Monday, December 26, 2011

Haribo Ingwer-Zitrone Gummis

Haribo Ingwer-ZitroneWhen I went to Germany last January to attend the ISM Cologne sweets trade show I spent about as much time shopping at the local stores as I did prowling the show floor for traditional, new and different candies.

One candy that I was actually on the look out for was the Haribo Ingwer-Zitrone gummis. They’re ginger and lemon flavored and perhaps a little less mainstream and kid-oriented than many of Haribo’s other offerings. I found them at a Rewe market and bought two bags. When I returned to the States I carefully moderated myself to make them last as long as possible. Sadly, they were gone by September.

When I went to Germany a few weeks ago, these were definitely on my list. I didn’t find them at the first Rewe (grocery store) I visited but did find them at Kaufhof in Berlin (a huge department store with a large food section) ... I bought everything on the shelf, six bags (they were only .99 Euros each).

The package says that they’re erfrischend scharf (refreshingly sharp) which would probably be because it’s made with real ginger and lemon.

Harbo Ingwer Zitrone

The pieces look like medallions of candied ginger, complete with a sanding of sugar (well, it’s not exactly sugar, it’s a sweet and sour sanding mix).

Harbo Ingwer ZitroneThe start out like an ordinary fruit gummi. They smell at a little like lemon peel and have a soft and flexible texture. They’re easy to chew and the sweet/sour sand fades away pretty quickly. The lemony flavor isn’t very sour, mostly a juicy flavor with a lot more zest in it than most of the other kid-oriented flavors. The flavor of the ginger is subtle at first, just woodsy and maybe even a little bitter. But then it kicks in with a slow and warming heat. The ginger lasts for a while, with a strong finish that kind of burns for a while. They’re barely sweet, I don’t feel sticky eating them at all - and perhaps the ginger is even good for my tummy.

I know this isn’t for everyone, you really have to like both the gummi texture and the spicy combination of citrus and ginger. It’s my ideal gummi, probably my favorite thing this year and will go on my list of all time favorite candies.

I even returned the next day to Kaufhof to see if they restocked, but it looks like these five packages I have left are going to have to last me a while. sells them, but they’re $2.99 a bag plus shipping and their $25 minimum order - that would average out to more than $4 a bag. I’m in love, but not that desperate ... yet.

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Name: Ingwer-Zitrone Gummis
Brand: Haribo
Place Purchased: Kaufhof (Berlin, Germany)
Price: .99 Euro ($1.35)
Size: 6.25 ounces
Calories per ounce: 102
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Haribo, Ginger, Gummi Candy, 10-Superb, Germany

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:46 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewHariboGingerGummi Candy10-SuperbGermany

  1. These are some of my favorites - you can often get them in Berlin’s Netto discount stores for 89 euro cents.  Next time you come to Berlin I’d be happy to offer a candy tour - have been reading the blog for years…

    Comment by Silber on 12/26/11 at 6:25 pm #
  2. Not a big fan of ginger but if you give a ten I have to try!
    Btw did you review the peppermint junior mints? Not a fan of
    Candy cane candies but really liked these. Happy new year !

    Comment by Sally on 12/27/11 at 1:43 am #
  3. Bet I’d love these!  Btw “scharf” in this context means spicy smile

    Comment by Alexandra on 1/18/12 at 10:02 am #
  4. I picked some of these up at Bavarian Meats in Seattle. My package also said “Wellness Gums” on it, which made me think they ARE good for your tummy. In fact, the first time I tore into the bag and ate too many and got a stomachache, and after that I found just a few was a nice little refreshing treat after a meal. I think they were $3.79 at Bavarian Meats—pretty pricy, but I had to try them!

    Comment by Maggie on 2/16/12 at 4:18 pm #
  5. First tried these as a gift given to me by my son and daughter in-law. They know I love ginger products. These by far are my favorite treat They purchased them at their meat market.

    Comment by Lucy Coggins on 3/04/12 at 4:38 pm #
  6. Just picked up a bag of these at a Walgreens in San Francisco, so glad I have finally gotten my hands on some. They are absolutely the most flavorful gummis I have ever had, and the interesting combo works for a fan of spicy flavors such as myself. I love Haribo and their usual kid-oriented products but these are an exciting change of pace.

    Comment by Ash on 8/28/12 at 3:18 pm #
  7. Seems like these are frequently available at the 5$ store chain, Five Below, with a lot of other Haribo products.. Im very fond of the lemon ginger gummis as well as the raspberries..

    Iv even occasionally put one in the bottom of a cup of hot green tea, esp if im not feeling great..

    Comment by John on 11/08/12 at 2:23 pm #
  8. I found these at Cost Plus World Market in California. They’re really great!

    Comment by SG on 12/08/12 at 11:54 pm #
  9. I could eat these all day long. I can only get them online though, so they’re pretty expensive. But I think that they are worth the price.

    Comment by Meghan on 12/10/12 at 1:40 pm #
  10. Hey Cybele, also spotted these at Natalie’s Candy Jar in one of the terminals @ SFO over the winter holidays.  Still waiting to find them in a local drug store as I don’t make that many trips to the airport on a regular basis!  Very excited to hear that they have cropped up at some Walgreens.

    Comment by Ace on 1/20/13 at 12:03 pm #
  11. These have become my new favorite also - I’ve found them for a dollar at our local Five Below stores which I believe are a national chain. Maybe you’ll have some luck finding them. I also manage a candy store in the Pittsburgh area and can NOT find these sold in bulk from any of our distributors.. I’m still searching though! smile I would love to carry these in our store.

    Comment by Erica on 4/25/13 at 7:32 am #
  12. After reading this review, I’ve been on a quest to find these things in North Carolina. I think they have an INCREDIBLY LIMITED regional distribution, everyone who says they’ve seen it in a store seems to be on the west coast. The local Five Below in Durham has every Haribo candy EXCEPT these, and I spoke with the manager and she had never seen them. Searching through the Cost Plus World Market website, they don’t list these at all. It’s like they don’t exist except on websites selling them at a huge cost. I’m trying to get someone to buy me a case of these for Christmas, but I can’t justify spending $35 on a case of candy.

    I guess what I really don’t get is why Haribo refuses to make these more widely available despite how good they’re supposed to be. I even started complaining about it on their Facebook page so maybe they’ll see that as demand that they can be the supply for.

    Comment by Sean the Candy Man on 10/02/13 at 4:27 pm #
  13. Just got these at World Market. They are really good! The ginger is so warm.

    Comment by Sara on 11/14/13 at 8:51 pm #
  14. unfortunately, I can no longer find them in the Five Belows in the Pittsburgh area. :( Now I’m on a search to find them online that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg - no luck so far! Figures they’re my new fav and no where to be found!

    Comment by Erica on 11/15/13 at 6:42 am #
  15. I found them by pure coincidence and they are also my favorite. I love ginger anyway (ever tried dark chocolate coated, candied ginger?) and the combination with lemon was a true revelation to me. I can imagine more things with this flavor combination - maybe even ice cream.
    BTW ‘scharf’ does indeed mean ‘sharp’ and not what some other poster said above. Those gums are (lightly) sharp but not spicy.

    Comment by Osmone Everony on 11/28/14 at 10:16 am #
  16. fantastic, found them by accident at a supermarket endcap at checkout—have been looking for them ever since maybe online? good stuff Maynard!

    Comment by dennis j Kucharzak on 7/06/15 at 2:44 pm #
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