Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wii Candy Dispenser & Nintendo Gummis

Wii Klik-on Candy DispenserI’ve been waiting for a long time for a really good crossover from the confectionery world to the gaming world.

Please note, I’m not a gamer. I do play, but not enough to be anything more than personally aware of how addictive and fun these things can be, but it takes a special game to suck me in. At home we have an XBOX 360 right now (loved the Lego Star Wars last summer), before that it was a PS2 and before that it was a Turbo Grafx (well, that wasn’t technically mine, I was “storing” it for my brother while he was living in Europe).

I’ve never played the Wii, but I totally see the attraction and I love the selection of games.

Wii Klik-on Candy Dispenser

To capitalize on the affection folks have for their platforms, Au’some has these cute little Wii Klik-on Candy Dispensers shaped like the innovative game controllers (Wiimote).

Wii Klik-on Candy DispenserThey’re officially licensed (and who would have thought that plain old proprietary hardware would end up being a status symbol like this) so they bear all the proper design elements.

It’s just a dispenser, like PEZ, and it comes with four rolls of candy - two Smarties-like rolls and two mini-rolls of Smarties Bubble Gum. The rolls fit in the battery compartment (because they’re the same size as batteries).

Wii Klik-on Candy DispenserIn order to load the candy package, just slide the faceplate up and it reveals a small empty space (probably where there’d be some circuitry if it worked). The candies are placed flat then the controller tipped down slightly, the little trigger button on the underside of the top is pressed, and bingo, a piece of candy comes out.

PEZ does not fit in the Wii Candy Dispenser, just like Nintendo Wii games don’t work in XBox 360.

I think the design of the item is pretty cute. I wish it put out really cool candy, it’s like they spent all that time on the plastic box and then said, “Eh, throw some Smarties in there.” It doesn’t even hold a whole roll of Smarties at once (though the battery compartment holding more is pretty ingenious). Filling it with something better would improve the appeal of this.

The retail price on these is $2 or so, but who knows what they’re going for in the wild. I got this one as a sample from All Candy Expo. They can be found on the internet and at places like Urban Outfitters.

Rating: 5 out of 10

On the other side of things, Au’some has another line of candies also themed off of a more classic Nintendo product: Mario Bros. They’re called Nintendo 3D Gummy Candies.

The Donkey Kong & Mario Bros. characters have been around since 1981 and have become recurring characters in the Nintendo game pantheon, so these aren’t some flash in the pan licensing tie-ins. Even if you’ve never played or haven’t in years, most of us have great affection for the little Italian plumber who battles the strange ape named Donkey.

imageMario is a hardworking guy. Not only does he hold a contractors license and perform excellent plumbing work, in the original version of the game he was a carpenter. He’s also a superhero. He can rescue a damsel in distress or vanquish an infestation of angry apes all on the clock.

The Mario 3D Gummi is, well, awesome. It’s actually three dimensional. At about 2.75 inches tall, he’s the same height as his gummi brethren, though pretty narrow (I guess he slimmed down for his session with the mold-maker). His little hat has an M on it and he has big work boots.

The texture of the gummis short, that is, biting into it, it’s not at all stringy. It’s more like Jell-O than Swedish Fish.

Mario is Strawberry. He’s sweet and slightly floral, a little tangy and has a well-rounded artificial berry flavor. I think he’s two bites, but it’s up to you.

imageDonkey Kong actually started this whole thing with his game named after him. Mario was simply known as Jumpman back then. Donkey didn’t have much of a personality either, he was just angry and grabby.

In later years Donkey Kong started wearing a tie, which might have caused part of his anger issue (it was the go-go-eighties, even Donkey Kong learned a lot from Gordon Gecko). But Donkey Kong never really returned to his primary role, this is the sad fate of monsters.

In this gummi Donkey Kong is Orange in both color and flavor. He’s actually rather sparkly. The flavor of the gummi isn’t particularly complex, rather like concentrated Tang.

