I ventured into Wal-Mart the other week after a frustrating swag-less run to Target in search for Easter candy. An act of desperation, I assure you. I needed Easter candy and didn’t know where to look next, as Target usually has the best selection in my area. I was floored to discover a beautifully stocked Easter candy aisle, separated by color: pink, green, orange, blue, purple. Candy of all kinds were there, M&Ms, Peeps, Cadbury Mini Eggs, Russell Stover Chocolate Rabbits, Edible Grass, etc. The list goes on. Amongst this rainbow of every candy lover’s dream, I found these Gimball’s Easter Jelly Beans. I look at the flavors assortments for each flavor, and I found the yellow package to have the most appealing flavors for me.
Gimbal’s makes gourmet jelly beans year round, but I was pleased to find special varieties for Easter. The one thing I find appealing about Gimbals as opposed to most other jelly beans on the market, is the price. It’s remarkably cheaper than say, the likes of Jelly Belly. Exactly how much, I can’t say at the moment since I don’t have my receipt on me to make the comparison. Plus, I’m an artist, I don’t work well with numbers. That’s my excuse.
The bag lists the flavors on the back, showing four beans in a recipe for “Lemon Crumble” using all three flavors in the bag. Opening the bag I get this odd aroma of buttery fruit. Very….interesting.
The beans are beautiful to look at. They are the same size and approximate shape as Jelly Belly’s Jelly Beans.
Lemon Meringue: Fresh and tart flavor of lemons. The taste isn’t too powerful, too sweet or too tart. All the elements strike a nice balance. Towards the end an extra kick of sweetness shows up which I think is the “meringue” part of this bean.
Pineapple: Immediately juicy and tropical. It has an slight odd metallic taste to it, like pineapple juice from a tin can.
Buttered Popcorn: Very buttery and artificially so. Like “I Cannot Believe It’s Not Butter”, but in a jelly bean. It’s sweet, but has a strong salty edge to it.
A really nice replacement for Jelly Belly, especially if you don’t want to spend as much money on some jelly beans. They look practically identical, missing the logo on them of course, and have a strong satisfying flavor. I’m very tempted to go and try the other colored varieties now.
Rating: Will Buy Again
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