Monday, May 13, 2013

Haribo Juicy Gold Bears

Haribo Juicy Gold-BearsWhen I was in Germany a couple of years ago, I picked up a bag of a new Haribo variety of gummi bears called Saft Baeren. They were made with real fruit juice and had a much softer, juicier texture than the traditional Haribo Gold Bears.

Well, Haribo has decided to sell a version of those bears in the United States as Haribo Juicy Gold-Bears. They’re coming out now and feature more than 20% fruit juice and no artificial colors.

They’re a little different from the bears that I tried. First, the version I tried was made in Germany, and as I found out from my taste test, the German Haribo products are usually the ones I prefer because they’re more intense and have a better texture. This bag was made in Turkey. Second, the flavor variety is a little different. The original version had five flavors, this one has six. The flavors are black currant, pear, lime, apple, raspberry and peach. No orange, lemon, pineapple or strawberry.

Haribo Juicy Gold Bears

Black Currant (Purple) is deep and jammy, slightly bitter, in an authentic way with a dry note to it.

Apple (dull green) is very, well, green tasting. It’s an authentic apple flavor, like juice, but it’s also very green, like someone threw a dash of wheatgrass in there or something.

Peach (orange) is fascinating. It’s more apricot if you ask me, and that’s probably a good thing. It’s quite tangy and has a lot of that balsam note that gives peach their fuzzy flavor. It’s a dense and nuanced flavor, done very well, far better than any other peach candy I’ve had.

Haribo Juicy Gold Bears

Raspberry (red) is a great bear. It’s tart and juicy and has a light tannic quality that’s kind of jammy and lightly floral.

Pear (clear) is tangy and a little bland compared to the others. It’s like a baked pear.

Lime (yellow) is actually pretty boring. It’s not as vibrant as the citrus flavors in the original Gold bears.

Overall, the flavors are good, even great, but the actual flavor variety is a little weird. I’m all for not using mainstream flavors, but this mix is just a little too strange for me. There were only two that I liked, and I found myself picking them out of the mix, which is something I never do with the standard Gold Bears. I think the fact that they’re using natural colors and lots of real juice is great and I hope that trend continues ... now if they could just do an all citrus mix of bears that way. However, I know that these flavors, since they’re so specific and so rare in a mix sold in the US, are going to be someone’s favorite.

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Name: Juicy Gold Bears
Brand: Haribo
Place Purchased: samples from Haribo
Price: $1.49 retail
Size: 4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 101
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Haribo, Gummi Candy, 7-Worth It, Turkey

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:26 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewHariboGummi Candy7-Worth ItTurkey

  1. Just leaving Germany (Sept 2015), and the lime and black currant flavors have been replaced with Cherry and Banana. I haven’t tried them yet, but will later today.

    Comment by Jim on 9/18/15 at 4:19 am #
  2. The banana reminds me of a green banana and the cherry seems like nothing special. I like the original flavors better (I am a banana freak, though, and usually love anything banana)

    Comment by Jim on 9/18/15 at 4:25 am #
  3. I love all of these flavors so much. I discovered these about a year ago at Foodland, but they have been out of stock for so long and today they were back!

    Comment by Alex on 10/18/15 at 8:08 pm #
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