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Jan 2, 2008 09:16 AM

Best gummy bears?

Does anyone have suggestions for a really good gummy bear--both very fruity and very chewy? I was once given an excellent box from San Diego--unfortunately I have no idea where it came from...

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  1. Haribo makes the original gummy bears. It's important to make sure they're fresh. As they age, or if they're a cheap knock-off, they get harder and the flavor fades.

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    1. re: Loren3

      I agree on Haribo, and I also like Amazin' Fruit gummies--they're softer, but the flavors are good and intense.

      I also recently found what our bulk food store calls "wild" gummies (they carry worms and bears). The flavors are unusual, and they have a great texture. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is since they were in a bulk bin.

      A friend of ours periodically sends us "natural" fruit gummies from Australia, and they're fantastic. I think there's a US-based web site that sells them. I'll post a link if I can find it.

      Here's the link. The gummies we've tried are from The Natural Confectionery. The blackcurrant ones (in the mixed-flavor packages) are divine!

      1. re: mamaciita

        Mamaciita, is it the Blinky Bills you recommend? Or the jellies?

        1. re: mamaciita

          Also, glancing at a few of your other posts, it seems that you may live in Louisville? I am from there and visit frequently--which bulk food store sells the wild gummies??

          1. re: SunnyD

            We've had the Blinky Bills, the cars, dinosaurs, snakes, and the fruit salad. They all seem to be the same basic candy in various shapes. I saw a package called "Forbidden Fruit," and I wonder if the flavors are different.

            I saw the "wild" gummies at Nuts and Stuff on Preston Highway near the Watterson Expressway--across from Value City. They also stock Haribo Gummi Fruit Salad, which is probably my favorite gummy candy of all time.

            On a similar note, some time you ought to check out Creation Gardens. They're a restaurant produce supplier with a retail store downtown. In addition to a gorgeous produce selection, they carry spices, oils, cheeses, baking supplies, fruits, nuts, pastas, etc. They're on Main Street near the 65 overpass. The entrance is on the side street. Fun, fun, fun!!

            1. re: mamaciita

              Mmm, thanks, I will check these out next time I am in town!

              1. re: SunnyD

                One more local recommendation: If you like Vietnam Kitchen, you might love basa on Frankfort Avenue. We had our favorite dinner all year there just before Christmas. : )

          2. re: mamaciita

            Those are the BEST gummies! I used to love them... all the ones I've tried in the US have either been tasteless, or overwhelmingly grape/apple flavoured from the fruit juice concentrate. And they tend to be hard enough to break a tooth on.

          3. re: Loren3

            Definitely Haribo... Some even like them when they age and get chewy, but I'm more a fan when they're fresh and soft. Ideally, they'd be warm, by being carried around in someone's pocket, ala Ferris Beuller's Day Off, but you can't have everything...

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            1. re: Loren3

              That's the only gummy bear I buy. Around Halloween, I make sure it's in the mix to hand out if I can find the little bags.

              1. re: Loren3

                Oddly enough, the kosher ones are way better! I found them at Safeway in the kosher food section. We were really surprised at how much better they are.

                1. re: Loren3

                  I think the aged ones are just as good, in a different way. My cousin in Germany sent us a big old carton of various Haribo gummies a couple of weeks ago. God almighty, they're so good it should be illegal. And so should my cousin for sending them to us. They disappeared so fast.

                2. It depends on what you like. Some are very soft like Albanese made here in the United States (they have an A on their bellies) of the Brach's version (I think made in Argentina nowadays).

                  Trolli were once German and are also very soft and chewy (a little greasy on the outside if you ask me) and are now owned by American company Farley's & Sathers. Black Forest is the other American brand, good quality (though I think their red one is cherry, not raspberry flavored like most other bears).

                  I prefer the original Haribo. Their bears even look different, a little taller, a little more svelte. Be careful though, they have several different factories. The best ones come from either Germany or Spain, the ones from the Czech Republic are sometimes a little bland. Look for fresh ones that are soft when squeezed. (The green Haribo bear is Strawberry.)

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                  1. re: typetive

                    Interesting post. I didn't know about the different factories, but I have noticed a difference over the years in Haribo gummi bears. Maybe that's why. My ideal gummi bears were from a candy shop in Belmar, NJ that's long since gone. I was introduced to them there by a woman of German descent who told me they were originally German. And Green was always my favorite bear--didn't know it was strawberry! I've since become certain that those were Haribo. And I like them a little stale!

                    1. re: typetive

                      typetive - thanks for the info! I just bought mine from CVS (apparently the CVS brand candy *is* the Haribo) and they are fine. perfectly chewy (not too soft, just soft enough) and not greasy like some brands! they have a great fruity flavor and nice chewy texture. My bag says they were made in Turkey though...

                      green is strawberry, white/clear is pineapple, orange is orange, red is raspberry, yellow is lemon.

                    2. i have to concur on the haribo gummi bears...however, i'm a little weird in that i like to leave them out to get a little hard...

                      as for intense fruit flavored gummy candy, i'd have to say the japanese have cornered the market on that though not in the form of favorite gummy candy of all has to be the kasugai muscat gummy. absolutely delicious.

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                      1. re: soypower

                        soypower - there are quite a few Japanese gummis that I would rate as awesome. The Kasugai brand also includes a Pineapple that is transcendant.

