Airheads Extremes Bites Rainbow Berry: long on name, not on greatness

Wow did I want to love these.


Who doesn’t like rainbows? They must taste wonderful!

Open this bag, and a very berry air wafts up. Looking at the bag and I think Haribo Fruity Pasta, which are top 3 Haribo for me (and strangely never reviewed by the Gurus. Heresy. Heresy I say!)

Since my love for the fruity pasta tends to lean to “the maybe a bit weird” side, my eyes and taste buds assumed I’d have a similar affair with the Airheads Extremes Bites Rainbow Berry. Alas, mine eyes and taste buds deceived.

Us Gurus like the Airheads. The flavors of their longer taffy “sticks” are pretty good with a real tang to them. Some candy companies might even call it “sour” (though they shouldn’t). Still, Airheads are oft o’erlooked and we say nay – Nay! They should not be!


So when I saw this package with its Airheaded brand, oh so colorful, and packed full of bite sized sour-looking goodness, I thought:
– They can only be good
– My mouth will water
– Of these I will not tire

And yet…
– I was blindsided
– I had the rug pulled out from under my sour-loving feet (ew)
– And I was totally fucking wrong

These aren’t good.

They don’t have the tang of the original. The sour sugar coating isn’t sour enough. The bright aroma of the just-ope bag doesn’t apply to the candy AT ALL. It’s all very general tasting…sure I guess it’s berry but what the hell is berry? Raspberry is very different than Blue or Straw. We All Know This. I wish the darned candy companies would get more specific with flavors. Do strawberry wrong, Mr. Wonka, if you must, but TRY to do it. The general berry is a cop out.

There is a tiny bit of good here. I liked the size of the bites, about the size of a small US coin…


…so there was a lot to eat in the bag. Also, the candy had the right thickness to it and the right kind of chew, though I probably should have seen if the fridge would have made them tougher.

Still, chew and color isn’t enough for those of us who’ve been around the block a few times. This ain’t our first rainbow parade…so to speak…

Leave these on the shelf and go tried and true Airheads instead.

21 thoughts on “Airheads Extremes Bites Rainbow Berry: long on name, not on greatness

  1. These are one of my favorite candies, but they have changed.when I first enjoyed them, each of the individual color “strips” were perforated. In other words, you could kind of break them off one by one as you ate them. I guess it’s cheaper to just make them as 1 piece now because that’s all you can find now. Anyway, I do like them.

    1. i don’t think so. Maybe… I didn’t eat them that way. I should try them that way though. and I will! I will say, that even though I didn’t love these, the colors and packaging always make me want to buy them.

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