Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears
A bag of the goods

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

On paper this should be my favorite candy off all-time. It comes close I suppose, but it never reaches the heights that I was hoping it would.

To repeat, it’s a sour version of Haribo Gummy Bears. It should be a match made in heaven, as regular readers know I’m a sour-fiend. But what you may not know is that I also hold Haribo Gummy Bears in high regard. What they do that differentiates their gummy bears from normal ones (in my opinion) is their consistency. They are a little tougher and therefore a little chewier than your run-of-the-mill gummies, which makes for a better experience overall. You can savor the flavor, and the bag seems to last a lot longer. That kind of gummy bear doesn’t seem to be for everyone, but it certainly is for me.

However, with the bag of sour gummy bears in particular, I finally get the criticisms. I’ve heard some call them almost “stale” tasting; I tend to disagree, but it can be a little much when they already coated in sugar. I’m not sure if it is just the bag that I bought, but the chewiness is little too much– it borders on being tough.

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears flavors
Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

At the end of the day, Haribo is still the best. Without getting too technical, the bears are still uniquely shaped to the point where I could probably pick a Haribo bear out of a lineup. And of course their flavors are awesome. With the sour pack they keep the same flavors as the originals, which is a huge plus– if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I’m convinced that the Haribo pineapple flavor is what inspired the “white gummy” smoothie at Jamba Juice (if you’ve never heard of that I highly suggest you read up on it).

The Haribo Sour Gummy Bear flavors are:

  • pineapple (white)
  • strawberry (green)
  • raspberry (red)
  • lemon (yellow)
  • orange (orange)

Now that’s how you make a candy!

Overall, it’s not that it’s a bad candy; it’s just largely disappointing. The gummy bears are indeed covered in sugar, which means I’ll be eating them again. Think Sour Patch Kids, but more stale. That’s what you what you have here.

I don’t mean to be too hard on the candy either. They are still good. While I guess I can’t ask them to deviate away from what they do best, there is something missing here. Perhaps I’m asking for too much, but maybe they should ditch the signature chewiness in this case.

But more likely, I think what we have here is a case of expectations being too high.

4/5

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Easter candy with a sour twist

Conclusion: A big bag for someone with a big sweet tooth.
Flavors: Tangerine, Green Apple, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Cherry

Easter is a great holiday because its candy selection is topnotch– fact. Every Easter, you have your Cadbury Cream Eggs, your Reese’s Eggs, and of course, your fair share of jelly beans around the supermarket. All are great choices, but if you’re a sweet tooth like me, you always go for the jelly beans. That’s because every company takes a little different approach to them. Over the years, I’ve ate probably 1000 individual jelly beans (maybe an exaggeration), and I don’t plan on stopping any Easter soon.

One of my personal favorites is Starburst Jelly Beans. They do it right, taking their classic flavors and reappropriating them into jellybean form. It’s almost an improvement, just because they can be less chewy than a normal Starburst. Even better, they sell them in a huge bag, that makes them great for sharing, or so you can eat 500 and then feel sick. It’s not a bad deal. If you can swoop on some after the holiday on sale, they make a great bulk candy to keep around the house.

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans flavors

In particular, I like the “sour” version of the Starburst Jelly Beans (to no one’s surprise). On the whole, I don’t find them to be all that “sour” so don’t be scared about that. Your green apples and blue raspberries do their best, but the rest aren’t really sour. There’s a sheer variety and uniqueness to the flavors that you don’t get with an average jelly bean pack. There’s green apple, lemon, tangerine (!), watermelon, blue raspberry AND cherry– all your essentials and then some. It’s that signature Starburst flavor that isn’t generic feeling in the least bit.

Substituting regular orange with tangerine is an awesome move; you don’t see that one every day. So for me, that’s my favorite. All the flavors really make eating these a fun experience regardless. It’s kind of impossible to finish a whole bag in one sitting (even for someone like me), so sharing with everyone around Easter is probably the best way to go about this. Bring them into the office Monday and leave a bowl by your desk; it’ll be a good way to make friends.

Nutrition facts:

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans Nutrition Facts

Mike and Ike Minions Mix

Mike and Ike Minions Mix
Mike and Ike Minions Mix

Mike and Ike Minions Mix

Forad to sola mo da haga tem rya.

Conclusion: Translation: Sometimes you just need to make some money…
Flavors: Banana, Blueberry

I found the Mike and Ike Minions Mix on sale at my local Vons. It was obvious that the promotion was a few months past being relevant. However, a promotion like this is always interesting, because it usually means the company is trying new flavors. That is the case here, but for whatever reason, they decided to limit them to two new flavors– banana and blueberry.

