I first found out about this candy from my 5-year old daughter. She got a small pack of them with a Lunchables. Being the great daughter of a Candy Addict that she is, she saved the wrapper to show me. It looked intriguing – three levels of sour plus a sweet blue raspberry “extinguisher” candy to “extinguish the sour”. Unfortunately, she had eaten them all so I couldn’t try any. Well, truthfully, she didn’t eat them all – she told me she threw away the yellows and greens because they were too sour for her. She didn’t understand the “extinguisher concept. I would teach her.
A few minutes of searching online and I discovered Sour Extinguisher was a new candy from a small manufacturer called big BOING and that they had signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Lunchables and 7-11. A few emails to the company and I had some samples on the way.
The candies themselves have a bumpy, crunchy outer coating and the inside reminds me of a softer chewy SweetTart. The varying levels of sour start with orange (Tangy Tangerine), yellow (Super Sour lemon), and green (Tongue Twisting Lime). The idea is you pop in a sour candy and if it’s too sour for you, you eat one of the sweet blue raspberry extinguisher candies and it negates the sour. Pretty cool idea and it mostly works. It doesn’t totally rid your mouth of the sour, but it does lessen it.
Even the highest sour level (the green ones) weren’t too sour for me (but I’m a hardened Candy Addict, you know), but as I said earlier, my daughter couldn’t handle the top 2 sour levels. One note – the greens were tolerable, except for one green one – it tasted like it was full of salt or something. I’m not sure if it was a fluke or what, but it was nasty.
These things are an easy eat too – I ended up devouring the whole bag while writing this review. I don’t think most adults will like this candy as much as I did, but I bet almost every kid that tries them will love them. Drop by a 7-11 near you and check them out.