candy health-washed? Organic sugar is still sugar; it can still give you cavities and diabetes.

These were gummy pandas rather than gummi bears, but the panda part wasn’t so obvious. They had bigger eye spots, which just made them look surprised or myopic to me.

The deep pink pandas had a firm, bouncy chew, which is my favorite kind of gummi texture. They started off sweet with the underlying tanginess of a nicely ripe grapefruit.

Further chewing intensified the sweetness and added a mellow tartness. I missed grapefruit’s bitter edge of pithiness that Albanese’s version has, but these were still great in their own right.

I give them an OM, with the caveat that they are expensive gummies. Whole Foods premium!

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Sour Jacks – Watermelon

December 3rd, 2012 by Rosa

Last week, I reviewed Sour Jacks’ original candies. Today, I’ve got a review of their watermelon gummis.

The Watermelon Jacks had a completely different texture from the Sour Jacks. While the latter were stiff, the Watermelon Jacks had a pleasantly sproingy chew that bounced against my teeth.

They tasted of classic candy watermelon flavor: sweet with a bright jewel-toned flavor, and also wholly unlike anything approaching actual watermelon’s flavor. They were also much less sour compared to the Jacks.

I enjoyed the texture and found these to be a solid effort for a watermelon gummi, but watermelon gummi’s have never been high on my preference list, so these get an O.

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Sour Jacks

November 28th, 2012 by Rosa

I’d never heard of Sour Jacks before I saw them at Sweets and Snacks earlier this year. It seems like they fight Sour Patch Kids for sour anthropomorphic candy gummi territory. I picked up free sample bags of their original Sour Jacks and their watermelon gummis at the expo.

Sour Jacks came in orange, lemon, green, and red, like Sour Patch Kids do, and they were similarly covered in sour sugar. The Jacks’s sour sugar packed quite a puckery sting.

The Jacks differed, however, in their texture, which was not as chewy as Kids. Instead, they started off stiff, then softened and became a bit squishier and a little molar-sticking.

Orange was lightly sweet and citrusy with a brightly zesty finish. Yellow was lemon. Sometimes citrus candies end up tasting similar to each other, but this lemon was distinctively lemony with a strong edge of lemon zest.

Green, on the other hand, lacked distinctiveness. It may have been lime, but it lacked any zestiness and only tasted vaguely citrusy.

Though green was blah, red was worse – it tasted medicinal and bitter. Hooray for artificial colors! I think it was supposed to be cherry?

I really enjoyed the yellow and orange half of the mix, but I found green lacking and red repulsive, so let’s say it evens out to an O.

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Buddy Fruits Fruit Bites

November 16th, 2012 by Rosa

Buddy Fruits was one of my saviors at Sweets and Snacks. After entire days of gorging on candy samples, their fruit pouches of blended fruit (basically apple+other fruits sauce in portable format) were a health preserver in a sea of sugar and salt.

In addition to free samples of their blended fruit pouches, which I ate while I at the Expo, I also got free samples of their Fruit Bites – little pouches of fruit gummis that were all natural, preservative free, and made only from fruit.

All of my Fruit Bites came in resealable, single-flavor 1 oz pouches. The Bites were soft with an instant give and no bounciness, similar to fruit pate but without the grain.

They reminded me of fruit leather, only in moist, gummified form. The colors were similar to those of fruit leather as well, deep purple-blacks and orange-browns that were clearly natural rather than due to artificial colors.

It meant that they didn’t make for super glam photos. I was nearly done with the photoshoot when I realized that the Bites were molded to look like their mascot’s face.

Pomegranate & Acai’s pouch contained 7 slices of apples and a pomegranate (I’m doubtful that’s a whole pomegranate, but it would be silly to say that it contained 48 arils or something). It tasted intensely of bright, sweet apple, and finished with a tannic edge of pomegranate juice, though if you told me it was cranberry, I would’ve believed you.

Raspberry’s pouch had 16 raspberries and 7 apple slices. The apple flavor here was less noticeable here – the seedy flavor of fresh raspberries dominated, which I enjoyed.

Banana had 10 slices of banana and 7 apples. It smelled strongly of overripe banana and tasted liked it smelled before yielding to the sweet intensity of the apples.

This was my least favorite. Though the banana flavor was genuine, it was almost too much so. I don’t like overripe bananas, and the Banana Bites just made me think of that half-mushed banana you dig out of the bottom of your backpack because you forgot you shoved it in there last week.

Apple’s pouch claimed 10 slices of apple. It packed a concentrated punch of apple cider sweetness into each little Bite.

Finally, orange (8 orange slices and 7 apple slices) was my favorite. It started off tasting just like a glass of orange juice before yielding to the bitter edge of zest and orange oil. I’m not sure how much little kids would like it, but I appreciated its complex capture of a real orange’s flavor nuances.

I was super impressed at how intense each Bite was. I felt satisfied eating just a few at a time because they packed so much flavor. Apple and orange were my favorites and get OMs and  Raspberry and Pomegranate & Acai get Os.

Banana gets an O as well – I didn’t like it, but I respect what it was going for, and I think people who really like bananas probably would like the Banana Bite as well.

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Welch’s Fruit ‘N Yogurt Snacks – Strawberry

November 7th, 2012 by Rosa

Yogurt was a big trend at this year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo. There were all kinds of yogurt-covered things, from pretzels to granola bars to candy.

Today’s review is an example of the latter. Welch’s covered their fruit snacks in yogurt to create Fruit ‘N Yogurt Snacks (hereafter FNYS because repeatedly typing ‘N makes me feel stupid). They were handing out oodles of free samples of their strawberry flavor at the Expo.

Each FNYS was a hexagonal prism of a fruit gummi coated in a thin, white layer of yogurt. The yogurt cracked when I squished the snacks. When I held it in my mouth, it melted easily and creamily.

The gummi inside was soft and sticky. I could bite through it cleanly, but when chewed, it got a little sticky in my molars.

The gummi tasted like generic red-fruit berry candy but benefited from a bright tartness, helped along by a hint of tartness from the plain yogurt coating.

The sweet and tart gummi was nicely balanced by the creamy yogurt, making for a tasty treat that carried a nice (but pretty useless) health halo. An OM.

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