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Great for children and adults too!
Gold Bears are jelly teddy bear sweets made by Haribo. The bag is gold coloured which I assume is why they are called gold bears - the bears themselves come in red, yellow, green and orange varieties. Each colour represents a different fruity flavour. They are small, each one around 1cm in size. They are available pretty much everywhere, certainly all your usual supermarkets, and corner shops etc. With a variety of different sized bags available.
My children love these sweets. Of course, they are as bad for your teeth as any other sweets are, but these are a definite favorite for the times when sweets are allowed. I usually have a bag in the kitchen cupboard, and must also admit to enjoying them myself too, I often find myself dipping in to the bag for a sneaky treat while making the dinner. I Think I love them as much as the children do really.
These are also great fillers for children's party bags. The small bags are available at around 10p per bag, or the larger 250g size can usually be found for £1 or so as they always seem to be on offer somewhere nearby. I usually put a bag or two of the smallest size in with whatever party bags I am making up. They seem to be a favourite with all children really, not just mine. If you haven't tried them, do, you will be addicted very quickly. Love them.
I love sweets and these have been a favourite of mine for years. The normal sized bag contains 250g of bears and costs around a £1. You can get them in most supermarkets.
The packaging is gold with a black Haribo logo. There is a yellow bear on the front and a see through window through which yoou can see the brightly coloured bears. The packaging describes the bears as refreshing, fruity and tasty, as well as stating that there are no artificial colours. The bears are also gluten, nut, milk and soya free.
The nutritional value is;
Serving Size: 22 pieces (42g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 150 kcal
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
The bears come in 6 flavours, strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, lemon, orange and apple. The packaging states that the recipe has been the same for 80 years.
When you open the packet there is a lovely fruity smell. One of the things I love about Goldbears is the fact that they are made from real fruit juice so each bear tastes like it corresponding fruit. The bears are brightly coloured and when eaten they are deliciously chewy as well as being squishy. I like to eat them one at a time so that I can enjoy the individual flavour. They are so moreish it is easy to eat the whole packet in one sitting!
These are definately the best sweets out there!
What else can give so much pleasure in 175 gram packets? (keep it legal please). Haribo gold bears are one of life's pleasures that are indiscriminate of age; like laughing at people faliing over on Youve Been Framed or a white christmas, or finding a five pound note in the street - it doesnt matter how old you are, we all smile at these. As the packet boasts, kids and grown ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo.
The shelf life of a packet is around a year, not suprising though as the high sugar content would kill off most known spoilage bacteria quicker than your average thermo-nuclear device. I found it quite interesting to read the ingredients (I don't get out much, I have too many dooyoo reviews to write!). Amongst the plant extracts are nettle (probably just for the colour as they didnt sting my tongue once!), spinach and aronia. I must get round to googling aronia - it sounds like a place that medieval knights came from, or a greek island, and Im curious as to how they squeeze this into a sweet.
The sweets in the bag come in 6 flavours, strawberry, pineapple, lemon, orange, apple and raspberry. I find it hard to distinguish the flavours by taste, but they are all as fruity as an audience with Julian Clarey and Dale Winton, hosted by Larry Grayson. The taste definatley puts the "ooo" sound into fruit.
The target audience here surely must be children. I cannot really see a grown adult getting excited over a pack of jelly bears. Or maybe I am wrong. I shared a pack with someone recently, having scoffed at them in the supermarket saying 'Oh no, please don't get those, they're bad for the teeth.' I was quite glad he did get them, because for the rest of the evening I was in and out of the bag like a bull in a china shop.
Let's start with the bad points. They aren't good for you at all. The jelly bears will get stuck on the teeth, they will possibly contribute to bad teeth if eaten all the time and they are very sweet and sickly. Are there any good points then? Yes, they are addictive beyond belief. I said to myself I would just be having one, then proceeded to demolish about twenty in the evening.
A pack contains quite a lot, I didn't count them, but it would see you through a film. They would be useful for kids' parties, handing out as mini prizes for games perhaps, or could also be use to dress cakes with. As a standalone sweet they are sickly, so are best eaten in small doses!
