Sour Patch Kids Tropical

Sour Patch Kids Tropical – Review

Sometimes you just know when something is going to be good. That’s certainly the case with Sour Patch Kids Tropical. However, what I didn’t realize is just how awesome they would be. Seriously, this is one of the best candies I have ever had.

Sour Patch Kids Tropical

Sour Patch hasn’t exactly innovated recently. They’ve introduced new flavors but nothing that has caught the attention of the masses quite like Sour Patch Kids original. They have tried Extreme, they have tried Exploderz, but nothing seems to stick.

With Sour Patch Kids Tropical they have certainly found something that will be a hit. Right now, it’s only available in Target and 7-Elevens, but that should soon change.

What makes these Kids so great is obviously the innovation. Sour Patch Kids Tropical flavors are as follows:

  • White – Pineapple
  • Purple – Passion Fruit
  • Pink – Paradise Punch
  • Orange – Tropical Twist
Sour Patch Kids Tropical flavors
These are so amazing.

Which new Sour Patch Tropical flavor is the best?

Each one is special, unique, and really delicious. The two fruit-flavors are self-explanatory. Pineapple is quite honestly the best of the bunch, but probably the obvious choice of the whole pack. Passion Fruit certainly is a unique choice that pans out too. For a “purple” colored candy it doesn’t leave that syrupy residue that you get with grape or something like that.

The red flavor for the Tropical bag is ‘Paradise Punch’ which is a sour take on fruit punch. I’m not usually a big fruit punch fan but even this one is above average.

The mystery comes with the orange flavor. It’s called Tropical Twist, but I can’t seem to pinpoint exactly what it is. It’s very tart and sour, so I want to say it’s kumquat. If you have any ideas, be sure to leave them in the comments.

All in all, these are too good not to be a huge hit. Go give them a try – Sour Patch is at the top of their game with the Tropical flavors!

Sour Patch Kids Tropical Nutrition Facts

As always, these are vegan. The ingredients are: Sugar, Inverted Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 6, and Red 4

Sour Patch Tropical Nutrition Facts (entire package):

  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 120mg
  • Total Carbs: 126g
  • Sugars: 108g
  • Protein: 0g
Black Forest Organic Sour Heads

Black Forest Organic Sour Heads Review

Clearly, Black Forest wants to duke it out with Sour Patch Kids with their Sour Heads product (already kind of a ripoff name if you think about it). They don’t explicitly say it on the packaging, but they do call the candy a “sour n sweet soft and chewy candy”. Those who know sour candy like I do know that “first they’re sour, then they’re sweet” is the tagline for the aforementioned Sour Patch Kids. On first look, their packaging too implies that Black Forest is trying to take a bite out of Sour Patch.

Black Forest Organic Sour Heads

However, Black Forest’s Sour Heads do have something going for it that Sour Patch Kids does not – all of its ingredients are organic. Just look at the package – it’s on there twice!

Here’s what Sour Heads contain:

  • Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Potato Starch, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Cornstarch, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Color (Black Carrot Juice, Carrot Juice, Turmeric)

Pretty good huh? It’s good to read the ingredients of your candy and actually know what is going into it. Another cool thing I noticed? No corn syrup, which is pretty common in pretty much any other sour candy you see at the grocery store.

While the Sour Heads are gummier than Sour Patch Kids, they make up for it those organic ingredients mentioned above. That being said, if this were a taste test, I would still probably have to go with Sour Patch Kids. I think that Sour Heads are more what the consumer is looking for in today’s candy world, but the flavors don’t pop much.

Black Forest Organic Sour Heads

The conclusion:

I think that with time, we could see Sour Heads get pretty popular. I just wish they weren’t so blatantly ripping off Sour Patch in their branding. It would be cool if they could be what they are – a good, organic sour candy. The pack I started with was their regular assorted pack (with flavors orange, lime, lemon, raspberry and fruit punch). Do those sound familiar?

Sour Heads even come in a watermelon flavor, which is obviously Sour Patch’s second most popular candy. C’mon now…

All in all, I would recommend this candy for sweet tooths out there looking for an organic alternative. Otherwise, I would stick with the classics!

