Haribo makes a mean little bear, but what is the gold standard of the gummy worm? I'd like to have tested these Trolli Squiggles against some other varieties. How would a Trolli invertebrate compare to a Black Forest? A Publix (careful if you're kosher!)? E.frutti? Does Haribo make a worm? What's the difference between Gummi and Gummy? Don't even get me started on the sour ones.
I'd need to go on a brand hunt to have a showdown, obviously. This afternoon, my choice was Squiggles or no Squiggles. I ate three.
My notes are a little hard to read because I had chicken wings* for lunch and got Bangkok sauce on my notebook, but here's what it looks like I thought:
red and white - strawberry? sweet. a little too sweet?
yellow and green - lemony. lime? [this color combo has] a little more tang.
red and orange - redder tasting. cherry? tangy, too. [I like these] more than [the] red and white [ones].
To the eye and hand, the texture seemed appropriate. Chewing, somehow they seemed denser than what I was expecting. Less gummy? I struggle to describe the sensation. I don't know what I thought they were missing. My mouth wasn't angry. My mouth wasn't thrilled. But the smell was just right -- powdery, soothing, and sweet. I should have smelled them for longer. Because then they were gone. Well, there were more in the kitchen. But I'd had enough.
Regarding my color-coded notes, I suspect the different colors have different flavorings, but Jane put the idea in my head and I could have been trying to please her. I do have a pretty vivid imagination.
I didn't hate these Trollis but they didn't mark the end of my search. No. No, one has to keep searching.
* p.s. about those chicken wings:
Chicken Feature #1? Does this mark a new trend in less-than evocative names? Pretty sure they used to be called Bangkok wings.