Product Type: Haribo Sweets
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Goldbears : E=mc²
Haribo Gold Bears Bag
Member Name: Fritzthecat
Haribo Gold Bears Bag
Advantages: Taste, no artificial colouring
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
Summary: A very traditional sweet that always seems to be "in" with kids big and small