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Candy Review: Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummies Penguins

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Trader Joe's Gummy Tummies Penguins

I don’t like gummies. I don’t even remember why, it’s been so long since I tasted any. So why did I buy these? Because I can’t resist anything animal-shaped. And I couldn’t resist the peculiar appeal of an animal-shaped candy with a gut full of liquid.

To be honest, I didn’t really expect these to be good to eat. I expected that I would order an Avenging Narwhal Playset from Archie McPhee and then instead of having the narwhal spear the little plastic penguin through the belly, I’d use these. And they’d OOZE GUTS. And I’d take pictures. What could be better?

But I never got to do that, for a surprising reason: They all got eaten!

My vague recollection of why I hate gummies has a lot to do with the texture – endless chewing – which gets you nothing more than an artificial chemical taste. These are nothing like what I remember. They’re a bit chewy, yes, but really fairly soft. And the fruit flavors, which are supposed to be cherry, lime, and strawberry, are nice. I’m not a big fan of the lime, which I find unappealing in most candies. But all three are decent, not too sweet with just a little bit of tartness to keep them perky.

They are made in France, which is well known as a home of high quality confections, but gummies? Maybe gummies in general have improved since I gave up on them, uncounted candy-eating years ago. Whatever the explanation, they didn’t last long enough for me to get around to buying a plastic marine predator to stab them with.

My only objection to these is that they don’t look as much like penguins as I’d hoped. You can see in the picture that they have odd little smiles on their faces where they ought to have beaks. But while you’re playing with the juicy bellies – and eating them up – you probably won’t even notice.

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5 Responses to “Candy Review: Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummies Penguins”

  1. 1
    Robert B. says:

    Your idea of “gummies” sounds more like my idea of Jujube, Jujyfruit, DOTS, and some Gumdrops (and about 1 brand of Gummi Bears out of the 100′s or so that are out there now). I love soft gummies that have fruity flavors… the hard and extra chewey one give gummies a bad name!

    The “penguins” look like smiling Grimices (McD’s TM)… or happy fat kids. Ha ha.

  2. 2
    Pam Walter says:

    What a hoot! I’ve never cared for gummies either but I just might have to give these a try.

  3. 3
    Linda says:

    Update: gummy tummy penguin vs narwhal!

  4. 4
    Matt says:

    they’re like little pregnant penguins…

  5. 5
    Candy Addict » Candy Review: Ikea Jelly Rats and Candy Laces says:

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