Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Rocky Mountain Huckleberry Gummi Bears

Name: Wild Huckleberry Gummi Bears
Brand: Rocky Mountain
Place Purchased: Missoula, Montana
Price: gift from Amy
Calories per ounce: no nutrition information on the package
Type: Gummi Bears

I know, you’re asking yourself, “what is a huckleberry? and is a wild one better?”

Well, first, a huckleberry is related to the blueberry and cranberry, or so says Wikipedia. And if my experience with wild strawberries and wild blueberries means anything, the wild ones are smaller and more expensive and hopefully organic.

However, upon further examination of the package, I found the following ingredients listed: Corn syrup, sugar, gelatin, artificial color, citric acid, artificial flavor, lactic acid, mineral oil and carnuba wax. Hmm, nowhere in there does it mention huckleberries.

No matter. these fellows are cute anyway, with the carnuba wax shines and their A emblazoned on their little chests. Wait, what’s the A for? Got me, they’re distributed by the Benjamin News Group and the brand seems to be “Rocky Mountain”, not really any A initials there. Are they adulterous bears?

They’re very soft bears, with a nice tart flavor and a pretty smell, a cross between blackberries and violets. They’re cute and fresh and so easy to pop in your mouth even if they purely a chemistry experiment. The color is exquisite, especially if you line them up on the desk. The trick, if you must know, if you want to get them to stand up is this: get a clean piece of white paper then lick the bottom of the bear (lightly, we don’t want a lot of slobber) and then press them down gently on the paper in a row. A little backlight and they’re practically luminous.

Rating - 7 out of 10 (they might be gone by the end of the day)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:02 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewGummi Candy7-Worth ItUnited States

  1. I had other huckleberry goods to choose from, including a white chocolate thing called Bark which was packed with transfat. I really wanted to get some Spokandy, but my choice there was a very boring looking chocolate.

    Comment by the neighbor on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. Someone brought a bunch of this huckleberry candy to our office recently (just some chocolate stones and some huckleberry canes) and it was passingly good. Wish they’d given us a few bags of the gummies instead. I LOVE gummi bears. Not as much as Swedish fish (why are they so addictive? Are they packed with heroin or something?) but they’re more afforable. 8^)

    Think I’ll keep my eyes open for these.

    Comment by Bruce Anderson on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. nerd alert on the photo instrux! heh. i had a similar journey of disappointment w/ dreyer’s/dreamery black raspberry avalanche ice cream (pls forgive me for going off-topic here) where i LOVED the black raspberry flavor then looked @ the ingreds and found no actual black raspberry in the black raspberry ice cream. chemistry, i guess

    Comment by TG on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Chemistry is gooooood.

    Comment by Capt. Eucalyptus on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Hey, better living through chemistry!

    Artificial flavours are usually made up from the same chemical compounds that comprise natural flavours. The only difference is they’re mixed together in a vat in a lab rather than in a berry.

    Everything is made from chemicals.

    Comment by Bruce Anderson on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. After tasting the adulterous little things, I have to say, these look alot better than they taste. They tasted like grape flavouring and had a very un-gummi consistency. Alas, the smell was so alluring, it was too good to be true.

    Comment by the neighbor on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Bruce - you’re right about artificial stuff being the same as the real thing, but one of the things that “real” flavoring adds is something unexpected. Especially when you have something like a fruit or a spice, there are lots of other compounds in there that make up the flavor - some people can detect them, others can’t. Some are brought out by other ingredients, others hide them. Some people like the volatile oils in citrus flavors, others prefer just the juicy/tartness.

    For consistency I guess artificial is the way to go, but like those folks who drink vintage wines (where a blended wine would give a more consistent flavor) we’re all pursuing some sort of elusive flavor perfection. Sometimes I like a Hershey bar for that reason, and sometimes it means I’m gonna go for a single origin bar for the risk involved.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. i always enjoy it when an indulgent item has some good-for-you aspect. it makes a gummi (or an ice cream! yay ice cream) w/ even a tiny proportion of Real Fruit seem virtuous, even if you really know better

    Comment by TG on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  9. Maybe the ‘A’ on the bears is like, “We’re A+ quality!” Or something.

    Man, now I want some purple gummy bears….

    Darn you and your candy blog!!!

    Comment by Tindy on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  10. Hey, i was looking you old posts to get some information. I started to work in a Candy factory and I need to get ON this world.

    I just want to say that I tink this “A” is the name of the bear that apears in a Bear cartoon on TV a long time ago. I don’t remember the nave of the cartoons but they look the same.

    Good stuf!

    Comment by Pere Saguer on 7/26/07 at 3:50 am #
  11. A friend bought a package of these at the gift shop at Crater Lake and he shared with me.  By the time we left, we had to make another trip back to the gift shop to get more!  They are so yummy. It’s been 10 days and I need my fix!!!

    Comment by Tim M on 9/03/07 at 3:11 pm #
  12. my grand son brought home a jar of huckleberry jam, i love it and would like to know if this is available any where in texas or could i order some
    thank you

    Comment by suzanne hansberger on 6/15/09 at 7:44 am #
  13. Suzanne I used to work at the Rocky Mountain Huckleberry Treasures Factory.  About 13 years ago.  They make some really good stuff.  You can contact them directly to place an order.  They have a lot of hucklebrry stuff from chocolate to jams to syrups and the cute little gummy bears you see posted above.  Following is there address
    1021 Waverly St
    Missoula, MT 59802
    (406) 721-6024

    Comment by Sarah on 6/18/10 at 7:57 pm #
  14. What a hoot this blot is.  Living in Montana I can’t tell you how many huckleberry products I have given away and never read the label.

    Comment by diana on 8/07/11 at 5:12 pm #
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