A bag will set you back about sixty pence, which I think is reasonable, if you consider a bar of chocolate could cost about that. They taste of jelly, with hints of fruitiness, though the fruit is not overwhelming. I love to suck them until the flavour disappears then snap the head off! Haribo do use natural colours, which is curious and also commendable.
Handy for taking to the cinema or for a weekly treat, but you would not buy them for every night of the week. Finally, they are shaped like bears which is good fun for kids. They should make them in different shapes, like Jelly Pandas or Jelly Jeremy Irons.
I have loved teddy bear sweets ever since I was 12 years old. Only when I discovered this addiction (which it is) I used to purchase a pound of these from the local sweet shop. Unfortunately the sweet shop closed and I was closing for my fix! enter the bags of haribo gold bears. They are called gold bears simply because they are packed in a golden coloured bag and appeal to both children and adults something which is recognised by the slogan they use.
I usually buy the bigger bags which cost around 1.00 each because they never seem to last long enough. You can of course purchase the smaller packs individually or in fun packs. The sweets are gummy teddy bear shaped which come in a variety of different different fruit flavours including apple and lemon. They are extremely satisfying as a result of them being extremely sweet, soft but chewy deliciousness.
The only problem is once you have taken a handful, a handful is never enough and there is a great disappointment when you have reached the bottom of the bag, or there is in my case. To counter the fact that there is a large helping of sugary goodness in these, there are no artificial flavours or preservatives in these so they have at least offered this gesture to my addictive habits.
I really shouldn't indulge but as I can't stop myself, I at least limit myself to once a week.
The other day I made the mistake of visiting Heron while I was a bit peckish! Besides all the other bits I dumped in my basket that I could have done without I also got suckered by the sweet section, in particular these Haribo Gold Bears. I love chewy fruity sweets more than I like chocolate which is no bad thing as they are virtually fat free but let's not forget they still contain oodles of sugar and therefore calories. With this in mind I opted for 1 of the 150g bags for 59p instead of taking advantage of the 2 bags for a pound offer. If I buy 2 bags I just end up eating more and while I'm not actively watching my weight if I start eating loads of these I soon would be!
The bag is clear and gold so you can see the scrummy little bears through the clear section. There are no artificial colours in these and they are gluten free, nut free, milk free and soya free. The nutritional statistics per 100g are: 348 calories, 7.7g protein, 78.9g carbohydrate of which 58.4g sugars, 0.2g fat, 0.3g fibre, sodium and salt are just trace. So that's plenty of sugar then!
There are 6 flavours of bears in the pack: strawberry, lemon, apple, pineapple, orange and raspberry all in colours you'd expect for these flavours. I was actually sad enough to taste each one to see if they did taste of the flavour they were supposed to be and I can confirm they do.
The bears are only little, about a centimetre and a half long so potential choking material if you accidentally breathe one in. That's something worth remembering if you give these to children. I avoided inhaling the bears and stuck to chewing them and they are lovely.
The chewy, fruity little tinkers are thoroughly addictive and I find myself eating one after another. On the pack it tells me a serving is 40g. Not in my house it isn't! I would guess I ate almost 100g in one day of these bears which is why I never buy 2 bags!
The bears are coloured but translucent and really chewy so a few minutes into eating them you can easily find yourself with jaw ache. The fruity flavours are fresh and tangy and a little bit tart at times. I think these are perfect for adults and kids taste wise, they are not over sweet but not too bitter but again I would say supervised eating for children because of how small they are.
Overall I love them but I will try to avoid buying any more for a while. After eating these I felt decidedly hypoglycaemic which just proves they are packed with sugar so they are to be eaten in moderation. Anyone wanting more information about Haribo sweets can find this at www.haribo.com.
Recommended as a sweet treat but oh so sugary!
Gold Bears are tasty gummy sweets made by Haribo.
The bag you get gold bears in is as you would expect a Gold colour, the pack has a picture of the Haribo bear showing you the transparent window into your bag of gummy pleasure. At the bottom there are six different fruits that represent the different flavours of gummy bears in your pack along with a message that they actually do contain real fruit!
