What are Baerchen Paerchen? Only the greatest gummi candy in the entire world. Okay, that is not true - that is an epistemic problem I am unable to get into. But they are good. Oh so good.
They are gummis made by Haribo - and they come in pairs of bears (hence the name). One bear of the pair is sweet and the other sour. They are just so extremely well done - each bear so flavorful and delicious. Here is a link to these marvels of candy, in case you were interested- https://onlineshop.haribo.com/haribo/fruchtgummi/331/baerchen-paerchen
I feel a bit embarrassed admitting a fondness for such a brash, prepackaged food. We live in a climate in which only the virtues of the "natural" - whatever that even means - are to be extolled. But life needs gummy candies. It needs the fun, the naughty, the mesmerizing. It needs gummy candies made with pure human ingenuity. With all of the the chemicals, the flavorings, the coloring agents, that go into them. All those witch-like shenanigans that come together to make a delicious candy.
How wonderful it is to live in a world in which people decided that we need squishy candy shaped like pairs of bears holding hands, in flavors like lemon and cherry and orange and apple and currant and blueberry. Sometimes we need our food to be fun, not precious. Sometimes we need something to eat in bed that won't leave crumbs while watching through the series Deadwood for the third time. Sometimes we need to pack a happy snack for nibbling in our purse - and want something that won't get squished. In fact, these even held up in a package shipped to the U.S. Yay for preservatives!
There isn't a "natural" equivalent of these. That perfect texture and the bright happy colors and the adorable bear shape. Perfection. If you tried to pick up a pair of actual bear cubs you would be eaten. No one tries to eat you when you eat these. Unless you have taken the last one in the bag.