Friday, May 23, 2008

Albanese Gummi Butterflies

I was in love with these gummis sight unseen. I saw the teaser on the All Candy Expo website New Product Showcase. There was no photo ... but the description alone Gummi Butterflies: Bold colors and delicious flavors. Flutter away with the newest version of the World’s Best Gummi! convinced me that these were going to be gorgeous.

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Everything Albanese makes in the gummi category is lovely.

Krunchy BearsTheir Krunchy Bears (and other ring & heart shapes) are pure delights to look at and offer a new twist on the gummi + crunch. They offer at least 15 different flavors of gummi bears not to mention other gummi items like green army men & fighter jets, and at really reasonable prices.

If I have any complaints about the company, it’s that they don’t have a very good website featuring their candies and the online ordering section doesn’t have all their products.

When I got them in my set of sample items from All Candy Expo, I practically squealed because they were just what I hoped they were.

They’re large gummis, about 3 inches across at the widest. Thick and soft (mine were a little bent in spots, but they were stuffed in a tiny ziploc), they remind me of Gel Gems. So that’s what I did with them, I went into the guest room, wiped the window to clean it and then slapped them up on the glass.

Albanese Butterfly Gummis

I could see these being great fun to have in the car with kids on a road trip. Edible window decorations. (Though do keep some window cleaner handy, as they get things greasy eventually.)

I felt rather evil as I was essentially eating the wings off the butterflies, but it’s the only obvious way to eat them. (Though a non-obvious and perhaps more interesting way to eat them would be to fold the wings and take a bit out of them ... then put them back up on the window, or perhaps cut them apart and piece them together much like I did with franken-bears as a kid.)

  • Orange - soft and chewy with strong tangy taste. Not complex or zesty like some, more like orange-ade.
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  • Blue Raspberry - quite tart with a good floral berry taste. As an added bonus, there are actually butterflies that are this color.
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  • Concord Grape - I can’t say that I’ve had many grape gummis, this was in the SweeTart family of artificial grape flavors. It wasn’t very strong, lightly tangy.
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  • Watermelon (pink) - really much too sour for watermelon. What’s great about real watermelons is that they’re sweet and mellow, bursting with quenching water. Instead this is like chewing on the unripe rind ... just a too acidic and artificial tasting.
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  • Wild Cherry (red) - a bit mellower than the other flavors. It’s a bit tangy, but not too much. It’s a good black cherry flavor, much like a chewy LifeSaver.
  • I wish their pineapple was in this mix, but maybe it wasn’t vibrant enough in color.

    Other new products introduced this week:

    Gummi Sugar Plums: Visions of these flavorful Sugar Plums will be dancing in your head all year long!

    Theater Size Boxes: Fantastic value, attractive, eye catching theater boxes will be a real hit with customers! Available in our popular and unique 12 Flavor Gummi Bears and Super Sour Mini Neon Gummi Worms.

    There’s no word how the Butterflies will be sold, but I’d expect them to turn up in the same tubs & packages that they use for their other novelty items like the Army Men and of course in bulk bins.

    Related Candies

    1. Meiji Gummy Choco
    2. Gummy Fishies
    3. Brain Candy! (gummi brains)
    4. Haribo Fizzy Cola
    5. Gummi Lightning Bugs
    6. Endangered Species Chocolate
    Name: Gummi Butterflies
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Albanese Confectionery
    Place Purchased: samples from All Candy Expo
    Price: unknown
    Size: unknown
    Calories per ounce: unknown
    Categories: Gummi, United States, Albanese Confectionery

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:43 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

    Comments
    1. Love the photo of the gummies on the window!

      Comment by Frances on 5/23/08 at 7:32 am #
    2. wow, those are really lovely

      Comment by Adam on 5/23/08 at 7:45 am #
    3. I live near the Albanese candy factory, and recently stopped in and saw these butterflies! Super cute, but I didn’t feel like buying any… Glad to see your reaction to them!

      Comment by Alli on 5/23/08 at 8:15 am #
    4. How funny! I just saw Albanese gummi products for the first time yesterday, online at Amazon of all places.  They have a Grocery beta site, and of course I had to check out the candy selection right off the bat. smile

      They have 62 different Albanese products, so it might be worth checking out if their website isn’t user-friendly.  I don’t see the butterflies on there yet, but I imagine they will be at some point.

      Comment by Maura on 5/23/08 at 11:13 am #
    5. They’re website does kind of suck.  I’m really happy my parents and brother live near the factory store so I stop there every time I visit.

      Comment by Crystal on 5/24/08 at 4:35 am #
    6. I bought some of these at my local farmer’s market from the bulk candy guy about a month ago.  Delicious and beautiful!  And he was selling them for $2 a pound.

      Comment by kahelgee on 6/07/08 at 4:58 am #
    7. Does anyone know where I can purchase these in Canada?

      Comment by Shannon on 9/04/08 at 10:25 am #
    8. Just to let Jennie know the bunnies arrived safely and are perfect for our living room!  I really appreciate the extra effort and service you demonstrated for this venture.  Not many stores are so accommodating.  We’ll be back.  Thanks again.

      Comment by Donna Stacy on 4/07/09 at 9:43 am #
    9. Bought some of these butterflies today from an Ohio store called Tropical Fruit and Nut. They aren’t in Albanese packaging but they look the same.
      My bag had purple, blue, orange, red, pink, and lime green.
      I got them for $1.59 a pound.

      Comment by Michelle on 6/18/10 at 9:18 pm #
    10. They sell these in the bulk bin at our local WinCo for about $1.80/lb, and I LOVE them! I don’t think they’re the same brand, though, ‘cause they have green (apple), I’m pretty sure our pink is strawberry, and our orange DEFINATELY has some zest to it, but not too much. They taste more fruity than any other gummies I’ve had. I actyally like the cherry- a flavor I usually hate becuase it reminds me of cough syrup.

      Comment by Carrie on 1/28/11 at 8:00 am #

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