We’ve gushed enough about the gummi candy of HARIBO, so we’ll save the history lessons and pontification. They’re the jimmy jam, and that’s the truth, man. We’re here to review a variation on a classic. Fizzy Cola is sour sugar-dusted version of the extremely popular and available Happy Cola. Both Happy and Fizzy attempt to recreate the subtle flavors and sweetness of traditional cola, all while delivering the most excellent consistency of gummy HARIBO has to offer.
If you’re a student of gummy candies, you know that textures and consistencies vary from brand to brand, product to product, and even package to package. HARIBO’s flagship “gummi,” the Gold -Bears, are a prime example of the top of the texture mountain. It’s chewy and soft, but with plenty of resistance to work out those gums and put up a proper fight. Other massively satisfying gummy varieties include those represented by Sour S’ghetti and Sour Straws, an even tougher chew, but one that serves thinner and less substantial gummy candies by giving them even more heft. Then there is the least desirable “butter gummy,” as we call it. It’s the softest of the bunch, giving no resistance to the teeth and letting the glide through, well, like butter. HARIBO Fruit Salads are examples of this soft, boring gummy, and, in the opinion of this reviewer, they are to be avoided at all costs.
Both Colas fall under the first type, akin to Gold-Bears. The Fizzy Cola’s dusting of sour sugar gives it what the packaging describes as a “Sour Sweet & Tangy” flavor. Compared to real sour gummies like the S’ghetti, it’s a mild pucker and almost negligible, though the tanginess and sweetness cannot be argued. Ultimately, the questions must be asked: Is the addition of the sour sugar to the Happy Cola an improvement, a detriment, or simply a change of a pace? The argument can be made for the latter, but if forced to make a decision, we’re going with Happy Cola 99.9% of the time. Fizzy Cola’s no slouch, but it just ain’t Happy, ya know?