Albanese 12-flavor Gummi Bears

Back when I reviewed Albanese‘s Krunchy Bears, I lamented that I just missed out on reviewing their 12-flavor gummi bears – I learned that they were sold at my alma mater’s campus convenience store just before I graduated and after they’d already closed for the summer.

Well, the local campus convenience store got renovated over the summer, and their candy bulk bins are gone, so I guess I didn’t miss out there after all. Fortunately, several (but not all) of Rochester’s Wegmans carries them, and at the low price of $2.99 a pound. Hooray!

The twelve flavors make for a beautiful bunch of brightly and differently colored, translucent gummies that were super fun to shoot. I had to get extra help to identify them all.

The names are rather corny, but I forgive them. Twelve is a lot to have to come up with! The texture is neither stiff nor soft – they’re chewy with just a bit of sproing.

Here are the separate flavor reviews, in the above sort-of spectrumed order:

Groovy Grapefruit (light pink) – hands down my absolute favorite! Lovely citrus and zest notes. The grapefruit flavor is perfect. You can almost taste the membranes (I meant that in a good way), and the flavors last throughout the chew. Mmm. I could eat these all day.

Freshhh Strawberry (dark pink) – super sweet and mellow with just a bit of strawberry bite.

Wild Cherry (red) – Whoa! Bright cherry flavor that really smacks you in the taste buds. It’s got a great and assertive candied cherry flavor that steers well clear of being medicinal.

Ornery Orange (orange) – genuinely fruity, citrusy, sweetly orange.

Lickin’ Lemon (bright yellow) – not so genuinely lemon-flavored, with an almost pseudo-floor cleaner flavor. It was still good, though, and had an extra zesty finish.

Bodacious Banana (light yellow)- it definitely has a whiff of banana smell/taste to it, but I didn’t find it as offensive as I find most banana-flavored candy. Still, not my favorite.

Poppin’ Pineapple (white) – awesomely accurate with strong core-y notes.

Luscious Lime (light green) – this was weirdly grassy, and I didn’t get lime. It tasted just generically citrus-y and sweet, with no zesty notes whatsoever. A tad disappointing.

Granny Smith Apple (dark green) – notes of sour apple plus fuji, with just a tinge of citrus. Strongly reminiscent of green apple Jolly Ranchers.

Rrripe Watermelon (light aqua) – also reminiscent of Jolly Ranchers, but watermelon this time, with the addition of floral scents.

Rockin’ Raspberry (dark blue) – seedy to start, then quickly dissipates to sugary sweet blandness.

Concord Grape (purple) – just barely tinged with grape popsicle flavors. Nothing standout, but decent.

I like popping these into my mouth without looking at the colors and trying to guess which flavor I’ve got. I’d like to think I could do better than chance, but it’s actual pretty hard. If you can get these at $2.99 a pound and can pick out your flavors, they’re an OMG-worthy treat. I buy a bunch every time I make it a Wegmans that sells them.

4 Replies to “Albanese 12-flavor Gummi Bears”

  1. I’m lucky enough to live by the actual Albanese factory where these little buggers are produced. I have sitting on my lap at the moment a one-pound bag of them, fresh from their birth on a conveyor belt.

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who loves them…and they’re the only gummies that can replace ‘Mazin Fruit in my mind.

  2. OMG, ‘Mazin Fruit was the BEST!! I only expirienced about 5 or 6 years of them, but MY GOD…..that’s why I LOVE gummis in the first place! lol.

  3. These have to be my favorite gummies ever! The first time I got them was at a great little chocolate store called Wilbur. The bright blue bears are what caught me, but the aqua ones are my favorites now. Part of the reason they are is because I could never guess what flavor they were. My sister and I joked they were “shampoo” flavor because of the “floral scents.” This site was a huge help in finding out all the flavors, and I’m eating some of these guys as I type. Yum….

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