Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gimbal’s Sour Lovers

Gimbal's Sour LoversGimbal’s is a Californian candy company that specializes in sugar candies and boasts a low allergen facility. Lately they’ve been introducing a new themed-flavored “Lovers” product every year. The first year it was a heart shaped Cherry Lovers, with nine different cherry flavored heart shaped jelly beans. Last year it was Honey Lovers with sixteen different honey tinted flavors. This year it’s its a bit of a tart twist with Gimbal’s Sour Lovers.

When I first saw the announcement for them, I knew I had to track them down. I had trouble finding Honey Lovers in stores, so I decided to order Sour Lovers online and avoid the store-to-store hassle. I was fortunate to find them featured in a special at where they were $7.00 for two 11 ounce bags including shipping. (Little did I realize that the actual shipping, from the San Diego area to Los Angeles would take 12 days, with little communication from the company about the delay.)

The package includes twelve flavors of tart jelly candies with a sour sand coating. The flavors are: Pomegranate, Fuji Apple, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Meyer Lemon, Tangerine, Baja Margarita, Sour Blueberry, Mango, Bing Cherry, Strawberry Daiquiri and Georgia Peach. I’m kind of particular about my sour candy, because I like a lot of intense flavor with the tartness, so these really sounded tantalizing to me.


The heart shapes aren’t as defined or quite as attractive as the Cherry or Honey Lovers, but I thought the size and shape, a sort of thick heart shape, was perfect. The sanding is light to keep them from sticking together, but I found that even in the low humidity of Los Angeles, they did get a bit tacky if they weren’t stored in a sealed bag.

I had trouble telling the colors apart. Since I had two bags, I mixed them up in order to find all of the colors/flavors. I have to say that the guide on the back wasn’t exactly helpful for the colors that had a few flavors associated with them, like the orange/peach, pink/light red/red and yellows.

Pomegranate - I found it difficult to identify this one, so I had to open both bags in order to find the slightly darker red Pomegranate. It has some floral notes that reminded me of raspberry but with more of a tannic bite. It’s missing some of the notes of actual pomegranate juice but still has a distinctive flavor unlike the rest of the pieces in the mix.

Fuji Apple - goes beyond the normal green apple flavor with actual real apple juice and peel flavors in there along with the fake green notes that we come to expect from candy.

Grapefruit - I could eat a bag of these. If they make another Lovers mix, I would pay a premium for it to be a Citrus Lovers. This had an amazing intensity, all of the notes a real grapefruit has from the juicy tartness, zest, sweetness and then that lingering bitterness.

Watermelon - Gimbal’s does a great job with flavors that I often find too artificial from other companies. This watermelon was definitely a little on the “candy” side of things, but really flavorful, floral and of course puckery.

Meyer Lemon - again, get me a bag of these. Meyer Lemons have a bit more of a mandarin flavor to them than the usual Eureka lemons, so they’re the perfect combo of tartness and juicy citrus flavors that do more than burn. (I actually drink Meyer Lemon juice from my back yard tree in a little mineral water - no sugar needed.)

Tangerine - this one sizzles with sour orange, it’s actually a bit more sour than the Meyer Lemon, and also not as zesty.

Baja Margarita - this take on the traditional sour lime really pops, it’s zesty but not all about the sour and I might have even tasted a little hint of salt on it.

Sour Blueberry - this one wasn’t quite blueberry, but I’ve been binging on the real thing. It was more like a sour raspberry, which you know, is also good.

Mango - I had trouble finding this one in the mix as well, and sometimes didn’t know if it was Peach (which is an opaque one). I really can’t say more than I’m not sure I ever ate one.

Bing Cherry - the bing cherry heart isn’t that dark in color, but does have a strong, woodsy flavor like a Life Saver but with far more intensity and tang.

Strawberry Daiquiri this was lovely, though maybe a little too sour, which covers up the great flavors. The floral notes were overshadowed by the citrus, but it’s a daiquiri flavor, so I suppose that’s to be expected.

Georgia Peach - I’m not usually fond of peach flavored candies, but this one has it all, actual fuzz flavor, a zing of sour and the sweet juiciness. It’s like a peach that’s not quite ripe. It has the added benefit of going well with the other flavors (except maybe watermelon).

The candies also have vitamin C in them as well as being made in a facility that’s gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut & tree nut free. They’re made with natural flavors and apple juice, but there are also artificial flavors and colors, too. As a true jelly product there are no fats or gelatin in them either (so they’re basically a vegan product since there’s no confectioners glaze or beeswax on them like the hard shell jelly bean versions).

