Top positive review
Good, but Pricey
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
I saw these on a YouTube video and decided to give them a try. I got 4 different flavored 1.8oz bags. There's Peach Rings (Peachi-Os), Sweet Fish (Swedish Fish), Sour Blast Buddies (Sour Patch Kids), and Sour Gummy Bears. They were pretty good but let's break it down:
Pro: Taste was pretty good, flavor was very similar to the branded, full sugar versions.
Con: Texture was ok but was not very chewy like the full-sugar version. The gummy bears were the only ones that were chewy. The sour versions were not very sour at all and were very light on the sour coating.
Pro: 0g fat, 13g fiber, no sugar alcohols, no sorbitol, and only 3g sugar for the whole bag. The serving size is the whole 1.8oz (56g) bag. We compared to a 1.13oz (32g) serving of Sour Patch Kids. So you get almost double the amount for a fraction of the sugar and less than half the calories (Sour Patch Kids has 120 cals and 26g of sugar for 32g vs Smart Sweets 100 cals and 3g sugar for 56g.)
Cons: The ingredient list is confusing and makes a claim about an ingredient I've never heard of before, Allulose. That it is a non-artificial sweetener found in foods like raisins and figs that tastes like sugar but doesn't act like sugar in the body. I feel like if that were true more companies would be using it. However, an internet search has almost nothing bad to say about this ingredient and several websites say it can even help to prevent gas and bloating. Another concern is the "isomalto-olgliosaccharides", which is the 3rd ingredient in the list. Another internet search revealed that my suspicion was confirmed, that the saccharide part of the name places it in the sweetener family, however, it is more closely related to sucrose and/or glucose than to saccharine, which was my main concern. However, further research shows that this chemical has been inaccuratly linked to fiber content but that fact was denounced by the FDA in 2018. So while the primary ingredient in these candies is non-soluble corn fiber, some of the 13g of fiber that is supposedly in this product may be inaccurately attributed to the isomalto-olgliosaccharides.
Overall, I don't see anything concerning enough to make me not want to eat these. They do seem a bit pricey though. I paid about $13.04 for the four 1.8oz bags, which is $3.26 each. You can buy 8oz of Sour Patch Kids for about $1.88 each in the local stores. So yeah, these are definitely only an occasional treat, at least for me.
My favorite was the Sweet Fish followed by the Peach Rings but my son liked the Gummy Bears the best because they didn't get stuck in his braces.