Definitely one of my favorites and it wouldn’t be a batch of gummis without Donkey Kong or an orange flavor.

imageDiddy Kong is probably not even technically a Kong. (I think they call him a nephew somewhere, but that’s like saying that humans and orangutans are cousins.) Though he’s some sort of ape, he’s not the same species as Donkey Kong. I think he’s some sort of chimp, as far as I can tell (he has smaller, narrower chest).

But he also wears a cap and tee shirt. While Donkey Kong was the big bad guy in many of the adventures, Diddy is the one who sets off to rescue Donkey Kong, in a way redeeming the Kong family name.

(For a while I thought it was Donkey Kong Junior, feel free to dispute this in the comments.)

He’s a lovely aqua color and Raspberry flavored. Tangy, pretty zesty and flavorful.

imageFinally we have Yoshi. Yoshi is some sort of baby dinosaur and is one of the only characters who displays any sense of self preservation (when you’re not in control of course) and actually runs from danger.

His large snout makes it nearly impossible to sit this gummi upright (if you feel like lining them all up like some sort of action figure display). I took this photo by holding him in place, releasing my finger, then snapping the shot before he fell over.

While he’s cute and has wonderful detail with his little crest and buggy eyes, the flavor is weird. I think it’s supposed to be watermelon or green apple. It’s kind of metallic but tangy. It’s not bad as long as you don’t get too hung up on what it is.

The Nintendo 3D Gummy Candies are available in bags at grocery stores, drug stores and at other specialty shops. I got mine from CandyWarehouse, who sells them in bulk, just individually wrapped. (Of course you also end up with a 100 of them.) It’s a much better price than most of the smaller packages. Individual wrapping means they stay fresh and you can throw them in a bowl at a party or gaming night.

Rating: 7 out of 10

(If video games aren’t your bag but you think that this 3-D Gummi technology is cool enough to eat, try the Wildlife ones where they also say that they’re donating money to protect endangered species.)

Victoria has a cool list of other Nintendo-themed candies at Candy Addict.

Related Candies

  1. Mint Crisp M&Ms (Indiana Jones)
  2. Ratatouille Pocket Slider Lollipop
  3. Gummy Fishies
  4. Bubble Roll Message Maker
  5. Gummi Lightning Bugs

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  1. Those gummies look like they would feel good in the mouth. And I’m keeping an eye out for those dispensers—I have a wild pack of nephews and nieces would would LOVE those. Thanks!!!

    Comment by Natty on 5/29/08 at 9:20 am #
  2. Hmm…the wiimote is a cute idea, but it looks like someone just stuffed candy into their actual remote. It’s a little awkward.

    Comment by Hillary on 5/29/08 at 11:44 am #
  3. Ah gotta love it when gaming and food mix, I can imagine all my American friends in 10 years time reminiscing on “those Mario gummis” just like they do with Nintendo soda and cereal and stuff now.

    Comment by Terry on 5/29/08 at 12:01 pm #
  4. Thanks for storing the TurboGrafx for me.  You forgot about the microvision and Vic20…And I wonder what the inspiration was for the Lego Star Wars Game?  Have you seen any Star Wars Candy?  Pushpop lightsaber?  Darth Chocolate?

    Let us know.


    Comment by crispin on 5/29/08 at 1:09 pm #
  5. Those Nintendo gummis sound great. It blends two of my favorite things, candy and gaming.

    Comment by Justin on 5/29/08 at 2:37 pm #
  6. I just picked up one of the Wii Klik-on Candy Dispensers at my Walgreen’s for a $1.69. I have to agree the candy seems like an after thought. I got it mostly for the container.