Each bag of yummy gummy bears has a nice portion of bear shaped sweets, though I do think that the bears are a little bit scary looking, they have scary faces and evil eyes! The different flavours on offer in the pack include, strawberry, orange, apple, lemon, pineapple and raspberry.
Each sweet actually does taste like the flavour it is meant to represent, my favourites are the pineapple and the strawberry which both have perfect fruity flavours, though trying actually pull a strawberry sweet from the bag is very difficult as the colour is almost the same as the raspberry ones! Though high in sugar they are not sickly sweet like you may find others to be.
The orange sweets are my least favourite as they don't seem to have any orange taste just a general sweet flavour. The gummy bears are a perfect consistency and are really nice and chewy but easy going enough not to make your jaw ache after eating them, this makes it a little too easy to devour the entire pack!
These sweets are perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth and feel like a light tasty sweet treat albeit not a healthy one, you can't justify this one by saying the contained fruit juice is healthy as it is only a rather pathetic 1.6%!
Of which sugars: 42.7g
Haribo Goldbears are one of the most popular sweets inside the Haribo brand. Like the cola bottles, Goldbears are now going it alone too. The Bears first appeared in the Star Mix pack amongst various other gummy sweets. Quickly, Gold bears became a favourite amongst the Haribo brand. So therefore, here we have the Goldbears!
On taste, Gold bears pretty much strike it perfect. Unlike other sweets which are multicolours, the flavour actually changes from colour to colour. Whats more is the colours are all natural too. In terms of the flavours, there is around 5 different colours/flavours. Although there isn't a massive variation in flavour between the different colours. The point is that you can taste it, which is good. Another plus point is that the Bears aren't overly chewy. I would say there just a little bit less chewy than Maynard Wine Gums. So on the taste front, Gold bears are pretty much perfect.
Appearance and Price
On Appearance, Gold Bears come as mutlicoloured mini bears. Although some of the mini Bears do look a bit deformed in the face, it doesn't really matter too much because my guess is that you don't look at his face when you eat him.:) . Each gummy bear is around 1cm at maximum in height and about half that in width. Despite the lack of size, Haribo make up for it by putting lots of Gummy Bears in the pack. Therefore this problem is easily solved by eating a few at once. In terms of price, Like all Haribo products, the medium bag should cost around £1. Currently in the UK, I don't think they sell anything bigger than that. The only other reasonable size is the mini packet. These are the ones that cost around 10p in the shops. However, if you want to carry out a mass-murder on gummy bears, then you can buy a box of them. Online these can be purchased for around £4, I don't know what the shops are.
So to round up the review, all of the flavours taste good and there is a good variation too. The price is not too bad and they contain lots of bears too.
Hello, My name is Kate and I'm addicted to Haribo** I'm addicted to it in all shapes and forms. From bears to bottles. From hearts to fried eggs. From strawberrys to sugar coated rings. I could easily polish off a packet a day and fund Haribo through this recession single handedly. Yep, I like them a lot!
I'm not sure where this obsession started exactly I think it was due to living in Germany until I was 6 years old. Haribo is German so it's one of the most popular sweet brands (apart from Kinder, don't get me started on my love of their stuff!) and one of my earliest memories is of eating a gummy and foam shoe!
Haribo has been around a long time. Since 1920 in fact, when it was created by Hans Riegel Sr in Bonn. The name 'Haribo' is actually an acromyn for it. They are the biggest manufacturer of gummy and jelly sweets in the world, which means luckily, I can pick up my fix where ever I am. They are so big there was even a travelling exhibition about the history of Haribo in 2006, in Germany!
There are a few different varieties of Haribo in the UK, the main ones being Starmix (my fav), Tangfantastic (sugar coated), Micro Mix, Strawbs and Goldbears. I usually pick up Starmix but for a change I decided to pick up Goldbears.
Goldbears are little jelly bears about 1cm tall. They are quite detailed and you can see their little paws and faces. There are 6 different flavours - strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, orange, lemon and apple. I don't particularly have a favourite though I do like to eat 3 at a time! They all taste quite fruity, and they contain real fruit juice, though I don't think they particularly taste like their corresponding fruits. It's just a 'fruity' taste.
