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post #1 of 11
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So, as most of you can tell by my screen name, I like gummy bears. This is an actual nickname of mine after I ate nothing but gummy bears and a multivitamin for a week, just to see if I would grow sick of my lovely gummy goodness. I didn't.

I had to get braces a few weeks ago and I can no longer eat my perfection, yet I still crave them very badly. During these few weeks, I have searched for a good substitute for gummy bears and the closest I have gotten is an Italian soda with raspberry syrup but it doesn't quite fit the bill.

What do you culinary masterminds propose?

And to keep this thread interesting, how do you keep your cravings in check?
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post #2 of 11
Gummy-Bear, what about all the different flavors of jello? It won't hurt your braces, and it comes in so many fruity flavors. But it is kind of boring though.
post #3 of 11
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I can do a little bit of Jello but the texture of it in my mouth bugs me eventually. Thank you for the idea though, I may try something like that.
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post #4 of 11
Jelly Beans? I don't recall having much trouble with them when I wore braces. If you think they'll work, look for Jelly Belly beans. Lots of unique and interesting flavors to choose from.

Shel
post #5 of 11
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Jelly beans would be excellent but I'm not sure if I can eat them. I'll check tomorrow, I'm getting desperate.
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post #6 of 11
If jelly beans are "allowed", then the brand Jelly Belly makes a novelty bean called "Bertie Botts every flavor bean". They're from the Harry Potter books. Let me tell you, when it says every flavor, its for real. U got all the regulars, and then there are flavors like grass, pepper, anchovies and even boogers.

To be honest, Ive tried every single flavor they have, as Im a 19yr old harry potter fanatic, behind closed doors. The silly flavors arent exactly something you would eat, but theyre fun.

All in all, jelly belly are top notch beans. If you can eat them, sour straws i think are very good, as well as sour patch kids, which i will do most anything for.

Oh yeah, and starbursts rule all that is candy.
post #7 of 11
Mmmmmm Haribo. As a kid I used to love for my aunt to come visit from Germany and bring us back loads of this and Kinder....


as far as you're craving....do you crave the flavor or texture or both? Texture is going to be hard to replace...



post #8 of 11
How about jello with extra gelatin added? We used to call it "finger jello" because small children can eat it with their fingers but it won't slither out of their hands. It's intensely flavored but not a bit "gummy".

Here's a recipe:

3 boxes (pint size) Jello
4 pkg. unflavored gelatin
4 c. boiling water


Stir the Jello and gelatin in the boiling water. Pour into desired container. (You can blow the white and yolk out of eggs and make Jello easter eggs this way.) When I was teaching we poured it into a jelly roll pan, let it set, then let the kids use cookie cutters to make shapes. Or, you can just cut squares. Try dipping them in chocolate! :lips:
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post #9 of 11
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Haribo Gold Bears are the only brand I eat, there is just no substitute for the chewy goodness that Haribo creates. The craving is a mixture of the two. In Austin, there is an old fashion candy store that is fabulous. They do Italian sodas and the raspberry reminds me of the raspberry gold bear, but since it is a candy store, the put a cherry and a gummy bear in the soda. I was near tears when I had to throw the gummy bear away.
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post #10 of 11
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I adore the jelly beans, although I do not like the Bertie Botts.
Jelly beans would be a great substitute, I need to check on that.
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post #11 of 11
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This sounds delectable Mezz. Is the texture a lot firmer? I like the flavor of Jello but the texture makes me gag.

The first thing that came to my mind was making a Jello "trifle" with different layers of colored Jello. How would that go over?
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