Fun packaging touch:

The barcode is forest-shaped! See? They are creative. Why not make Sour Heads the Black Forest Organic Sour Trees or something like that?

Black Forest Organic Sour Heads Barcode

Trolli Sour Brite Blasts

Trolli Sour Blasts

Trolli Sour Brite Blasts

Trolli Sour Brite Blasts

I find it hard to write an inspired review for any Trolli candy. They have been making consistently good candy for a long time, but just nothing that ever blows me away. Their famous Worms are good enough, but they don’t crack my list of favorite candies and they aren’t something I often seek out. All that being said, Sour Brite Blasts  are the closest I’ve come to being genuinely impressed with a Trolli candy

The pack doesn’t have too much substance (meaning they skimp a little on the number of pieces), but that is right around where my complaints end. I suppose I should start by explaining the name. The candy is a cube-shaped gummy with insides are filled with a different flavored “juice”. So when you bite into the candy the juices/gel blasts out – get it? The juices are where the candy gets a lot of its sour from, as the sugar coating falls off pretty easily and it’s pretty thin to begin with. The ratio of blast to gummy is reasonable too. They aren’t overfilled but some pieces could definitely use a little more juice.

The flavors are as follows:

  • Strawberry-Mango
  • Apple-Watermelon
  • Cherry-Lime
  • Raspberry-Lemon
Trolli Sour Brite Blasts flavors
Trolli Sour Brite Blasts

All of them are amazing. Credit to Trolli for finding some good and unique pairings here, especially Apple Watermelon. That one is a stand out! The color of the candies really pop too. The fact that they are bright cubes makes them look like Legos; I’m going to try and build a sour house with them next time.

Give them a try and let me know what you think. I don’t imagine this will be anyone’s favorite candy, but it will certainly make a good road trip snack for sour lovers. They are not too messy and the flavors are amazing. If you see them, swoop them up!

Trolli Sour Brite Blasts
Trolli Sour Brite Blasts flavors

Hi-Chew Bites: Mango & Orange vs Grape & Strawberry

For my latest review, I’m operating under the assumption that you’ve tried them already and realize they are awesome. The post will decide which flavor is better: Mango & Orange or Grape & Strawberry.

Mango & Orange vs Grape & Strawberry

Hi-Chew Bites

The battle for Hi-Chew supremacy

Now on paper, the battle may seem a little one-sided. Mango and Orange are the clear underdogs in this scenario. While mango is popular nowadays, I would still call it a polarizing flavor; you either love or you hate it. Orange on the other hand is one of the most boring flavors in existence. You can read more on my detest of orange in pretty much any of my reviews. Grape and Strawberry however are both unique, strongly flavored, fan-favorites.

But truth be told, Hi-Chew really excels with the flavors like mango and orange. Something about it. Now the candy itself isn’t as fun (you can have trouble telling which is an orange bite which is mango bite based off their colors), but the blend of the two is better than grape and strawberry. The latter doesn’t seem to work as a combination, and even the flavors by themselves are a little underwhelming. Anyone who has had the strawberry Hi-Chews plain can probably attest to this. The bag of strawberry and grape is definitely pretty though.

In conclusion, I’m going to have to award the 2016 Hi-Chew Bites trophy to: Orange & Mango. Congrats Orange & Mango; you made a great team.

Mixed both bags together

Now for the review of the candy, in general:

For those who haven’t had these yet, think of a smaller version of a Hi-Chew with just an outside that’s a little crispier – kind of like a Hi-Chew Skittle. If that sounds like something up your alley, I’m sure you are not alone. Starburst recently has done the same thing with their Starburst Bites.

However, what makes these more unique and, in my opinion, better is the fact that it’s a light candy-coating on the outside. It’s basically a soft Skittle with a delicious Hi-Chew inside. They are definitely a Hi-Chew candy, so don’t worry about them tasting different from anything that you are used to. It’s simply just another addition to the already strong brand. I highly recommend!