When it comes to eating them, they are slightly chewy initially, I think the word 'gummy' describes them perfectly, but after a few chews they get softer. When I get bored I like to decapitate them first and then eat them.
They aren't particularly good for you as they are packed full of sugar but they are a nice treat every now and then. They come in a 300g bag so I guess they are good for sharing but I wouldn't really know! They cost £1.32 but are currently on offer for £1 at Tescos.
**oops just saw that somebody else started their review like that, i'm not copying them promise, they must belong to haribo addicts anonymous too!
Haribo Goldbears are different coloured bears which are just under a centimetre high and will help to cure your sugar cravings!
The bag is gold in colour and contains six different colours of bears: orange, clear, red, pink, green & yellow and these represent the flavours of orange, pineapple, strawberry, rapsberry, apple & lemon. You can definitely taste the correct flavouring in each colour and this might be because they use real fruit juice in every sweet.
The sweets are very chewy and you'll have to bite a good couple of times to get through the sweet completely or you might just want to suck on these to save your poor teeth! Although too many of these will contribute towards rotting your teeth anyway! I found if I put a sweet in with my eyes closed that I could definitely tell what it was just from the flavour.
The packet that I brought contains 300g and I got this for £1.00 in Poundland (thank goodness it was the last bag or I would have brought more!). I find that around 50g is an ample portion size for me so even if I have some everyday the bag should last me just under a week (probably 5 days!).
Each 100g contains 348 calories, 0.2g fat & 58.4g sugars so these should definitely be enjoyed in moderation. They are nut, gluten, milk & soya free so this is great for people who suffer with an intolerance or allergy.
I am rating these sweets 5/5, I would definitely recommend them, especially at the price I paid! The packaging stands out and you get a lot for your money.
--- Good Because ---
Once again Haribo take a classic Pick-&-Mix sweet and replicate it in its own individual packs. The sweets themselves are various coloured small gummy bears. For such a small sweet and without a grossly over the top sugar coating these do have a lot of flavour to them.
The packaging is appealing in a shiny gold packet with a yellow bear on the front and black text.
The packet states the colours are as follows:-
Orange - Orange
Clear - Pineapple
Pink - Raspberry
Red - Strawberry
Green - Apple
personally i can taste most of them fairly well and this unusual combination of flavours does work together well.
Like other Haribo they contain no nuts, gluten, milk or soya so great for people wary of alergies.
--- Bad Because ---
Slightly chewier than some of the other Haribo which might frustrate some people after a while and the flavour doesn't last a terrific amount of time but in fairness they are small sweets so we can't expect hours of taste from them.
Sweets are sweets and ones this tasty are hard to put down but be careful as the usual warnings apply, sweets rot teeth etc.
--- Overall ---
Tasty little gummy bears in various flavours that will satisfy a minor sugar craving.
Hello. My name is Smyles and I am a Haribo Goldbears addict.
There, I said it. Yes, these colourful, chewy, friendly looking and delicious bears are incredibly addictive. You have been warned.
One packet contains 100g of sugary goodness, and although this may not sound like much, I find that this is definitely enough to last for at least a few days as they really are VERY VERY sweet. Even though I love them, I can't eat more than half a handful at a time. This I find great because they really kill a sugar craving when I have some but I don't feel like I've eaten a whole meal afterwards, like I would with a chocolate bar, for example.
What sets these apart from other similar products is, for me, the texture and the different tastes. The bears are so small, chewy, and kind of bouncy (if I can describe a food that way!) in texture, meaning that when you bite one there is initially a bit of resistance and then you rip the bear apart! So satisfying. Then, as you chew the severed bear in your mouth the full flavour of the sweet starts to spread through your mouth.