I loved this mix. They’re zippy but have more well rounded flavors that will please adults. I can’t eat too many without burning my tongue, but then again, the intensity is really satisfying so I don’t usually want to eat more than five or six at once.

Full Disclosure: It’s come to my attention that I did not mention when I first posted this review that was an advertiser on Candy Blog. We no longer have any sort of business relationship. I made no attempts to hide my identity in the ordering process, though I can assure folks that I received no special treatment one way or the other in the price, shipping, handling or communication process. This post is not a review of, I only made passing mention of my experience with the company in the procurement of this candy because I always mention where I get my candy from. (I did subsequently get a free sample of the Sour Lovers from the National Confectioners Association after this review was posted and I ended up giving that bag away unopened.)

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Name: Sour Lovers
Brand: Gimbal’s Candy
Place Purchased:
Price: $3.50
Size: 11 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Candy, Gimbal's Candy, Jelly Candy, Kosher, Sour, 9-Yummy, United States

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  1. Hi, I don’t want to be mean but you keep putting the wrong information about the Cherry Lovers. On the Honey Lovers page you say the Cherry comes in 16 flavours (because the honey comes in 16 flavours). On this page you say the Cherry comes in 12 flavours, because the Sour has 12 flavours. The Cherry comes in nine flavours, as made clear in your original Cherry Lovers post and the Gimbals official website. Again, I don’t want to be mean. I love your website; I’m a candy addict and your gorgeous photos and astute write-ups make this site one of my favourites on the Internet.  I just wanted to point out that you’ve gotten this wrong twice and I think it would be helpful to fix that so you have the right information.

    Comment by Sacha on 5/26/11 at 2:35 pm #
  2. Thanks for pointing that out, Sacha. I’m posting remotely and I definitely haven’t been able to give my full attention to some of these details. I’ve fixed these two errors. I’m sure there are others.

    Comment by cybele on 5/26/11 at 2:55 pm #
  3. Hi Cybele, did something happen at Strawberry Daiquiri? You stopped at “The floral n”


    Comment by Zachary on 6/08/11 at 2:20 am #
  4. I finally found a bag of these for $3 and I was sooo excited. They’re delicious! I hate the margarita one, though, so I let my boyfriend pick them out. I don’t think they’re sour but they taste “mature”.

    Comment by Asia on 12/13/11 at 3:10 pm #
  5. Hey, I tried some of these a bit ago as well after reading your review (found them at a Harris Teeter) and they are very good.  I think you probably may not have had the mango ones because I thought the mango and peach had pretty distinct flavours and I enjoyed both of them. Maybe you should look for another bag because it is worth trying! My favourites were the mango, watermelon, strawberry and lemon. For some reason I didn’t really like blueberry. I had a bag and brought it to a meeting with friends and when I left it was empty! Need to get more now!

    Comment by Sacha on 12/14/11 at 8:00 pm #
  6. Man these things are so good, you just reminded me to grab a bag when I go grocery shopping next. They’re only available at one store that I’ve seen but they’re always a good deal, either $2 or $2.50 a bag I think. I love all of the flavors except for the Margarita one.

    Comment by Yurei on 12/16/11 at 3:55 am #
  7. I’m a fiend for sour gummies. Your review prompted me to order some of these directly from the manufacturer. Anxiously awaiting their arrival!

    Comment by RoanRider on 3/02/12 at 4:26 pm #
  8. The Bellingham Grocery Outlet has these in the 3 oz. bag (3 for a buck!!) They are really good, without that awful fake chemical taste that ruins so many sour candies, and without that nasty skin-peeling sour sanding. The flavors are pretty authentic , too. And they’re pretty - what more could you want?

    Another vote for an all-citrus pack!

    Comment by Liz on 5/14/12 at 6:19 pm #
  9. where can I find these candies in the Duanesburg NY area

    Comment by theodora delaney on 2/22/13 at 9:22 am #
  10. I’m a huge fan of these after having scored them once on eBay, but can’t find them at a reasonable shipping rate again. Amazon wants to charge $80 to ship $30 worth of sweets, as usual.

    Does anyone know a reasonably priced international candy shop that carries them? I’ve had no luck Googling around (they’re on Sugarfina but they also charge far, far too much to ship to Australia).

    Comment by Phei on 12/16/13 at 7:32 pm #
  11. These are my new favorite candies! I love sour candy and most candy in general. I bought four bags of these online and brought a bag into the office. We devoured the whole large bag in around 2 hours between 4 of us in the office. Delicious!

    Comment by Brad on 6/03/15 at 11:35 am #
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