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Candy Review: Sour Patch Kids

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Sour Patch Kids Bag

I am a creature of habit. There are certain things I have to have when I go certain places. At baseball games, I have to get a giant pretzel. At family parties, I have to have my sister’s chocolate chip cookies. At the shore, I have to grab a box of salt water taffy. And at the movies, it is absolutely imperative that I get my hands on a bag of Sour Patch Kids.

As weird as this sounds, I am not a gummy person. I hate gummi bears. Gummy worms give me the creeps. Gumdrops are on my (very short) DO. NOT. WANT. candy list. Yet despite all this, I love Sour Patch Kids with the fire of a thousand Atomic Fireballs.

Sour Patch Kids are small gummy treats that come in various fruit flavors, including cherry, orange, lemon, and lime. Each Sour Patch Kid is about the size of a regular gummy bear. Tiny granules of sour sugar coat each gummy Kid, giving them a grainy texture and a knockout sour punch.

For me, it is their rough, sour exterior that sets them apart from regular gummy products. The combination of the sour sugar and the sweet gummy candy provides a multi-sensory sugar experience that is hard to beat. Sour Patch Kids are marketed as “sour, then sweet”, but I’ve found that the sour and the sweet seem to hit simultaneously, which is nice. The various fruit flavors aren’t standouts on their own – their presence is a bit masked by the overwhelming sourness of the candy, though at times a hint of cherry or orange will peek though, which provides a nice balance.

A bonus of Sour Patch Kids is the sour sugar dust that is left in the bag once the candy is gone. You can dump the remnants into your mouth for a super sour experience that is akin to eating a giant Pixy Stix with a bad attitude.

Eating an entire bag of Sour Patch Kids isn’t always easy, however; you may find that your tongue becomes scraped or even that a “hole” is burned through the surface of your tongue after polishing off a few handfuls. Do not be alarmed, my friends. This is merely a sign of sweet, sour sugar victory.

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13 Responses to “Candy Review: Sour Patch Kids”

  1. 1
    Kelle says:

    Ahh, what a classic.

  2. 2
    VeggieCandyLover says:

    I love Sour Patch Kids and their sister candy Swedish Fish because I’m a vegetarian and gummi lover. Gummi candies are usually off limits because of gelatin but, Sour Patch Kids use inverted sugar for their gumminess so I can still eat them. I put on Boy Least Likely To and eat Sour Patch Kids and feel 12 again. Candy Addict and Animal Lover. Yep good for both.

  3. 3
    Julie says:

    You can dump a whole end-of-the-bag full of that sour powder into your mouth all at once? I’m impressed! Even just typing that made the sides of my tongue freak out and salivate! Interesting to know that these are gelatin-free…I’d never have known that. Next time I go to the movies I’ll think of you with a bag of these and I’m sure my tongue will pucker up again!

  4. 4
    beerorkid says:

    They are really nummy. I keep a pack at work for after lunch sweets.
    The comercials are awesome too.

  5. 5
    Kaitlyn says:

    I am in love with sour patch kids! When i was little i used to get hives everytime i ate them so i wasnt aloud to eat them till i was about 8 and now im addicted!! My favorite are the red ones! I MEAN YYYUUMM =DDD

  6. 6
    Kendra says:

    I went to the movies last night and HAD to have them. I love sucking on them first. They tend to last longer that way…but not much longer.

  7. 7
    Sourpatches says:

    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.

  8. 8
    TodoCandy says:

    Everytime I go to my hometown, I ALWAYS buy Sour Patch Kids original. Although, now I love the newest watermelon flavored sour patch kids.

  9. 9
    Jeff says:

    These are a weekly staple at my house, sometimes the only candy I’ll eat over the course of a week. We refer to them as “SPKs” or “the SPK” and often fight over who is getting the superior red ones (as opposed to the pedestrian yellow ones). It’s important to get the brand name SPKs, as knock-off/generic SPKs are almost uniformly awful.

  10. 10
    absolutecandylover says:

    yea of course we all love the sour patch kids but what about mike and ikes? no one ever eats them any more and they are my favorite.

  11. 11
    Andrew says:

    I bought them at my local Kmart today. No more STRAWBERRY! I loved those. I was sad around 2005- 2006 when they changed it to cherry. In Germany, it is WILD RASPBERRY! In Australia, it is POMEGRANATE BLAST.

  12. 12
    Andrew says:

    I HATED the lemon/ lime ones but cherry was good and Orange was in the middle between lemon (4%) and lime (78.0%) and cherry (85.84)

  13. 13
    Nancy says:

    sour patch kids are awesome!
    they’re sooo good, i’m like crazy
    addicted to them.

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