That brings us to the next best part about these: the taste. Some jube sweets taste the same no matter what colour they are, but the Haribo bears really do taste different. There are 6 flavours in all - orange, pineapple, strawberry, rasberry, apple and lemon. For me the pineapple are the best as they are so sweet and almost juicy tasting and my least favourite are the orange as there is quite a tartness to the flavour, which is not a nice tartness like in the fruit, but quite a chemical and artificial flavour. Of course, none of these really do actually taste like the fruit they claim to - they are artificial sweets after all! Personally this doesnt put me off too much as if I wanted to taste the fruit, I would buy the fruit, I eat these bears when I want sugar!
Although the bears do contain real fruit juice, I would not kid yourself in any way that these are healthy. They are not. They are completely full of sugar and not a whole lot of nutrition. However, if you can limit yourself to just a couple they are probably better than buying a different type of candy bar and then eating the whole thing. Plus, since 100g contains probably around 50 small bears, they are great for sharing!
I love these for a change and a bit of a sugar hit when I'm feeling sluggish. Give them a go! But be careful - you might not be able to quit! :)
Gold bears are bear shaped sweets from the master sweet maker Haribo. If you don't want to read my entire review let me give you the verdict now: they're great!
Haribo Gold Bears come in a standard bag that is coloured gold, very attractive looking and it will draw kids to the pack in hoards. The gold effect really makes the bag seem special, making it the king of all sweets if you will! On the front you will see the big black font which reads Haribo Gold Bears. You also get the Haribo slogan, "kids and grown-ups love it so, the happy world of haribo", if you have been eating sweets for any length of time you will no doubt have heard it before.
On the right side there is a big golden bear, the titled Gold Bear, he is holding up one of the Haribo Gold Bears on the packet and wearing a giant bow. To get a peek at the sweets within simply take a peek through the transparent window which is bordered by lots of fruit which makes the sweets seem healthy and work well as an excuse to someone else if you are buying yourself a bag! On the back you have your nutritional information but strangely no mention of the ingredients apart from a stamp mentioning all the various E numbers that they contain, or so I thought as the ingredients are actually on the transparent window in tiny letters so upon first glance I couldn't find them!
Once you have opened the bag you will be hit with a pleasant sweet aroma that reminds you of a sweet shop, the Gold Bears smell is really great! The sweets themselves are small and vaguely bear shaped with little arms and legs and if you look closely you will see they have little mouths and textured tummies which I think is supposed to be a fur effect!
Gold Bears come in all different colours red, yellow, green, orange and my favourite the white gold Bear. Once you pop a Gold Bear into your mouth you will delight in its chewy gummi-ness, the texture is perfect having just the right amount of chew to them without disintegrating completely. The fruit flavours are good but all the bears taste practically the same to me, my favourite is the white gold bear, I couldn't tell you what flavour he was but he is slightly tangier than the others! One thing you have to watch out for is that Gold Bears disappear very quickly, I have quite easily munched my way through the bag, for reviewing purposes obviously, I know I'm fooling nobody! They're really more-ish and taste great.
Per 100 grams Haribo Gold Bears have 321kcal of energy, 7 grams of protein, 72grams of carbohydrate which is probably all sugar but 0 grams of fat. Not as bad as I was expecting but the sugar content is exceptional, the bag is 150 grams so I've probably had around 100 grams of sugar in the past 10 minutes! I may not get to sleep tonight!
Price & Conclusion
Haribo Gold Bears are a really great treat and are priced reasonably, a pack will cost you around £1 at most supermarkets. Keep an eye out for other Haribo treats are they are all excellent, you will find delights such as Cola bottles, Stawbs, Tangfastics (another one of my favourites!) and many others. I haven't met a person that will refuse a Gold Bear when offered, so I guess the saying "Kids and grown-ups love it so, the happy world of Haribo" is right! These are one of my favourite sweets ever and if you ever see them I urge you to give them a try, you won't regret it and if you're feeling tired they will give you a bit of a sugar boost! 5/5
My grandma, with whom I grew up, always used to say that I was a strange child. Not that there was anything wrong with me, I suspect that I was a pretty average child. What brought her to the conclusion was, that I didn't like chocolate. And not only chocolate - I generally wasn't too keen on sweets.
Gherkins, mustard & vinegar moved to the high shelf in the pantry - cakes, cookies and sugars were in no danger from me and moved down.
