Jolly Rancher "Blue Raspberry"

Jolly Rancher

I’m not sure if it’s psychological or not, but blue raspberry things never seem to taste like raspberries. I was told once that the reason blue raspberry exists is to separate it from cherry and strawberry. It was explained that blueberry is not a desired flavour for many things (I disagree), but raspberry is. I was also told that since strawberry and cherry have pink sewn up, raspberry flavoured treats had to pick an alternative and distinctive colour. Someone somewhere then realized that due to the undesirable nature of blueberries (really I don’t get it) that making raspberry treats blue would work. This person apparently decided that naming it “blue raspberry” would make this choice justified. I say all this based on a story I heard as a kid, with the only evidence I have being that I’ve never seen a blue raspberry in real life.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that my mind can’t convert the colour blue into raspberry, so every time I eat a blue raspberry treat, it doesn’t register in my mind as raspberry. From what I understand, this is not only a real problem people have, but it’s also fairly common. Having said all of this, I like these blue Jolly Ranchers. I don’t think I would describe them as raspberry, but they are fruity and delicious. They also taste very similar to other blue raspberry treats I’ve had in the past, and that’s okay with me.

Another thing I love about these, and something I like about all Jolly Ranchers is the slightly sticky nature of this hard candy. It can make them a little hard to unwrap, but there’s something unique about the texture of Jolly Ranchers, and I like it. It’s just strangely satisfying to have your teeth stick ever so slightly to a hard fruity candy. It also makes these very uniquely a Jolly Rancher.