Monday, June 14, 2010

Haribo Raspberries Gummi Candy

Haribo RaspberriesHaribo makes dozens of kinds of candy usually in fanciful shapes. The Haribo Raspberries Gummi Candy are kind of the other end of the spectrum. They look just like the real thing. They’re the same size and approximate the shape and texture of real raspberries and blackberries very well.

The Raspberries are a popular item for wedding candy buffets because they’re elegant with their sharp red and black colors but also because they do well in summer heat.

Oddly enough, before buying this bag, I’d never had the Haribo version before. I’ve had the Jelly Belly Confections brand, but saw no reason to try anything else.

I picked up this “value bag” at Target. Value is mostly accurate, it’s a half a pound for $1.49 - which is pretty good for Haribo. This particular bag was made in Turkey, I know that Haribo varies depending on which of their global facilities the candies are made in.

Haribo Raspberries

They are cute and exquisitely formed. Each is made up of a soft clear gummi center covered with black or red large nonpareils. The nonpareils themselves aren’t particularly flavored, the pop is in the center.

Haribo Raspberries

I don’t think there’s supposed to be a difference between the two, but I sense one.

The Black Raspberries are lightly bitter, like smoke, on the tip of my tongue. The center is a mild and tangy raspberry jelly. It’s not really gummi but completely smooth with only a slight bouncy chew. It wasn’t a full-bodied jam flavor, just a light floral berry juice.

The Red Raspberries were actually more to my liking, though much sweeter. I wish the nonpareils weren’t quite so sweet or at least had a little more flavor to them. But at least the red ones didn’t taste weird to me. (Odd because the only food coloring mentioned on the package was Red 40, my nemesis, which I would have expected to ruin the red ones.)

Overall, they’re pretty and probably fun for decorating or display, but not enough pop for me to keep eating. I will note again that these were from Turkey, the ones made in the German factory may be much better.

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Name: Raspberries Gummi Candy
Brand: Haribo
Place Purchased: Target (Irvine)
Price: $1.49
Size: 8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 102
Categories: Candy, Haribo, Gummi Candy, 6-Tempting, Turkey, Target

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  1. I see them all the time. Never bothered to pick a bag from the shelf though. I simply thought I wouldn’t like them.

    Comment by Ana on 6/14/10 at 4:17 pm #
  2. “Red 40, my nemesis”

    Sounds sort like a James Bond villain…

    Comment by J. Michael Looney on 6/14/10 at 5:55 pm #
  3. I’ve found that the gold bears from Turkey are softer than the ones from Germany, and I like them better.  I always thought Haribo’s bears are too hard.

    My favorite Haribo gummi is the “fruit salad” that you can sometimes find at Aldi.  If they cared to drop a sack of the pineapple flavored ones off at my house, I wouldn’t complain.

    Comment by Dave on 6/14/10 at 7:51 pm #
  4. You sure it said Red 40? That’s a chemical dye, I thought Haribo only used natural ones?? Strange. At least everything they sell inn Scandinavian is marked with that. I have never reacted to a bag of Haribo, and believe me: those bags get emptied!!

    Comment by Veronica on 6/15/10 at 12:21 am #
  5. I finally tried a bag, too - and three months (or more) later there are still some sitting on my shelf.  That does NOT happen in my house!  I wasn’t that pleased with them.  I thought they were too sweet (again - my husband is thinking, “Too sweet?  What have you done with my wife?”) and I also thought I detected a licorice taste in the black raspberries.  I like licorice fine, but not here!  Did anyone else taste this flavor?

    Comment by Laura on 6/15/10 at 9:43 am #
  6. I like the red ones, but the black ones are too bitter for me.
    I only buy these if I can pick the black ones out of the bin.

    Comment by Sallie on 6/15/10 at 1:51 pm #
  7. I never liked the black ones, actually. The nonpareils have such a bitter flavor (which might be the smokiness you mentioned), which I think is from the coloring. The nonpareils also get food coloring all over my fingers and mouth.

    Comment by Megatron on 6/15/10 at 2:33 pm #
  8. i love these! it’s mostly about the texture, though. yum.

    Comment by pam on 6/16/10 at 10:38 am #
  9. I really don’t like the black ones. They are definitely too bitter.
    You can buy 5 lbs bags of Haribo candies on Amazon for $14.77 if anyone wants to know. They’re slightly cheaper than buying the little bags.

    Comment by Emily on 6/16/10 at 3:51 pm #
  10. I must be the only one here who prefers the bitter, black ones!

    Comment by Bob on 6/16/10 at 6:52 pm #
  11. the red and black ones definitely taste different. the black ones are much less sweet and do have that weird bitter smokiness underneath. the red ones are tastier, more berry tasting, but the black ones are a nice complement.
    i love these candies! they’re so fun to eat. they dont have a very strong tangy flavor..even though theyre supposed to be raspberries..but theyre pleasant and sweett.

    Comment by lisa on 7/24/10 at 6:49 pm #
  12. I just picked up 2 bags today and it definitely lists Red 40 in the ingredients.

    Comment by verwon on 11/12/10 at 7:12 pm #
  13. Yum yum yum!

    Comment by Taylor on 5/05/11 at 10:30 pm #
  14. @ Bob: you are, sir.  Once in a great while I’ll buy a bag, because I won’t eat the black ones.  Give the dog one or two and throw the rest away.  I was quite happy to see a candy shop (the sort that sells by the pound, from bins) that had them separated by color.

    Comment by Adam on 10/02/12 at 3:19 am #
  15. Ones from Turkey are much better, always

    Comment by Melissa on 5/29/13 at 4:45 pm #
  16. What store. (Not online website) can I buy these at? Is it just target?

    Comment by lexi on 8/16/13 at 2:24 pm #
  17. I tried these today and found this site to see if the colors had different flavor. All in all, I am not impressed by these. I like Haribo but find these to be lackluster at best. Fortunately I also bought peppermint patties, sour patch kids, I always have either Hi-Chews or airheads around and my favorite of the day is the new jolly rancher crunch and chew! Maybe they aren’t new, but I’ve never had them before. Jolly rancher always makes a good treat and these are great because you get to suck the shell off and then just chew the crud out of the chewy center. Just chew the crud out of it! Nom Nom Nom!

    Comment by another1ofyou on 8/01/15 at 7:16 pm #
  18. I quit smoking and started eating these. When the gas station snack shop was out I immediately went to the Internet for a 5 pound bag.
    I definitely got a kind of tobacco aftertaste from the dark berries, tho I preferred them to the very sweet red ones. I thought it was just me! Not smoky, tobacco-y!
    Mine are from Turkey. Maybe Haribo is next to a hookah bar?

    Comment by Donise on 11/30/15 at 9:19 pm #
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