Friday, April 8, 2011

Peter Rabbit Gummy Candy

Peter Rabbit Gummy CandyEaster candy is usually themed around elements of spring and rebirth. Some candy is quite literally shaped like the crucifix but most is more subtle in its message.

I was these The Original Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Gummy Candy at Cost Plus World Market and again at Target. Since it was only a buck at Target, I decided to pick it up. But it’s not exactly an Easter item, even though it was shelved with the Easter candy. Sure, there’s a rabbit, but not everything that features a rabbit is supposed to be Easter themed. After all, no one goes around saying that the Velveteen Rabbit is an Easter book.

The candies are packaged and sold by Frankford Candy of Philadelphia, made in China and licensed from Frederick Warne & Co of London.

Peter Rabbit Gummis

The box holds 1.8 ounces of candy which amounts to five rather large gummy pieces. They’re each in a little compartment in a clear plastic tray. That is sealed in a plastic sleeve and the box is also taped shut. (It’s already known that Peter Rabbit is wiley.) It’s a lot of packaging for very little candy.

Peter Rabbit Gummy

The gummis are about 2 inches tall if they’re standing upright with ears pricked. They’re made of various colors of gummy, the body is a mostly opaque light brown and the clothes are wholly opaque white or blue. The other details, such as the eyes and whiskers are made of some sort of frosting or sugar.

They’re thick and soft and quite nicely detailed, though the brown color gives the impression that the flavor will be something like caramel or perhaps cocoa.

Peter Rabbit Gummy Candy

Three of the figures were of Peter Rabbit (leaving some limits to the narrative of imaginative play if these are more toys than candy) and one Jemima Puddle-Duck and the Fox who tried to steal her eggs.

The package gives no indication of what flavor they are and neither does smelling them. They smell like styrofoam packaging, cinnamon breakfast syrup and flip flops. The gummis are soft and pliable (except for the frosting whiskers and buttons) and even sticky enough to allow them to adhere to glass. The flavor is probably strawberry, but the plastic flavors pretty much overwhelm them. The chew is smooth though I really couldn’t stand more than a bite or two before wondering if that weird burning sensation in my mouth was from the gummis - it wasn’t like eating too much sour candy, it was more like that feeling of too many chili peppers (without the actual heat).

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I’m usually suspicious of the quality of candy made in China. I know that only a very small fraction is made by companies who do not abide by clean and safe practices. But I still get concerned. In this instance, it doesn’t matter that I don’t care for the origination of the candy, they taste terrible. The flavor is so muddled with the plastic notes, it’s hard to imagine that I’m not eating a toy. But as a toy, they’re not too bad, just don’t leave them out in the rain.

Related Candies

  1. Wonka Springy Double Yummy Gummies
  2. Ferrara Pan Chicks & Bunnies Jelly Candy
  3. RM Palmer My Little Bunny
  4. Au’some Easter 3-Dees Gummy
  5. Galerie Decorated Chocolate Shoe
  6. Storck Toffifay
  7. Frankford Marshmallow Pals


Name: Peter Rabbit Gummy Candy
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Frankford Candy
Place Purchased: Target (Glendale)
Price: $1.00
Size: 1.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 94
Categories: Candy, Easter, Frankford Candy, Gummi Candy, 3-Unappealing, China, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:18 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewEasterFrankford CandyGummi Candy3-UnappealingChinaTarget

Comments
  1. That’s to bad. The candies have a nice presentation.

    Comment by Antares on 4/08/11 at 2:08 pm #
  2. Er, that gummi on the far left in the first picture?  I know that’s supposed to be his stomach, but that ain’t what it looks like to me!

    Comment by sairentohiru on 4/08/11 at 2:19 pm #
  3. I’m not big on many gummi’s like this, it seems the more well-designed they are the worse the taste is. These are beautiful, ergo, they probably taste awful! I would get them to decorate with though!

    Comment by Callie on 4/08/11 at 3:56 pm #
  4. “They smell like styrofoam packaging, cinnamon breakfast syrup and flip flops.” Too funny!

    I truly enjoy your blog!

    Comment by Lauren Morris on 4/09/11 at 7:37 am #
  5. Its a shame they don’t taste good - love the detail on them.

    Comment by cinabar on 4/10/11 at 12:47 pm #
  6. Haha. I can’t believe you actually ate these! I saw them at Target and they look so disgusting - not like food. I appreciate your curiousity and willingness to try them out, though. Thanks for trying all the bad candy, so we don’t have to!

    Comment by shannon on 4/15/11 at 12:37 pm #
  7. Very cute candy.  The Easter bunny delivered some to my house.  However they ended up in the trash when it was discovered they were made in China.

    Comment by Faith on 4/09/12 at 10:20 am #
  8. One minor correction: The fox in Jemima Puddle-Duck doesn’t want to steal her eggs; he wants to eat her for dinner. She’s so naive he sends her to collect the herbs and spices herself to bring back to him.

    It’s a good story.

    Comment by Jeremiah on 4/11/12 at 11:59 am #
  9. I bought these at World Market to put on top of birthday cupcakes for my daughter’s bunny themed party, and tried to store them in my cupboard.  A week later the pkg was filled w/ ants, so I threw them out. Clearly they weren’t properly sealed.  Now I am glad I was spared the misery of eating them. grin  Too bad.  They’re cute.

    Comment by Melissa on 7/16/12 at 2:12 pm #
  10. I just tasted a peter rabbit marshmallow lollipop by the same company and also made in China. It smelled like a sweet cinnamony scented candle and pretty much tasted the same. It tastes like they used actual scented candles in them. I guess these things are for looking at, not eating.

    Comment by Erin on 4/16/14 at 2:00 pm #

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