First things first. If you try looking for these candies, don’t look for the packaging shown above. I’m pretty sure that’s the old or European packaging. In the states, they come in a similar, oval container that’s pink with old fashioned looking white lettering. It’s nice looking.
But nice enough to warrant 3 bucks a tin?
Before I get ahead of myself, let’s touch on the candies themselves. They’re small oval gummies, and look about the color of a grapefruit. You can taste that these are quality off the bat-they have a nice, genuine grapefruit taste. Not as tart as I might like, but certainly very flavorful. The consistency is very good-firm, but not too firm. Overall, these are very good.
But…the problem is in the preciousness. I have a thing against candies that come in tins-I just do. I don’t mind the look or utility of the packaging, I just resent that I’m paying for THAT in addition to the candy, which is all I really want.
Remember in the 90′s when Altoids mints came out? And we all bought our first tin, then when the mints were all gone, we kept the tin for…some other use? And then threw it away a few months later after it was collecting dust on our desk? Yeah.
Well that about sums up my feelings on cutesy tin packaging. I don’t like it. And these things, while they might be good, certainly aren’t good enough to warrant three bucks for a few ounces. I’d MUCH prefer a hanging bag, no frills, that ontained twice as much (although I’m pretty sure that most hanging bag candies hold around 3 or four times as much as Dr. Doolittle’s).
I just don’t have a romanticized vision of carrying around a friggin’ pink tin so I can “pop” a gummi or two when I feel the urge. I want a fucking gigantic bag so I can sit my fat ass on the couch and gorge on them. Ok? We’re clear?
I don’t want to write these off, because I DO like the taste. And I’m interested in trying their lemon and wild berry flavors. However, I just can’t see myself plunking down 3 bills a pop for these more than once.
Bottom Line: This one’s tough. The candies are very good, but you don’t get enough and I feel like a girl buying a pink li’l tin.