Sour gummies are like flowers. There is a seemingly infinite variety of shapes, colors, textures, and tastes (you eat flowers too, right?) available to the consumer, and everyone has their personal preference. Perhaps the analogy ends there, although there’s something to be said about a bag of Sour Patch Kids on the first date, but, Oh, the variety! Even in the phylum of SOUR WORMS, the selection is endless. So as shrewd consumers, we act on instinct and history. We revert to our blankies and look to our mainstays. HARIBO has always been there.
No, literally, HARIBO has always been there, at least since the invention of gummy candy (or gummi candy, as the Germans call them, but this debate is something for Pacquiao and Mayweather to duke out and resolve). They were invented by, you guessed it, HARIBO.
HARIBO doesn’t coat their prizes in sour dust frequently. They’re more well known for their classic Gummi Bears, Happy Cola, Twin Cherries, and Raspberries. Their two flagship sour candies are the Fizzy Cola and Sour S’ghetti, both relatively available stateside. There are a few others, some lightly coated in more-sweet-than-sour dust, and others not available in the US such as the elusive Saure Pomme, or Sour Fries (seriously, if you find them, we will give you a prize. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org). Of the two readily available sour candies, Sour S’ghetti lives up to the name and sits on the throne.
Sour S’ghetti can easily be compared to the uber-available Sour Punch Straws, found in movie theaters, Walgreens, and mom & pop confection shops. It’s as if a chef chopped a rainbow’s selection of straws into identical two-inch strips. But this ain’t no ziti; this is s’ghetti, so no hollow tubes. Sorry, survivalists, this candy will not help you breathe underwater for minutes while you evade your pursuers. It will, however, taste delicious.
HARIBO Sour S’ghetti are probably in the top 10 of sour gummies, and it really comes down to texture, proper sour kick, and flavor. They don’t get fancy with tropical or nonsensical flavors (can we please just stop pretending that blue raspberries exist?), nor do they try to accurately replicate any particular fruit. Their flavors are red, green, and blue. They’re sour, but not sour to the point where the tongue stops processing taste and swells to the size of a banana. The texture is that comfortable toughness HARIBO gummies are known for. And that’s the final word. Being known for a texture is a pretty strong asset when wading through a sea of unfamiliar gummies. Like the food it represents, HARIBO Sour S’ghetti is a comfort.