I’ve heard about these Sour Punch Bits, a new type of sour candy that’s a spinoff of Sour Punch Straws. I found a box of them in a candy store called Rocket Fizz in old town Pasadena. Unlike Sour Punch Straws that come in a clear cellophane package, these new Bits come in a movie theater sized box. I’m not the biggest fan of Sour Punch Straws, but seeing these new variety I couldn’t help but want to give them a shot.
The box these Bits come in is very attractive. The box’s design isn’t too busy, it has a bright yellow background with their signature logo and Punch faces puckering. It also has colorful illustrations of strawberries and watermelon on it, so it’s vibrant and delicious looking.
Opening the box, you find a small plastic bag that takes up about half of the box inside. It’s tightly sealed and keeps the candies fresh and safe. Opening the package, I get a whiff of the candies: they smell like cardboard. Ooooh yeah.
The candies are thick little tubes, striped with color and sanded with sour sugar. They clump easily and feel slightly squishy to the touch.
The flavor is tart and fruity, but I wouldn’t call them sour. The sour sugar coating has a sour edge to it, and you really don’t taste it until the end of the candy’s flavor. Speaking of the candies flavor, it’s very…plastic, more so than the original Sour Punch straws. It starts out sweet, then the berry flavor kicks it. It’s…also just sweet. The watermelon shows up giving it a lighter fake “watermelon” taste we know so well. The flavor ends with “red” flavor akin to Twizzlers, then dissipates.
I would eat the normal Sour Punch Straws over these any day. I shared the rest of my package with friends, and they all really liked them, so what do I know. Since buying these I also seen a lemon and tangerine flavor, which, I am interested in trying despite not liking this flavor. It just goes to show that certain candies will speak to some and not others.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Sour Punch Website
I have a bunch of friends who are vegetarians, and usually this isn’t a problem when we all get together to share meals. The only time I can’t share some of my candy bounty with them is when I have gummis with gelatin on the ingredients list. Which, I have to say, is always sad for me since I know how some of them really miss eating gummi candies. This is why I was super excited about Goody Good Stuff contacting me about trying some samples of their vegetarian/vegan gummi candies. Finally an alternative for people who don’t want to eat gelatin. I mean, yes, there are gummis out there that are vegetarian free, but they often don’t advertize the lack of gelatin and therefore are time consuming to identify.
This first sample of the Goody Good Stuff gummis is their Sour Fruit Salad. This is a nice play on fruit pate, with a sour sanding sugar coating the candies. The packaging is attractive and eye-catching. The bright green, the sharp logo design, and the koala mascot make a well put together candy package. I especially love the koala and the window to see in and actually catch a glimpse of what the actual candy looks like.
As you can see they’re quite pretty:
Pear: The flavor is immediately fruity with strong flowery notes. It’s very juicy and has a delicate sweetness that tastes like pear. It’s not very sour, as the citric acid sanding sugar isn’t very strong. It’s still really tasty and I enjoyed it.
Strawberry: Much more sour than the pear. This almost tastes like citrus to start, very tart with bitter notes to it. Not real strawberry flavor, but it’s still tasty.
Pink Grapefruit: Tart and fruity. This has sweet notes to it and a nice citrus flavor that slowly joins in toward the end of the taste. The strawberry tasted more like grapefruit to me, but this is also in the same flavor family, just milder.
Orange: Sour and juicy to start. It does have some orange notes, but they’re very mild. There’s some bitterness to it, but overall the flavor isn’t as juicy and orange as I’d like.
Lemon: Immediately tastes zesty and full of lemon tang. This one is awesome. It’s exactly a I was hoping it to be. Yum!
I shared these with my boyfriend and friends and they all really liked them. My vegetarian friends were especially excited with trying gummis they could actually eat! I honestly couldn’t taste any different between these and gelatin gummies, so if you’re a vegetarian, I’d highly recommend them.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Goody Good Stuff Website
Along with the free samples of Brach’s products, Farley and Sathers Candy Company sent me some new and classic Trolli candies. I remember loving these Sour Brite Crawlers as a kid. They are chewy, colorful, sweet, slightly sour and were fun to tie in knots. Most everything a kid looks for in a candy. These also have a fun decorative application too, I’ve seen many a birthday cake decorated with these tasty Crawlers. That being said, it’s been years since I’ve had them. So this is an excellent opportunity to revisit a childhood favorite.
The succinct way to describe these Sour Bite Crawlers is that they’re sour gummi worms, plain and simple. They have the form of a worm, or more accurately night crawlers, and each one has two flavors, one for each half. They’re coated with a sour sanded sugar, which gives them that sharp initial bite.
As you can see they’re very attractive to look at.
