Thursday, July 24, 2008

LifeSavers Tangy Fruits Gummies

imageI went to the Bay Area last weekend and instead of going on a spree to all the most luxurious chocolatiers and confectionery shops I went to the Dollar Tree and Long’s. (Yes, we have Long’s & Dollar Tree in Los Angeles, but this plaza in Dublin had some really good shops.)

I was pleased to find the new LifeSavers Gummies Tangy Fruits which were announced at All Candy Expo a few months ago. I was drawn to them because they feature tangerine, which is my absolute favorite LifeSavers flavor (and will prompt me to by Tropical LifeSavers just for those).

I wasn’t sure when they were announced if they were going to be like the LifeSavers Sour Gummies, which are coated in a grainy sugar/sour sanding or if they’d be like the traditional smooth rings of the LifeSavers 5 Flavors. After purchasing and opening, I was pleased to see that they are the smooth variety. (Yes, I prefer my gummis without the grainy mess, because I like to play with them.)

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While the LifeSavers 5 Flavors Gummies follow the flavor set of the 5 Flavors hard candies, the Tangy Fruits were free to be whatever tangy fruits they wanted to be without a parallel. In this case they’re Tangerine, Watermelon, Lemon, Sour Apple, Tangy Cherry & Wild Fruit Punch. Now, what I found most interesting about that list was that three of those flavors are kind of in the 5 Flavors (Green Apple, Watermelon & Cherry). So in order to fully compare, I also bought a pack of the 5 Flavor Gummies.

The new packaging that LifeSavers introduced last year has a helpful key on the front that details the color & flavor combinations.

Aqua = Wild Fruit Punch - I don’t think there’s a wild fruit flavor in here at all. It tastes like a chemistry set. Perfumy, a bit like Kool-Aid fruit punch but there are some citrus notes and even though it’s blue, it was kind of bitter.

Green = Sour Apple - yeah, it’s green apple, but I was really missing the tangy bite I felt I was promised. Granted it does taste different from the 5 Flavors Green Apple, but not any more sour. Just different.

Light Red = Watermelon - I’ve never understood the desire to make anything watermelon flavored sour. Watermelon flavor has nothing to do with tartness as far as I’m concerned, so it’s like making sour honey, it just doesn’t make any sense. In this case it’s not sour, it’s actually quite nice. It reminds me of the perfect Jolly Rancher.

Dark Red = Tangy Cherry - I was expecting the black cherry flavors of a regular LifeSaver and I got a lot of those really intense woodsy-floral notes here. It’s not that “tart cherry pie” flavor but it’s also not at all the same as the Cherry in the 5 Flavors (which after tasting again reminds me of lipstick).

Yellow = Lemon - I’ve been missing lemon in the 5 Flavors, so I was glad to see its return here. And it was lemon! Tangy, zesty (almost too zesty!), soft and fragrant. Much more potent than the old hard candy LifeSaver.

Orange = Tangerine - I saved the best for last. And I wasn’t disappointed. This is no drink mix flavor, it tastes like someone peeled a tangerine right in front of me. There’s even a slight bitterness, plus the juicy taste of the gummi is enhanced by the soft and rubbery chew. I think it could be tarter, but I think all of them need to be more sour if they’re going to call the product Tangy Fruits.

The texture of the gummis was nice. They felt less greasy than they used to, but a little tougher.

While Tangy Fruits has more flavors that I actually like, buying six flavors just to get two that I like (tangerine & lemon) is insane. So here’s my request: Citrus Mix. Orange, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine and Grapefruit. (And if they wanted to throw Pineapple in there, I wouldn’t argue with the violation of the definition of citrus.)

LifeSavers hard candies are made in Canada, but these are made in the USA. They contain gelatin so are not suitable for vegetarians and are not Kosher.

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Name: LifeSavers Gummies Tangy Fruits
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Wrigley's (Mars)
Place Purchased: Long's (Dublin, CA)
Price: $.69
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 87
Categories: Gummi, United States, Wrigley's, Mars

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:20 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. These are gorgeous! I hope I stumble across them sometime. smile

    Comment by Sera on 7/24/08 at 11:38 am #
  2. I live near Dublin!  Would you mind enlightening me as to where this is?

    Comment by Alex on 7/24/08 at 8:03 pm #
  3. Cybele, Great minds think alike! How weird that we’d both say the same thing! Bring on the citrus flavors.

    Comment by Patti on 7/25/08 at 1:42 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Alex - It’s kind of where I580 & I680 cross. On Amador Valley Blvd. There are a few shops - a Long’s, a Ranch 99 (first one I’ve been in, even though there are a few in Los Angeles) and the Dollar Tree. There’s a Big Lots there, too, but I didn’t go in.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/25/08 at 9:14 am #
  5. cool blog for us candy fanatics!
    I’ll be Faving this so I’ll be a frequent visitor

    Comment by yan-yang on 7/27/08 at 12:31 am #
  6. Hm, sour honey?  Now I’m curious, I wonder how that would taste.

    Comment by Rita on 7/27/08 at 11:51 am #
  7. I’ve been hooked on them for a while now. I’m debating whether or not I should buy them in bulk or not.

    7-11 seems to have them, that’s the only place I’ve seen them.

    Comment by Ralph Jones on 7/30/08 at 8:03 am #
  8. I love them, in Florida you can find them in Publix, Winn Dixie, Walgreens, and CVS.  They use to carry them religiously in Wal-Mart but have not had them for at least 2 year.  I love them and sometimes it 3-4 bags a week.  I’m addicted.

    Comment by Deborah Sumner on 8/21/08 at 8:27 am #

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