Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Simpsons Fruit Snacks

Simpsons Fruit SnacksThere’s a movie coming out this week called The Simpsons Movie which is based on some long-running cartoon also called The Simpsons. (Yes, I know you know who The Simpsons are!) I live in Los Angeles and we’re blessed with two live-action promotions for the movie ... they’ve turned two 7-11 stores into Kwik-E-Marts. It’s kind of fun, you can go into the store and see dimensional cut outs of your favorite characters and partake of a few of their favorite fictional foods. This means Buzz Cola, Krusty-Os and those pink glazed & sprinkled donuts are actually available.

Sadly, there is no candy actually associate with the series, but I did pick up these Simpsons Fruit Snacks, which have been out for a few years. (If you want other candy content from The Simpsons, check out

Brian’s

Jamie’s awesome list with videos!)

The Simpsons Fruit Snack is about as lame as a product you’d expect to find if you really lived in Springfield. The package is nice and happy and says things that are totally true like “mixed fruit flavor”, “no preservatives” and “made with real fruit juice” and sports images of the Simpsons kids: Maggie, Lisa and Bart.

But once the package is open and not in view there is absolutely nothing “Simpsons” about these. They’re shaped like little fruits ... not little characters.

So I decided that I just wasn’t working hard enough at this ... that I wasn’t taxing my imagination and decided that they ARE Springfield characters ... if you really work at it. (The illustrations below may require a bit of squinting to make it work.)

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Orange:  Apu (on those formal occasions when he wears his turban)
Grape: Sherry and Terri
Strawberry: The Space Coyote
Apple: Kang & Kodos
Cherry: Radioactive Man
Yellow: Just about any other Simpsons character but I like to think it’s Mr. Sparkle

The promise of the package and the Simpsons tie in aside, the flavor of the candies is pleasant. They’re a gummi (with gelatin), but extremely soft. I was happier once I let mine sit out for a couple of days. They do have a full days allowance of vitamin C and they do have fruit juice as the first ingredient (just as those Scooby and Hello Kitty snacks had real fruit juice).  So for a friendly fruit gummi, they’re a pretty good deal for $1.59. Not really flavorful, just, well, pleasant.

Other irritated opinions about the lack of relationship between the Simpsons and the fruit snacks: Taquitos.net, Amazon.com & VeganCore (may be a different version of the snacks that didn’t have gelatin though).

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Name: The Simpsons Fruit Snacks
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Taste of Nature
Place Purchased: Kwik-E-Mart (7-11 in Burbank)
Price: unknown
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 100
Categories: Gummi, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. No Kwik-E-Marts for us but Allens are making Simpons doughnuts candy at the moment as a movie tie in.

    Comment by leigh on 7/26/07 at 11:32 am #
  2. I love your line-up. Brilliant!

    Comment by Kate on 7/27/07 at 7:35 am #
  3. it really should say Jamie’s not Brian’s. It’s my site but Jamie wrote it smile (thanks for the link!)

    Brian

    Comment by Brian on 7/27/07 at 9:52 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Brian - Ah, thanks for the clarification - there’s no attribution on the actual list, just the blog post. (Such a fun list and certainly Jamie deserves a round of applause!)

    Leigh - I just saw some awesome video that the Sky One folks did for their promotion of the 400th episode earlier this year ... such a fun show and I’m glad to see it resonates elsewhere.

    Kate - thanks! (I was afraid I was overthinking this one.)

    Comment by Cybele on 7/27/07 at 12:05 pm #

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