Posts Tagged ‘Gummy Bears’

As I mentioned in my article about this month’s Bacon and Bourbon Tasting Box, I was tempted and decided that I  needed to order an additional box this month.  In addition to choosing the Bacon and Bourbon Tasting Box as my monthly selection, I ordered the Stocking Stuffers box, which aside from the fact that there is a bunch of chocolate in this box, there were a couple of items (well, one, specifically) that I had on my mental wish list, and I think that is what ultimately inspired me to order the second box.

Unfortunately, that one item that had been on my mental wish list was smashed to bits when I received the box.  Sure, it’s a hazard whenever ordering products such as this online, but, fortunately, Foodzie said that they would ship me some more Florentines from Clarine’s Florentines.

This box is full of yummy treats that is sure to please the sweet tooth in all of us (and then some!)  In addition to the Florentine cookies, the box has Butter Crunch from p.o.p. candy, Sesame Ginger Popcorn (which I happen to be snacking on at this very moment, and let me just say … YUM) from 479 Popcorn, Old Fashioned Butterscotch Candy from Zeke’s Candy, “Put Your Money on Honey” Caramels from Droga Confections, a variety of Chocolate Sun Cups from Seth Ellis Chocolatier, and finally Blueberry Acai Gummies from Bissinger’s.  As some of you are probably aware, I previously reviewed the Blueberry Acai Gummies, as they were received in a previous tasting box.  Some might view receiving something in the tasting box that I’ve already tasted as a disappointment, but since I enjoyed them so much the first time, I’m happy to have more (and this time, I’ll even share them!)

Also included with the box was the theme card, on which Emily and Rob explain their inspiration for this box:

It’s December, just over a year since we launched the first Tasting Box and we can’t help but look back on the year and think about all the amazing things we’ve tasted.  We wanted to bring back some of the favorites that you all couldn’t stop raving about.  Of course, we wanted to throw in some new flavors that we can’t wait for more of in 2012 too.  We discovered real butterscotch (which we realized we had actually never tasted before) and it’s been one of the products that everyone on the team went nuts over.  As they say, the best sweet things come in small packages, and this box is stuffed full of them.  Share your past favorites by stuffing some into a stocking of someone you love and treat yourself to the new tastes.  The Tasting Box will be an even bigger part of Foodzie in 2012 and we can’t wait to continue to share our new favorite discoveries with you. 

As I had mentioned in my article about the November Tasting Box, I was and still am a bit disappointed with the changes at Foodzie.  As much as I loved the selections for December (so much so that I couldn’t settle on just one), I really liked the “surprise” of the previous tasting box, and I also liked the more affordable price.  I don’t know that I will keep my subscription going, I think I fwill go on a month to month basis … at this point, I shall try January’s box and see how I like it … and if I do, I shall then go for a box in February.  And so on.

For the time being, though, I am loving the sweets of this box … my sweet tooth happily approves!

Where to Buy:  Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier on Foodzie

Price:  $20. for four 4-ounce packages

Product Description:

Open up a bag of this award-winning treat and you’ll be blown away by the abundant blueberry aroma. Soft and satisfying, this all-natural gummy is made with hand-selected organic sweeteners and two natural sources of antioxidants: blueberries and acai fruit.

What I Think:

This is yet another product that I first discovered at Chuck’s Produce – but I didn’t try this particular flavor.  I actually purchased the Pomegranate White Tea Gummy Pandas at Chuck’s Produce (which I purchased because they were tea flavored), so I was very happy that I received a different flavor in June’s Tasting Box.

But still, I didn’t have high expectations because while I did enjoy the Pomegranate White Tea Gummy Pandas, they weren’t all that exceptional in my opinion.  But these not only exceeded my expectations – but they blew me away!  Quite possibly the best gummy candy I’ve ever tasted.  Not that I’m an expert at all when it comes to gummy confections, because they are not typically my favorite candy.

Just as the description above suggests, I was astonished by the fragrance that came from the pouch as soon as I opened it.  It smelled like fresh blueberries!

The flavor is very vibrant.  Sweet with just the right level of tart.  The blueberry flavor is especially intense!  The berry flavor is quite authentic – so true to the fruit, in fact, that I found myself expecting a burst of juice after biting into one of these berries … err, um, panda bears, that is.

I guess if I were to change anything about these at all, it would be the texture.  As I said, I’m not a big fan of gummy candy, so I find myself wishing this had more of a soft-gel like texture (like in a fruit gel candy) rather than the tough gelatin-ish, chewy texture of the gummy.  But since these are, in fact, gummy pandas, I guess to complain about the fact that they are gummy would be kind of unrealistic, huh?

My Final Thoughts:

With the exception of my misgivings about gummy candy, I found these to be quite flavorful and delicious.  I am surprised at how true to the fruit these gummy pandas are!

It seems that as soon as the first of the month arrives, I begin to grow anxious at the arrival of my Foodzie tasting box!  I start visiting the Foodzie website (and their Facebook page) daily to see if they’ve offered any sneak peeks as to what they might be sending in the box.  I know I’ve said this before:  it’s a little like Christmas morning when the box arrives.  The box is packaged so beautifully and it’s packed FULL of goodies.  YUM! 

This month’s box includes:  a bag of Falafel Chips from Flamous Brands, Inc., a yummy-looking Miso Chocolate Brownie from Kyotofu, a jar of Green Tomato Relish from Wayne’s Fine Foods, a bag of Blueberry Acai Gummy Pandas from Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatiers, a Coconut Oat Bar from Bobo’s Oat Bars, and a bag of Spiced Almonds from Mrs. Sipps.

As usual, the map card was also tucked inside the box.  These map cards offer a brief description of each item on one side, and a map of the United States with a flag to highlight the point of origin for each item.  Here’s the scan of both sides of the card (just click on either side of the card for a larger view):

In addition, there was also a recipe card for the Savory Cornbread Pudding – the winning recipe for June from the Foodzie Blogger panel.

This month, we also got a little “something extra” inside our box:  a reusable produce bag from Flip and Tumble!  These are durable bags I will use again and again!   I am excited with the variety of samples that arrived this month!  I will definitely keep you posted as I try each one!