New Haribo Gold Bears – Which is the Best: Apple, Watermelon or Cherry?

Haribo Gummy Bears may have just got a whole lot more interesting…

Haribo Gummy Bears are already some of the best out there. The only thing that could make them better is adding a new flavor, which is seemingly what they are hinting at with a new contest.

Starting at the beginning of the New Year, Haribo – quite creatively I might add – released 3 new flavors in their own packs for sale at supermarkets across the country. The three new flavors being:

  • Watermelon
  • Cherry
  • Apple

 

Fans can buy all of them, try them, pick their favorite, and cast their vote online. The winner will (seemingly) become the newest staple of the Haribo Gold Bears, though I see no mention of it on their website.

Taking the voting to the fans isn’t exactly something new for the candy industry. There have been campaigns for us to “choose” the new flavors for a while. Most recently, Oreo & Walmart were both hilariously trolled by voters to bring back the Oreo-flavored Oreo of Cookies and Creme.

What makes this contest unique is that we get to try each one before actually casting our vote. You have to buy each individually, so if you know you won’t like apple, for example, you can easily avoid it – you don’t have to a buy a mixed pack and pick through the bad flavors.

However, the 3 flavors they have chosen seem to be too good to pass up. Each of these could easily be someones favorite flavor. Here are my initial thoughts, ranked from best to worst:

Watermelon

 

Watermelon upon first glance seems to be the runaway favorite. It’s definitely the best of the 3. The smell is the least overpowering and the most authentic to the actual fruit.

Cherry

 

However, cherry usually ends up being a pretty good flavor when done right. Unfortunately, this is not an example of that. The Cherry flavor gummy bear is reminiscent of cough syrup, right down to its aftertaste.

Apple

 

Apple has a lot riding on its sourness and it doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s not sour, smells like an apple Jolly Rancher, and doesn’t even have a good apple taste to it! Probably the most disappointing of the bunch.

On the bright side, this kind of branding opens a whole new avenue for Haribo. None of the flavors are that good, but with some improvement, I think there is some great potential. Imagine a bag full of white gummy bears. Now that would be something worth writing about!

Try them for yourself and let me know what you think. And don’t forget to cast your vote at voteHaribo.com! Until 6/30/17 that is.

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