Archive for the ‘Gummi Candy’ Category

Breaking News: Mars Men Abducted by Sour Patch Kids

Friday, July 31st, 2009 by Jon

 

Sour Patch Kids Gummi Candy was one of the first sour candies!

Sour Patch Kids Gummi Candy was one of the first sour candies!

 

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 7

Overall: 10

 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.

SWEDISH FISH: The Journey From Sweden to the USA

Monday, July 20th, 2009 by Jon
Swedish Fish are one of the most enduring and popular gummi candies

Swedish Fish are an enduring retro candy favorite!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 7

Novelty: 7

Overall: 7

The Swedish Fish, as the name implies originated in Sweden by the Malaco candy company.

In 1958 the Malaco company began exporting some of their candy goods to North America starting with licorices. In the late 60s into the early 70s Malaco started exporting Swedish fish and Swedish berries (the same candy shaped as berries and, sadly, now discontinued) which were altered slightly to appeal to the North American market.

The Swedish fish are now made by the Cadbury Adams Company in Canada and are distributed all over the US. The winegum Swedish fish candies are a popular concession candy and are loved by people of all ages world-wide, especially in Sweden.

Winegum candies are very popular in Sweden are made in many different shapes including flowers, cars, coins, and boats. In Sweden the candy is called “Pastellfiskar” which literally means “pale colored fishes.” The original red fish is of an almost indistinguishable flavor that in my opinion seems to be a mix between cherry and strawberry.

Swedish fish come in different sizes (as there are all different sized fish in the sea) and in different flavors (as does most candy). You can find yellow lemon, green lime, orange orange, and purple grape Swedish fish flavors if the original read doesn’t tingle your taste buds. Forget paying for overpriced Swedish fish at the movie theatre, prepare ahead of time and order your Pastellfiskars from candyfavorites.com.

Haribo Gummi Bears are the “Gold” Standard

Monday, July 13th, 2009 by Jon
Haribo Gummi Bears were invenetd in the 1920's

Haribo Gummi Bears were invented in the 1920's

Despite hundreds of unwrapped bulk items, Gummi Bears remain one of our best selling items and, love or hate them; they are a candy with a unique taste and history.

Gummi Bears were created in Germany during the 1920’s by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo, and were originally called Tanzbar which loosely translates to “dancing bear.”

The original gummi dancing bear was longer and leaner than today’s gummi bears and an unsubstantiated claim is that this influenced one of the logo’s of the famous pop band, The Grateful Dead.  It wasn’t until 1951 that the design changed to the current style.

An interesting piece of overlooked trivia is that the name HARIBO is an amalgamation of the owner’s first name (HA), his last name name (RI) and a tribute to the town in Germany, Bonn, (BO) where the company was located.

Haribo Gummi Bears were quite a rarity as the original ones, known as Gold Bears, were imported and had “cult status”.  It wasn’t until 1982 that Haribo began producing gummi candies in America.

Despite a World War and three (3) generation of ownership, Haribo remains one of the largest gummi candy producers in the world creating approximately eighty (80) million gummi bears a day for global distribution!

Herman Goelitz, of Jelly Belly fame, is also credited with making the first gummi bear; however, a distinction needs to be noted as he was the first person to make Gummi Bears in North America which occurred in 1981.

Enjoy Gummy Peach Rings in moderation…

Friday, July 10th, 2009 by Jon

Trolli Peach Rings are the best!
Trolli Peach Rings are the best!

Sharability: 9

Denture Danger: 8

Convenience: 7

Novelty: 6

Overall: 9

As soon as you open the bag, a burst of the peachy sweetness aroma floats up your nose preparing your senses for the eating of peach ring.

Manufactured by Farley & Sathers, under the brand name Trolli,  these ring shaped gummies are fun to put on your fingers to admire your beautiful orange and yellow jewelry before ripping them off with your teeth. If you suck on the peach ring instead of chewing it up the sandpapery sugar melts away so that you can feel the smooth gummy squirm around your mouth.

As good as this candy is, I advise moderation. Though moderation is key with most candies, this one I can tell you from personal experience is one in which you should surely limit your intake.

Eating too many peach rings can make your stomach gurgle and your head pound. It gives you a good excuse to share this one with all of the watering mouths watching you chew up the peachy smelling, sugary, slightly sour gummy.

Go (Swedish) Fish!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 by benjamin

Swedish Fish Red

Valentine’s Day penny cards were an important part of my childhood, as were Swedish Fish. In the multicolored packs, I used to pick out only the red ones and throw out the other colors. Even as I grew out of playing with Barbies and driving plastic wheels and grew into driving real cars and taking college classes, my love for the chewy red fish didn’t wallow or wane. In fact, when I’m studying for an exam, I need such snacks like Swedish Fish within arm’s reach to get through the night. There’s no better distraction than the little red scraps stuck in the darkest corners of my mouth. Something about maneuvering my tongue to free those little bits is much more fun than trying to memorize a textbook.

Thank goodness this is one candy the big corporate man didn’t “modernize” to an unrecognizable and unwanted entity. So what are you waiting for? Go fishing!