At World of Snacks we are trekking across the globe to locate the very best snacks in the world. Why are we searching out the best international cookies, cakes, chips, candies, and gummis? Our family comes from a mix of nationalities and many of these snacks have special meanings to us. We wanted to share these snacks with our American born son and learn about other countries at the same time. Although we initially started out as just a blog, this year we expanded to include aninternational snack store. We launched with British Snacks, the country I was born in. Each month this year we will expand to include a new country and their best snacks. Last month we added German Snacks.
Connecting with others from my childhood I was eager to share some of the snacks we encountered with others that grew up in similar regions of the world that are now located here in the US. Something we ran into is some of the authentic snacks we import have American counterparts. Although at times they may seem similar, they are in fact different. We thought it would be fun to compare the counterparts and we did so earlier this year with our review of the American KitKat vs British KitKat. They were very different, and the results of our blind taste test were interesting.
Today we are conducting another blind taste test. We are comparing the Haribo Happy Original Cola from Germany and the Haribo Happy Cola Gummi Candy made for the American market. Both appear similar, and at first glance may even seem identical. However, many of our faithful snack enthusiast fans know they are two completely different snacks. To set the premise of our test, our panel consist of 6 adult US males aged 25-35 and 3 US children aged 5-11. Now you know the details, let’s compare German Happy Cola vs American Happy Cola!
Let’s get right to it. Our panel strongly preferred the American Hairbo Happy Cola Gummi Candy over the German Happy Cola Gummis. Two adults and one child preferred the German Happy Cola, the rest preferred the other. Notes from our reviewers state the texture, color, and flavor are superior in the gummis made for the US market. This was a big surprise for me. I absolutely preferred the original German version, but I did grow up eating European snacks. So why is there a difference? After spending sometime translating the ingredients, we found they are very similar and only one major ingredient change. Corn syrup in the US version and glucose syrup in the German! Without getting into too much of the particulars, corn syrup is a glucose syrup but glucose syrup is not necessarily corn syrup. European glucose syrup is much thicker, making the German Haribo Happy Cola gummies noticeably chewier, too chewy for some. The other noticeable ingredient change is the American gummis contain coconut oil, rounding out the cola flavor and making it sweeter.
Although my testers leaned toward the American Happy Cola Gummi Candy, I still know in my heart the original is better. I imagine people who knew the original first may agree. We actually sell both version in our selection of German Candy Online. We’d love to hear from you which you prefer! If you are interested in keeping up with our additions to our candy store and be notified of special offers be sure to leave your details to the right. Keep on snacking world!
The Snack Blog
Follow along as we explore cookies, cakes, candies, chips, crackers, and nuts from all across the world. Many of the international snacks that we highlight will be offered in our store over the course of the next year. We currently offer British Snacks, American Snacks, German Snacks, Mexican Snacks, Filipino Snacks, Japanese Kit Kats, Pakistani Snacks, Italian Snacks, & Korean Snacks. Each month this year we will add a new country and their best snacks inventory.