Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Necco Paas Gummi Baby Bunnies

Necco Paas Baby BunniesI picked up this package of Necco Paas Gummi Baby Bunnies at the Dollar Tree. I was a bit miffed even before I purchased it. As you can see from the photo, the bag is mostly empty. The product takes up, at most, a third of the bag ... though I have to say it did weigh a hefty nine ounces, which is a generous amount of candy for a buck. (The back of the package says “this product is packed by weight”, which I’m guessing means they’ve gotten some comments.)

The package design is rather lame. The illustration of the Easter Bunny with his basket of baby bunnies isn’t really very contemporary, and I don’t even know what’s going on with the yellow fluffy duck with red hiking boots in the background.

The package promises gummi bunny shaped candies in six creamy flavors. I’m accustomed to transparent gummis, these are opaque, but also apparently creamy.

All my other confusion and miffed-ness aside, these were a pleasant surprise.

Necco Paas Baby Bunnies

These juvenile lagomorph confections are a little bigger than a gummi bear, clocking in at about one inch high. They’re soft opaque colors, matte and a little milky looking. The bag smells a bit like marshmallows and maybe a hint of circus peanuts.

Though the name says they’re gummis, they’re really not. There’s no gelatin in there (so I guess they’re vegan as long as you’re happy to eat modified corn starch, partially hydrogenated coconut oil and titanium dioxide). They look like mellocremes (fondant like Candy Corn), but they’re much smoother than that. They’re firm but give easily when bitten, not as sticky as a gumdrop, not as hard a Jujyfruits.

Banana - Yellow - I think this is the one that overpowers the bag. It’s a plastic-like fingernail polish flavor that wafts like some sort of VOC emission from an auto body shop. Still, I rather liked them, because I like fake bananas even though they made my lungs hurt.

Orange - Orange - rather like the lime one, the orange flavor is quite subtle. Reminds me of a creamsicle, or maybe the distant memory of the last creamsicle I ate about three years ago.

Cherry - Hot Pink - when I looked at this, I wasn’t scared of the cherry flavor, I was immediately turned off at the thought of all that Red 40 dye. The cherry flavor is stronger than the other flavors in the set. Then there’s a bitter component that I find pretty off-putting even if the cherry was rather nice.

Grape - Lavender - this was a baffling little rabbit. It tasted like the only one with a bit of a tangy bite, kind of like yogurt. But the grape flavor was barely there. It also had a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Marshmallow - White - a rather believable toasted vanilla flavor. Smooth chew ... these are kind of what I’d always hoped Bunny Basket Eggs would be like.

Lime - Green - mellow lime flavor that lingers for a while, a bit of vanilla and it’s definitely smooth. A little bitter aftertaste.

They candies are soft and dry to the touch, so throwing them in the Easter grass out of the packaging like jelly beans is a decent option. They’re also cute enough to display in a jar or dish. (Really, anything is better than leaving in the lackluster package.)

Overall, I had no problem eating whatever I drew out of the bag, instead of picking through. (Though when given the opportunity, I threw the grape and cherry back.) The chew is soft and pleasant, not too sweet. They did tend to stick to my teeth, but not as much as something like Dots. They’re definitely worth the dollar I paid for them, but I really urge Necco to make the bag smaller by half, if only to save themselves some space & plastic costs.

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Name: Paas Gummi Baby Bunnies
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Necco
Place Purchased: Dollar Tree (Harbor City)
Price: $1.00
Size: 9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 85
Categories: Jelly, United States, Necco, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:51 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I got a couple bags of these a couple weeks ago at the Dollar Tree for my kids Easter baskets, you always wonder what you may get at a dollar store, but I opened a bag, and I too thought they tasted pretty good.  I agree though, the bag is big for the amount of candy:)

    Comment by Megan on 4/01/09 at 10:53 am #
  2. Wow, they kind of look like the white fruit sharks that come in those bags of fruit snacks. I used to love those!

    Comment by Mina on 4/01/09 at 11:09 am #
  3. Intriguing, but no excuse for that huge waste of plastic.

    Comment by jMo on 4/01/09 at 1:32 pm #
  4. cybele: i think i can explain some of the packaging illustrations.  PAAS is the brand that makes the colored tablets of Easter egg dye, right?  That product also includes a small sheet of stickers to decorate your colored Easter eggs.  I know it’s been years, but I recognize that cheesy ‘duck with rain boots’ from the stickers from the PAAS package.  And, yes, you’re right about how dated the look is.

    Comment by claudine on 4/02/09 at 1:14 am #
  5. “juvenile lagomorph” ???  LOL!!!

    Linguistics aside, they’re almost intriguing enough for $1 to run to Dollar Tree to see if available! (except the incessant long lines at Dollar Tree are enough to keep me away… apparently they only pay their employees $1 also and can’t keep anyone at the register…)

    Comment by Karyn on 4/03/09 at 7:44 am #
  6. I LOVE Dollar Tree.  I found these today at my local store.  I was not impressed with the taste but they are very cute.  They are a colorful addition to my Easter candy dish.

    Comment by April on 4/04/09 at 12:27 pm #
  7. I love thses candies.  I look forward to Easter every year just for this candy. Why don’t you make these candies year round?  Just change the shape and package.

    Comment by Cathy on 6/28/09 at 8:47 am #
  8. my 35 year old son dearly loves the bunnies..i buy him a case every year for Easter at the Dollar Tree.. For some reason we have traveled through 4 states and cannot find any to buy…do you no longer sell these to the dollar tree or could you tell me where we might purchase some…
    thank you

    Comment by Debbie McGuire on 3/19/10 at 12:05 pm #
  9. I wish they still made these. I am not a big candy eater but these were great; except for the orange and green ones. I emailed the company, they no longer make these.

    Comment by Tracy on 3/15/13 at 4:09 pm #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    Tracy - Ferrara Candy came out with a version of these called JuJu Bunnies this year, you might want to check them out. I saw them at CVS.

    I haven’t tried them and can’t say if they’re the same.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/15/13 at 4:16 pm #
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