Thursday, October 7, 2010

Goody Good Stuff Koala Gummy Bears

Goody Good Stuff - Koala Gummy BearsAfter my review of Goody Good Stuff Sweet & Sour Mix & Match the company offered to send me updated samples. The Mix & Match I had was from an early batch of samples and didn’t have the final packaging. The hook with Good Good Stuff’s candy is that it’s free of many allergens and made with all natural colors and flavors. But the most interesting part of all this is that their “gummies” are completely vegetarian because they don’t use gelatin.

Instead Goody Good Stuff uses a combination of gelling agents (polysaccharides) such as carrageenan (from seaweed) and gellan (from bacteria). Traditional (true) gummis use gelatin, which is a protein. Though they all look the same in the finished product, the texture and behavior can be quite different. 

Goody Good Stuff Bears

So, the Goody Good Stuff Koala Gummy Bears are jelly candies. That’s cool. But wait a second, do they look like Koalas to you? Not to me. The ears are too small, the nose is all wrong. Most importantly these “koalas” have belly buttons. Koalas are marsupials (non-placental) and do not have belly buttons while bears are mammals and do have navels. They look like standard generic ursids.

But that doesn’t mean that this can’t be good candy. (Lots of candies are named incongruously, starting with Circus Peanuts.)

Goody Good Stuff Bears

The Goody Good Stuff Bears come in five flavors/colors. The main difference between these and a traditional gummi is the texture. The Goody Good Stuff Bears are soft and chewy, but they’re more on the jelly side than the gelatinous side. When you take a regular gummi bear and pull it apart, eventually it will break - pull it long enough and it will simply snap, usually leaving clean edges and right angles. Pull a Goody Good Stuff Bear apart and it will stretch and stretch until it’s tiny little, sticky jelly strands. In the mouth the chew is similar until the dissolve comes, the Goody Good Stuff Bears dissolve into a bit of a sticky puddle. They remind me a little like okra mucilage ... in a good way.

The flavors are perfectly gummi-like:

Orange - good mix of zest and juicy tartness.

Strawberry - sweet and fragrant with a mild jammy flavor and light tangy note.

Lemon - strong lemon peel and oil flavors without as much of a tart bite as others.

Green Apple - very mild with notes of both apple juice and that unnatural “green apple” flavor. Bland but pleasant.

Pineapple - bold and floral with a little an authentic pineapple sizzle behind it all.

Though the flavors are not as intense as some other gummis, such as the ones from Japan, these are nicely flavored. The candies are well made, even though they’re all naturally flavored and colored, they’re vibrant looking and each tastes distinctive. They’re mainstream looking and tasting, I don’t think kids would know the difference.

The candies are made without any animal products (no gelatin, no insect-derived colors), however they do use a touch of beeswax so they can’t be considered vegan. They’re nut free, dairy free, gluten free, soy free and peanut free. They’re not easy to find in the US yet, but I expect that to change because of this important vegetarian distinction.

Related Candies

  1. Goody Good Stuff Sour Mix & Match
  2. Surf Sweets Gummi Swirls
  3. Brach’s Gummi+Plus & Tropical Gummis
  4. Katjes Tropical Gummis & Yogurt Gums
  5. Organic Surf Sweets

Name: Koala Gummy Bears
Brand: Goody Good Stuff
Place Purchased: samples from Goody Good Stuff
Price: $2.29 retail
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 101
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Jelly Candy, 7-Worth It, Austria

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:11 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyGoody Good StuffJelly Candy7-Worth ItUnited Kingdom

  1. I didn’t know beeswax made something un-vegan. Muy interesante!

    Comment by Matty on 10/07/10 at 2:55 pm #
  2. Mmm, they look really yummy, but, unfortunately (and thanks for mentioning the ingredient name) I’m allergic to seaweed. Oh well.

    Comment by Callie on 10/07/10 at 6:47 pm #
  3. These candies you review are really cool, and I’ve never heard of almost any of them. You also give great details about each product you review.


    Comment by Bridget on 10/07/10 at 9:57 pm #
  4. Thanks, they look really neat.
    Impressed by your zoology knowledge, loved the lesson.  Great point!
    Your line-up of bears doesn’t correspond to the flavor description below, does it? ,,, :-(
    I’m always confused by the ‘white’ or ‘clear’ colored gummy anything… what fruit would that be?  pear?  white grape?  hate it when they make that color be ‘pineapple’!

    Favor?  What are the colors as mentioned on the label?  Thanks!  grin

    Comment by TriciaGab on 10/08/10 at 6:59 am #
  5. There is a large display of these candies at my local Safeway (of all places).  They look interesting, but I have never been tempted enough to try them out.  I think I will now.

    Comment by LL on 10/08/10 at 11:02 am #
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