Yes, Smiley360, those guys who send you on missions and give you free products to review and all they ask for in return is your honest feedback. Sometimes the item you get to review is full-sized; other times you get samples, but the amount will always be enough for you to form an opinion on it.
Gummy snacks! Randoms are a brand new gummy candy manufactured by Wonka, the same guys who bring you Nerds, Laffy Taffy, Sweet Tarts, and of course, it's also the centerpiece of any sweet-toothed-child's favorite movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Smiley360 told me I'd be getting one stand-up bag and one peg bag of Randoms gummies. I knew a stand-up bag meant it had to be pretty sizable, but holy cow! Check out what came in the package:
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
Fruit snacks generally fall into one of two categories (to me anyway): the soft gummy ones that all taste the same (the typical "gummy" candy that you see everywhere), and the harder, not-so-gummy ones (e.g. the Phineas & Ferb ones shown below).
|There's the gummy fruit snacks - sticky, stretchy and chewy.|
|And the not-so-gummy fruit snack: there's usually an opaque one for some reason. (the blue piece here)|
SHAPE: There are 70 different gummy shapes. SEVENTY! Most of them are everyday objects you see around you - flowers, cars, clocks, trees, bicycles. Then there are the less common ones - choo choo trains, suit of clubs, a shuttlecock, even a gorilla.
FLAVOR: On top of the seemingly endless number of shapes, there's the flavors - seven of them. I'm still trying to pick them out: orange, lemon, grape, cherry,.....raspberry? Oh hell, I don't know. Pretty much any common fruity flavor you can think of, it's probably in here. Not that it really matters since I can't tell the difference between the flavors anyway.
TEXTURE: As if 490 combinations weren't enough (70 shapes x 7 flavors = 490 combos....math whiz at work here), there are three textures - regular gummy, layered gummy with a marshmallow creme back, and jam-filled marshmallow creme gummy. That brings the total number of possible combinations up to...1,470? Seriously?! Jeez Louise that's a really large number.
|The three textures you'll find in a bag of Randoms gummies|
|I snipped the jam-filled gummy in half so you can see what the innards look like|
For all you health-conscious eaters out there, I must note that this is in no way a healthy fruit alternative. It's still loaded with calories and sugar. If you were to eat the whole stand-up bag in one sitting you'd knock out about a thousand calories from your daily caloric intake. And since this is a fat-free (yay!!) and protein-free snack, that means those are all empty sugar calories (booo!!).
So would I recommend buying these gummies? DEFINITELY. Sure, they're not the healthiest food and should not be a substitution for your daily servings of fruit, but as a snack it's pretty awesomesauce. I think the part I like best about these is the seemingly endless variety of shapes. I'm 800% sure I've eaten more than 70 gummies by now but I can't recall seeing any shape twice. That's because the different colors made them look totally different the second time around. Oh look, I just pulled out purple sneakers. That's new. My second favorite thing about this is the marshmallow creme layer on some of them. Because OHMYGOSH I'm a sucker for marshmallow creme gummies. Those Trolli Strawberries & Cream gummies and Peachie-O's? NOM to the infinitieth power. I just died a little inside while doing a Google search and found out that those strawberry gummies are pretty much non-existent in this day and age. We must rely on Randoms to keep up the marmallow legacy. So go and pick up your bag today and keep the marshmallow cremes alive!
Note: This post contains referral links. I received Randoms fruit snacks complimentary from Smiley360 for testing purposes. This post reflects my honest opinions about this product.