Albanese Gummi Bears

Albanese 12-Flavor Gummi Bears [Review]

Back when I reviewed Albanese’s Krunchy Bears, I lamented that I just missed out on reviewing their 12-flavor gummy 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.

Albanese Gummi Bears

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!

Albanese Gummi Bears flavors:

The twelve flavors make for a beautiful bunch of brightly and differently colored, translucent gummies that were super fun to shoot.

Albanese Gummy Bears Flavors Rainbow

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 spring.

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.

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

Albanese Gummi Bears flavors

Wild Cherry (red) – Whoa! The 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.

Albanese Gummi Bears flavors

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.

Albanese Gummi Bears flavors

Ripe 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.

The conclusion?

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 actually 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.

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