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Nov 6, 2010 04:57 PM

Fruit Jellies [Candy]

Every Wednesday we have a business meeting. To allay the tedium, we would buy several tubs of the fruit jellies from the candy section of Trader Joe's. They are almost, but not quite like, gum drops. They are circular and are much like the Sunkist fruit jellies that come five to a pack.

In the last two months I have noticed they are gone from TJ's and a clerk confirmed that they are not coming back. I figured I'd have to use the natural fruit jellies also from TJ's but they are gone now too.

Anyone know where I can buy a decent substitute?


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  1. Any Chinese or Japanese market will have them. If you have a Ranch 99 or Mitsuwa near you, go there.

    1. Those Sunkist varieties also come in large tubs and used to be available from, I think Smart and Final. They are also available downtown at the distribution center (we needed to buy several tubs of orange only Sunkist jellies and they helpfully obliged.) I am out of town and can't look back and find the exact addresses, but I think you will find them to be a fine substitute, although the individual wrapping is a pain, except when they are being thrown.

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      1. re: coffeebrownies

        I made the rounds of several Asian markets per Ipse's suggestion with no luck.

        Sunkist would be perfect. I will hit Smart and Final tomorrow.


        1. re: coffeebrownies

          If you are talking about French Hediard, they are indeed wildly expensive ... around $40 IIRC. Too pricey for a weekly binge with coworkers.

          Hediard Fruit Pate:

        2. These round circular gems at TJ's have been replaced by a square version. The colors and flavors are also different from the original. The container looks basically the same size, and I think they actually taste better!

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          1. re: jessicatl

            They probably are better as they are made from real fruit instead of flavoring.

            I have not been able to find the square ones in several weeks. They are gone from the Silver Lake TJ's. Alas!

            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

              I don't have them in hand yet, but after a couple of weeks of being told they were "out of stock at the warehouse," my local (NY City) Trader Joe's recently told me they were able to order them again, so you might want to give yours a call to see if they're back. And despite being "all-natural," the jellies have a scary-long best-before date so I'm planning to seriously stock up if they do get them in. (lol)

              1. re: MikeG

                They came in, so they do still exist. Since I only discovered them about a month ago, it would've been just too pathetic if they'd been discontinued quite that quickly. (g)

                1. re: MikeG

                  Yes, we are using them as our fallback. We are seriously mourning the previous [and better IMO] "fruit gems".

                  I did not find the fruit gems at Smart & Final so I am planning on calling the Sunkist Corporation to see where I can find them in bulk.

                  I am not a member of Costco. Anyone know if fruit gems are at Costco?

                  Smart & Final
                  10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          2. Marcel at the Farmers market carries authentic fruit jellies from France, but their pretty pricey.

            1. I hear the the chocolate-covered orange and rasberry jellies have also been discontinued? Good and bad news--they were one of my all-time candy weaknesses. But I certainly will miss them.

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