Sour Patch Kids (History, FAQ, Pictures & Commercials)

Sour Patch Kids are gummy candies that are sweet and sour. They come in the form of small humanoid creatures, aka, the Sour Patch Kids. This candy is coated with a sour-sugar-like coating and comes in a variety of colors and flavors. Sour Patch Kids have become popular both for its look and taste, and have a strong following. Sour Patch Kids was first called “Mars Men“ when it was created in the 1970s but was later renamed “Sour Patch Kids” in the year 1985.

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Sour Patch Kids History And Information

Sour Patch Kids, known as Very Bad Kids in France and Maynards Sour Patch Kids in the UK and Canada, are soft candy with a coating of invert sugar and sour sugar that creates a sour and sweet taste. They were originally shaped like Martians to capitalize on the space enthusiasm of the ’70s and transformed into children in the ’80s following the Cabbage Patch Kids craze.

Frank Galatolie, a Canadian, created Mars Men in the late 1970s for Jaret International. Cadbury and Malaco Licorice Company formed the Allen Candy Company in Ontario to produce them and they were renamed Sour Patch Kids in 1985 and introduced to U.S. markets. Mondelez International, a New Jersey company, acquired the company in the late 1990s and currently makes Sour Patch Kids candies.

The popular slogan, “Sour. Sweet. Gone.” refers to the sour-to-sweet taste of this 80s candy. The sugar coating is made with tartaric acid and citric acid that reacts with the saliva on the tongue to create a strong sour flavor before the sweet gummy candy under the coating is released to produce the sweet taste. “Then the candy is gone and it’s time to go back to the bag for another,” quips

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Some ingredients that have been used in Sour Patch Kids before are sugar, invert sugar, corn syrup, corn starch, tartaric acid, citric acid, natural artificial flavoring, and yellow, red and blue coloring. The original candy mascot, a blonde boy with his tongue sticking out, was based on Galatolie’s son, Scott. The packaging of the candy stayed the same for years, with a ball cap added on the boy and in 1992 a girl added. It wasn’t until 2010 that the mascot became the candy itself.

Sour Patch Kids was originally offered in four flavors and colors — lime (green), lemon (yellow), peach (orange) and cherry (red). In 2013, blue raspberry (blue) was added. In 2018 a new Sour Patch Kids flavor called Fire was introduced that adds a kick of heat aftertaste to the sour and sweet taste. A number of Sour Patch Kids follow-ups were introduced, including Sour Patch Exploders, with a softer interior and new flavors and colors, including raspberry lemonade rush (pink) and Grape Berry Surge (purple).

Sour Patch Kids Extreme featured an extra sour coating and Sour Patch Fruits were shaped like a variety of fruits instead of kids, including watermelon, orange, lemon, lime, grape and cherry. UK Sour Patch Kids, marketed under the name “Maynards Sour Patch Kids” included Lime, Lemon, Orange and Raspberry and later added Blackcurrant. There have been a variety of Sour Patch Kids spin-off products, from video games to ice cream, ice pops, gum, cereal and even a sour ale. 

In the World Gone Sour, a video game developed by Canadian studio Playbrains and published by Capcom in 2011, the player takes the role of a green Sour Patch Kid that falls out of a package in a movie theater and goes on a quest to get eaten. 

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Sour Patch Kids ice cream, made by Dryers/Edys and introduced in 2018, mixes the flavor of lemon sorbet and vanilla ice cream with a Redberry swirl and actual chunks of blue Sour Patch Kids. “The Redberry Swirl is everything. It sits like thin sheets of icing but has a perfectly sugary grit, and tastes exactly like the Redberry Sour Patch Kid,” a reviewer posted.

Sour Patch Kids Ice Pops, made by J&J Snack Foods and introduced in 2019, come in a variety of flavors, from blue raspberry to passion fruit. “Take the puckery, sugary goodness of Sour Patch Kids and add a frozen feel and you have Sour Patch Kids Tropical Ice Pops,” posted. Sour Patch Kids gum was introduced by Stride in 2014, originally as Blue Raspberry, with other flavors added. Watermelon gum was introduced in 2015 and Extreme gum with a heightened sour taste. “The new gum is sugar-free and will allow kids to enjoy the taste of Sour Patch Kids without having to take in countless pieces of candy,” posted.

Perhaps the most controversial Sour Patch Kids product is Post’s Sour Patch Kids cereal that was introduced near the end of 2018. The cereal is shaped like Sour Patch Kids and produces a sour flavor to the milk. “The idea of mixing Sour Patch Kids with milk might sound a bit cringeworthy,” posted.

Mob Craft Beer is brewing Sour Catch, a Belgian style Pale Ale with Sour Patch Kids that it says will be available in 2020. “Sweet then sour, then barrel-aged! Belgian Pale ale with Sour Patch Kids added!” the company proclaims at “Apparently it’s made with ‘actual sour children,'” a contributor to quipped.

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If Sour Patch Kids candies and the spin-off products aren’t enough, how about the company’s efforts to make life more comfortable for professional musicians? In 2014, Patch houses in Austin, Texas and Brooklyn have opened that offer musicians comfortable and free places to stay, according to a post. “I spend half of my time on the road in hotel rooms — The Patch in Austin was a good break from that,” says singer-songwriter Zella Day. “Life on the road is hard for musicians, so why don’t we start by giving them a place to stay?” Sour Patch Kids ­marketing director Farrah Bezner says of the brand’s decision to establish the homes.

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The Year Sour Patch Kids Were Made

Sour Patch Kids were invented in the late 1970s. They were called “Mars Men” when they were first invented and were renamed Sour Patch Kids in the year 1985.

The Person Who Invented Sour Patch Kids

The man who invented Sour Patch Kids is Frank Galatolie. When first created the candy was called Mars Men.

The Company That Owns Sour Patch Kids

The Sour Patch Kids brand is owned by Mondelez International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage holding company based in Illinois. Mondelez is the parent company of Nabisco, which owns Ice Breakers candy and Oreo O’s Cereal.

The Original Name Of Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids was not originally called so when it was first invented. The original name of the candy known as Sour Patch Kids is “Mars Men”.

Sour Patch Kids Ingredients

Here are the ingredients of Sour Patch Kids.

  • Sugar
  • Glucose Syrup
  • Water
  • Starch
  • Gelatine
  • Acid (Malic Acid)
  • Concentrated Apple Juice
  • Colours (Anthocyanins, Vegetable Carbon, Paprika Extract, Lutein, Curcumin)
  • Acidity Regulator (Calcium Citrates)
  • Palm Oil
  • Flavourings

Sour Patch Kids Nutrition

Serving Size: 16 pieces (40g) % Daily Value*
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 158
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 24g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0.1%
Iron 0.9%
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet

Pictures of Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids Commercials

Sour Patch Kids FAQ

What is the Sour Patch Kids mystery flavor?

The mystery flavor of Sour Patch Kids is Banana Cream Pie.

What makes Sour Patch Kids sour?

The sugar coating is made with tartaric acid and citric acid that reacts with the saliva on the tongue to create a strong sour flavor before the sweet gummy candy under the coating is released to produce the sweet taste.

Who makes Sour Patch Kids?

The Sour Patch Kids brand is owned by Mondelez International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage holding company based in Illinois.

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