Blueberry Acai Gummy Pandas from Bissinger’s

Where to Buy:  Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier on Foodzie

Price:  $20. for four 4-ounce packages

Product Description:

Open up a bag of this award-winning treat and you’ll be blown away by the abundant blueberry aroma. Soft and satisfying, this all-natural gummy is made with hand-selected organic sweeteners and two natural sources of antioxidants: blueberries and acai fruit.

What I Think:

This is yet another product that I first discovered at Chuck’s Produce – but I didn’t try this particular flavor.  I actually purchased the Pomegranate White Tea Gummy Pandas at Chuck’s Produce (which I purchased because they were tea flavored), so I was very happy that I received a different flavor in June’s Tasting Box.

But still, I didn’t have high expectations because while I did enjoy the Pomegranate White Tea Gummy Pandas, they weren’t all that exceptional in my opinion.  But these not only exceeded my expectations – but they blew me away!  Quite possibly the best gummy candy I’ve ever tasted.  Not that I’m an expert at all when it comes to gummy confections, because they are not typically my favorite candy.

Just as the description above suggests, I was astonished by the fragrance that came from the pouch as soon as I opened it.  It smelled like fresh blueberries!

The flavor is very vibrant.  Sweet with just the right level of tart.  The blueberry flavor is especially intense!  The berry flavor is quite authentic – so true to the fruit, in fact, that I found myself expecting a burst of juice after biting into one of these berries … err, um, panda bears, that is.

I guess if I were to change anything about these at all, it would be the texture.  As I said, I’m not a big fan of gummy candy, so I find myself wishing this had more of a soft-gel like texture (like in a fruit gel candy) rather than the tough gelatin-ish, chewy texture of the gummy.  But since these are, in fact, gummy pandas, I guess to complain about the fact that they are gummy would be kind of unrealistic, huh?

My Final Thoughts:

With the exception of my misgivings about gummy candy, I found these to be quite flavorful and delicious.  I am surprised at how true to the fruit these gummy pandas are!

It’s Here! My June Tasting Box Has Arrived!

It seems that as soon as the first of the month arrives, I begin to grow anxious at the arrival of my Foodzie tasting box!  I start visiting the Foodzie website (and their Facebook page) daily to see if they’ve offered any sneak peeks as to what they might be sending in the box.  I know I’ve said this before:  it’s a little like Christmas morning when the box arrives.  The box is packaged so beautifully and it’s packed FULL of goodies.  YUM! 

This month’s box includes:  a bag of Falafel Chips from Flamous Brands, Inc., a yummy-looking Miso Chocolate Brownie from Kyotofu, a jar of Green Tomato Relish from Wayne’s Fine Foods, a bag of Blueberry Acai Gummy Pandas from Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatiers, a Coconut Oat Bar from Bobo’s Oat Bars, and a bag of Spiced Almonds from Mrs. Sipps.

As usual, the map card was also tucked inside the box.  These map cards offer a brief description of each item on one side, and a map of the United States with a flag to highlight the point of origin for each item.  Here’s the scan of both sides of the card (just click on either side of the card for a larger view):

In addition, there was also a recipe card for the Savory Cornbread Pudding – the winning recipe for June from the Foodzie Blogger panel.

This month, we also got a little “something extra” inside our box:  a reusable produce bag from Flip and Tumble!  These are durable bags I will use again and again!   I am excited with the variety of samples that arrived this month!  I will definitely keep you posted as I try each one!