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Candy Review: Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers

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I remember that when I first lived in New Zealand I was always experiencing cultural differences that the native Kiwis failed to comprehend about American culture. I mean, they didn’t eat staples like peanut butter and questioned the point of ketchup.

But by far the one thing that drove my Kiwi friends bonkers was my love for cherry. I adore it – ice cream, candy, soda… you name it and cherry makes it better. For some unknown reason, cherry just wasn’t popular down there.

Well, it’s a good thing then that my friends didn’t attend the All Candy Expo and amble by the Gimbal’s Fine Candy booth. Gimbal’s is an interesting small candy manufacturer. They produce a variety of products from jelly beans to Lavaballs, with their factory being certified Kosher and gluten, nut, dairy, egg, soy, gelatin, and transfat free (not all of these products are vegan since some contain bee’s wax).

But of all their products, the one that blew me away the most was their Cherry Lovers. Cherry Lovers is a bag of heart-shaped chews consisting of nine different flavors of cherry. That’s right, nine! Think that’s impossible? See for yourself….

Gimbal's Cherry Lovers Bag

Wild Cherry: There’s a nice cherry flavor, reminiscent of the cherry piece in the original Starburst. The flavor is soft without the acid like cherry juice.

Cherry Vanilla: I never really care for vanilla, especially as a flavor in fruit chews, but I did enjoy this one immensely. The vanilla is subtle, expressing itself like it does in cream soda, meshing harmoniously with the subdued cherry.

Black Cherry: This piece has deep, robust cherry tones with a tender, woodsy quality. It’s slightly tart, bitter, and soothing, very similar to grape juice or black currant.

Chocolate Cherry: I was apprehensive about this flavor, but thought I might be surprised as I was with the vanilla piece; unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The chocolate taste is mockolate, making me feel the only thing chocolate about it is the use of cocoa. The cherry taste is also quite muted. This was my least favorite.

Cherry Cheesecake: This one is kind of like the cheesecake Jelly Belly piece. It’s completely artificial in terms of resembling the actual flavor of cheesecake, but tasty in the way cheesecake ice cream is, despite the fact it too tastes nothing like cheesecake.

Cherry Daiquiri: There’s a little sour/sweetness to it, but it only resembles the flavor of a daiquiri is in the sense of the sugary intensity, lacking the rum component to transform it to anything more than just a syrup. Still tasty, though.

Bing Cherry: The cherry is a bit more tart than in the wild or black cherry, but more traditional in the way cherry bubblegum tastes.

Cherry Cola: There’s a lovely cola taste here, with a hint of cherry at the end. It’s very much like those Haribo cola bottles, but a bit more acidic.

Kiwi Cherry: Perhaps one of Gimbal’s workers is from New Zealand, and this flavor was invented as an olive branch to get him to like cherry. The kiwi flavor is minute and so is cherry. The taste is more floral – a nice presentation of ideas of fruit with a light presence on your tongue, but no citrus, acid, or other bold flavors to make you think of any specific fruit.

So all in all, I enjoyed eight out of nine of these, with most of those being absolutely delicious. I was given a giant bag and they were all consumed within the hour. They’re also loaded with vitamin C, so I could at least pretend they were somewhat good for me. I’m not sure how a person who dislikes cherry would react, but, at least for me, this candy is just ridiculously scrumptious, and I wish I had more.

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4 Responses to “Candy Review: Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers”

  1. 1
    Dani says:

    I wish they sold their candy on their website! I was amazed by how much their bags of “gourmet jelly beans” look like Jelly Belly bags. They even have most of the same names and a page of “recipes” to make by combining beans. Are they related, or are they sure to be sued?

  2. 2
    Willie says:

    Nice Review of Gimbals Cherry Lovers!! Gimbals makes really good candy!! I am a Cherry Lover too…can’t wait to pick these up!!

  3. 3
    Robert B. says:

    CHERRY COLA!!! Point me to where and when (not available on Gimbal’s Fine Candy Website or the one they link to… yet)!

  4. 4
    Ruth M. @ Gimbal's Candy says:


    First let me say thank you so much for publishing your thoughts about Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers. We here at Gimbal’s appreciate any feedback about our products, good or bad. The product will be available nationwide at WalMart stores starting Valentines 2010. New stores are being added daily. Thank you again for your review and if you have any questions regarding any of our products, please feel free to contact us at

    Have a great day!

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