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Gummy Bear Availability
Posted July 30, 2009 - 15:18:48

This is not a gummy bear, but I'm at work and can't upload a new photoSo, in my attempt to no longer neglect my blog and beloved website, I thought I'd talk to you guys about something very important to me. No, it's not about my engagement to the wonderful Crysta. No, nothing that important I'm afraid. Instead, it's about one of my oldest and dearest friends:

The Gummy Bear.

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with mass market gummy candies in modern America, there are essentially two very good brands of Gummy Bears available -- and plenty of terrible brands. The two good brands I'm talking about are Black Forest and Haribo. Different people prefer one over the other, but I've yet to meet a gummy candy afficianado who won't pick one of those two brands as the best around.

For those who have never tried either, Haribo Gummy Bears have a tougher texture with a slightly sweeter flavor, while Black Forest Gummy Bears have a softer texture with a fruitier flavor (in their current formula -- I could go at length about how that changed in the early 2000s). I am on record as preferring Black Forest as a brand, but I do enjoy Haribo as well.

Now, I often find myself stopping by Festival Foods during my lunch break at work (as it's just a short stroll from the office). Festival Foods doesn't carry Black Forest Gummy Bears, so I would occasionally purchase a package of Haribo Gummies as a snack. Well, this isn't something I can do anymore.

Why?

Because Festival Foods has decided to discontinue carrying Haribo Gummy Bears. That's right, now the only thing they will carry are the subpar generic Gummy Bears which are of a fairly low quality. Are they going to start carrying Black Forest Gummy Bears? No. This means that there is no way for me to have Gummy Bears with my lunch.

That may sound trivial to you, but it's the deciding factor sometimes between just getting a cheap vending machine sandwich in the break room and walking over to Festival for lunch. This small decision will probably cut down the amount that I shop there significantly. I guess I can't blame them if they products weren't selling, but I can't help but feel disappointed.

Such is life.
- Traegorn

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