Trolli Weird Beards (James Harden Candy)

James Harden Trolli Weird Beards
Trolli Weird Beards (aka the James Harden candy)

Trolli Sour Brite Weird Beards – James Harden Edition

James Harden’s ‘Weird Beards” are a great candy for any basketball-fan. A perfect collaboration, but not a perfect candy.

For whatever reason, NBA players love candy. Famously, Lamar Odom was known for having an assistant who had to stock his van with candy each day (he was dubbed the “Candy Man” by his Lakers teammates). Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard both had nutritionists tell them that they had to cut back on their candy consumption (Dwight was allegedly eating the equivalent of 24 Hershey’s bars a day during his time with the Lakers). I recently listened to a podcast with Jimmy Butler, too, where he told Bill Simmons that he was a recovering candy addict.

NBA players: they’re just like us!

Adding to that list is now James Harden, who is the first basketball player (to my knowledge) to have his own signature brand of candy. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a lefty shooting guard for the Houston Rockets (formerly of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but let’s not get into that). Outside of the basketball world, he is probably best known for his beard.

Recently, with help from that beard, he’s branded himself as being “different” than your average NBA player. With his recent Adidas commercial, he claims that “creators never follow“. In a Taco Bell promotion for the Breakfast Crunchwrap he was a breakfast defector, someone who does not settle for a “normal” fast-food breakfast. He prides himself on his quirkiness; in James’s world, it’s the weird way or the highway.

So you can see how this cross-promotion works perfectly for his image.

James Harden Gummy Candy
Weird Beards flavors

The candy has a fun design that keeps with Trolli’s signature two-tone flavors. Just like with a Trolli Worm for example, each Weird Beard is divided in half. Each piece is James Harden’s likeness, with his beard accounting for one flavor and his face accounting for the other. There are the standard Trolli flavors within in the pack–pink & blue (strawberry and raspberry), orange & green (orange and lime), and red & yellow (cherry and lemon). The red and yellow is funny because that’s actually the colors of his current team, the Houston Rockets. Pink & blue continues to be the MVP of the bunch, but I found myself liking red & yellow for a change. I had forgotten how solid that flavor combination is.

Weird Beards Flavors
Pink and Blue Beard
Weird Beards Flavors
Orange and Green Beard
James Harden Weird Beards Flavors
Red and Yellow Beard

What is nice is that the Weird Beards are big, too; I would say they’re about the size of a quarter, maybe a little larger. They taste like any other Trolli candy (they are gummy candy covered in sugar for those of you who don’t know). That being said, I wish they had taken a little more risk with the flavors, especially since they are marketed as “weird beards”. I think something really crazy like guava or pineapple could have fit with Harden’s branding a bit more.

But all around, there’s no complaints from me. The allure comes from it being a candy made exclusively for an NBA superstar. Plus, it incorporates two of  my favorite things into one–basketball and candy. It’s not noticeably different from any other Trolli candy on the market, but it sure is fun to have these around.


Hi-Chew Sours

Hi-Chew Sours
A bag of Hi-Chew Sours

Hi-Chew Sours

An interesting twist for the Hi-Chew brand that pays off brilliantly

What an amazing find. I usually find the individually wrapped Hi-Chew Tropical Mix at my local Daiso store. That version is always there, but the bag has a banana flavor that I really do not like (a rant for another review). However after a recent visit, I saw they had a new addition to the aisle on top of the tropical bag–Sour Hi-Chews.

I instinctively bought as many bags as I could, as I knew they were made just for me. I opened them in the car. Needless to say, the whole bag was gone by the time I arrived home. I won’t disclose how long (or short) the car-ride was.

For those who aren’t familiar with Hi-Chew, it’s a Japanese candy brand. It’s American comparison is most obviously Starburst. Instead of squares though, Hi-Chews are more rectangular but are about the same size in volume (if I had to guess Hi-Chews are a little bigger). Think “Starburst log” and you have a Hi-Chew.

Naturally, as you may have gathered from the name, they are also chewier than Starburst too. A candy like this probably isn’t recommended for anyone with fillings. The average piece probably takes on average 30 seconds to chew and swallow. However, the chewiness is not at all stale; in fact, there’s a softness to all Hi-Chew that make them superior to Starburst in my opinion.

