Ever since Gummy Bears were sold as a fund-raising item when I was in high school, I have enjoyed the soft, slightly fruity, slightly chewy, malleable little candy. Last night, in a late night attack of candy obsession I decided to grab two different bags of the multi-colored, translucent quasi-food to determine which brand would be dubbed “King of the Bears”.
- Black Forest “Gummy Bears” manufactured by Ferrara Pan Candy Company, Forrest Park, IL (BF)
- Haribo “Gold-Bears Gummi Candy” (Original) manufactured by Haribo of America, Inc. Made in Turkey. (HAR)
- BF – The only significant nutrition is 10% Vitamin C and 3g of protein. Made with apple juice concentrate. Contains Sucrose and Coconut Oil and Sodium Citrate
- H – Contains just the 3 grams of protein. Contains Dextrose and “Fractionated” Coconut Oil as well as Beeswax Coating and Starch.
Appearance and Feel:
- BP – Soft and squishy, translucent with textured details that make it looks like each piece of candy has fur on its little belly
- H – Slightly sticky, firmer, and heavier
- BF – On opening the bag, there is a strong artificial fruit aroma.
- H – No discernable odor.
- BF – There are three varieties – Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow. There is very little difference in the taste of each.
- H – Same four varieties with less of a difference between the orange and the yellow colors. As far as taste, the orange variety has a distincly more fruity, orange flavor. Overall, the taste of these are more subtle than the BF brand.
- BF – Soft with very little chew. Very malleable and juicy.
- H – A bit more substantial. Lasts longer in the mouth.
- BF – Satisfying texture and bolder taste with a dash of Vitamin C
- H – Classic taste and texture, but ultimately more junk food than serious confection.
Black Forest Gummy Bears