Friday, April 29, 2005

Gobs of Gobstoppers

Name: Chewy Centered Gobstopper
Brand: Wonka (Nestle)
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Store
Price: $.33
Size: 1.77 oz
Calories per ounce: 60
Type: Hard Candy

I guess it’s appropriate to visit the Wonka line of candies since there will be another movie soon. There are very few actual products out there, I reckon, that were created based on a novel. And more than a novelty, some of the Wonka candies are pretty good. The brand itself is an odd one, changing hands from time to time and amassing some other brands in the meantime (did you know that Bottle Caps are now Wonka products?).

Besides the odd history, I thought I’d do a little review of the Everlasting Gobstopper since I found that they’ve created a new version - the Chewy Centered Gobstopper.

First, a Gobstopper is a jawbreaker that has different flavored layers and in the center is a sweet-tart sphere. When I was a kid the Gobstoppers were large, like real jawbreakers. I haven’t seen those in years, but have been able to find the boxes of Gobstoppers that contain little marble sized versions. They come in bright colors and the layers change flavor three or four times before getting to the center. The flavor itself is rather bland, more sweet than tart, but it has a pleasant cooling feel to the smooth surface.

The Chewy Gobstopper has the same flavor except for the center, which is much larger, so the layers are fewer or thinner (I couldn’t figure it out because I kept chewing them up before getting to the center). They’re very much the same as the regular Gobstopper and I think I might buy them again. Especially if I can find them at the 99 cent store.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:26 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewNestleHard Candy & Lollipops8-TastyUnited States99 Cent Only Store

  1. They’re tasty.

    Comment by Twinge on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. We purchased many bags of your Gobstopper hearts for Valentines Day.  We loved the candy because, unlike regular Gobstoppers, because they are flat, you are less likely to chew them as you are the round ones.  And when you get up there in age and have to worry about chipping a tooth, it is much safer.  Are there other holiday Gobstoppers (for example, Easter) that are flat like the hearts were?

    Comment by Dawn on 3/06/06 at 12:41 pm #
  3. Just bought a 10 OZ box at Target today while shopping. I heard they were really good and the are! Worth a try!

    Comment by Walt on 4/08/06 at 11:30 am #
  4. gobstoppers are the best. i used to buy them all the time in 2nd grade.

    Comment by kelly on 9/18/06 at 11:22 am #
  5. I’m usually more of a red flavor type person. I like cherry best, followed by strawberry.  But surprisingly, in gobstoppers my favorite flavor is the green one.

    Comment by Rita on 3/26/08 at 1:48 pm #
  6. We’re looking for fun recipes. Help us find recipes that include wonka’s favorites please. Alicia’s favorite candy in the world is the everlasting gobstobber. Can you help us? Thank you very much smile

    Comment by Sean and his little sister Alicia on 7/06/08 at 4:28 pm #
  7. I still have some of the large Wonka everlasting gobstoppers (I stocked up in the late 80?s).  I agree about the ?cool? smooth texture and they really last a long time.  There were actually two sizes made at the time: larger ones were sold in a small two-pack, and the slightly smaller ones were sold in a box.  There have been several changes since then, everytime they get smaller and they don?t taste the same.

    Comment by Jonathan on 5/15/09 at 1:52 pm #
  8. why cant they sell anything good in england

    Comment by kris on 2/01/10 at 10:12 am #
  9. I love gobstoppers (green is my favorite) but my last two boxes have been horrible.  They changed the design of the box and unfortunately changed the product too.  They break immediately and have a more chemical taste.  I’m really disappointed with Nestle!  I’ve written to them about this and received no response.

    Comment by Maria on 2/05/10 at 3:35 pm #
  10. The green is the best! I miss the bubblegum centered gobstoppers. :(

    Comment by Allegra on 2/28/10 at 4:12 pm #
  11. I’m with #9. Gobstoppers used to be solid candy (like a jawbreaker). Now, they have a sweet tart like candy center. I liked the original ones much better. I won’t be buying anymore, thanks.

    Comment by elise on 7/09/10 at 10:11 pm #
  12. I’m with #9 too… Gobstoppers have taken a drastic change and it’s only for the worse!!  How are they still called gobstoppers if they break immediately?? And no they don’t have mulitple layers of flavor any longer.  Unfortunately i too won’t be buying them any longer and I plan to write nestle to let them know.

    Comment by jesse on 8/16/10 at 9:27 pm #
  13. Why oh why do companies ruin their products?  Bring back the multi flavor multi layer BIG ones!

    Comment by Jennifer Parton on 1/02/13 at 10:05 am #
  14. I used to be a gobstopper fanatic.  But now that the center is different, I don’t like them at all!  I’m so disappointed! I want the original gobstoppers back!  PLEASE!!

    Comment by Malinda on 7/25/14 at 2:55 pm #
  15. Ok so I had to see if anyone else noticed how Nast gobstoppers are now! They taste totally different now!!! I used to buy them everyday, but not anymore…the middle tastes like a sweet tart! They used to have a more sour taste in the middle! Please go back to the original version!!!!!!

    Comment by Noelle on 1/17/15 at 12:18 am #
  16. Candy packaged as Gobstoppers are no longer Gobstoppers at all and should be rebranded and bring back the real Gobstopper.  I was very disappointed and felt insulted by the substitution.

    Comment by Speak4today on 2/03/15 at 11:20 pm #
  17. If y’all don’t like them then don’t complain because there are people who actually like the gobstoppers now. They’re bloody amazing I’m eating some right now as I’m commenting like damn. These are amazing, stop being so ungrateful. If y’all don’t wanna buy them THEN DONT. Hahahahaha.

    Comment by Aaliyah on 2/03/16 at 2:59 pm #

    Comment by LORI on 2/17/17 at 7:18 am #
  19. 17, what a preposterous thing to say. The fact that some people like them is not a reason to tell others not to say they don’t. And I can’t figure out where it’s ungrateful to say they ruined a good candy by making it cheaper and worse. Is it not possible to enjoy it as it is without smugly telling other people not to complain? What nonsense.

    Comment by DW on 3/28/17 at 1:17 am #
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