For some period of time inbetween 1993 and 1995 (inclusive) I was regularly procuring some candy from the vending machine in my middle school in houston, TX.
I can’t remember the name for certain. I’m going to call them “taffy tarts”; I may be right, or it may have been some other combination of (tiny,tangy,taffy,tart) or something else altogether that I have forgotten.
These candies were presumably fruit flavored but it was probably hard to tell. As I recall, they were individually unexpectedly small, and in the shape of simple but unusual (for candy) geometrical shapes: triangles and squares, perhaps. Also peculiarly, the bags seemed to be sort of vacuum packed: if you were to clench them in your fist, there is no chance that the bag would have popped; instead it would have just squished around. The candies were very much like chewy spree or runts, but possibly with much less shell: if possible, I think they had just the barest of shell and were mostly just like the insides of those candies. I remember only a blue color in the assortment, for some reason, although I am sure there were more colors. The blue was not very vivid, it was sort of a weak pastel blue. Not in the least evocative of any bluish fruit in appearance of flavor as far as I can remember.
I am hoping that someone else knows what I am talking about (so I don’t feel insane) or can get me on the right track for finding out more about these candies. I miss them! Every now and then I suddenly crave them and feel like smashing things until I find them.