Hello! I’ve been away for a little while. I apologize for the delay. I intended to keep posting about once a week, but April was absolutely insane at work – by far the busiest month I’ve had in just over 3 years in my current position. But today I get back on the horse!
Hope you enjoy this review of one of the weirdest beans I encountered this Easter season, and stay tuned. I have quite a large backlog to keep me going for a while!
We are gathered here today to review what is almost certainly the jelly bean brand with the wordiest name that we will ever encounter: Trolli Extreme Sour Egg Bites Fruitz.
What’s mildly interesting is that these beans appear to be nothing more than a themed rebadging of Trolli’s more prevalent Extreme Sour Bites Fruitz, throwing “Egg” in the name to make them vaguely Eastery.
Also of note: neither the word “jelly” nor the word “beans” appears on the packaging, though they seem clearly designed to be interpreted as jelly beans by the Easter candy-buying public.
Enough intro; let’s get on with the review.
Size and shape
The average size of these jelly beans – Should I stop referring to them as jelly beans, since the manufacturer does not? – is just about right; maybe a hair on the small side. Variance is small; no beans are abnormally small or large.
The shape of these candies is not very bean like, but I’m not sure it’s fair to dock points for that. In fact, the shape is pretty egg-like, with the size tapering toward one end of the candies and no sharp edges in sight. I have to think they accomplished what they set out to accomplish.
4 out of 5 beans
Trolli Extreme Sour Egg Bites Fruitz chew very easily. Breaking through the shell takes just the right amount of force. The insides may be a little bit too easy to chew, especially if you are only chewing a single one of them.
4 out of 5 beans
This is one of the harder categories to rate when reviewing the Trolli bites. The texture isn’t a very traditional jelly bean texture. It reminds me most of a bubble gum that has a shell, actually – the insides feel sorta stretchy. They dissolve in your mouth fairly quickly, though, unlike a piece of bubble gum.
It’s definitely unconventional from a traditional jelly bean standpoint, but it doesn’t bother me significantly.
3 out of 5 beans
Taste and flavor
- Sour Blue Raspberry
- Sour Green Apple
- Sour Watermelon
- Sour Citrus
Trolli Extreme Sour Egg Bites Fruitz only come in four flavors, but they are all excellent representation of the flavors they purport to be1.
The sourness is perhaps not as XTREEM as advertised, but it’s more than adequate, and in fact is significantly more sour than the disappointing Sour Patch Jelly Beans.
Overall, I was very pleased with the taste of these candies. My only disappointment is that there isn’t one or two more flavors.
9 out of 10 beans
The one-of-each test
Perhaps the ultimate test of a bag of jelly beans is how enjoyable it is to take one of each flavor and eat them all at the same time.2
As with the Sour Patch beans, having four candies in the mouth simultaneously increases the perceived sourness a fair bit, perhaps even approaching extreme sour status. The flavors complement each other well, and the added quantity improves on the somewhat weak chewiness of a single bean.
Still, again as with the Sour Patch Jelly Beans, having only four beans seems a little inadequate.
8 out of 10 beans
|Size and shape||4/5 beans|
|Taste and flavor||9/10 beans|
|One-of-each test||8/10 beans|
I’ve heard a film critic say that she never knows how she really feels about a film until she starts writing her review. I feel similarly about these reviews. I know generally how I feel about a bag of beans, but until I start writing, I’m never really sure how the ratings will turn out.
I knew I enjoyed these beans quite a lot, but I was pretty surprised to get to the end of this review and find that they had overtaken Starburst Jelly Beans for the second place ranking, finishing just one bean behind the all-time leader, SweeTarts!
I’m still slightly uncomfortable with the fact that these aren’t marketed as jelly beans, and the fact that their internal texture is very non-traditional. Perhaps the rating will get an asterisk somewhere down the road, but for now, this review stands as written.
This test is specific to fruit flavors only. While non-fruit flavors like licorice or buttered popcorn may be welcome, they are exempt from this test. Because that’s just nasty. ↩