Thursday, July 5, 2007

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids were developed in 1970s by a candy sales manager named Frank Galatolie who was chasing the sour fad. They were first Martians, to take advantage with the consumer fascination with all things space related. They were later changed to little children and called Sour Patch Kids (to capitalize on the Cabbage Patch Kids fad) and introduced in the US in 1985. A lot of the super sour items from that time period are long gone, so who could have expected that some sour sanded Swedish Fish would be so enduring? Sour Patch Kids are now made by Cadbury Adams in Canada.

Sour Patch KidsSour Patch Kids are a soft jelly candy sanded with a sweet & sour coating. The candies are supposedly in the shape of little frizzy haired kids. They look rather like little feet to me or maybe rabbits with very puffy tails.

Sour Patch Kids come in the traditional four flavors they always have: Raspberry (red), Lime (green), Orange (orange) and Lemon (yellow). Yes, these are also the same flavors as the Swedish fish array that Cadbury Adams makes.

They’re billed as “Sour then Sweet” and it’s true. Some folks like to suck the sour coating off, which makes them bitingly sour (with an odd salty tang to it as well) but I prefer to chew mine, to combine the sour and sweet and get a little flavor at the same time.

Though the flavors aren’t really that strong, as is the same with Swedish Fish, Sour Patch Kids are good whether they’re soft and fresh or hard and tacky.

I don’t buy them often, but they’re a good “keep me interested” candy, which is great for movies, traveling or a little munching while at work. I see adults eating them as often as kids, which is nice that there’s a sour candy that generations can share.

Note: there’s a little fad going on YouTube where kids collect the sour sand from candies like Sour Patch Kids, Sour Skittles or Pixy Stix and then snort it. Please, don’t do this. It really hurts ... you’re not gonna get high, but you’ll probably make some silly faces and your friends will laugh at you. There’s a reason our tastebuds are on our tongues and not in our sinuses. Sour Patch Kids are meant to be ingested orally ... not nasally. PSA over.

Sour Patch Kids contain no gelatin (they’re a jelly candy that uses corn starch as a jelling agent) and use all artificial colorings so they’re suitable for vegetarians. There’s no word in the label about gluten status.

Name: Sour Patch Kids
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Cadbury Adams
Place Purchased: RiteAid
Price: $1.29
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Jelly, Sour, Canada, Cadbury Adams

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  1. In May of this year, Cadbury rebranded all of the Allan’s (Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Berries, Fuzzy Peach, etc.) and Bassett (licorice allsorts) lines in Canada, virtually wiping out the name. They are now part of the Maynard’s line (the Wine Gum people, still part of Cadbury). It also meant introducing a bunch of new products (milk based gummies, orchard fruit, etc.) and hyping the addition of fruit juice (mainly apple) to the majority of the line (didn’t seem to change the flavour at all.) New sizes, new packages, the works!

    Comment by JD on 7/05/07 at 8:13 am #
  2. That pixy stix snorting thing is unfortunately not a new fad.  I remember kids doing that when I was in junior high school and I’m… er, well, I’m not in junior high anymore.  Ouch!

    Comment by Lindsay on 7/05/07 at 8:55 am #
  3. Mmmmm, Sour Patch is one of my favorite candies.  Thanks for all the info on them.  Fun blog you have here.

    Comment by Michelle on 7/05/07 at 10:52 am #
  4. I love Sour Patch Kids!  I have to say, though, I went to the movies a while ago and bought Sour Jacks thinking there were the same thing.  They AREN’T!  I was bitterly disappointed.  Sour Patch Kids are definitely the best.

    Comment by hairyshoefairy on 7/05/07 at 11:09 am #
  5. I like the Sour Patch Sour Fruit better than the traditional Kids. Same basic candy, but with more flavors and they are (of course) shaped like fruit.

    Comment by rachel on 7/05/07 at 12:15 pm #
  6. I demand a review of Sour Patch Watermelons! They are one of my favorites. In my opinion, much better than the “Kids.”

    Comment by Theresa on 7/06/07 at 4:39 am #
  7. Sour Patch Kids have been my favorite candy for decades, and all this time, I thought the red ones were cherry flavored.  Are you SURE they’re raspberry?!?

