With Halloween fast approaching I am trying to amass as much candy as possible for
personal consumption distribution among friends, and while my own preferences lead me to favor chocolate, I have been making a concerted effort to diversity my selection. Thus, when I encountered a display at Spec’s of Project 7’s booze-flavored Gummi Bears, I picked up the Mambo Mojito, thinking this variety would be a welcome change from the standard "I-guess-this-must-be-cherry-because-it’s-red" kind.
(Side note: I am particularly tickled that Project 7’s Mambo Mojito, Champagne Dreams, and Margarita gummy candies are clearly marked “non-alcoholic.” While I understand the flavor nomenclature necessitates such a label as to reassure parents their children will not get blotto, I wonder if this trend will continue with other treats that could, in theory, have an adults-only ingredient. Are boxes of Little Debbie Brownies with the phrase, “Do Not Contain Hash” in our future? One can only dream. )
More relevantly, Project 7 also wants consumers to know that their booze gummy bears are made with organic sweeteners and without artificial flavors, rendering them relatively healthier than those vended by Haribo. (Not, however, to hate on Haribo ‘cause their cola gummies are amazeballs.)
The best quality of the Mambo Mojito ursine gummies is their uniform, pleasantly chewy, squishy and slightly moist consistency. Unfortunately, anyone, this author included, who enjoys Cuba’s signature highball, will find the taste wanting for the lack of any discernible chords of crisp mint or piquant lime. Those flavors are present but so mild as to seem more of an afterthought to the dominant sweet note.
At around $4 for a 4-ounce bag, I’m loath to make another investment to test the other varieties, so this All-Hallow’s-Eve it’s Haribo Gummi Bears, Sour Spaghetti, and of course, Happy Cola.