Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Gummi Lightning Bugs

imageI miss living where there are lightning bugs. When I was in Pennsylvania last month it was a little early for them ... we saw one or two, but not the nighttime display I so longed to see. It was certainly fun catching them as kids and putting them in a jar and setting them on a bookshelf in my bedroom overnight to watch all night (and then release in the morning).

I thought this product was pretty cool looking. It’s just gummis shaped like bugs and they include a set of tweezers with a battery and LED at the tip that activates when you close them around something.

The tweezers work really well, they’ll light up when they get close to being closed, so you can grasp one of the gummis and without even squeezing hard they light up.


The LED is red, which is kind of disappointing because fireflies have a more green/yellow color to their luminescence in real life, but I understand the limitations of making a novelty product at a particular price point. The other thing that I found a little bit of a bummer is that the gummis aren’t actually lightning bugs ... they’re glow-worms. 

The gummis are pretty good. A little different than a Haribo, more like a Trolli. They come in two different colors: red and yellow. They’re very soft and chewy. The orange one is citrus of some sort and the red one tastes like strawberry.

Once you’ve eaten the small portion they give you, the fun with the tweezers isn’t over. You can pick up all sorts of things with them. Light colored jelly beans worked well, gumdrops, hard candies (they’re really cool with these), vitamin gel capsules and of course any small gummis like the traditional bears. If the battery lasts as long as that light up lolly I got last year, you can have hours of fun with them!

I’ve never been particularly fond of most of the novelty items out there (such as clear plastic cell phones with little candy inside) but this one really seems to provide interactivity and promotes imagination ... as well as being a candy delivery device!

If you’re looking for a fun little party favor for a summer kids birthday celebration, these aren’t priced too bad at $1 per if you find a good sale. However, I’m seeing them online for about $1.50 each ... still not a bad deal for a little toy.

Name: Lightning Bugs gummi
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Kandy Kastle
Place Purchased: Savon (Hollywood)
Price: $1.00
Size: 1.41 ounces
Calories per ounce: 92
Categories: Gummi, China

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:58 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I will definitely be picking these up.  I have been so bored with just eating regular lightning bugs that to be able to eat a candy version sounds so… Yummi…

    Comment by Crispin on 7/19/06 at 7:28 am #
  2. So…After “tweezing” a bug, what happens next? Do they make like ‘Pinnochio’ and spring into life? Or do you just sit back and admire their glow for a while?

    Either way, I’m intrigued.

    Comment by GTO on 7/19/06 at 8:16 am #
  3. I am so glad to see that you gave these a 10!  I got some from a friend recently and fell in love with them.  The gummis were pretty tasty and the tweezers were (and still are) way too much fun.

    Comment by Tara on 7/19/06 at 10:57 am #
  4. I see those at the local drug store every time I go in and keep meaning to get some. I forget how much they are there though.


    Comment by Brian on 7/19/06 at 11:12 am #
  5. Lightning bugs are out like crazy in Pa. now. I sat out on the back stoop just to watch them the other night.

    Comment by Wynne on 7/19/06 at 3:17 pm #
  6. I bet they’re all over in Indiana, too. Oh, the things I miss about the midwest!

    Comment by Bruce on 7/20/06 at 5:37 am #
  7. I just bought some of these (for $1.25) for my seven year old brother. He loves just playing with the gummies and the tweezers- he doesn’t feel like eating them. He loves them, though, as do my boyfriend and I (who are taking care of the eating). They’re definitely a great toy for a buck and a quarter, definitely deserving of a ten!

    Comment by Tristyn on 7/26/06 at 2:32 pm #
  8. Cybele's avatar

    GTO - eh, they’re just a delivery device. You can use them to put a piece of candy into your hand or into your mouth like chopsticks.

    Tara - I’m glad to hear your tweezers are still going strong. They really are a good deal.

    Bruce & Wynne - yeah, but I don’t miss the humidity!

    Brian & Tristyn - I just saw them at the Dollar Tree today - so they’re definitely out there for a pretty good price.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/26/06 at 6:50 pm #
  9. where can I find this product in cincinnati, ohio.

    Comment by jim telscher on 10/30/06 at 4:36 am #
  10. my sister says that they stink! (But I disagree)I think they look cool!

    Comment by Candy Lover on 7/10/08 at 6:18 am #
  11. How do you find and read the “Best By” code for the Lightning Bug Gummi’s

    Comment by Becky on 8/25/08 at 4:19 pm #
  12. I’ve bought those for my cousins a few times.  After they finish the gummies we use the tweezers on other foods like grapes cut in half, celery, and raisins until they finally loose them!  We get our moneys worth out of them!

    Comment by Sarah on 10/06/08 at 3:25 pm #
  13. Do not eat anything that is made in China !

    Comment by Maria on 3/11/10 at 8:23 pm #
  14. Cybele's avatar

    Maria - Do you have more information!

    Comment by Cybele on 3/11/10 at 8:39 pm #
  15. Taste really good! Totally worth it! Btw I’m obsessed with this blog I have spent like 7 hours in two days on here

    Comment by Taylor on 3/27/11 at 9:34 pm #
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