Friday, April 30, 2010

Wonka Exceptionals Fruit Jellies: Grapefruit, Goji Berry & Red Apple

Wonka Fruit Jellies - GrapefruitThe new line of Wonka Exceptionals includes new chocolate bars to replace the classic Wonka Bar and the completely new Wonka Fruit Marvels.

The Wonka Exceptionals Fruit Jellies are a bit more classic. They’re simple cubes of real fruit jelly made from all natural ingredients in Mexico. They come in single flavor boxes, the initial varieties are Grapefruit, Goji Berry and Red Apple.

They are packaged similarly to the Fruit Marvels. The label sleeve is over an eye-popping magenta and maroon box. Inside the box is an unlabeled purple mylar bag. It’s a lot of layers, and while I enjoy the fancifulness, it’s really wasteful.

Wonka Fruit Jellies - Goji, Apple & Grapefruit

The package simply describes them as fantastically flavorful soft jellies dusted with sugar. I also got a press release that said:

Made with natural ingredients, no artificial colors and 25 percent real fruit juice, these cheery confections are perfect for everyday indulgence or casual gift giving.

The ingredients go like this:

Sugar, corn syrup, water, pear juice concentrate, and less than 2% of pectin, natural flavor, beta carotene and citric acid.

The beta carotene is the only ingredient that isn’t marked as all natural, though it’s certainly not an artificial color.

Wonka Fruit Jellies - Goji, Apple & Grapefruit

I’ve had a lot of pate de fruits over the years, which are full fruit jellies. They’re usually thickened with the actual fruit instead of corn starch though sometimes there’s additional pectin (depending on the fruit). Though the new Wonka Fruit Jellies don’t quite rise to the level of pate, they do a good job with the texture and are less sweet than gum drops or fruit jellies like Boston Fruit Slices.

Wonka Fruit Jellies - GrapefruitGrapefruit is light yellow, none of this pink grapefruit stuff for Wonka.

The scent is a beguilingly authentic grapefruit peel. Grapefruit is a favorite smell for me, even clinical testing backs up its use for aromatherapy - the smell of grapefruit soothes, engenders trust and youthfulness (for women being sniffed by men, anyway). I like it because it smells like something I want to eat. It’s a mix of balsam, lavender, lemon and windy beach.

The half inch jelly cubes are rough and dusted with sugar. They’re a little messier than a gum drop but not as dusty as Turkish Delight. They’re soft to the touch but firm enough that they can’t be squeezed flat very easily. The moist jelly has a nice give, it’s not a sticky as a gum drop, these are more of a jam you can eat.

The flavor is mostly about the zest and grapefruit peel but there’s a light juice note with a little tangy snap. They’re not too cloying or sticky sweet, but not quite intense enough for me to call them a true pate de fruits.
Wonka Fruit Jellies - Goji BerryWhile I’ve had a lifetime of experience with Grapefruits and Apples, my interaction with Goji Berry is pretty limited. I’ve had dried goji berries quite a few times in the past three or four years. The dried berries are leathery and chewy but not terribly flavorful. Goji berries (also known as wolfberries) have a near-miraculous ability to fill my spam box with offers of all sorts of products. I’m sure goji berries were sad to see the rise in acai.

The berries are related to tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. They have tiny little seeds in them but they’re edible and provide a little bit of texture, though not quite like, say, kiwi or fig seeds do.

The package says nothing about where the flavor for these comes from, just that it’s natural. The whole point, as far as I can tell, of people eating goji is because of its high antioxidant properties, so just flavoring something with goji seems like a miss.

They’re sweet with a little tangy note. Kind of like raisin and orange. Not really that interesting to me.

Note: the Goji variety of the Fruit Jellies uses cochineal color, so they are not vegan.

Wonka Fruit Jellies - AppleRed Apple was much more appealing than I expected. It’s quite red, which was refreshing instead of the more common acid green that candies end up being.

The flavor notes are reminiscent of apple cider. There are notes of apple peel, a mellow and honey-like sweetness along with a light tart bite.

My hesitations with these are because of the excessive packaging, but for a natural fruit jelly product they’re priced rather well but still quite a bit steeper than other gummis or jellies. (They’re about twice the price per ounce compared to the Wonka Sploshberries.) The size of the pieces is perfect, I just pop them in my mouth, no messing biting & putting half aside. I do love grapefruit, which is a hard flavor to find, and apple lovers may enjoy a real fruit experience too. Goji can go, hopefully replaced by something really inventive ... maybe we’ll finally find out what a snozzberry is.

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Name: Wonka Exceptionals Fruit Jellies
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: samples from Wonka
Price: $2.99 retail
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 88
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Nestle, Jelly Candy, Kosher, 7-Worth It, Mexico

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:16 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewNestleDiscontinuedJelly Candy7-Worth ItMexico

  1. I bought these at Walmart in Rosemead last weekend.  Tried/Loved the Apple so far.  Way to much packaging on such a small amount of candy.

    Comment by Liz on 4/30/10 at 1:34 pm #
  2. I purchased the Wonka Exceptionals Red Apple Fruit Jellies at Walmart this past friday and I was truly impressed with the taste. The package caught my eye and the price was reasonable at $2.99 not only would I recommend the product and I will be purchasing another box this week.

    Comment by ScunnieSweetnesds on 5/10/10 at 9:56 am #
  3. I really like the texture of these jellies, they also taste pretty fresh. The packaging needs a redesign, though. Like everyone’s already stated, there is just too much waste involved in it; and personally, the way the inner bag is designed tall and skinny makes it difficult for me to pick jellies out of the lower half of the bag without ripping it open.

    Comment by Arejster on 5/29/10 at 11:06 pm #
  4. Never heard of Goji Berry till I saw these
    candies. I love them! So good. Different than the
    usual flavors. I agree about the packaging.
    Very visually appealing but it is a waste.

    Comment by Paige on 6/12/10 at 9:41 pm #
  5. I saw these on sale today.  I’m not a huge apple fan, but I was curious about them and I do like turkish delights, so I figured why not?  I tried them and I was blown away.  They were delicious!!

    Comment by Rita on 1/07/11 at 11:40 am #
  6. I bought a box of the grapefruit at a discount store,  What a nice alternative to more routine candies!  These definitely fall into the “can’t eat just one” category—everyone I’ve shared them with wants more!  It’s a good thing I’ve been able o find them at a dollar store so I can share them freely.

    Comment by Sylvia on 7/03/11 at 7:35 am #
  7. I bought the grapefruit and apple flavors and I absolutely hated them! The texture was way off for me. They’re still sitting in the cabinet, but they’re ripped open because I’m waiting for them to get stale and crunchy. Even after almost a year, they’re still too jelly-like!

    Comment by Asia on 7/13/12 at 6:14 pm #
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