For years I always thought of Black Forest as the reasonable looking step cousin to the European gummy. Usually a little more general in flavor, and always too soft for me, I don’t buy them when I want to eat gummy bears. I stick to the tried and true Haribo thank you very much.
Then they came out with some organic gummies and my eyes opened. More importantly, so did my mouth. Those things are really good.
Now we get a huge care package from Black Forest of more of their organic candy – this time lollipops. How will these compare?
Pretty damned well that’s how.
And let me tell you, when I saw this bag and its 4 flavors of lollie, I was like ‘how the hell am I going to review 4 different lollipops. I guess I’ll eat one flavor a day and then write the review on Thursday.’ But actually, these are so good, and the right size – not too big, not too small – that I”m just gonna eat them all now yo!
When I started my first lollie, I felt like I was eating something cherry and applish and I was correct. That’s a big plus, think how often you start eating a candy and unless it has the artificial flavor you expect from most sweets, it’s hard to discern the actual taste of it. These Black Forest Organic Lollipops have the flavor front and center, and it’s solid. Similar to Yummy Earth’s organic lollipops, which to this point in my mind at least were the best flavored mollies available, these have a good, natural sweetness to them. And by natural, I don’t actually mean not fake — though looking at the ingredients, these aren’t corn syrup candies — I mean just the right amount of sweet.
Eating the strawberry lemon tastes like sucking down a natural Strawberry Lemonade. Delish. The Orange Mango is good too, with the orange taste like a creamsicle. I like it, but it’s more of a fake orange. And the mango I can barely taste. (If you like Mango lollies – get the Vero Mango). Also, the Melon Berry tastes way more berry than melon. But all of them are very eatable & flavorful.
As I mentioned, ingredients are indeed almost all organic. Sweeteners are tapioca syrup, cane juice, and organic fruit juices. Good stuff. Note that these aren’t allergen free – they are made in a facility where milk eggs, almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut, peanuts and soy are used.
Still – I’m liking where the Ferrara Candy Co. is taking Black Forest. Some very well done, very tasty confections. Buying Halloween candy and want something different but good? Go Black Forest Organic Lollipops.