Archive for the ‘Gummi Candy’ Category
I love gum drops and love how they look.This was a staple flavor of my childhood – gumdrops and other jelly candies, since my father had a special affinity for them. Even today I can count on a candy jar filled with spice drops or gum drops when I make the trek to Pennsylvania for a visit.
What I really like about this picture is the shallow depth of field, including the very intense magnification of the sugar crystals, showing a crust of sweetness – a crystalline exoskeleton - above the soft jelly interior. This photographer really nailed it in making this picture. other eye-appealing elements include the rule of thirds, diagonal lines and a variety of colors. Good job, Ana G.R.!
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I can’t believe this is real. The Candy Favorites site is a great visual meal but nowhere near as good as actually having the candy in hand, or rather in mouth. I was excited to see this – a chocolate egg (perfect Easter theme, right?) with a gummi dinosaur center. I already knew Jelly Belly to be a leader in creativity in flavoring but didn’t know they made things like this, which combine two great candies into one package, yet keep them separate enough to be enjoyed independently of each other. I think it’s brilliant.
Are these making their way into Easter baskets at your place? Not at mine, simply because I graduated from a basket to a shopping bag, but these will definitely cross my pallet come easter morning!
Denture Danger: 10
I have eaten cinnamon bears in the past and they have not been quite the same as these. To be honest, I thought I had already written a blog on the cinnamon bears that I had eaten in the past, but I guess that was one of those candies that I just ate without writing a blog… oops.
Since this is the second kind of cinnamon bear that I’ve eaten, it’s virtually impossible not to compare. These cinnamon bears have a much softer consistency than the other bears; these ones are much less dense. In being softer they also stick to your teeth more, thus earning a rating of ten in “Denture danger.”
These bears also have more of a fiery cinnamon kick than the other bears that I ate. This is quite a little product that we’re working with here, cinnamon bears. Don’t ask me why the big hit cinnamon candy is in the shape of a bear, I’ve never really seen any prior connection between the two. Despite the dissimilarity of cinnamon and bears, they converge to make quite a tasty, fun loving little gummy candy.
Denture Danger: 7
Sour Punch Straws have always caught my eye as a candy that I look forward to eating, but the actual act of eating the sour straws is never quite what my mind worked it up to be.
When I bite into the jelly straws covered in sour sugar I feel it in my teeth. I don’t know if it is the abundance of sugar or the texture or what, but biting into the sour straws hurts my teeth. When a candy is painful to eat, it is hard to enjoy it, whether or not it tastes good.
I’d say that this is definitely a recommendable candy so long as it doesn’t cause you discomfort to eat. The sourness produced by a taste of this candy is approved by my standards and I am usually unimpressed with the degree of sour in most candies that are marketed as “sour.”
Since so many straws come in each package, this candy is quite sharable, and if you don’t want to give someone a full straw, they would be ungrateful to be disappointed with a half straw. Share the Sour Punch Straws amongst your own taste buds and your friends’ taste buds and thank the American Licorice Company for making the experience possible.
Denture Danger: 8
These two sugar coated gummy candies each have their own distinct personality. The spearmint leaves are as green as the newest summertime grass and have the mojito flavor while the anise bears are brown and have the pungent licorice type flavor.
These two flavors are representatives of plants that grow from the ground. Anise, Pimpinella anisum, is a flowering plant that is native to the Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean region and the taste (as well exemplified in these large gummy bears) is similar to that of fennel, tarragon, and of course, licorice.
The spearmint leaves that dance around mojito glasses come from the Spearmint, Mentha spicata plant, native to Europe and Southwest Asia. It was first discovered in 1843 as it invaded the Great Lakes area.
These tastes are invasive to the plastic bag where you can buy them in bulk, but provide a taste that you can imagine is coming from their natural habitat.
Denture Danger: 9
Looking at the sealed package of Gummi Sombreros, I had low expectations. I saw some gummies shaped like sombreros and I thought they were going to be typical gummies that are trying to be unique because of their shape, lacking anything beyond a mediocre taste.
I saw the red, yellow, orange, and green, and expected cherry, lemon, orange, and lime, but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the bag to be greeted with a welcoming whiff of a pepperminty cinnamon aroma. I apologized for highly underestimating these candies.
These chewy gummies not only have a great had chewy consistency but they have an impressive range of flavors. I was fooled by most of the flavors. Yellow was indeed lemon, but orange is a minty sweet clove flavor, green a strong peppermint, black is black licorice, and best of all is the red cinnamon.
