Sour Patch Kids

Written by Sarah Provost
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The prototype for the popular sour-then-sweet treat known as Sour Patch Kids was Moon Men, little space alien gel candies coated with a sour outer coat, called "sanding" in the candy industry. Moon Men were developed as penny candy in the late 1970s. In the mid 1980s, when Cabbage Patch dolls were causing riots at toy stores, a Canadian confectioner named Frank Galatolie renamed the product as Sour Patch Kids. He was inspired by his son, Scott, whose cartoon portrait appeared on the packages.

What began as a children's "fad candy" quickly gained acceptance and became mainstream. Sour Patch Kids, introduced in America in 1985, are now a top selling brand. They are especially popular as movie candy, and a large percentage of their sales come from theaters. The Sour Patch Kids website even offers cursors, wallpaper and screen savers for real fans.

Availability of Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids come in 2-ounce, 5-ounce, 8-ounce and 14-ounce bags. They are also available in bulk. They are available throughout the United States and Canada, but are particularly popular on the East Coast and in New York City, where they were first introduced to American consumers.

In Canada, Sour Patch Kids come in assorted packages of lemon, lime, orange and raspberry flavors. Additional flavors are available in the US, including watermelon, peach, cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Several of these flavors can also be bought in individual flavors as Sour Patch Fruits.

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