Wine gums, wine gums, wine gums. If you’ve never had them, yer bummed. If you have, you know that they’re essentially firmer gummies that hold their origin in the UK. Traditionally flavored as Lime, Lemon, Orange, Raspberry, etc- the most important and defining flavor in this man’s opinion has always been and will always be Black Currant.
Not down with Black Currant? I wasn’t either until I was held over in the Heathrow Airport in 2004. Sure, we were aborting a well intentioned but ill-fated Italian vacation early,my wife was pregnant and sleeping like a hobo on the airport floor, and I was broke. But I discovered the candy rack in the Heathrow Airport. Everything changed.
Wine gums, wine sours, exotic varieties of Haribo, as well as many other delights I still purchase today were discovered. I didn’t know what to buy, so I of course bought everything. When I opened the first bag and ate the black wine gum, not knowing what to expect, it was like a totally new sense had been discovered. I’m not kidding.
Black Currant, at least the flavoring that all of these wine gums seem to use, is a deep, sweet berry taste, with…an added layer of earthy deep woodsy goodness that I sadly can’t describe. It’s like trying to describe a nipple. What else are you gonna compare it to? All I can tell you is that it’s a revelation, and I always save the Black Currant pieces for last. Yum
On the texture-these are wonderful- firm, yet spongy, not a lot of stickiness, a great chew. In the paradigm of wine gums, I’d certainly buy these before Maynards. Rowntrees Fruit Gums are a bit different, as they’re much tougher. I love those, but these are my new go-to jam. And as for the name “wine gums” – no, lush, there’s no alcohol in these-anymore.
They were created in 1905 by mixing fermented wine with a gelling agent. Now? They just have words like “PORT” written on them so you can trick your mind into thinking you ‘re getting drunk off of candy. I’ve been meat drunk. But I’ve never been candy drunk. It’s just not possible.
Best part? Got them at Cost Plus World Market! Worst part? They’ve been sold out now 3 times when I’ve gone back to get more. This could be a good thing or a sad, sad indication that they’re not carrying them any longer.
Regardless, hunt these out. They’re delicious, they’re real, and they’re spectacular.