Sombrero, literally translated from Spanish to English is “shade maker.” This Mexican hat shades people from the hot sun. Though this candy probably won’t give you much protection from the sun, it will tingle taste buds in your mouth.
Denture Danger: 6
Forget the plastic army guys that you can’t even eat and play with these bendy, squishy, stretchy gummi army men with guns. You’ve got four characters: the guy with the rifle shooting right, the guy with a bazooka shooting left, the guy throwing a cannon ball to the right, and the guy on his stomach, also with the bazooka. The guy on his stomach definitely works the best because he is the only one that really works in the third dimension of things, the others kind of lie on the flat surface and when you try and stand them up and lean them against something their jelly legs can’t support them and they gloop over.
These are fun to play with because instead of pretending that one blew the other’s head off you can actually chomp off the head. You can’t break your plastic army men but you can cripple these guys with your appetite. But I must say, they are more fun to play with than they are to eat. The potent smell of sweet green apple escapes like tear gas as soon as you open the bag. The smooth gummi brings that smell into an overly sweet green apple taste. I guess I never expected the taste of war to be very satisfying.
Denture Danger: 4
Aahhh what candy could be better known than the gummi bear? These cute little bear shaped gelatin candies are irresistible, even if you don’t like the taste. The smooth slimy texture is addicting and each color has its own corresponding flavor. The gummi bear was originated in Germany under the name Gummibär (rubber bear) or Gummibärchen (little rubber bear). Hans Reigel was the founder of the Haribo company in 1922 when he also invented bear-shaped sweets. Haribo first introduced its Gold-Bear product in the 1960s, and it has been thriving ever since.
A bag of gummi bears is just so colorful and squishy that it automatically brings happiness to anyone in its presence. A bag comes with so many that you can offer them to anyone who has bright eyes staring at the bag. The translucent bears practically glow in the light making the blues, purples, greens, reds, yellows, oranges, and pinks stand out and gleam. One thing is for sure, you can never go wrong with gummi bears.
Denture Danger: 7
Germany originiated gummi candy with the gummi bears. But Hans Reigel’s gummi bears soon evolved into Trolli’s gummi worms. The gummi worm making process begins with an artist sketching what he/she wants the candy to look like.
That sketch is then turned into a small plaster mold. The gummi ingredients are poured into large boilers where they are heated and then colored and flavored. The mix is poured into the worm molds and left for up to 5 days. After they have formed their shape they are coated with beeswax to make the worms less sticky.
Gummi worms were created with the intention of shocking parents and giving kids a fun candy. This was extremely successful. The shock still lives on as gummi worms are dug out of dirt and are slurped into kids’ mouths. I don’t mean real dirt, I mean the chocolate pudding with crushed up Oreos, the fun and easy to make dessert that every kid craves.
The satisfaction of holding that dangling gummi worm over your open mouth and then dropping it in to chew up that hunk of gummi can’t be outgrown by experience, or maturity, and certainly not by age.
Denture Danger: 9
Sour patch kids are one of my personal favorites. I love sour patch kids so much for a few reasons. Firstly, every flavor is distinctly different, unlike M & M s or something where you can barely even tell the flavor difference of the different colors. The yellow lemon, lime green, orange orange, and cherry red all satisfy the tastebuds with their sandy sour kick.
Sour patch kids are a common concession candy and for good reason. They are perfect for movies because you can suck on them until all of the sour sugar dissolves and then you have Swedish fish, but in a better flavor. Of course it’s always fun to mix flavors (my favorite combinations being red and green and yellow and green) and chomp down making a really loud chewing sound because it is too just hard to resist it.
Sour patch kids also have a great history. In the 1970s when UFO sightings were the talk of the town, little “Mars Men” aliens were sold for a penny a piece and were quite popular because of their unique sour coating. A man named Frank Galatolie is credited with the invention of the gummy candy with the sour coating. In the 1980s Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were quite popular and that is where the name sour patch kids is derived from. The first sour patch kids product was sold in 1985 by Jaret, Galatolie’s company. The cartoon character on the original package was Galatolie’s son, Scott who is now in his 20s. As of 1997 Cadbury Adams has taken over the Sour Patch trademark in the United States.
But beware, just because sour patch kids are extremely delicious does not mean that they too should not be eaten in moderation. Too many sour patch kids can leave you with a numb tongue, hurting teeth, and a belly ache. But just the right amount can be exactly what you need to get you through your day.