Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Haribo Happy Cola

Haribo Cola BottlesI got an email recently pointing out that I’d not reviewed Haribo Happy Cola gummis before.

I’ve been fascinated with Japanese cola candies for a while, and I think I completely forgot about the German cola candies. (I did review the Haribo Fizzy Cola a few years back.)

The great thing about Haribo is that they make an incredible variety with a huge variation of flavors and shapes. The bad thing about Haribo is that the quality varies depending on which factory they’re made in. These were made in Spain.

Haribo Cola Bottles

The bottles are nicely formed, they’re plump and have the shape of a soda bottle. The candy is created using two different colors - a dark amber and a clear, the bottom of the bottle is the darker color and gives the impression of a glass bottle filled with cola. So simple, but so convincing.

These are rather firm but still have a pleasant cola scent when I stick my nose in the bag and inhale. It’s a little lemony citrus and a bit of spice.

The firm bite doesn’t burst forth with much flavor. It’s at first citrusy ... a little tangy. Later I get the cola notes, which is a little woodsy and mellow spice. But it’s very bland. It’s like lemon soda with a splash of cola instead of a cola splashed with lemon.

I want something a little more intense, something that gives me a lot of cola flavor. Maybe I’m spoiled or impatient ... these are still fun though, a great summer vacation candy to munch on while on long drives.

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Name: Happy Cola Gummi Candy
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Haribo
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $1.59
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 90
Categories: Gummi, Spain, Haribo

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  1. Many years ago they had longer, flatter coke bottle gummis in Germany; those were much better than the little ones

    Comment by Claudia on 8/05/09 at 9:10 am #
  2. I did a gummi cola bottle taste test a while ago and I thought the Trolli version was definitely spicier and more cola-y than the Haribo.

    Comment by Adrien on 8/05/09 at 10:04 am #
  3. When I was in upper elementary school (think 1991? 92?) I remember getting a “fruit snack” that was basically just candy.  It was a bag full of pop-shaped candies that were covered in sugar, more like the other Haribo Cola you reviewed previously.

    I wonder if they still make this, or if you could find it!  I remember them having different flavors—cola, orange, etc.  It was the best, but I could only get my mom to buy it once or twice.

    Comment by Jessica on 8/05/09 at 12:27 pm #
  4. Oops, did a little googling and found they are called Sodalicious and were discontinued long ago.  So sad!

    Comment by Jessica on 8/05/09 at 12:31 pm #
  5. gummy soda bottles (of any variety) are seriously my favorite candy on Earth!

    Comment by emily on 8/05/09 at 5:56 pm #
  6. i love haribo…that firm chew that you get…their cola bottles are ok, but i love their gummy bears. i can only eat them once in a while though because i find it impossible to stop eating and they wreck havoc on my soft teeth. you have an awesome blog and take some beautiful pictures!

    Comment by sawyer on 8/05/09 at 7:29 pm #
  7. I think you may have gotten a bad batch of these. From the photos, they looks rather washed out and not as deeply colored as the ones I usually pick up- and those have a pretty strong cola flavor. I’ve never seen them come to me with the color separated from clear into yellow like that.

    That said, the giant gummi cola bottles ARE better. But these are pretty good.

    Comment by Jess on 8/05/09 at 7:40 pm #
  8. Tricia's avatar

    Mmmm, I used to love getting these when they were a once-a-year German-club-fundraiser treat. Still enjoy them, but their ubiquity makes them less desirable.

    Hey Jessica, I’ve purchased a Jelly Bellies soda-flavor mix (in a box) at Target - that might satisfy your Sodalicious yearnings!

    Comment by Tricia on 8/06/09 at 10:06 am #
  9. I never has these before. but i love their shape because it reminds me of my one true love..COCA COLA, LOL

    Comment by Painthead on 8/09/09 at 5:42 pm #
  10. These are good, but the sour ones are better.  (Can’t remember if they’re made by Haribo or someone else.)

    Comment by Ann on 8/15/09 at 4:33 pm #
  11. These are pretty damn good i must say. A standard in any NYC deli… better frozen. While these are really good, Fizzy Cola’s are my definite go-to. I have a serious problem walking past them (fizzy’s are also better frozen)... As a matter of fact, I think I will go buy some right now

    Comment by TheWind on 8/16/09 at 3:33 pm #
  12. What happened when melt up haribo on a frying pan.

    Comment by haribo lover on 5/05/14 at 8:52 pm #
  13. I just gave my grandson Haribo Happy Cola, made in Turkey. After he ate several one side of his nostril started burning, and the burning moved to his throat. He said it was like if you accidentally sucked coke up into your nose. It was so bad this 11 year old who never cries, was in tears.  Have you heard of this happening?

    Comment by Linda Wright on 5/07/16 at 7:15 am #
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