The Amateur Food Nerd\’s Reviews

May 10, 2006


Filed under: candy, farley/sathers, retro — amateurfoodnerd @ 8:13 pm

Jujubes have got to be some of the stranger candies out there. They're little fruity…things. There's no real other way to describe them. The candies are tapered but round at both ends. They also have an odd texture, as they are thickened with potato starch, which, when mixed with water makes an extremely sticky goo. Personally, I think Jujubes are impossible to chew. You can try, but all you wind up with is a couple pieces of it stuck to your teeth. The only way to eat them is to try and chew them, then get them off your teeth and swallow them. Jujubes come in five flavors: Lemon, Orange, Lime, Cherry, and Violet.

Here, I will now look at each of the flavors in depth.

Yellow (Lemon)-Normally, lemon would be my least favorite flavor, but not in this case (more on that later.) It's a pretty good lemon flavor; sweet with a nice bitter hit. However, lemon just isn't my thing.

Orange-Orange, how you have failed me. You're horrible. There is no orange flavor here at all. I was gravely dissapointed. It seemed to have sucked up some of the lilac favor, but otherwise it just tastes sweet. Ew.

Green (Lime)-As with most old-time candies, the lime is pretty bad. It's your archetypical "floor-cleaner lime" (as Cybele would say) flavor. I must admit though, it still beats orange.

Red (Cherry)-I've always been a big fan of cherry flavored candy. This was a good, old-fashioned cherry flavor. I liked it.

Purple (Violet)-To me, this is the only reason why I would want to buy Jujubes. I am a huge fan of violet candy. This doesn't quite pack the violet punch that say, Chowards violet mints or gum would, but it's still pretty good. If I had to pick one Jujube flavor for the rest of my life, this would be it.

All in all, these weren't exceptionally bad (except for the orange), but they weren't exceptionally good either. I would only recommend these if you already like them or if you're looking for it as a childhood favorite (they've been around since the '20s or '30s.)

Rating: 5/10

Place Purchased: Longs Drugs (Livermore)

Price: $1.29

(Editor's Note: We're trying to make a few changes here at The Amateur Food Nerd. You may notice that we've changed the layout. The whole banana thing was getting annoying, and this new one is just a temporary until I make my own. You also may have noticed the inclusion of AN ACTUAL PICTURE with today's review. This is a trend we intend to continue. Lastly, reviews will hopefully be happening more frequently. We have two reviews lined up for this week and one for next Monday. A big thanks to all four of you who have read and commented!)



  1. Dude, you’re brave. I can’t bring myself to buy them again. They’re just soooo flavorless. Like the last bits of melted ice and koolaid or something.

    Dots bring up a close second.

    Yay for pictures!

    Comment by cybele — May 16, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

  2. I’m with cybele. I can’t eat these. Although, they do make for wonderful slingshot ammo.

    Comment by marvo — May 17, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

  3. I like that Seinfeld episode where Elaine stops to get some Jujubes after hearing her friend was in an accident..even funnier thinking how not-good they are
    So they really are that hard and chewy, huh…I thought I just never got a good box.

    Comment by skibs — May 21, 2006 @ 1:18 am

  4. I know this is months old, but I LOVE jujubes..I’ve recently moved away from Chicago and can’t find them anymore and I am dying for them. I never realized the purple were violet, but that explains why I love the purple ones best…violet is my favorite scent!

    how I eat them: fill my mouth with about 4-6 pieces…let them hang out and soften up…methodically cut them into halves, then quarters with my front teeth…let them soften some more..finally, chew and swallow (not perfect, but the best method I’ve developed)

    Comment by kristen — October 3, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

  5. We enjoyed reading your assessment of our product! I wanted to indicate that the reason the orange tastes like lilac is because the flavor is lilac – not orange. Jujubes are named for the Ju Jube tree that produces a perfume-like fruit. The fruit is firm, yet chewy (hence the firm, chewy texture of this product). The flavors were intended to be perfumey, as the fruit on the tree it Jujubes are named from. Cherry used to be rose flavored. However, the flavor changed due to popular demand.

    How do you eat them? Fans of this product will certainly offer some creative methods. Known for their break-glass texture quality, many consumers we have heard from enjoy rolling the candy around in the mouth for the flavor. Once they soften, they become chewy, as with the comment submitted by Kristen.

    While some consumers enjoy this product and others do not, the candy is largely regarded as a movie treat, as a box will certainly last the full length of a movie.

    Comment by Farley's & Sathers Candy Company — November 14, 2006 @ 7:42 am

  6. Okay, I love Jubes; aka Ju Jubes, aka JuJubes; but the brand is the key.
    Allan’s Brand Ju jubes, nothing is better.
    Gagnon are okay, very fresh but low on flavor. Really with Gagnon the only tasty ones are the blacks, yellows and greens…but with Allan’s they are all awesome.
    Eat them for health! Okay, maybe not; fat free they are, but sugarless they are not. This sugar turns to fat if unused and thats too sad, because otherwise i’d eat them by the bucket load.
    Allan’s Ju jubes!

    Comment by CandyEater — January 1, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

  7. I am obsessed with jujubes i love them soo much i get them every time I go to Wegmans. I get them out of my teeth with my tounge and now i have a very strong tounge ahahah

    Comment by Caleigh — May 21, 2007 @ 6:23 am

  8. The jujubes are good, but I hate them because they get stuck to your teeth. But they are tasty. If you like these try mike and ikes

    Comment by koesis — January 2, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  9. im eating a fatty box of jujubes right now and i think its going to take me a year to finish them…i need more eating strategiess!!! ayudame!! i love the flavor but its too labor intensive to eat ://

    Comment by matchew — July 9, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  10. I’m eating a box of jujubes right now too! A friend got it for me and while they are quite good to eat, they are quite difficult to chew! And that brings me here! I’m looking for tips as well! lol

    Comment by patti — December 3, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

  11. I love that Seinfeld episode by the way 🙂 as a fellow jujube lover I have tried many methods. My favorite is to sort each color into a different mug, and then pour warm water, and let them sit for around 2 minutes. After that I strain them and let them dry.

    Comment by aimee — August 4, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  12. Orange jujubes suck. They should be lilac colored if they are going to be lilac flavored. Sigh.

    Comment by Will — March 6, 2014 @ 10:13 am

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