Grape Vines

Red Vines were not a childhood candy of mine. In fact, I never heard of them until they were proclaimed “crazy delicious” in The Chronic(WHAT?)Cles of Narnia (tangent: man, rewatching that takes me back to my freshman year of college, back when YouTube was new and video shorts were novel).

I recently got the chance to try Grape Vines, the grape-flavored corollary to Red Vines (another tangent: does that mean Red Vines are red-flavored? Wikipedia is vague about exactly what the flavor is), via some free samples.

The most notable thing about the Grape Vines was their smell. It was strong! And wonderfully artificially grape-y, like popsicles.

The vines were striated and spiraling, with a deep purple stain. They were stiff yet pliable and totally tie-in-a-knot-able.

Taste-wise, they were less exciting. They were chewy and wheaty and a little plasticky, and, alas, they didn’t taste nearly as good as they smelled.

I found them devoid of grape flavors. Instead, they had a generic sweetness that wasn’t unpleasant but also wasn’t that exciting.

In the end, they were pretty innocuous. I put them out at work, and on one occasion, I found myself grabbing one because it looked and smelled so tempting. But then after eating an inch, I felt no need to finish my vine and tossed the rest.

An O. If you’re a Red Vine fan, you’d probably enjoy these, and they may make for good mindless snacking. They were too devoid of flavor to me. Cybele reviewed them and gave them a benign rating.

  • Interesting post. I would have to say I won’t be trying those after reading your review. I do love the actual RED VINE ones. RED LICORICE ROCKS!!!

  • Bearfoot

    Raspberry. REd vines are supposedly Raspberry flavored, at least according to the website…

    and now you know.

  • Bearfoot

    I’m not entirely sure, honestly. Sorry if I didn’t make it clear, but I think it either siad that on a website or on the box itself. It’s been ages sence I’ve had them.. *sighs*

    Being diabetic sucks.. 🙁

    Oh well on the bright side, at least it’s not something you always die from anymore.

  • Dreamer

    I will advise not to judge Grapevines according to ONE person’s reviews. He could have had a bad batch, old batch or just not like that one as of preference. I say give it a shot before you give up.

    Bearfoot, I know exactly how you feel. Being diabetic is a pain…however, you should be able to indulge yourself once in a while, just be careful not to overdo it.

    I personally love these grapevines. I like the redvines more but grapevines rock! Give them a try, you might be surprised.

  • I tried grapevines for the first time on march 21 2011, and immediately I fell in heavy like with the smell. And them I tasted them and….WOW!!! I loved them instantly. They are soft and chewy not hard like the original red vines sometimes are… though I so still eat the reds…but if i had to choose… the grape wins the race…but to each its own….right?