Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tootsie Sour Dots

Sour DotsA new addition to the Tootsie line of Dots is Sour Dots.

As with many sour iterations of popular products the package went for yellow and green, the seemingly universal colors of tartness.

The package design is cute. In this case the blue Dots logo dominates to give cohesion with the other boxes on the shelf (currently I’ve been seeing classic Dots, Yogurt Dots and Tropical). The little Dots themselves are depicted in each of the five colors with puckery faces. They’re called The Dot that bites back!

Sour Dots

The flavor assortment is middle of the road, though not just a sour dusted version of the regular fruit Dots (which come in Strawberry, Cherry, Lemon, Lime & Orange), these are Grape, Orange, Lemon, Green Apple and Cherry

The Dots are a traditional smooth jelly center with a sour coating that includes citric acid and malic acid. Dots boxes are wrapped in cellophane so they’re soft and fresh.

Sour Dots

The sour coating is definitely tart, the kind of sour that makes the back of my jaw tingle.

Grape - very sour and quite artificial but ultimately a chewy gum drop version of Pixy Stix.

Orange - so sour it’s almost salty at first, but the zesty notes of the gum drop give this a flavor depth that few other sour citrus candies have.

Lemon - really more like lemon peel than lemon juice, it’s fresh, bitter and tangy all at once. It really gave the feeling of those shaken lemonades from the fair.

Green Apple - not quite a Jolly Rancher, it’s far too tart. It’s more than just the chemical green apple, there is a hint of apple juice in there.

Cherry - this one was simply caustic. The cherry flavors were artificial and buried beneath the sourness, it was like fruity/woodsy toilet cleaner. I do admit that the cherry notes, once the sour is gone are rather deep, but still not my thing.

The smooth gum drop centers set these apart from other sour dusted jelly candies like Sour Patch Kids. They’re chewy, but kind of a slick smoothness that the others don’t have, there’s no graininess after the sour sanding dissipates. They don’t even stick to the teeth in the quite the same way as regular Dots. They’re a great value for only a dollar and some nice deep flavors. I found myself avoiding the cherry and green apple, but I’m sure that I could find friends (or husbands) to share those with.

Related Candies

  1. Halloween Dots: Bat, Candy Corn & Ghost
  2. New Flavors: Skittles Sour & Wonka Runts
  3. Dots Elements: Earth, Air, Fire & Water
  4. Dots
  5. Sour Patch Kids
  6. Florida’s Natural Sour Fruit Juice String
  7. The Lemonhead & Fruit Heads


Name: Sour Dots
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Tootsie
Place Purchased: RiteAid (Echo Park)
Price: $1.00
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 94
Categories: Candy, Tootsie, Jelly Candy, Kosher, Sour, 7-Worth It, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:05 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewTootsieJelly CandyKosherSour7-Worth ItUnited StatesRite Aid

Comments
  1. The box is all the more amazing if you imagine the Dots are reacting to the idea of Dot-on-Dot cannibalism.  All of them are various ranges of horrified, but I bet the orange one could be talked into it.

    Comment by Tintin LaChance on 4/28/10 at 11:00 am #
  2. I have noticed that these taste more sour and bitter in warmer climates! The taste was less intense when I tasted them in Minnesota than in Arizona!

    Comment by Amanda on 4/28/10 at 2:05 pm #
  3. Peloria's avatar

    Awesome, I just saw these the other day at Walgreens and was hoping you’d review them!  I had my doubts about their goodness, but you’ve convinced me to pick up a box.  wink

    Comment by Peloria on 4/28/10 at 3:11 pm #
  4. Hm, I don’t usually care for Dots, but I think I might pick these up for a try.

    Comment by Jitterro on 4/28/10 at 3:39 pm #
  5. The green and puple cartoon dots look like they are throwing up smile These sound really good. I like dots and I like sour candy. I think they would make a good combo.

    Comment by Shannon on 4/28/10 at 8:46 pm #
  6. Friends or husbands? How many husbands do you have? :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 4/30/10 at 5:21 am #
  7. I was a little dissapointed that these weren’t more sour - like to the level of sour patch kids.  By your description I was thinking they were much more sour then they really are. I did like the flavors though.  I’m not really a dots eater, but I might buy these again.  I thought cherry was nice and definitely not like eating toilet cleaner.

    Comment by Kay on 5/09/10 at 3:18 pm #
  8. Shake the box if your planning on buying!!! If when you shake the box you hear the dots moving around freely…your good! If on the other hand, there is no sound of movement, put the box down and move on to the next one. Chances are though that all the ones on the shelf at that time are like that. If they have experienced any heat or sat in warm weather for long periods in transit its all bad my friend. Sticky Sticky Sticky!! A lot of the sour goodness will be melted off as well. Follow these tips and your golden!!

    Comment by Jake on 5/20/10 at 9:38 pm #
  9. OMG! I CANT FIND THESE ANY WERE! IVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THEM FOR YEARS! I HAVEN’T SEEN THEM SINCE I WAS 3 YEARS OLD!THANKS GUYS FOR SOME SAYING WHERE TO FIND THEM ILL WRITE DOWN THOSE LOCATIONS AND ILL CHECK THERE TO SEE IF I CAN FIND THEM!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    Comment by Megan Malone on 5/23/10 at 10:37 am #
  10. hi there,

    does anyone know if those sour dots are vegan? it would be pretty helpful to habe the ingredients, too.

    thanks very much from “good ol’ europe”!

    Comment by mia on 10/14/10 at 1:40 pm #
  11. VERY good candy. they’re tart but not too sour as to where your tongue hurts after you eat a bunch. chewy, fruity, and delicious.

    Comment by Kazuma on 10/27/10 at 2:11 pm #
  12. corn syrup, sugar, modified food starch, citric acid, palm oil, malic acid, natural and artificial flavors, sodium citrate, artificial colors (including fd&c red 40, yellow 5, blue 1)

    Comment by Kazuma on 10/27/10 at 2:13 pm #
  13. Mmmmmmmmmmm! So good! Bought a box and cherry was so good! The opposite of anything bad! I also really like the green apple and grape! The orange and lemon worked but I wouldn’t pick those out! ?

    Comment by Taylor on 5/03/11 at 5:40 pm #
  14. Had some…got addicted…now where can you buy them?

    Comment by Lana on 8/22/11 at 7:50 am #
  15. I adore Sour Dots. They are (in my opinion) by far the most delicious sour candy out there. Unfortunately however, they are becoming difficult to find. I have the most luck at Walgreens, so Lana, try searching there. Good luck and buy a few boxes just in case!

    Comment by Ashleigh on 8/25/11 at 9:39 pm #
  16. I have looked everywhere and called TOOTSIE asking….they have NEVER called me back or emailed me back.  Disappointed.

    Comment by Lana on 9/18/11 at 2:45 pm #
  17. Hey Lana, are there any Five Below or Giant Food Stores where you live? Where I live, it seems like Sour Dots are the most common Dot spin-off. It’s harder for me to find the Tropical and Yogurt varieties, which is annoying because I love the Tropical and I’ve never had a chance to try Yogurt Dots.

    Comment by Tim on 9/22/11 at 7:23 pm #
  18. These things are so god damn good. I’ve only had 1 box, and that was years ago. I’ve been hankering for more since

    Comment by Vincent Viciente on 4/30/12 at 1:57 am #

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