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Randoms Gummy Candy Review

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Who here LOVES candy?? My hand is raised! :) My entire family loves candy, in fact. I use candy as a sweet reward when my children do something wonderful or when they need a little "pick me up" in the middle of the day. I have always been a fan of gummy candy. Sour gummies are the best, in my opinion but I will take just about any variety that is offered. My husband also has a special place in his heart for gummies as well. He can be found in the bulk candy aisle after Easter, looking for the discounted gummy candy and often, brings home alot of yummy treats.
Wonka candy has so many different types of candy, it is hard to choose a favorite. Well, today I wanted to introduce you to one of their newest candy and these tasty little morsels are called Randoms! Yep. You read that right. Randoms. Why are they called Randoms? Stick around and I will tell you. :)  Before I do though, I wanted to share the fun history of Willy Wonka...fondly known by all as the odd candy factory owner in the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"...

The Willy Wonka Candy Company was first imagined in the pages of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Willy Wonka Candy Company came to be as the result of film director Mel Stuart's 10-year-old daughter Madeline. Madeline read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and asked her father to make it into a film, obliging him to get "Uncle Dave" (producer David L. Wolper) to produce it. Stuart showed the book to Wolper, who was engaged in talks with the Quaker Oats Company. Wolper convinced the Quaker Oats Company into signing the deal for up to $3 million to finance the film version in exchange for the candy bar tie-in.  Quaker, who had no previous experience in the film industry, bought the rights to the book and financed the picture for the purpose of promoting their new Wonka Bar. The name of Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory however was renamed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for promotion purposes.

The new brand was produced in Illinois, at the Chicago-based Breaker Confections (which was then owned by Sunmark Co., a subsidiary of Quaker). The original Wonka Bars never saw store shelves due to factory production problems prior to the film's release. Regardless, later Wonka product releases were highly successful. Breaker Confections changed its name into Willy Wonka Brands in 1980 in an attempt at developing its Wonka brand image. In 1988 Willy Wonka Brands was sold, along with parent company Sunmark, by Quaker to Nestlé, who in 1993 renamed Willy Wonka Brands to Willy Wonka Candy Company. Today, the company produces over 100 different varieties of candy.

A number of the Willy Wonka-branded products originated from Roald Dahl's book and later film adaptations, while others were originally created or acquired for the brand. Some of the products included under the brand include Everlasting Gobstoppers, Sweettarts, Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Kazoozles, Shockers, Bottle Caps, Gummies, Fun Dip, Spree, Runts, Pixy Stix, MixUps and their world-famous Wonka Bars.

I know that is kind of long, but I found it interesting to learn where the Willy Wonka Candy Company got its roots.
So, for this review I was sent two bags of Randoms. One bag is resealable (which I LOVE) and the other is an original "open and eat them all" bag. Haha! Hey, if the bag isn't resealable then the contents may go bad...so eat them all! :)
Ok, so these candies are called Randoms because they are gummy candies that come in 70 different shapes, 7 fruit flavors and three gummy candy textures (traditional, jam-filled and a dual-layered gummy with a whipped marshmallow back). Sounds amazing, right? What is really fun is giving these to my children. I can pick out different shapes for my kids and have them guess what shape they got. I love the flowers, and the crowns too. My favorite flavors were the red ones (not sure which flavor they were exactly, but they tasted like cherry or strawberry). I also loved the ones with the white, creamier gummy bottoms to them. As far as which ones my children loved the best...I don't have a clue because they wanted to eat every one that I gave them! As you can see in the photo above, I have a turtle, Christmas tree, button, butterfly, trophy, and some other shapes that I cannot quite make out from the photo but trust me...there were TONS of shapes in my bag!
So, the next time you are hit with a snack attack, reach for a bag of Randoms and let your imagination take off with you. :) These candies are fun, whimsical, modern, sweet and oh so chewy and are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth...randomly! Make sure you check out Randoms on Tumblr and also on Twitter, and get yourself your very own bag too.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. As a member of Smiley360,  I received free Randoms for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Randoms website and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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3 comments

  1. I love these! The shapes are so different and fun...I would't expect anything less from Wonka candy though. They look really yummy too!!!

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  2. I came across your post after searching the web for some information about Randoms Gummy Candy. I too received a free sample from Smiley360, and also come from a family of candy lovers! I love the fact that they make a resealable bag! Let's face it, as much as we want to eat the whole bag in one sitting, that wouldn't exactly be the healthiest thing to do. I must say I did have a favorite.. I couldn't resist the jam-filled ones!! And for some reason, I felt the need to go through both bags to find and eat all the "button" shaped ones. Lol. Thanks for the post!!

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  3. These are my absolute favorite!
    Craftierosie@yahoo.com :)

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