The combination of the two is odd. I assume they wanted the box to look like the actual “minions” themselves. Plus, in the Despicable Me films they have a weird obsession with bananas, so it’s fitting. The banana flavor is good. I’ve never been a big fan myself, but it does seem that it would be great in a sort of “tropical” themed Mike and Ike box. With this box though, I can’t say the same.

Mike and Ike Minions Mix flavors
Mike and Ike Minions Mix flavors

When I tried to eat both at the same time (as is natural, who eats Mike and Ike’s one at a time?), I can’t say it was fun. I see why there’s not a lot of blueberry-banana shakes around. The flavors just don’t mesh well together. I really like blueberry and kind of like banana. But I guess I hate blueberry banana.

If they wanted to keep the aesthetics of the box, I would have gone for another “blue” flavor; perhaps something like blue raspberry or just generic berry. And that’s only if they feel it was necessary to keep banana for marketing purposes.

I say that now, but any combination of blue and yellow flavors could have been tricky. I will say that at least these flavors are unique. I don’t see too many blueberry candies out there, so I credit Mike and Ike for the risk.

As a promotional tool, I definitely see no issue with the Mike and Ike Minions Mix. However, I don’t see these flavors, or the combination of them, staying longer than they are on the sale rack at Vons. As soon as they are sold out, I’m sure that Mike and Ike will retire this box, at least until the next Minions movie comes around. Until then, I would stick with the originals and keep clear of this box– no matter how cute you think the Minions are.

 

Sour Patch Kids

sour patch kids
Sour Patch Kids bag

Sour Patch Kids

An almost perfect candy.

Conclusion: Highly recommend
Sour Patch Kids Flavors: Raspberry, Lime, Berry, Lemon, Orange

It’s time for another review. This one is an actual classic; no need for debate. It’s Sour Patch Kids, the candy that debatably started my entire addiction to sugar and sour candies in the first place.

There’s honestly not too much for me to say here. For any sour-lover this is the best snack around. It’s solid. While not all the flavors are uniformly great (I’m looking at you, orange), the candy more than makes up for it with it’s gummy children coated in sugar.

In fact, I think Sour Patch Kids are taken for granted a bit now that there are other ‘extreme’ and sour candies on the scene. The Sour Patch Kids are classically good and don’t mess with the formula. That being said, they did just add a new flavor to the mix– blue.

The blue is Berry, which may taste familiar to those of you who’ve had Sour Patch Kids Berries before. In fact, it was probably the best one from that bag, and Sour Patch smartly relocated it to this one, just to spice things up. I think it was a good decision as it adds to an already established brand. I do laugh that it’s a nondescript ‘berry’ flavor. Is it a combination of all the berries? Or is it the famous fake flavor ‘blue raspberry’? One day, I will do a scientific study or break into the factory to find out the answer, but for now I’m satisfied with it just how it is.

sour patch kids

Here’s the Sour Patch Kids flavors Power Rankings:

  1. Red – Raspberry
  2. Green – Lime
  3. Blue – Berry
  4. Yellow – Lemon
  5. Orange – Orange

Honestly, I’ve usually just referred to them by their colors. I didn’t even know the red was raspberry until recently. If you’re like me at all, you probably eat them too fast to actually notice too; I don’t think I’m alone here. However, the beauty (yes, I said it) of Sour Patch Kids is that there isn’t just one flavor in the bag. You have a lot of them to choose from, and you will always be wanting more.

Addicting and delicious all in one, you can’t go wrong with Sour Patch Kids. They are gummy and not too sour. There tagline really is spot on: ‘First they’re sour, then they’re sweet’. So even if you don’t like sour, you only have to deal with it for a few seconds. After that, they’re almost like a good better gummy bear.

Ultimately, even the most bitter person will find some joy once they grab a handful. They really do make you feel like a Kid again.

Queen Anne Cordial Cherries

queen anne cordial cherries
A cordial cherry in all its glory.

Queen Anne Cordial Cherries

A holiday classic from Queen Anne.

Conclusion: Recommend only if you ate one from ages 5-13
Flavors: Here, I’ve reviewed the MILK CHOCOLATE only. I’ve never had the dark chocolate, but it is out there. I’ve even seen new cordial blueberries in stores lately. I haven’t had those either, but if you have some extra boxes of anything laying around the house after the holidays, be sure to contact me. I’d be happy to take them off your hands!

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