Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas from Bissingger’s first burst onto the scene with health-conscious consumers for what they don’t have – high fructose corn syrup. Crafted with organic tapioca syrup and genuine fruit extracts, “They have always been a great seller,” said Bissinger’s President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Fogerty. “When Starbucks started selling two of the flavors several years ago, sales went to a new level and there was a growing demand to expand the line.” The October 2017 issue of Food & Wine Magazine recently mentioned Gummy Pandas as “the most addicting.”
Enter the two latest flavors to join the line, Strawberry Mango and Tart Cherry Lime. The first is a 2017 sofi™ new product award winner. They join the other five flavors. including Blueberry Acai (another sofi Award winner for outstanding confection), Raspberry Yumberry, Blackberry Hibiscus, Pomegranate White Tea and Pink Grapefruit with Grapeseed. In addition to superior ingredients, Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas have a pure, authentic fresh fruit taste.
For inspiration on crafting the latest flavors, Chief Chocolatier Dave Owens said he has always wanted to include the universally-loved strawberry and cherry flavors. “We wanted something that appealed to a broad demographic, a treat for both adults and children alike,” said Owens. “When you first open the package you notice the smell of fresh strawberries and cherries. They taste like real fruit,” he said. In fact, Owens is so particular about crafting Pandas to taste like real fruit, he identifies the variety for the target of the taste. The Tart Cherry Lime flavor matches the Montmorency Cherry variety.
In addition to being gluten free, Gummy Pandas are also dairy free and have zero trans fat. They are a popular addition to lunch boxes, parties and on-the-go snacking.