                        I'm also quite addicted to Meiji Gummy Chocos lately. There are two varieties, one a variety of fruits (muscat, orange and strawberry) covered in milk chocolate then flavored white chocolate. The other is a milk chocolate covered strawberry gummy. So pretty, so tasty.

                        (I'm making my first attempt at attaching a photo ... let's see if that works!)

                        1. re: typetive

                          i've always thought about trying those meiji's, but have always been put off by the idea of chocolate & fruity gummy candy...i know people like chocolate covered gummy bears but i've never been a fan...but maybe i'll give the meiji's a try...

                          i also think the pineapple, orange, apple, litchi, and white peach kasugai gummies are great. something about the fruit flavors in asian candies seems more true to real fruit taste than the stuff made here.

                          1. re: soypower

                            soypower-my wife is a gummy bear fanatic and enjoys leaving them out to get hard and chewy. sometimes she can't wait and actually throws them in the freezer for a little bit. my question for you is, where can we get the Kasugai brand of gummies?

                            ps i have enjoyed your postings on other subjects

                            1. re: kolachman

                              thank you. good to know i'm not the only one...:o) i buy kasugai gummies at my local korean grocer, and it seems logical that they would be available at japanese grocers as well...but if you don't have either of those available to you, appears to sell them as well...


                              be warned, these are rather soft, so like the gummy bears, i leave them out for a few hours or a few days to get nice and chewy. :o)

                              1. re: soypower

                                KASUGAI !!!!! I just found them in our local Great Wall for $1.99/bag. Love the Muscat!

                                1. re: kolachman

                                  awesome! i'm glad you found them...and muscat is my absolute favorite flavor..:o)

                              2. re: kolachman

                                In Los Angeles I find the best place to find them at the best price is Mitsuwa Marketplace (I go to the one in Little Tokyo, they have the best candy selection). Marukai in Weller Court or Nijiya Market in the Japanese Village Plaza also have good selections at regular grocery store prices. Sometimes Famima!! has stuff like that, but usually at twice the price.

                                I've also seen them in Chinatown, but I can't recall any of thsoe store names.

                                1. re: typetive

                                  thanks for the suggestions! Unfortunately i am over here in Jersey, and get out to Orange County only occasionally :-( but will run over to our local Asian Market, which is huge-i'm very hopeful. May have to resort to

                                  Thanks again. :-)

                                  1. re: kolachman

                                    kolachman, not sure what part of NJ you're in, but there is a Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater NJ (595 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020). They have a fantastic candy selection, including these gummies! Well worth the trip (my parents live an hour from there and I always ask them to stock up on my favorite items whenever they make the trek).

                                    1. re: gyozagirl

                                      I live in the Princeton area and I have found the Kasugai at a "Great Wall" store in a nearby town called Franklin Park for $1.99 a bag. Thanks for the tip though-I seem to not be able to get enough so the more stores I know of the better-went back today (3rd time?-lost track) and bought my friend Mariko a Muscat bag too!

                                      1. re: kolachman

                                        That reminds me, the Kasugai gummies and other assorted candies can usually be found in the "International" foods sections of stores like Wegmans and World Market... I'm sure there are more but those are the two that I've personally seen.

                                        1. re: gyozagirl

                                          wife says Kasugai are at Wegmans-more $$$$

                                  2. re: typetive

                                    do you happen to know what brand the starburst like candy is called? The have a sweet plum and grape and mango etc... they are really good but now that I've moved away from a Mitsuwa I don't know where to get them (minneapolis)...

                                    1. re: babaoriley7

                                      sounds like you are talking about hi chew candy! one of my favorite candies as well...


                                      1. re: babaoriley7

                                        Soypower's got it - the the most popular approximation to Starbursts in Japan are the Morinaga HiCHEW. They're a bit more latexy and usually come in single flavor packs (though sometimes in mixed flavor bags). Yuzu is fabulous. I've also been enjoying some Banana ones lately.

                                        There's another curious Japanese taffy/gummi product called UHA Puccho, which is chew with little gummi bits in it. I've had some that are lemon-lime with little cola bits or creme brulee with little caramel flavored gummi bits. Really interesting texture (kind of like those old Brach's nougats that had jelly bits in them).


                                        1. re: typetive

                                          The banana HiChews are one of my favorite candies.

                                    2. re: kolachman

                                      kolachoman, thats hilarious. my wife never liked gummy bears (much to my dismay because i love them) until she tasted some haribos that were left out one time at my little sister's house. i was munching on them and she was like "that's gross. why are you eating those old gummy bears." i convinced her to eat one (she was hungry anyway) and she loved them. hahah. i thought i was the only person with a weird chewy-gummy bear-liking wife.

                                      i agree with the general consensus that haribo makes the best gummy bear you can get anywhere. great flavor and perfect texture.

                                      1. re: eatinghabit

                                        Nice! I am sure that they are "aged" before being sold, but there is something about them once they get harder.

                                2. re: soypower

                                  I agree with you. I also have a REAL weakness for the Haribo gummi frogs and Haribo gummi twin cherries. Those are the best

                                3. Haribo, hands down for me. Though once in a while I don't have a problem with a cheapo gummi knock off.

                                  1. Mmm, thanks for all these recs! Unfortunately they have only intensified my craving...