OK, I think it’s part of my job to keep you guys updated on fun and delicious Disney foods that you can find in Disney Parks and Resorts. This is why I’m always showcasing things like the butterfinger cupcake, that incredible Earl of Sandwich brownie frosting sandwich of wonderfulness, and plastic cheese.
But sometimes, a food makes it into the list of “You Won’t Believe This!” Snacks not because it’s heaven on Earth to eat, but because it strikes just the right combination of creepy, alien, and partly-delicious/partly-gross to be outrageous. Today, that’s the Giant Gummy Bear.
Introduction to the Giant Gummy Bear
That’s right. These are gummy bears that are big enough to sit on their own bums.
We’ve talked about gummies at Disney Parks before, but these are another thing entirely. At 4 inches tall and over 12 ounces, they pack over 1,000 calories each in a single serving and come in Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Grape, Green Apple, and Orange flavors.
And they really are kind of creepy. I mean, look at his beady little eye.
The Story Part
Anyway, I was walking through Epcot’s World Showcase and it began to rain. I quickly darted into the closest store, which happened to be Germany’s Teddy Bear store, and my eye zeroed in on these little guys.
Don’t they look pretty all lined up? So colorful and shiny. I couldn’t help but be attracted over there to find out what they were. And, alas — food! I had to buy one. I vacillated between cherry and blue raspberry for a long time, but at $6+ per bear, buying two wasn’t an option.
I decided on cherry, my favorite flavor, and quickly found my husband who LOVES gummy bears. He was slightly distraught about this one, however. “You spent how much on that thing? We’re not going to eat that.” was the gist of his response. And he was probably right; we likely wouldn’t finish it. But I had to try!
The bear comes in a little plastic molded case, and it ended up being quite a “suction cup” nightmare to get him out!
After finally wedging it out of there with a knife, I had to decide how to eat it. Not an easy task. The general texture of the bear is somewhere between a swedish fish and a blob of jell-O. It’s pliable and stretchy instead of firm, but the elasticity made it very difficult to get a good solid cut (especially since I was in a WDW hotel room using a plastic knife).
Eventually, I gave up.
I bit his ear off.
Taste and Texture Review
The taste was surprisingly delicious! It had a strong cherry flavor (like the flavor of a tart, cherry lollipop) instead of the mildly waxy, cheap flavor I was expecting. It was really good! This is where the “partly-delicious” comes in to play.
The texture, however, was less enticing. Because of the elastic nature of the bear, I ended up just chewing on the thing for quite a while. That’s the “partly-gross” section of the review.
Overall, I’m pretty sure I don’t want another Giant Gummy Bear, but I can see why this might be the perfect “treat” to bring home to a favorite kiddo in your life — or a friend who’s a candy freak! It travels well, won’t cost you the farm, and really does taste quite good! If the bear comes home to your house, get a nice big knife and cut it up into pieces, put them in ziploc bags, and save them as individual gummy treats.
If you’ve tried one — or want to try one — let me know in the comment section below!