Hi. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Forgive me, I’ve been swamped with many ideas and no time to publish them. I’ll have some more stuff up real soon. Instead, here’s a fluff post about video game candy.
Heard of Angry Birds? It’s hard not to, they’ve permeated the public conscious about as much as Call of Duty and Madden NFL in terms of video games. A goofy game where you fling birds at buildings to destroy enemy pigs, it has appeared on every system that could possibly play it, and is apparently really addicting. I played the Google Chrome browser version (no longer available as of 2020) and didn’t quite get the appeal.
Doesn’t mean it’s not a multi-million dollar success for Finnish developer Rovio. There’s Angry Birds T-Shirts, Angry Birds toys, Angry Birds board games, there’s probably Angry Birds whack-a-mole if I looked around hard enough.
Now they’ve invaded the food space with Angry Birds Fruit Gummies.
I was in a Wal-Mart, getting a few things here and there, when I saw these in a bargain section for 98 cents. I thought, sure, why the hell not. I remember fruit snacks from my youth. Plus I’m reminded of Matt of X-Entertainment (now of Dinosaur Dracula) buying all the Shrek 2 related foods for his site, so I couldn’t resist giving them a try.
The box tells me to “Collect all four” box covers. Each of the boxes featured art of the respective characters, but I opted for the red bird as that’s the most well-known and iconic besides the pig.
These seem to be based on the most recent Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Space, which is probably the same as the original game except now IN SPAAAAAAACE! With low gravity!
Opening the box reveals a plastic bag with the gummies wrapped inside. Why they didn’t just make the package a bag is a mystery.
There’s six flavors all based on the game’s characters, which are the standard fare of cherry, lemon and raspberry among other flavors. After tearing the package open, I decided to give each of them a try. I then came to a startling conclusion: These aren’t like chewy delicious fruit snacks I remember. In fact, they taste like off-brand gummy bears.
I paid 98 cents for Angry Birds gummy bears, shaped like the birds. Oh well, it could’ve been much worse, I guess. Such a disappointment though, I was hoping for something like traditional fruit snacks, but I get what I pay for.
I wouldn’t say these are worth hunting down.
2020 update: These were fairly prevalent when I got these in 2012, but likely no longer are produced. I do not recommend finding expired candy just to try them, because they weren’t good even when I got them brand new for 98 cents.
I’m honestly amazed the franchise is still going. Candy Crush and similar mobile games are the in thing now, but there’s been TV shows, several games, and two highly successful movies, so good on Rovio for keeping Angry Birds relevant years after the fact.
Still disappointed these weren’t fruit snacks, though.