Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lemonhead Fruit Snacks

Ferrara Pan Fruit SnacksIn the annals of crazy product extensions, I actually did a double take on this one at the store: Ferrara Pan Fruit Snacks featuring Lemonhead & Friends.

The box is busy and a little confusing. When I hear term fruit snacks, I usually expect some sort of fruit puree candy, like a fruit leather or fruit roll up. But these go on to say that they have a Juicy Center made with Real Fruit Juice & 100% Vitamin C.

The first ingredient actually is fruit juice from concentrate (apple, cherry, grape, lemon) followed by corn syrup, sucrose and gelatin ... then some ascorbic acid and artificial colors later on the list. So really, they’re gummis made with real fruit juice. Which is cool, I love really intensely flavored gummi.

Ferrara Pan Fruit Snacks with Juicy CenterFor a 99 Cent Store product, they stand out. The box is bright & colorful, if a little big considering how many packs are inside.

The little packages also say that they’re only 80 calories. Pretty easy really, considering they’re only .9 ounces and have no fat.

Each packet has seven pieces of candy in it. In my experience opening three of the packages, all were heavy on the green and each had only one. Lemonhead has a lot of friends!  (And to be fair, the lemonhead on the box is singular and friends is plural.)

Ferrara Pan Lemonhead & Friends

Each piece is both colored and shaped like the fruit it’s supposed to taste like:

Purple = Grape - though they may have put real grape juice in there, this tastes like Kool-Aid or grape soda. Tangy, sweet and completely artificial. Not that it’s a bad thing, pretty much like the old Alexander the Grape.

Green = Apple - as the most common one in my assortments, I tried more of these than any other. The apple flavor as really pleasant, kind of like a granny smith. The chew of the gummi part is kind of short and less bouncy than some other gummi, but the flavor center is similarly flavorful and less like a sugar goo.

Red = Cherry - he looked kind of like a pumpkin to me, except for the color. The flavor is pretty tangy cherry, very artificial and rather unpleasant for me.

Yellow = Lemon - nicely rounded, it has a lot of zest to it, a nice soft chew and a mellow tangy component.

As a comparison, I tried some Starburst Gummibursts again and found the Ferrara Pan to be moister plus far deeper and more intensely flavored. But of course the flavor assortment is different (cherry and lemon being the only ones in common).

My big beef here is that there’s no orange. Maybe Orangehead and Lemohead aren’t friends any longer. I also wanted more Lemonheads, because they’re my favorite.

As a healthy snack, well, they’re portion controlled and the worst damage you can do is eat the whole box which’d be 480 calories and of course be stocked up with enough vitamin C to last the week (well, if you were able to store Vitamin C for a week in your body ... a better way is to store it in these little candies and portion them out over a longer period of time). There’s nothing else redeeming about them, so I’m happy calling them candy. Really inexpensive candy.

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Name: Lemonheads & Friends Fruit Snacks
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Ferrara Pan
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store (Miracle Mile)
Price: $.99
Size: 5.4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 89
Categories: Gummi, United States, Ferrera Pan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:23 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Good find, Lemonheads are definitely the hook, maybe you could buy many and take out all the Lemonheads.

    Comment by jMo on 8/14/08 at 12:19 pm #
  2. why DO the greens always seem to outnumber any other color candy??  i’ve been wondering that for years and thought it was just my dumb luck as i despise green candy.  i even eat around green skittles.  lime or apple, hate ‘em both.  they taste like windex and plastic, respectively. the actual fruits are great, but not the candy flavor.

    Comment by piper maru on 8/14/08 at 3:03 pm #
  3. As a Lemonhead lover, it almost seems cruel to say “featuring Lemonhead..” and only get one Lemonhead. I agree with you about the orange flavor-out with the green-I never like green candies (except maybe green m&ms;)-and in with the orange.

    Comment by Veronica on 8/15/08 at 2:34 am #
  4. i hate it when green turns out to be apple, instead of lime, which is what green is SUPPOSED to be!!

    Comment by WeightingGame on 8/15/08 at 3:39 am #
  5. My cousins and I used to throw green Jujyfruits at the movie screen.

    Comment by jMo on 8/18/08 at 4:22 pm #
  6. Anybody know where to find these juicy center lemonhead and friends now? (2010) I miss them so!

    Comment by lovedagreen on 10/23/10 at 9:59 pm #
  7. Are these made of gelatin with pork, or kosher gelatin? i really want to eat these but i cant have pork gelatin. Thanks!

    Comment by Hiba on 8/24/12 at 7:24 pm #
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