It certainly helps that their flavors are also both distinct and authentic. I can’t think of a single flavor that they don’t do well. Each one is juicy and delicious.

A normal pack of Hi-Chews comes in a sleeve of one flavor. However these individually-wrapped Hi-Chew bags always come in a pack of about 15 or so with three flavors. The flavors are usually evenly distributed but sometimes you will get unlucky with a pack that is unfairly loaded–it’s just the luck of the draw really.

Hi-Chew Sours Flavors
Hi-Chew Sours Flavors

As for the Sour bag of Hi-Chew, the 3 flavors are ranked as follows:

  1. Grapefruit
  2. Lemon
  3. Lime

Grapefruit is a super unique flavor that you don’t see executed well that often. Of course, Hi-Chew pulls it off by making it more sour than bitter. That being said, you still get that bitter quality of a grapefruit in candy form–I really don’t know how they do it.

The lemon flavor is zesty, while the lime definitely disappoints. It’s almost as if they toned down the sourness of an actual lime to make the flavor more tame and manageable. Unfortunately, that scaling back really takes away from the flavor overall to point where it’s almost bland.

Ultimately, the 3 flavors together come together to become one of new favorite candies. I can’t recommend these enough for sour-lovers and Hi-Chew lovers. The Grapefruit flavored one is really something special!


P.S. Here’s a little note for you all who haven’t eaten these individually wrapped Hi-Chews before: You can squeeze one of end of the wrap and essentially “pop” the candy into your mouth. The wrappers are pretty filmsy, so you won’t struggle if you want to open them one by one normally, but this a quick and efficient way to eat these kind of packs (even though it may be a little annoying to others)!

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears
A bag of the goods

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

On paper this should be my favorite candy off all-time. It comes close I suppose, but it never reaches the heights that I was hoping it would.

To repeat, it’s a sour version of Haribo Gummy Bears. It should be a match made in heaven, as regular readers know I’m a sour-fiend. But what you may not know is that I also hold Haribo Gummy Bears in high regard. What they do that differentiates their gummy bears from normal ones (in my opinion) is their consistency. They are a little tougher and therefore a little chewier than your run-of-the-mill gummies, which makes for a better experience overall. You can savor the flavor, and the bag seems to last a lot longer. That kind of gummy bear doesn’t seem to be for everyone, but it certainly is for me.

However, with the bag of sour gummy bears in particular, I finally get the criticisms. I’ve heard some call them almost “stale” tasting; I tend to disagree, but it can be a little much when they already coated in sugar. I’m not sure if it is just the bag that I bought, but the chewiness is little too much– it borders on being tough.

Haribo Sour Gummy Bears flavors
Haribo Sour Gummy Bears

At the end of the day, Haribo is still the best. Without getting too technical, the bears are still uniquely shaped to the point where I could probably pick a Haribo bear out of a lineup. And of course their flavors are awesome. With the sour pack they keep the same flavors as the originals, which is a huge plus– if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I’m convinced that the Haribo pineapple flavor is what inspired the “white gummy” smoothie at Jamba Juice (if you’ve never heard of that I highly suggest you read up on it).

The Haribo Sour Gummy Bear flavors are:

  • pineapple (white)
  • strawberry (green)
  • raspberry (red)
  • lemon (yellow)
  • orange (orange)

Now that’s how you make a candy!

Overall, it’s not that it’s a bad candy; it’s just largely disappointing. The gummy bears are indeed covered in sugar, which means I’ll be eating them again. Think Sour Patch Kids, but more stale. That’s what you what you have here.

I don’t mean to be too hard on the candy either. They are still good. While I guess I can’t ask them to deviate away from what they do best, there is something missing here. Perhaps I’m asking for too much, but maybe they should ditch the signature chewiness in this case.

But more likely, I think what we have here is a case of expectations being too high.


Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans

Easter candy with a sour twist

Conclusion: A big bag for someone with a big sweet tooth.
Flavors: Tangerine, Green Apple, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Cherry

Easter is a great holiday because its candy selection is topnotch– fact. Every Easter, you have your Cadbury Cream Eggs, your Reese’s Eggs, and of course, your fair share of jelly beans around the supermarket. All are great choices, but if you’re a sweet tooth like me, you always go for the jelly beans. That’s because every company takes a little different approach to them. Over the years, I’ve ate probably 1000 individual jelly beans (maybe an exaggeration), and I don’t plan on stopping any Easter soon.

One of my personal favorites is Starburst Jelly Beans. They do it right, taking their classic flavors and reappropriating them into jellybean form. It’s almost an improvement, just because they can be less chewy than a normal Starburst. Even better, they sell them in a huge bag, that makes them great for sharing, or so you can eat 500 and then feel sick. It’s not a bad deal. If you can swoop on some after the holiday on sale, they make a great bulk candy to keep around the house.

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans flavors

In particular, I like the “sour” version of the Starburst Jelly Beans (to no one’s surprise). On the whole, I don’t find them to be all that “sour” so don’t be scared about that. Your green apples and blue raspberries do their best, but the rest aren’t really sour. There’s a sheer variety and uniqueness to the flavors that you don’t get with an average jelly bean pack. There’s green apple, lemon, tangerine (!), watermelon, blue raspberry AND cherry– all your essentials and then some. It’s that signature Starburst flavor that isn’t generic feeling in the least bit.

Substituting regular orange with tangerine is an awesome move; you don’t see that one every day. So for me, that’s my favorite. All the flavors really make eating these a fun experience regardless. It’s kind of impossible to finish a whole bag in one sitting (even for someone like me), so sharing with everyone around Easter is probably the best way to go about this. Bring them into the office Monday and leave a bowl by your desk; it’ll be a good way to make friends.

Nutrition facts:

Starburst Sour Jelly Beans
Starburst Sour Jelly Beans Nutrition Facts

Sour Patch Kids

sour patch kids
Sour Patch Kids bag

Sour Patch Kids

An almost perfect candy.

Conclusion: Highly recommend
Sour Patch Kids Flavors: Raspberry, Lime, Berry, Lemon, Orange

It’s time for another review. This one is an actual classic; no need for debate. It’s Sour Patch Kids, the candy that debatably started my entire addiction to sugar and sour candies in the first place.

There’s honestly not too much for me to say here. For any sour-lover this is the best snack around. It’s solid. While not all the flavors are uniformly great (I’m looking at you, orange), the candy more than makes up for it with it’s gummy children coated in sugar.

In fact, I think Sour Patch Kids are taken for granted a bit now that there are other ‘extreme’ and sour candies on the scene. The Sour Patch Kids are classically good and don’t mess with the formula. That being said, they did just add a new flavor to the mix– blue.

The blue is Berry, which may taste familiar to those of you who’ve had Sour Patch Kids Berries before. In fact, it was probably the best one from that bag, and Sour Patch smartly relocated it to this one, just to spice things up. I think it was a good decision as it adds to an already established brand. I do laugh that it’s a nondescript ‘berry’ flavor. Is it a combination of all the berries? Or is it the famous fake flavor ‘blue raspberry’? One day, I will do a scientific study or break into the factory to find out the answer, but for now I’m satisfied with it just how it is.

sour patch kids

Here’s the Sour Patch Kids flavors Power Rankings:

  1. Red – Raspberry
  2. Green – Lime
  3. Blue – Berry
  4. Yellow – Lemon
  5. Orange – Orange

Honestly, I’ve usually just referred to them by their colors. I didn’t even know the red was raspberry until recently. If you’re like me at all, you probably eat them too fast to actually notice too; I don’t think I’m alone here. However, the beauty (yes, I said it) of Sour Patch Kids is that there isn’t just one flavor in the bag. You have a lot of them to choose from, and you will always be wanting more.

Addicting and delicious all in one, you can’t go wrong with Sour Patch Kids. They are gummy and not too sour. There tagline really is spot on: ‘First they’re sour, then they’re sweet’. So even if you don’t like sour, you only have to deal with it for a few seconds. After that, they’re almost like a good better gummy bear.

Ultimately, even the most bitter person will find some joy once they grab a handful. They really do make you feel like a Kid again.