Haribo is king of the gummy. Most of us know that, and those that don’t are either incorrect, uninformed, or just plain rotten. Rotten, horrible, stinky dirt people. Sure, there’s a tiny handful of legit contenders-UK Trolli, Albanese, the entire output of the country of Sweden, and Katjes for example-but Haribo did it best first, and continue to do so.
It seems as if new varieties of Haribo crop up monthly, so I was a bit surprised that they’re considering adding a new flavor of bear to their iconic “Gold Bears”. Why change a classic? THE classic? Regardless, they brought out three relatively safe flavors for the public to vote on : cherry, watermelon and green apple. I got my hands on two of them for you guys to check out.
Bags check out. And the bears look just like you’d expect them to:
I thought the apple were good, the watermelon a bit less so. If you try both at the same time oddly, it makes an even more convincing watermelon flavor. And this is all well and nice. The question I have is: why? Why are we adding a new flavor to the mix?
Gold Bears contain orange, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, and pineapple flavors. It’s an odd non-traditional, definitely non-typical American assortment of flavors, and that’s what’s so cool about it. Every. Single. American. Gummy has cherry, watermelon and green apple flavors. Yes, they’re ayeet, but we’re choking on that shit over here!
Instead of apple, how about peach? Or blueberry? Or black currant?
Dont even get me started on cherry. Do NOT.
I’m guessing that this is really about publicity for Haribo, who are not coincidentally opening their first American factory soon. Tied in with this contest is a chance for the lucky winner to win a trip to….Orlando? I’m not sure that can actually be considered a prize-I’ve been there. But knock yourselves out trying to win.
But enough of me, I’m curmudgeonly and void of hope. I want to hear what you guys think-should there be new flavors in the Gold Bears? If so, which one do you like the most? Check out the link below to get all three new flavors plus some bonus sour Bears from Amazon.
My favorite is the cherry gummi bears they are my absolute favorite I can only eat the cherry ! Wish they had them all the time!
Is this the Stacy Ross I know from my years back in the theater area of the world?
Did you not like cherry or are you just sick of cherry in general since it’s everywhere in American candy? You’re not wrong. In my experience, cherry candy can either be very good or very nasty and there’s hardly ever an in-between. I thought Haribo’s cherry choice was the definite best. The wine-like color made the already classy golden bag even classier and they smelled really great too, sweet and mellow taste to boot.
I surprisingly did like watermelon second best but the smell of them was too much after awhile. Not that I hated it, but it kind of gets overpowering. And I really liked green apple, but the color really didn’t stand out too much from the regular strawberry green. A bit darker but not by much. When I think of green apple, I think a much lighter green. They tasted alright, but not enough that I’d be picking them out specifically from the classic bag. That’s reserved for strawberry, raspberry, and pineapple.
This whole new flavor thing just makes me remember and miss the juicy gold bears. Whatever happened to those? The flavors were unique and the colors gave me sort of an, I don’t know, old world feel? Like you really got the feeling they used natural colors to make the bears. Being American, I tend to take for granted how candy here is garishly-colored so looking at those juicy bears was just as big a treat as eating them.
I love cherries, and I love good cherry candy. But the flavor is so ubiquitous, and there’s SO many mediocre to bad cherry candies, it’s sort of ruined it for me. When I find a quality cherry candy these days though, I love it. It’s just rare.
As for juicy gold bears, I was wondering the same thing a few weeks ago. They were SO damn good….