Strange Snacks of the World: Gummi Army Guys

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It was more than a little disappointing when Obama announced he was going to escalate the war in Afghanistan, rather than de-escalate it as he had promised, by sending an additional 30,000 troops. Well, Fork in the Road has its own troops to muster--Gummi Army Guys!

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Manufactured by the Albanese Confectionary Group of Lake County Indiana, the candy is actually wholesomely made in the Midwest. There are an average of 12 G.I.s per battalion, oops! er, package, and three is considered the normal serving size, which will set you back 120 calories. Refreshingly, zero calories come from fat. The candy has been selling at newstands in the city for $1.79, which is nearly 15 cents per G.I.

The ingredients list is somewhat daunting, but has some high points. The first five are: corn syrup, sugar from beets, water, gelatin, and sorbitol from fruits and vegetables (or so the label reads). Vegetarians will want to be wary of the fourth ingredient, gelatin, which usually derives from animal sources. God help us, it may be capable of transmitting mad cow disease, via prions that would come from any bovine neural tissue remants left as a result of the gelatin production process.

One futher warning: "Manufactured in a plant that processes peanuts, nut meats and milk products."

Next: the package copy, and the Gummi Army Guys are put through their maneuvres

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