The Snack Report: Super Mario 3-Dees Gummies
Some fans of PCFG may be aware that both Meg and I are Nintendo fans. Maybe someday we’ll be famous enough that people streetpassing us on their Nintendo 3DS will be a big deal… Until then, we can only fantasize. Oh and also locate and eat the few Nintendo-themed snacks out there, we can find in the U.S.! Which brings me to today’s Snack Report: Super Mario gummies, made by Au’some. However, these aren’t just any old gummies… much like the Nintendo 64, these guys have made the jump into the third dimension.
Up until now, the majority of fruit snacks on the market are usually detailed on one-side, then flattened on the other. Yeah, I guess that works. I mean it’s not a big deal. But let’s be real, here, folks. This is 2016. We have robots that survive torture (see: Boston Dynamics) and smartwatches (that are effectively smartphones), and best of all, video games you control by waving your arms around. We don’t just need 3D gummies, we deserve 3D gummies. Because after all, three dimensions are more delicious than two.
As you can see here, there’s a motley cast of Super Mario characters represented in each bag. You can get Super Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong. So yeah, motley as hell, since it leaves out franchise favorites like Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and others. I suppose it’s entirely possible they left some characters out due to mold issues, so I won’t get on their case too much for leaving out a large, shelled reptile with numerous spikes coming out of his back.
Predictably, the gummies are artificially flavored, but bear in mind these are closer to gummy bears than fruit snacks. We found them at a candy store, and that’s pretty much what they are. So don’t eat them expecting all-natural flavoring or organic sugar or whatever. They’re a fun, quick-fix of sugar and whimsy.
You get a choice of four flavors: watermelon, strawberry, mixed berries, and orange. Unfortunately my bad didn’t contain any of the mixed berry flavor, so boo. Despite that, I will say these gummies were still pretty decent. Despite the fact they’re closer to gummy bears than fruit snacks, their flavor was better than usual gummy candies. While probably still mostly just sugar and artificial flavoring, they did vary in taste, rather than all just being a generic sugary fruit flavor.
Design-wise, it’s sort of odd. Rather than restrict each character to their trademark color (i.e. Mario = red, Yoshi = green, etc…) the colors seem to be randomized. It’d make more sense the other way around, but oh well. It’s pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. As far as the actual models go, they’re pretty accurate! The overall shapes of some of them did get a little warped in the bag, such as Donkey Kong being looking like he’s about to fall backwards, but the proportions and everything are all spot on. It really is a cool novelty to have these gummy snacks have a back on them, as well. See?
You can probably find them relatively cheap at specialty candy stores. One bag was a little bit over a dollar, if I recall correctly. So yeah, standard candy price. And they’re definitely more fun than other similar candies, so I totally give them a thumbs up. (Especially if you are a fan of Nintendo games!)