Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Katjes Saure Ananas (Sour Pineapple)

Saure Ananas (Sour Pineapple)About a year ago reader Charlene suggested I try Katjes sour gummis. I couldn’t find those, so I ended up trying Katjes Yoghurt Gums and Tropical Gummis. Though they weren’t my favorite candies ever, I still thought that a different set of flavors would suit me. I was also impressed that they used all natural colors and flavors.

Finally at another visit to Cost Plus World Market I stumbled across Saure Ananas, which are sour pineapple gummis.

The package says (in German) that it’s New! and that it has real pineapple juice in it (reading the ingredients it’s actually 10% pineapple juice, not just a splash of some grape or pear concentrate). Oh, and the obligatory, fat free!

Sour Pineapple Gummi

When I was a teen one of my favorite snacks was canned pineapple and cream cheese. Throw some rings of pineapple on a plate, throw little cubes of cream cheese about the size of the hole in the ring and eat a little cream cheese with each bite of pineapple. Simple, delicious. Sometimes I’d spruce it up by rolling the cream cheese in crushed nuts but that seemed like a lot of trouble most of the time.

Now I like to get fresh pineapple and eat it until my tongue is fully tenderized. (Though the new low acid ones mean I can eat more pineapple with less tongue damage.)

So I was especially pleased at the appearance of these little gems, which look just like little pineapple pieces cut right from the ring.

Opening the package they smelled more like canned pineapple than the fresh stuff, but as I mentioned above, I quite love that stuff even though I prefer fresh. They have a sugar coating which protects the soft pieces from sticking together. They’re a stunning light yellow, slightly opaque but dead ringers for pineapple chunks.

The sugary coating isn’t flavored so after putting them in the mouth I’d either dissolve the sugar or start chewing to release the flavor.

They’re tart, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them full on sours. But the pineapple flavor is deep and complex with the high tangy notes and the deep fragrance and mid-level sweetness.

Dang tasty. I’m glad I finally found them. Katjes is a huge confectionery company in Germany and I hope to come across more of their products (I really need to try their licorice line). Cost Plus World Market carries a lot of the line as does the online store, While at Cost Plus, Sera (formerly of Candy Addict and now out on her own with The Candy Enthusiast) picked up Katjes fruit jellies, so look forward to her notes on those soon.

Next on my hitlist is to track down their mixed pack called Saure Heringe that includes lemon, lime and blackcurrant and has a sour coating along with the soft flavorful gummi.

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Name: Saure Ananas (Sour Pineapple) Gummis
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Katjes
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (3rd & Fairfax)
Price: $1.79
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Gummi, Sour, Katjes, Germany

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:03 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Awesome! I’m happy to hear these are as tasy as they looked on the pegs.

    Now I gotta wait until I’m in California again to find some for myself! smile

    Comment by Sera on 7/16/08 at 8:39 am #
  2. I like pineapple too… sweet and juicy too…

    Comment by NizalJamal on 7/16/08 at 8:34 pm #
  3. Yum!  I’m a big fan of all german candies and chocolates, so I’m glad to hear these are tasty too.

    Comment by Doreen on 7/17/08 at 5:36 am #
  4. I just stopped by the grocery store here in Germany and picked up the Sour Apple.  I usually go for chocolate, but these are great.  They aren’t overly sour and have a natural taste.

    They also had the Saure Heringe and Cherry.  The $1.79 price that you paid is very reasonable.  The bag that I bought is equal size and came to about $1.41 with the exchange rate.

    I will try the Saure Heringe next…

    Comment by Misa on 7/21/08 at 7:43 am #
  5. Mmmmm!

    These look like my kind of candies!

    Comment by :: jozjozjoz :: on 7/23/08 at 7:14 am #
  6. Hey Katjes lovers,

    if you want to check out all products, go to their homepage:


    Comment by Phil on 6/05/09 at 5:17 am #
  7. My husband just came home with them today. I can not read German so I looked at the picture and seen that there were pineapple. I tried one and they are awesome!!!!! Very pleased to hear that they aren’t terrible for my children! They really do have the pineapple in them!

    Comment by jennifer lake on 2/01/10 at 6:01 pm #
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