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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.