Pros: Haribo Gold Bears; Sweet Sour; 5 ounce individual bags, Delicious candy
Cons: Hard to stop eating, no nutritional value
Haribo Gold Bears
These are a sour little candy treat that originated in Germany and still is made there by Haribo which may be the first time you heard of the company, but trust me, they were making these back in the 70s when I was there with Uncle Sam's Army.
In German these little morsels are called Gummi Baeren - or literally Rubber Bears. Americans either doesn't know what that means or in their usual verbal convention adopted the half German - half English Gummi Bears and Haribo followed suit. To be fair, Rubber Bears sounds weird and does not create any particular desires in my head to eat. Anyway they are labeled Gold Bears - Gummi Candy (again mixing the two languages) and come in a 5 ounce cellophane bag. They also come in 12 ounce and I've seen bulk sizes, too.
Whatever you call them, they are delicious and different than most other candy, although these rubbery little critters have been cloned by other companies and come in generic varieties as well as worms and other shapes. They are colorful and fruit flavored, after a fashion, but taste sour more than sweet.
There are five colors of the little candies, which are each shaped like a teddy bear sitting up or maybe a dog begging. The little critters are about ¾ of an inch tall. You get red (raspberry); orange (orange); white (pineapple); green (strawberry); and yellow (lemon). These are the same colors I've known and that is about 30 years back when I first learned of them.
There is not a lot of difference between the flavors - what ever the color. They all taste faintly sweet but sourer, with a rubbery consistency that allows you to chew them tenderly for a while until you get impatient and bite down on the little guy to get a burst of flavor. If you have a lot of patience you can even hold them in your mouth until they dissolve. But dissolving a Gummi Bear takes a long term commitment. The rubbery consistency has a lot of staying power in your mouth and might take hours to dissolve if you don't start chewing. I usually lack the patience.
The rubbery consistency of the Bear is not sticky and the candy is not messy. Each one is individual and does not cling to the rest of the bunch yet they are soft and rubbery.
Haribo Gold Bears are very addictive and you can eat quite a few Gold Bears before you realize you must stop. These are 5 ounce bags which can easily disappear at one swoop so I guess you should be glad you didn't get a 12 ounce bag, because that can happen the same way. I have to be careful with these things! There is no nutritional value in this candy so don't even go there. ;>
These are the original Haribo Gold Bears, imported from Germany. They are better than the ones that look just like them that are made by other companies. Try them and see for yourself.