    Anyway, I agree with Rachel that Sour Patch Fruit are even better.  Problem is they’re almost impossible to find.

    Comment by Dennis on 7/06/07 at 4:49 am #
  8. I recently was on a long road trip, and after eating half of a large bag of Sour Patch Kids all afternoon, tried eating some salt and vinegar chips.  Yeah, it was as painful as it sounds.  Please just give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice in it next time.  Ouch!

    Comment by Mad Cow on 7/06/07 at 7:31 pm #
  9. Mmm I love sour patch kids! Yo cant eat too many or your tongue hurts though.

    Comment by Dianna on 7/08/07 at 5:06 am #
  10. I love those! They are my favorite candy other than chocolate of course.

    Comment by Alyssa on 7/08/07 at 9:15 am #
  11. All Sour Patch are Great!  For those of you looking for the Fruits they are in almost all Target stores along with sour.  Target actually carries all the different bags of Sour Patch (Kids, Wmelon, Fruits, Extreme - New, and Xploderz -New). 

    You should really review the two new one’s.  One is a 2 flavor high intestisty sour similar to the original.  The other Xploderz is a liquid center filled sour candy.  This is by far and away best Sour Flavored Soft Candy I have ever tried! Only seen it in Wa-Wa and Target though for some reason.  Hopefully it will be in more stores soon.

    Comment by Stan on 7/10/07 at 7:48 am #
  12. is sour patch kosher

    Comment by chaim bamberger on 7/25/07 at 12:50 pm #
  13. Cybele's avatar

    chaim bamberger - the package for Sour Patch products are not marked Kosher.

    Comment by Cybele on 7/25/07 at 12:55 pm #
  14. i love sour patch

    Comment by chaim bamberger on 7/30/07 at 2:37 pm #
  15. I’m curious how you feel about the yellow #6 that’s used in sour patch kids (and many other candies). From the research I’ve done, it’s thought to have harmful effects to fetus’s, which makes me also wonder what we’ll find out it does to children (after the fact of course!). Have you had any other questions about this food coloring?

    Comment by Keely on 8/11/07 at 8:48 pm #
  16. make a energy flavoredsour patch kid

    Comment by cole33 on 10/15/07 at 8:21 am #
  17. OMG i love sour patch kids. they are so great! i lov sour patch kids because i am a huge fan of sour things!!!! And also i love how the sour patch kids get sweet after sucking on them for a really long time!

    Comment by Renee on 10/21/07 at 11:38 am #
  18. omg they are really good i love sour things and if i eat those they just make my day.

    Comment by heather on 11/19/07 at 5:17 am #
  19. All of the sour patch kids at my local movie theaters have been replaced with “Sour Jacks”... A poor mans excuse for Sour Patch Kids. I hate sour jacks with a passion.

    Comment by Caitlynn on 12/04/07 at 5:14 am #
  20. I love eating these at the movies! They’re so yummy…

    Comment by Sara Em on 2/29/08 at 8:40 pm #
  21. hello
    im not sure if you can connect me to the manajor of sour patch kids but if you can please email me back, thank you.

    Comment by Jessie Eckels on 4/29/08 at 5:23 pm #
  22. hehe, we love sourpatch kids, we call eat only the orange and red ones. we call each other sourpatch childeren, we are going to get married with a sourpatch theme. we will wear orange and red dresses and people will throw sourpatches at us instead of rice.  WE LOVE SOURPATCHES.

    Comment by SOURPATCH LOVERS on 5/21/08 at 5:27 am #
  23. I just bit into a sour patch kid and there was metal inside. Gross!

    Comment by ugh on 10/02/08 at 9:38 am #
  24. Cybele's avatar

    ugh - and the first thing you did was search for a blog post on the candy? Call the manufacturer!
    or here

    Comment by Cybele on 10/02/08 at 9:43 am #
  25. i think sour Patch Kids have to be the best thing ever! :] i love them, the first thing i go to the candy rack for SOUR PATCH KIDS<3(:

    Comment by Reneeee(: on 11/05/08 at 1:22 pm #

    LIL g

    Comment by April Guevara on 11/16/08 at 5:00 pm #
  27. i love sour patches dude they rock like linkon park

    Comment by kondo on 11/20/08 at 8:56 am #
  28. DUDES, does anyone remember sour patch keys?

    they came in a red bag, and sold them… 6-7 years ago, then one day they just disappeared.

