Usually I bitch about how so may of the great varieties of Haribo candy are unavailable in the US. Not this time. Today, I have the privilege of trying a brand NEW kind of Haribo that my favorite German reader Susie sent: Lemon Ginger Gummies.
Oh yeah, they’re unavailable in the US. But let’s not let that small fact bring us down-yet.
Ginger is great, but sometimes it’s heavy handed, or just plain done wrong. Honestly, I was skeptical- but I was also wrong. And guess what? Being wrong never tasted so good!
Let’s start with the consistency. Unlike most of my favorite Haribo, these guys are soft-ish, but still have a slight (very slight) toughness to them. Think of these as being similar to the white gummies in Haribo’s Fruit Salad. Somewhat spongy-not a tough chew. My brother’s favorite.
When you first bite in, the lemon hits, as well as a faint hint of ginger. The lemon is nice-slightly tart, especially if you let it linger in your mouth for a few. The genius of these is the ginger-once you’ve swallowed the gummy into your cake hole, a slow, warm wave of ginger envelops your mouth. It’s not oppressive, but it’s powerful, it’s gingery, and it’s spectacular.
Mrs. Guru tried a few of these, and then declared them “dangerous”. This is from a woman that could give a crap about gummies, friends. What I’m saying here is that these are something special.
These are so new, I couldn’t even find photos of them online, so there’s obviously nowhere to buy them currently. But this is our mission, fear not. One of these days Haribo will open the door with easier worldwide distribution, and when they do, the Candy Gurus will be the first to tell y’all about it.
Until then, if you’re in a ginger mood, I suggest you get some of the Chimes Ginger Chews we reviewed recently – not at all the same experience, but equally gingeriffic.