As part of our campaign to resurface good and important candy reviews from the past, here’s a doozy from Jonny. If you still haven’t had Maynard’s Wine Gums, what’s your excuse?
Why didn’t you guys say anything?
All this time Matty & I have been writing reviews, and we forgot to review Maynard’s Wine Gums?! This CANNOT STAND!
First, let’s get the obvious out the way. Yes, these are made with a high concentration of wine. If one eats more than 8-10 pieces, it’s all lampshades and regrettable hookups. So be careful!
Time to get serious-kitty serious. NO. There’s no wine in these. According to the Wik, traditionally the gums come in five shapes: kidney, crown, diamond, circle and rectangle, and are labelled with five names: port, sherry, champagne, burgundy and claret. While that might be the tradition, a lot of manufacturers take liberties with that. Not Maynards so much.
There are two stories about why Tom Maynard (no, I’m not making this up) decided to call these “Wine Gums.” First reason: To make them an alternative to people consuming alcohol. Second reason, and the more likely, is that the new candies (at the time) were so damn good, they should be appreciated like fine wines. Truth be told, I like these gums more than wine. A lot more. But I’m a bourbon man anyhow.
Whatever the reason, these are something special.
I liken these to gum drops or pastilles. Not stretchy like a gummy; you can take a bite right out of these. They are chewy however, with a great mouth feel — not sticky at all. Flavor-wise? These are champs. The black currant is my fave, but the other flavors have a very “real” edge to them: lime, raspberry, orange, and lemon.
These are unique — once you’ve had a wine gum, you’ll clearly know the difference between it, and other chewy treats. Maynards also makes sour wine gums, and just plain sours, which re-arrange my chromosomes. But these, their flagship original wine gum, are most definitely something you should all try.
Maynard’s make these in the shapes you see above and in “every piece is the same circular disk” shape that they sell in rolls. I’m sure it’s all in my head, but I like these more: the original shapes.
Now go out there and get wine gum drunk.