Blue/Pink: Blue is blue raspberry. The flavor starts off sweet and fruity, then grows into an intensely tart sour berry flavor where you taste more sour than berry flavor. Its strikes me a the very standard “blue raspberry” taste from what I gather. Pink is strawberry, and it has more sweet notes that are reminiscent of bubble gum and jam. It has sourness to it, but thankfully nothing like the blue raspberry side.
Yellow/Red: Yellow is lemon, and right away has nice sour and zesty flavors. It has a tart edge, but the flavor still stands in the forefront. Red is very….red tasting. I’m trying to decide if it’s supposed to be cherry or fruit punch. I think it’s cherry, and thankfully it’s got a lot of fruity notes to it as opposed to being bitter and medicinal.
Orange/Green: Orange is orange, and it’s very lovely. It has rich, juicy flavors which remind me or orange juice with just the right touch of sourness to it. Green is lime, which surprises me since I thought it was watermelon when I had it last. No matter. This lime is zesty and tart, and has that funny “bathroom floor cleaner” flavor to it.
These were tasty, yet I can’t say if they’re what I reember exactly from childhood. My memory on these is far too fuzzy for that. They are enjoyable and I have many friends who buy these as regular favorites. I still like them, but not as much as I did when I was a kid. That’s probably because I can buy my own chocolate now, which is my favorite.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Links Trolli Website
“The Dot that bites back!” says this package of Sour DOTS. Seems like they decided to have an addition to the DOTS family. I was excited to try these once I found them, as most of the variations on the traditional DOTS I’ve had I’ve liked a lot. Even though I am not crazy on sour candy, maybe a sour variation on a candy I already liked would be the trick.
First of all, I love the package for these. The DOTS that are making sour, puckering faces are just too cute! I’m always a sucker when you add faces to candy. These colors are also fun and inviting and do send off that “sour” vibe.
Opening the box, I find that a coating of citric acid and sugar are what makes these DOTS sour. The coating doesn’t rub off in my hands in a pile of powder, so it sticks well to the traditional DOTS gumdrop. It like it when candy isn’t messy to eat.
Grape: These start off sour then build into a very juicy, standard grape flavor. Know what else tastes exactly like this? Grape tootsie pops. Not a surprise since they come from the same company!
Lemon: This one is amazing. Bright and zesty from the start. Has that beautiful, straight, authentic flavor of a real lemon. Like real sour lemons drops. So awesome!
Orange: Very smooth and plain. Has an base orange flavor, but with no tartness or zest to it.
Green Apple: Has that very acute, fruity, fake sour apple taste. It’s very floral and smooth, but has that funny accent to it that’s hard to lay one’s finger on.
Cherry: Sour at first from the dusting on the top, then the very bright, woodsy cherry flavors come through. They have a very acute berry edge to them which makes them floral and sweet. It
not too metallic at all surprisingly.
I was really impressed with these! I enjoyed them a lot, especially since the sour parts didn’t last very long. Sour or DOTS lovers alike, I really recommend these!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links DOTS Web page
It’s been ages since I’ve had any sort of Warheads candy. Now, I realize that I’m not a big fan of sour stuff now, but back in middle school I was crazy for the sour Warheads that you could give for a few cents at a candy store. I never got the really sour, sour stuff, but flavors like the Watermelon, Blue Raspberry I could handle and enjoy. I saw this box of Warheads Sour Chewy Cubes and wanted to give them a try, for old times sake. I didn’t expect them to be very sour, so I figured it’d be something I’d still enjoy.
I love the packaging on this, with the puckering dude on the front with the great rainbow color scheme. It really caught my eye on the shelf, which makes it very successful in terms of sales and design. It just reeks “fun” and I bet kids have a hard time resisting this one.
The sour cubes are about the size of dice. They’ve soft and squishy, and are very colorful with a granulated sugar coating on them.
Green Apple: Immediately tart, floral and fruity. It comes across as a more sweet version of the apple Jolly Rancher.
Blue Raspberry: Extremely berry like with a twinge of bubblegum and cotton candy. The sourness adds a touch of tart, but doesn’t dominate the flavor.
Strawberry: Sour at first, then turns jammy with rich, deep sweet strawberry flavors. It’s odd in combination with the sweet strawberry taste.
Watermelon: Immediately tart and extremely fake tasting with horrid perfumey flavor to it. Your standard fake watermelon.
Black Cherry (purple): This one tastes like bubblegum at first, them turns into Dr Pepper. It has strong floral and cherry notes, and the sour makes it seem fizzy.
Orange: Has a very sweet orangey flavor. the sourness is mild, and comes across as a sour zest. it’s quite nice.
I was surprised by how much I liked these. I even offered them to my boyfriend, who first refused and then after my encouragement tried them to find he really liked them as well. They’re milder than the sour balls they make as I anticipated. The gummi cubed form is really fun and playful, and it really brings me back when I eat them. Such fun!
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Warheads Website