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Review: Fizzies – they’re back!

Categories: Candy,Candy Beverages,Candy Reviews,Classic and Retro Candy,New Candy,Novelty Candy




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I first found out about Fizzies a few months ago when I saw that Old Time Candy was announcing that “Fizzies are back!” I’d never heard of Fizzies – should I be happy that they are back? What are they? Why did they leave? They sound fun!

With a little investigation, I found out that Fizzies are tablets that you drop into water to create flavored, bubbly water – think of it as flavored Alka-Seltzer. They were very popular in the 50s and 60s. In fact, in 1968 they generated approximately $90 million in sales!

Unfortunately, Fizzies were sweetened with saccharin and after government studies in the late 60s concluded that saccharin was connected to some forms of cancer, Fizzies were pulled from the market when they could not get the fizzing to work with other sweeteners of the time.

The new Fizzies are now sweetened with sorbitol and sucralose (i.e. Splenda) instead and have 0 calories, 0 caffeine, 0 sugar, and 100% daily Vitamin C in just one tablet. They are round disks similar to Alka-Seltzer and they just barely fit inside the tops of most water bottles. One tablet is used in 4-6 ounces of water.

So, now I knew what Fizzies are/were, time to get some. A few emails and a week later and I had some samples for review. New Fizzies are available in seven different flavors. Unfortunately, almost every one of them is nasty tasting. The problem is, the drink is very salty from the sodium bicarbonate used to make it fizz. Here is a quick rundown of each flavor:

  • Blue Razz: A tad salty, and artificially sweet. Not a great taste, but my five-year-old daughter LOVED it. Not for adults.
  • Root Beer: Weird brownish color – it tastes like root beer – vaguely. I love root beer and didn’t like it and my five-year-old daughter didn’t even finish it.
  • Fruit Punch: This has a really fruit punchy flavor. Kinda like watermelony lemonade.
  • Orange: Tastes like a diet orange soda. Not bad, but not great.
  • Cherry: Tastes a lot like cherry Kool-Aid. Pretty good actually if you can get by the saltiness.
  • Lemon-Lime: Has a decent taste – sort of like a lemonade soda.
  • Sour Apple: Nice and green, but it didn’t really have much flavor at all – apple or otherwise.

Honestly, these are horrible. The saltiness of them just overwhelms any good flavor you might get out of them. Having said that, they are fun to drop into the water and watch them fizz and color your water and my five year old liked the Fizzies drinks a whole lot more than I did. We even tried them straight (with no water) and that was fun – they foam like crazy in your mouth (but are still really salty).

Realistically though, I really can’t recommend these unless you remember them from your youth and want to relive those memories and/or share them with your kids – otherwise, steer clear. They say the drink is crisp and refreshing but I found it to be neither.

If you really want to try some (and don’t say I didn’t warn you), I haven’t seen them at places like Wal-mart, but some brick and mortar candy stores carry them and the online stores below carry them. The only one I have seen that sells them by individual box (and not a case) is Old Time Candy. They re $2.99 for a box of 8 tablets.

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12 Responses to “Review: Fizzies – they’re back!”

  1. 1
    Rhea says:

    Fizzies were one of my favorites. Wow, I would love to get my hands on a package of those.

  2. 2
    Bridget says:

    Hahaha. This brings back memories of my mom saying “let’s have a happy Fizzie party!” and me having to remind her that they haven’t existed in my lifetime.

  3. 3
    cybele says:

    They are not just sweetened with Sorbitol (which was around back when they were pulled from the market), they are sweetned with AceK (acesulfame potassium) and sucralose (the stuff in Splenda).

    RESPONSE: The packs I have and the Fizzies website say they are sweetened with sorbitol, AceK, and sucralose.
    –Brian

  4. 4
    Mike Rafone says:

    Reminds me of a cynical response that was popular in the 1960′s: “That’s about as funny as a flooded Fizzies factory!”

  5. 5
    linda says:

    I love Fizzies! We used to break bits of fizzies and let it melt in our tongues whilst attending church just to keep us awake,hehehe!

    Where can I buy these in Australia! I have always loved the rootbeer,cherry,and grape flavours! I would love to get my hands on some asap!

  6. 6
    Lee says:

    The originals were sweetened with cyclamate,not saccharin, which was banned in 1969 becaause it was suspected of causing cancer.

  7. 7
    debbie says:

    omg there is nothing like a fizzie drink i remember these way back and i loved to let them fizz on my tounge i cant wait to get mine im so happy these are back…..whoever said they were nasty didnt live a good life lmao . fizzies are the best!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 8
    Patrick says:

    Would so love to be able to buy some of these.
    I live in Sydney – Australia
    Any idea anyone ?

  9. 9
    Jeni says:

    Have you guys heard of Powell’s? I have one relatively nearby and can buy these whenever I like. I always used too little water so it would get extra fizzy and flavorful, or I would just suck on the tablets which tasted horrible, but was really fun!

  10. 10
    Anna says:

    I want to know where I can get the original Blue Razz candy that came in a roll (not the blue razz w/the gum now (blow pops)). They were single pieces…and the best ever! Also, I want the sweet & tiny tarts I think they came in a purple/blue package. The blue razz came in 1 role up package w/just a blue razz 1 at a time. Please help me find my favorite candies!!! I have not had blue razz since the early ’90s…..and the Sweet & Tiny tarts in the late ’90′s! Thanks for all of your help!!! I look forward to hearing from you!
    Anna

    anna.oneal@yahoo.com

  11. 11
    Anna says:

    mine really are not a fizzy thing…just sour!!

  12. 12
    Susie says:

    I was talking with my sons ages 19 and 16 and the subject of Fizzes came up. They thought I meant the candy that fizzes in your mouth. I even called my daughter and son-in-law in Arizona to see if they still existed. They had never heard of them either, so my son-in-law was going to ask his parents. I may buy some online but if they have salt in them they won’t be the same.

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