    All i know is that the red and green sour patch key was the best tasting sour candy on the planet, nothing, and I mean NOTHING compared.

    does ANYONE know where to buy these still???!??!?!?!?

    Comment by Sean Connolly on 4/09/09 at 7:02 pm #
  29. i just want to say that sour patch kids are the best, i use to eat them till my mouth couldn’t eat them anymore

    Comment by Christian on 5/01/09 at 8:22 am #

    Comment by my large JOHNSON on 5/14/09 at 8:27 am #
  31. i love the red one i would love to find a bag full with only red ones

    Comment by Ashlee(: on 5/25/09 at 12:58 pm #
  32. hey peeps!  doin a homework assiment about candy!!!  my teacher is really   mean though

    Comment by kiyio on 10/21/09 at 12:09 pm #
  33. Sour Jacks take the cake. They have an added chewy-ness and a more ?sour factor? to them. Sour Patch Kids are much softer and sweeter. They are also marketed way more, so thats all people know and taste. When they see Sour Jacks, they have a different texture which makes consumers think: ?what the heck are these?? I believe Sour Jacks win!

    Comment by Brian on 11/11/09 at 8:52 am #
  34. the company and product

    Comment by shandora ward on 12/01/09 at 3:12 am #
  35. sour patch kids are sour then sweet they rock

    Comment by shandoraward on 12/01/09 at 3:15 am #
  36. well i think these r very good but u never know when that package might be the last in the world so i would like to say that my favorite r red and green all the others have yellow and orange tey r okay but i would like red and green to be more in these packages so please do
                        Vanessa Mercado

    Comment by Vanessa mercado on 12/28/09 at 1:52 pm #
  37. sour patch kids are amazing i wish i could marry them and have there children. if only i could be so lucky.! i dream of growing up and becoming a red sour patch kid and if that dream does not come true i will work in a candy store during night time so i will be there when all of the magical candy comes alive. please help me accomplish my dreams.
    alex brig.

    Comment by alex on 2/16/10 at 7:07 am #
  38. My wife swears she had a Sour Patch Kids sucker a few years back and it was the best dam piece of candy she ever had. Now I cant seem to find any. Can someone please tell me if they really ever made them and if they still do.  Thank you

    Comment by Question Guy on 2/23/10 at 4:50 pm #
  39. Sean Connolly! I remember the sour patch keys. They were soooo good. The red n green was the best! Yeah they vanished years ago :(

    Comment by Allegra on 2/25/10 at 10:01 pm #
  40. Question Guy. they did have sour patch kid suckers years ago. They weren’t all that bad. Have not seen them for at least 5 years :(

    Comment by Allegra on 2/25/10 at 10:02 pm #
  41. I can eat a whole 3Ib bag of those bad boys in one seating!

    Comment by Schlocky on 4/12/10 at 10:33 pm #
  42. i love these and to me they arent sour.!! but i still love them, the sad thing is i just got braces and i can eat them for 2 years

    Comment by alsdkfj on 5/18/10 at 6:29 am #
  43. We love sour patch kids. They are the best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Merelly on 5/27/10 at 12:24 pm #
  44. Be careful of the sour pacth kids candy. It may cause bleeding of your toung. I ate them the other day and my toung got all tour up. the are good. but wont be eating these again!

    Comment by Mark on 7/08/10 at 8:08 am #
  45. This candy is the sweetist candy on earth.I love it.I wish cold aford more.I can tell my cussen to eat it.

    Comment by Sydnee! on 7/15/10 at 2:42 pm #
  46. I love to eat sour patch they are the best candy I’ve ever had it tastes good when you put alot in you mouth.

    Comment by Edward Joel Acosta on 11/10/10 at 2:24 pm #
  47. candy candy candy cha cha cha

    Comment by Edward Joel Acosta on 11/10/10 at 2:25 pm #

    Comment by RICARDO on 11/18/10 at 10:45 am #
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