I’ll be honest and say that, I have been putting this review off. Look, I like candy, just as much as the next person. I mean the selection has grown considerably, even for adults. And, as excited as I was to go to Albanese Confectionery, I was slightly let down by these Gummi army figures and jet fighters.

I won’t make you believe that I traveled some long distance to come and get these. But, it just so happened that this candy store is located within 30 minutes from my house. And, one night, while watching TV (Food Network, to be exact. Even more specifically, Unwrapped), I saw these army guys and jet fighters. What really caught my attention was the fact that Albanese shipped off packages of these to the men and women overseas that serve our country. How great is that? I thought it was pretty cool.

Unfortunately, that’s about where the coolness stops.


Pretty standard packaging for gummi-type candies. Although, they do give names to all their army guys and jet fighters. You can play and eat (which is kind of demented) “Bazooka” Bob, “Fighting” Forester, “GI” Johnny, and “Rifleman” Rich. There are also 6 different jet fighters (if you’re package was lucky enough to get them all, mine wasn’t.)

And, then I cut them open. The package, I mean. First, the jet fighters.

Well, I didn’t get all of them. I searched the entire bag to set out each one for show. And, ultimately noticed that I was missing a fighter. Which, was okay. I understand that maybe they just get packaged randomly. But, what I couldn’t get past was the fact that I felt like, and maybe this is just me, some of my jet fighters looked oddly like man parts.

And, some even more so, after I bit into them.

They pretty much tasted like generic gummy worms. So, I wasn’t overly impressed for packages, and a website, that say they have the “World’s Best Gummis”. Although I have had their Gummi Bears and they are incredible, so I’m not sure what the deal is with these.

Now, I will say, that once I broke into the army guys, I was surprised with how much detail these guys had.

I could clearly see his straps, bag, pants, boots, helmet and gun. So, that was a definitely plus.

But, then I tasted him, by biting his head.

What I believed was supposed to be green apple flavor, just wasn’t. It smelled like green apple, but tasted more like plastic. It just had a very plastic-like taste that wasn’t too pleasant. I’m sure kids might be okay with it, but it didn’t jive with my tastebuds.

Overall, with packaging, looks and taste, I wouldn’t rate these too highly. I do, honestly believe, that it still is a great idea that Albanese Confectionery sends this kind of stuff to our military men and women. And, just because I wasn’t a fan of these particular candies, doesn’t mean that Albanese isn’t, quite possibly, one of the neatest candy stores I’ve been to.

A while back I did an entire review of the store, and where you can buy other candies from them, which you can check out here. As usual if you are interested in any of my recipes, I have lots more to share at Fare Necessities. Otherwise, once again, I have to thank Infinite Hollywood for allowing me to contribute to its website.

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