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Friday, July 31st, 2009 by Becca Droz


Sour Patch Kids Gummi Candy was one of the first sour candies!

Sour Patch Kids Gummi Candy was one of the first sour candies!


Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 7

Overall: 10

 Sour patch kids are one of my personal favorites. I love sour patch kids so much for a few reasons. Firstly, every flavor is distinctly different, unlike M & M s or something where you can barely even tell the flavor difference of the different colors. The yellow lemon, lime green, orange orange, and cherry red all satisfy the tastebuds with their sandy sour kick. 

Sour patch kids are a common concession candy and for good reason. They are perfect for movies because you can suck on them until all of the sour sugar dissolves and then you have Swedish fish, but in a better flavor. Of course it’s always fun to mix flavors (my favorite combinations being red and green and yellow and green) and chomp down making a really loud chewing sound because it is too just hard to resist it.

Sour patch kids also have a great history. In the 1970s when UFO sightings were the talk of the town, little “Mars Men” aliens were sold for a penny a piece and were quite popular because of their unique sour coating. A man named Frank Galatolie is credited with the invention of the gummy candy with the sour coating. In the 1980s Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were quite popular and that is where the name sour patch kids is derived from. The first sour patch kids product was sold in 1985 by Jaret, Galatolie’s company. The cartoon character on the original package was Galatolie’s son, Scott who is now in his 20s. As of 1997 Cadbury Adams has taken over the Sour Patch trademark in the United States.

But beware, just because sour patch kids are extremely delicious does not mean that they too should not be eaten in moderation. Too many sour patch kids can leave you with a numb tongue, hurting teeth, and a belly ache. But just the right amount can be exactly what you need to get you through your day.

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