If you’re a ginger addict like me, and you’ve never tried The Ginger People Candies, then you need to get to the store ASAP. Whenever a good friend and I hit up World Market, she inevitably picks up the strongest ginger hard candy variety in stock, and I usually waffle about which ginger chew flavor I should splurge on that day. The Ginger People Candies come in a range of sweet, gingery confections, but almost fall under their “Gin Gins” name.
Tasting Notes for Gin Gins “Hard” Candies
The Double Strength Ginger Hard Candies are an everyday kind of treat for after a meal or to sooth a sore throat. And although the name is a bit intimidating, those yellow buttons are sweet with a warm, just lightly spicy ginger kick.
The friend mentioned, who has insane motion sickness, jumps on the Super Strength Ginger Candies whenever available. These pack in 30% ginger and are known as “The Traveler’s Candy” for helping to soothe queasiness. They’re a little softer, but not chewy, and spicier, but still sweet.
Tasting Notes for Gin Gins Chews
And then their are the Chewy Gin Gins. These Ginger People Candies are like a taffy meets crystallized ginger confection, and they come in a good range of flavors. To date, I’ve trialed the following:
Chew is right! This ginger candy was no softy. To save my teeth, I opted to savor the chew like a hard candy. A delightful sweet flavor was the first thing that hit my taste buds, and then… WOW… a sudden ginger burst took hold. Soon I had the alternating enjoyment of sweet candy goodness and dehydrated ginger punch. Though the flavors don’t necessarily meld together, they create a back and forth contrast, which is rather exciting and delicious. Ginger-phobes be warned, they really turned up the heat on this flavor.
I timidly bit in, with chewy anticipation, but the Peanut flavor was much softer than the Original ginger chew and fairly easy to tear into. I liked this more relaxed texture, and was equally pleased with the taste. At first, the flavor reminded me ever so slightly of Chick-O-Sticks, or even of that Mary Jane Peanut Butter Taffy. Then, as the lightly sweet peanut butter taste mellowed, the ginger heat began to emerge. It was definitely a one flavor follows the other experience. As I got further in, I noticed the bits of peanut throughout. They added an interesting texture bonus.
Just like Goldilocks, my third and final chew fell just in the middle of the other two: not too chewy, not too soft. I took a bite of my first Apple Ginger Chew, and thought, “Spicy?” Then, it hit. Whoa! Once the ginger set in, this one was more spice than sweet. The apple and cinnamon flavor was very mild, and just seemed to coerce the overall vibe of the Chew. As someone who likes my “chews” on the softer side, I chose to savor this one as well. The heat definitely added some zing, and was an overall enjoyment. However, I am still loyal to the Peanut Chew.
We haven’t tried them yet, but Gin Gins also come in:
The Facts on The Ginger People Candies and Chews
Price: $4.99 per 5.3-ounce bag
Availability: Gin-Gins are available at natural food stores and specialty stores like Cost Plus. You can also order them online from Amazon.
Certifications: The Ginger People Candies (Gin-Gins) are Non-GMO Verified. Some varieties are Certified Kosher and Certified Organic.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, The Ginger People Candies (Gin-Gins) are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, tree nut-free, vegan, vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Ginger People website at gingerpeople.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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Gin Gin chews are SUPER chewy, but taste so good. I love all of the flavors. But when I really want a ginger hit, I go for the hard candies.