The ladies who attended my nan's weekly coffee afternoon were baffled.
What to bring for a little girl as a small present in such a case ? For a long time they showed up with small jars of gherkins, until one of them had the idea to try something, that no other had brought before.
She showed up with a small golden plastic bag. Through the window in between the golden parts of the bag a mass of tiny, colourful bears could be seen. After opening it, I was presented with soft fruit gum bears, about 1 cm tall, that seemed to have their arms outstretched - as if asking for a hug. My first packet of Haribo's Goldbears had arrived !
I don't exactly remember the moment, I can't have been older than 5 or 6, but I do remember who brought them - and that I finished the whole bag within a few minutes. It was the talk of the coffee afternoons for quite a while - and the end to my supply of gherkins. Not that I did mind, I had found a sweet I did like instead and the ladies took care of it that I didn't run out.
My grandma was less than thrilled. She suspected everything THAT colourful to be unnatural and therefore not fit for consumption. Keep in mind, we are talking about the early seventies and nobody ever talked about E-numbers or nutritional values. Even if, my grandma would hardly have been the person to take much interest in it. She was just a no-nonsense person and I guess the decade generally was just a bit too colourful for her liking.
If she was still around today, she needn't be worried about the ingredients of Haribo's Goldbears. All artificial colourings and flavours have long since been replaced with natural ones to make the bears more suitable for the modern market.
Today they consist of glucose syrup, sugar, water, gelling agent (gelatine), dextrose, citric acid, fruit concentrate, flavourings & glazing agents (vegetable oil, beeswax and carnauba wax). Flavourings are made from extracts of fruits and plants.
But then, a lot of things have changed over the years. Obviously I've grown up (at least in years), I do eat sweets and chocolate by now, my grandma and her lovely friends have passed away and I have children of my own now.
What hasn't changed, is my love for Goldbears. Having children, this means I have to share them now.
And my little friends have changed too. Due to the change in recipe and the lack of E-numbers they are not quite as colourful any more, which is extremely striking, if you haven't seen a green Goldbear in a decade or so.
Back then they had a really strong green colour whereas these days they are very translucent and have a very light colouring. The only one of the bears that still has the same colour is the white goldbear...
The size is still the same, but the shape has changed slightly and they do seem to be a bit slimmer to me, than I remember them. Well, at least they haven't taken Victoria Beckham as a model and they are still big enough to be enjoyable...
So lets move on to the more important things in life as the shape , size and colour of a jelly bear - what do they taste / smell / feel like ?
Let's open the packet and have a check on the smell : Hmm, it's really fruity, although I couldn't say, that the aroma of one fruit especially sticks out from the crowd of Goldbears in the packet.
They are nice and soft to touch and if you take one in between your index finger and thumb and give it a good squeeze it will pop back into its former shape after you release it. They do get hard if they are old (no danger for this to happen in this house) and I wouldn't recommend to keep them lying around for too long after opening the packet, although a few days won't harm, but if we are talking weeks, they will loose their softness.
Thanks to a thin covering of bees wax at the end of the manufacturing process they do not stick together. I left one packet in our glove box in the car while it was very hot and I can tell you, that overheating them doesn't do them much good and they became very sticky. So keep your bears cool, although not in the fridge, as to cold can make them hard.
To describe the taste of a Goldbear is much easier said than done, as for some of them Haribo actually mixes various fruit flavours and you can forget about what logic tells you regarding the colour...
The yellow one :
This one is an easy one, as it tastes of lemon. They are just a little bit sour and the flavour of lemon is very striking. They do leave a bit of a stinging sensation on the tongue, just like the real thing.
The red one:
This one is a mix of berries. What I can clearly recognize is raspberry and I also can detect a hint of blackcurrant. If there are any other berry flavours in there, than they are either totally overpowered by these two or my taste-buds are not refined enough. Whatever, they are good enough to eat... By the way, does anyone know why there always seem to be more red bears in the packets than others ?
The green one:
Another mixture of flavours and this one is the real though one to guess in my opinion. To me they taste like kiwi, grape and strawberry.
