Over the years, I’ve collected questions for the Sour Patch Kids: What makes a Sour Patch Kid? How do you become so perfectly sour, then sweet? Must you always come in gummy form? Why do you all look like oblong gingerbread men? Are you there, Sour Patch? It’s me, Margaret.
Despite the many unknowns they present, I love those little Sour Patches, munching their gummy innards down until my mouth is raw and I’m left clutching my stomach in sheer, unadulterated sweet/sour bliss. Until recently, I could only enjoy this Sour Patch sensation in gummy form, its sour-sugary grit flitting away in the 15 seconds it takes to dissolve. Way too short. Give me your sour! Your sweet! Put it all in a glycerin gum base! Well, it looks like Sour Patch did just that, cobbling together two new gum flavors that recently struck their territory at my local Target.
The gum has the typical dimension of a piece of regular Stride, which is about the length of a large paperclip. They strike their cubist pose in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle green and what can only be a super intelligent shade of neon red. Seeing as I admire super intelligent inanimate objects, let’s start with the Redberry, shall we?
Sourness brings out my primal competitor. You eat one Warhead. I’ll eat 5. You down 4 Cry Babies. I’ll take 10. A box of Lemonheads is nothing for my resilient tongue. Knowing that Sour Patch Kids are usually medium on the scale of sourness, I went in hoping for a mellow, but still sparky sour experience, but, alas, came out disappointed. Perhaps there’s a sparky jolt of citric acid somewhere in there, but, overall, these pieces feel about as mild as a jellybean, but how does it deliver on the fruit end of things?
While I can’t confirm it, I hypothesize this Redberry is the closest we’ll ever come to a snozberry: there’s a strong kick of maraschino cherry zing, a little sweetness of strawberry, and an echo of raspberry tartness at the tail end. It’s unashamedly “red” flavor with a slightly metallic aftertaste, but, on the whole, it tasted like Cherry ICEE concentrate. A good first showing. If you ever wished cherry Life Savers and strawberry Starbursts had a tectonic collision, this is the gum for you.
Avoiding the trend to mutate green-colored candies into green apple flavor (lookin’ at you, Skittles), Sour Patch left their green lime-flavored and, for better or worse, the little citrus fruit is given its due, starting with a peculiar “household cleaner” flavor that is so often found in limes. It’s shockingly astringent at first before mellowing out into a tangy, but still somewhat bitter citrus profile. The bitterness got the best of me. I tried to keep chewing to see if it might open up into lime’s more sugary qualities, but, alas, the household cleaner taste took over and it ended up tasting like gnawing on a Pledge-soaked rubber tire.
However, not all is lost! One of the many joys involved in Sour Patch consumption is combining the gummy flavors together, which got me thinking: what would happen if I combined the two flavors of gum TOGETHER?
Struck by an acute case of Curiosity, I did just that.
Chewed together, the flavor’s about as crazy as a 3rd grade diorama, starting off with a shock of bitter sourness from the lime that lasts for a good two minutes until it mellows into a zingy maraschino-cherry with a hint of citrus. Together, they seem to balance one another out, whistling a tune that tastes quite similar to Sonic’s Cherry Limeade if your soda maker tossed in some extra bitter limes.
Fortunately, the flavor and soft chew of Stride lasts for a good 22 minutes of jaw entertainment so you can chew on your Cherry Limeade for an entire episode of Parks and Recreation if you want. Not bad. Not bad at all.
History is marked with times in which inspiration translates into a new and altogether unique phenomenon: floppy disks inspired USB drives. Hamlet inspired The Lion King. Popcorn inspired popcorn ice cream. And now Sour Patch gummies have become chewy, slightly sour gum.
While a bit too bitter and not as puckeringly sour as one could hope, Stride’s Sour Patch Kids gum delivers an okay showing. Their fruit flavor profiles are spot on, if a little too strong, and they’re even sugar-free, which is great if you have plaque concerns, braces, or are looking to expand your intake of sucralose. I don’t necessarily seeing myself buying them again, but if you like strong cherry flavors, the Redberry’s worth the try. The lime is a little too household cleaner-y for me, but, hey, if that’s your thing, no judgments. You ask me, it’s still better than green apple Skittles. Not that I’m holding a grudge or anything.*
*I’m definitely holding a grudge.
(Nutrition Facts – 1 piece – less than 5 calories, 0 calories from fat, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 0 milligrams of sodium, 1 gram of carbohydrates, 0 gram of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugars, and 0 grams of protein.)
Item: Stride Sour Patch Kids Gum (Lime and Redberry)
Purchased Price: 99 cents each (on sale)
Size: 1 pack/16 pieces
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 2 out of 10 (Lime)
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Redberry)
Pros: Redberry tastes like Cherry ICEE concentrate. Lime eventually takes on more citrus juiciness. Together, they taste like a Cherry Limeade. Sugar-free. Chew time lasts for full half-hour TV show. 3rd grade dioramas.
Cons: Bitter metallic aftertaste. Sourness is mild. Lime started off tasting like a Pledge-soaked rubber tire. My grudge against green apple Skittles. Overused reference to Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
22 thoughts to “REVIEW: Stride Sour Patch Kids Gum (Lime and Redberry)”
Oh my gosh. You may have just connected some dots for me, Margaret. I bought these two gums last week and chewed a stick of each (one Tuesday, one Wednesday). Until now, I did not make the connection that the bitter, metallic taste in my mouth — which I still have, six days after the last time I ate a piece of this gum — may be related to the gum. The taste isn’t as harsh as it was last week, but it’s there. I kind of want to chew another piece as an experiment. But then again, I kind of don’t.
I loved this report on sour patch kid gum. My favorite part was about the skittles trying to start a new trend with green candies. I am still upset about that. I will definitely be buying this gum. I absolutely love sour patch kids! They are my favorite, I literally got two big bags of them for my birthday! Thank you for making this report! I really do appreciate it.
i went out an got the gum an i absolutely love it an tastes great id recommend it to all my friends an family for sure!
I went out and bought the Red pack of gum and I don’t like it at all. It’s great in the beginning but after it looses the taste. It tastes like a gross Swedish fish. It should keep the flavor from the beginning when you first put the gum in your mouth.
Oh God, I’m so glad there are others out there upset about the green apple skittles. I’m still traumatized and haven’t bought a bag of skittles since. Let’s get together and start a support group, or peaceful protest, or not peaceful protest, or something…
I really wish they would come out with the blue sour patch kids gum
i know right its so good
I love it
Love it… Any other flavors coming out soon?
Holy crap the Lime Sour Patch kids gum is so good.
i love the sour patch kid gum but y’all need to come out with blue raspberry patch gum
It sucks so bad.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The lime is much better than the berry in my opinion. The lime doesn’t loses it’s flavor nearly as quick as the red berry, which tastes like a mutated Swedish fish.
The gum taste great, but it has aspartame! Should I be worried?????
Absolutely! Aspartame is very dangerous. It is a sweetener used as sugar. I do not recommend this gum AT ALL. It’s horrible for you and the flavor last only a minute.
It is dangerous don’t buy it.
The stride sour patch gum is very good but the flavor doesn’t last AT ALL. Within a minute the flavor is gone and the size of the gum is very small. I’d purchase another gum brand that has a very tasty and addicting flavor and last long.
that is what gum does it does not last long
I love sour patch kid gum. I am eating it right know. if I could have all the money in the world I could by all the sour patch kid gum in the world. my favorite is the Lime, and Raspberry kind. I wish they could make a blue sour patch kid gum, what kind would that be?
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