    Comment by Maura on 5/30/08 at 12:07 pm #
  7. Speaking of gummies, I’m sure you’ve already seen this, but just in case you haven’t:

    Comment by Mary Lee on 6/01/08 at 1:35 am #
  8. i like candy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!♥

    Comment by Dallas on 6/03/08 at 6:02 pm #
  9. sorry about the last message nice idea about the candy it’s very unique and quite awesome

    Comment by Dallas on 6/03/08 at 6:04 pm #
  10. You can also get the Wii cady dispencer at Walgreens in the new shopping center in Valencia CA

    Comment by Katie on 7/27/08 at 6:06 pm #
  11. I bought the Wii candy dispenser at a dollar store [in canada], but it only came with two rolls of candy. But I like the Mario dispenser a little more then the Wii dispencer, and the gummies are great!

    Comment by aaaaah! on 8/08/08 at 6:15 pm #
  12. i reallyy want 1 raspberry

    Comment by emma on 10/12/08 at 12:09 am #
  13. Ilove this blog

    Comment by ava on 3/28/09 at 3:50 am #
  14. my top wont open and mine is black

    Comment by gwen on 10/22/10 at 3:41 pm #
  15. I’ve just bought the gummies, and they have THE strongest chemical taste of anything I’ve ever tasted. They look gorgeous, and the gummy texture is odd—I think they probably picked it so it could suit the shape better, not for how pleasant it is.
    The blue ones are great, though.
    They’re selling them at Wal-Marts for a dollar right now in Christmasy packaging.

    Comment by Katharayen on 11/05/11 at 10:11 am #
  16. I realize this is an older entry, but I wanted to comment.

    The Nintendo 3D gummies were my introduction to the 3D gummies line, and remain to this day one of my favorite gummy candies. I originally saw them in a hard plastic case designed like the (new at the time) Game Boy Advance. The original horizontal model, not the later vertical SP model. The two halves snapped together. They came in a few different colors, matching the real handheld’s available colors at the time. The screen on the front was also clear plastic. The case was a few inches long, maybe an inch/inch and a half thick. I got it from GameStop. IIRC, the idea was after you ate the candies, you’d reuse the case to store your GMA games.

    The gummies inside were the same as above, but came in random colors/flavors.

    I also found the Wii remote dispenser at the $1 store. It was a nifty mechanism, but I agree that it should’ve had a better candy included. As it was half the time the dispenser didn’t even dispense without pointing the remote down, and kind of shaking it.

    And thirdly, Donkey Kong above is not the same Donkey Kong from the 80s. The contemporary Donkey Kong (the one who wears a tie) is actually the grandson of the original Donkey Kong (who is now referred to in the franchise as Cranky Kong.) He plays up the old man on the porch stereotype that tells kids to get off his lawn, and how much better “games were back in the day”, and how characters (as of the 16-bit era and beyond) are spoiled by better graphics and sounds.

    So, according to Nintendo, the original Donkey Kong became a crotchety old man (who later passed away, and is seen as a ghost in later games), and his son (Donkey Kong Jr.) had a child, who is the current Donkey Kong. Yes, this means there’s been three generations of Kongs, while Mario is still the same age.

    The current Donkey Kong has always been a “good guy”, and is best friends with Diddy Kong, who has been described in the various games as not being directly related, but still has the Kong last name.

    Comment by Drakkenfyre on 5/12/16 at 1:29 pm #
  17. Great article.

    There is a lot of confusion about Donkey Kong lore, so I will set the record straight as best I can.
    The Donkey Kong of the 32-bit 90s series Donkey Kong Country is actually a different Donkey Kong from the classic arcade game.
    In DK Country, it is implied that the non-playable character Cranky Kong is the original Donkey Kong. The tie-wearing Donkey Kong of DK Country that you play as is either his son (in which case, he is also DK Jr.) or grandson. And apparently, Diddy is Donkey’s younger brother-that makes no sense, but hey, it’s a video game. My sources on this are Nintendo Power magazine, wikipedia, The Donkey Kong Country cartoon series, and playing so many video games that I’m amazed I have a social life.

    Comment by Abram Taylor on 7/17/16 at 1:18 pm #
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