Yes, I know, strawberries are supposed to be red. Maybe it's my mind playing tricks on me. Go and try yourself and give me your opinion.
The orange one :
Orange! Reminds me a lot of Fanta. I've never been a huge fan of Fanta Orange, so this must be my least favourite and I always leave them for the kids.
The white one :
Ah, my favourite ! Always has been, always will be.... Pineapple it is. Nicely recognisable, lovely fruity and a little bit sour again.
There are never enough of the white bears in one packet and they usually all go to me - for that the girls have the orange ones, to keep it fair.
What can be said about all of them is, that they dissolve very well and do not stick in between the teeth. At least if they are fresh. If you've ever tried to eat one that has been lying around for a while and is hard as a rock, this is a totally different story. But then, you are not supposed to leave anything eatable lying around for too long, same rules for Goldbears as for any other food.
They do leave a bit of a fruity aftertaste in the mouth which doesn't linger around for too long. Sweet they are, obviously, not sickening and with a light sour hint - the yellow and white one more than the others.
How to eat them :
There are several different ways, so you have to decide yourself which one is for you...
1. The gentle sucker - eats one by one by putting them in the mouth and licking them until they are totally disappeared.
2. The greedy one - takes a whole hand full , disregarding the colour and taste mix, and chomps them all up at once
3. The violent eater - bites of the head first and then eats the rest
Now, I know to which I belong, but leave it for you to guess...
They can be eaten as a little snack in between, when you feel you need something sugary, can be taken on a walk and make a nice treat while watching a movie or reading. I guess I can just eat them everywhere...
As they also make them in the tiny packets they are popular with the kids for birthday bags or just as small treats if they have some little friends over.
They also work very well as a decoration for a sweet, preferably jelly or on a children's birthday cake. My kids have also put them on ice-cream, whereas I prefer them just pure as they come.
Nutritional Values :
Now this is one sweet, where the manufacturer doesn't even bother to print them on the packet. Which is fine with me, as I will never understand why people buy sweets and then torture themselves, by finding out how many needless calories this will give them. They are a sweet, do not contain any vitamins and yes, if you need to hear it : if you eat too many of them too often they are going to make you fat and you will probably loose all your teeth !
If you want to find out the exact numbers, not only of the Goldbears, but all Haribo products, you can find them on a listing on their website.
There is also no warning for allergies given and I have checked this one on the website for you, just to be on the same side and can assure you that they neither contain nuts, milk nor gluten.
They do contain pig gelatine though and are neither suitable for vegetarians and vegans, nor for anyone who wants to eat kosher or halal.
The website is, by the way, well worth a visit, as it not only explains the whole history of the Goldbear, but also explains how they are made, what franchise they are offering, competition, on-line store and some games for the little ones. The website is, of course, not only dedicated to the Goldbear, but also informs about all the other Haribo products.
Where to get them :
Surprisingly, they are much harder to find as I thought. While Tesco and lots of other stores do have Haribo products, they are often limited to Starmix and Cola-Bottles and the only store in my area where I can find them is Sainsbury. I've bought a packet that contains 200 gr of delightful Goldbears for £0.99. They do have other sizes too, but I fear you'll have to find out the price for them yourself.
A bit of Trivia:
The Goldbear, who actually isn't such a modern sweet, but has been around for nearly 100 years now, always has had many fans and some of them
where rather important people, such as the last German Emperor Wilhelm II. who liked them that much, that he announced that they were the best thing the Weimarer Republic had produced.
Other well known admirers of the little bears are Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock, former German chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Albert Einstein.
Kids and grown-ups love it so - the happy world of Haribo ?
As with everything this is, of course, a question of personal taste. For me it works. I like their taste, that they are chewy without sticking to the teeth and they do look cute. I have no problem giving them to my children either, as long as it is not too often.
I have to admit that they are very addictive and once you start to eat them it is hard to stop. In fact, I've just realised that I have, while writing this, finished the whole bag.
No animals have been harmed during the course of this review.
Thanks for reading this, Sandra
Haribo Goldbears 160g - Pack of 12