Nestlé USA, Inc., Glendale, Calif.
Admittedly, I’ve never been a big fan of gummies. Truth is, I’ve always preferred chocolate to fruit flavors when it comes to candy, and melty to chewy when it comes to texture. But I’ll try (almost) anything once. So when Nestlé’s newWonka brandSluggles (slug-shaped, in lemon, strawberry, grape and orange flavors) andSour Puckerooms (mushroom-shaped, in cherry, grape, lemon/orange and grape/cherry flavors) crossed my desk, I gave them a taste and see. Turns out these gummies are shockingly fresh, juicy and perfectly sweet. They’re also fun to say! Just call me Charlie Bucket, cuz I’m now a fan of “Wonka’s Edible Garden.” Did I mention that bothSluggles andPuckerooms are fat-free? They’re also made with 25% real fruit juice. Yum.
Ingredients (Sluggles): Glucose syrup, sugar, water, gelatin, apple juice concentrate, lactic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, citric acid, sorbitol, natural flavors, vegetable and fruit juice color, cochineal color, beta-carotene color, and milk, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nut, soy and sulfite ingredients.
S.R.P.: $1.79 per bag
-Deborah Cassell