Thursday, June 14, 2007

Gummy Fishies

Gummy FishiesI went to Toys r Us yesterday to pick up a booster seat in preparation for the arrival of my niece, nephew, brother and sister in law this weekend. Of course after completing the mundane safety-oriented task I browsed the candy aisle, which is conveniently the entire section in front of the registers. There were lots of novelty items, but the one that caught my eye was the Gummy Fishies, which looks like a purple sardine can and has a little key on the top and everything.

I was a little annoyed with the price, $1.29 for .67 ounces of what I figured were Swedish Fish. But I was already there and though the folks in the car seat section were super helpful, the two cashiers were strangely hung up (one registering someone for the birthday club and the other didn’t give the right change and had to call a manager to open the cash drawer). The longer I waited the more it meant that I had to make this trip more productive. So the Fishies were purchased.

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The little plastic box is shaped like a tin of fish, right down to the little flutes on the side. The key is anchored at the top in a little holder, when inserted into the hole on the bottom side of the box, it meshes with the little grooves like a cog. Turning the key moves the lid of the box smoothly. The first time it needs to break the little perforations on the label, but that happened just like it should.

Gummy FishInside the box is a little clear baggie with five little fish they call “gummy”. It says “Assorted Fruit Flavors” on the package, but I got four red ones and one green one. So much for assorting.

I think the Fishies are made by Albanese, they have an A on their sides, which is the same way Albanese brands their gummi bears (but the package says Made in China ... but they might be referring to the box). The first ingredient is not sugar, it’s pectin ... it also has gelatin in it, these are some seriously gummy fishes. Soft but super springy. The flavor of the red one was rather like raspberry, not like the strange Swedish-berry that’s so distinct. I have no clue what the green one was. It tasted fresh, but kind of like cucumber.

The price is stupid at Toys r Us, I know that you can get these at a better price elsewhere and for under a dollar I think it’s a fun little toy to give to a kid that also has candy. The good part is that the little box is really well made, so you can buy a big bag of Swedish fish or gummi bears or anything else you like and keep refilling it for your kid. Because it holds less than an ounce, that does mean controlled portions. (Or let them use it as a bank ... it’s got a KEY!) The key system actually works, I really couldn’t budge the lid without it unless I wanted to actually break it. (Of course it’s a universal key, so if you’ve given one to each of your kids they have keys to each other’s boxes.)

FLIX Candy makes Gummy Fishies. Most of their product line is devoted to licensed products, I tried their new Peeps Ring Lollipops earlier this year.

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Name: Gummy Fishies
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: FLIX Candy
Place Purchased: Toys r Us
Price: $1.29
Size: .67 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Gummi, FLIX Candy, China, Novelty

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Comments
  1. i immediately imagined swedish fish! i want one for the case! :D

    Comment by Sunny on 6/14/07 at 9:23 am #
  2. How lucky for you to get all the red ones! I wonder if your doppleganger got one filled with the green and blue fish.

    Comment by Russ on 6/14/07 at 11:59 am #
  3. I got a Finding Nemo themed box with a key and candies just like this when the movie was in theatres.  It was ridiculously priced then as well, almost $2, but that tiny orange sardine box and turquoise key were too much for me to be able to resist.  I carried sticks of gum around in that box for a while until I lost it.  I might need to get this to replace it now.

    Comment by Erin on 6/20/07 at 12:55 pm #
  4. I bought these here a couple of months ago http://www.nationwidecandy.com/ this is a way cool candy item.
    Thanks

    Comment by John on 6/20/07 at 6:44 pm #
  5. I really enjoyed this post ( I’ve had similar moments in check out lines…like a consolation prize) I am a huge swedish fish fan and actually gave them up one new year (oh well). I love that you take the time to buy these cute little devices and divulge their mysteries for all.  Thank you!!

    Comment by cc on 3/22/08 at 2:11 pm #
  6. I like them so much. i am a big fan of every fish in the world!I am a big fan.

    Comment by Brittany Hairston on 2/24/09 at 6:23 am #
  7. I lOVE SWEEDISH FISH

    Comment by emmily on 4/26/11 at 9:58 am #

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