There is no greater candy on this earth—and until we can prove the existence of alien life, the entire universe—than gummy bears, specifically the clear pineapple Haribo variety. It is the perfect candy and I’ll not abide any talk to the contrary. It stands to reason, then, that combining the greatest candy in the world with coffee, the greatest liquid in the world, would create the greatest something or other in the world. This, at least, is what Sugarfina is betting on. Teaming up with Los Angeles-based coffee shop Alfred, the luxury candy shop has just released three coffee-flavored gummy bears with caffeine.
As reported by Food & Wine, the new gummy line from Sugarfina was released on Monday, April 22nd and is being touted as “the world’s first coffee-infused, caffeinated gummy bears.” Available online and in stores, the coffee candies come in cold brew, bourbon cold brew, and iced vanilla latte flavors, the latter of which leads me to a very important question: why iced vanilla latte? Does it taste different than a hot vanilla latte gummy bear would? Does this mean that it tastes more like cold milk and not properly steamed milk, making it less sweet? It’s an important distinction they are drawing and I want to know why.
And these aren’t just coffee-flavored. These bears got bite. Equivalent to a shot of espresso, in fact. According to Food & Wine, each serving of Sugarfina’s coffee gummies have 60mg of caffeine, the same as a shot of espresso. What a “serving” of gummy bears equates to is anyone’s guess. But later in the article, F&W states that 9.5 ounces of gummy bears have 125mg caffeine, which puts a serving size at roughly 4.5 ounces. At first blush, a quarter pound-plus of gummy bears sounds like a pretty large serving size, but then again, that’s about the size of a standard box of movie-theatre Haribos and I can put back about three of those things faster than you can say, “Avengers: Engame is how long?!”
Prices for the gummy bears range from $14 to $25 for 12 ounces, depending on if you want them to come in a boring old bag or a super tumbly tumbler. If you can’t decide, Sugarfina has even put together a handy quiz to help you figure out with flavor you are (I’m bourbon cold brew gummy bears btw). Or you could just get the $21 “pick 3 mini coffee cup” sampler pack.
I'm all for new coffee combinations, but I still prefer my coffee and gummy bears the old fashioned way: by sneaking them into the theatre myself.
Top image via Sugarfina