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Fruit Jellies [Candy]

SilverlakeGirl Nov 6, 2010 04:57 PM

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. ipsedixit RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 6, 2010 07:08 PM

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

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      coffeebrownies RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 7, 2010 08:40 AM

      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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        SilverlakeGirl RE: coffeebrownies Nov 7, 2010 12:59 PM

        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.


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          SilverlakeGirl RE: coffeebrownies Nov 7, 2010 01:01 PM

          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:


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          jessicatl RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 7, 2010 11:11 AM

          These round circular gems at TJ's have been replaced by a square version.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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            SilverlakeGirl RE: jessicatl Nov 7, 2010 12:55 PM

            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!

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              MikeG RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 14, 2010 03:43 AM

              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)

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                MikeG RE: MikeG Nov 15, 2010 05:06 PM

                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)

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                  SilverlakeGirl RE: MikeG Mar 26, 2011 07:31 AM

                  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. ritab RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 7, 2010 12:54 PM

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

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              coffeebrownies RE: SilverlakeGirl Nov 14, 2010 07:40 PM

              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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                avivale RE: coffeebrownies Mar 29, 2011 12:29 PM

                Ooh, that WOULD be bad news.

              2. SilverlakeGirl RE: Melanie20 Mar 26, 2011 07:35 AM

                For me it is a cost issue as we eat them at business meetings. It would be far too costly to buy the equivalent of several tubs the size of those from Trader Joe's to fill the void.

                We are looking essentially for gum drops rather than a real fruit base.

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                  LisaN RE: SilverlakeGirl Mar 26, 2011 06:26 PM

                  I think I've seen tubs of the Sunkist ones at Cost Plus, World Market

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                  schrutefarms RE: SilverlakeGirl Mar 28, 2011 09:10 AM

                  I have for sure seen the Sunkist fruit gems in larger packs at Bed, Bath and Beyond, which has an interesting choice of hard to find candy (Cow Tails, anyone?)

                  1. Mr Taster RE: SilverlakeGirl Mar 28, 2011 01:33 PM

                    Pretty sure several varieties of these can be found in the bulk bins (or in the prepackgaed bulk area) of Sprouts in Culver City. And since they're merging with Henry's, you can likely find them there too.

                    Mr Taster

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                      WildSwede RE: Mr Taster Mar 29, 2011 01:02 PM

                      I bought a small tub of the "sour" ones from Fresh N Easy - grape, apple and lemon, I think. They are not sour but they are delicious!

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