On July 18 the lip puckering, eye-watering flavors enjoyed by children and adults alike are featured on this holiday. It is National Sour Candy Day!
Sour sanding, or sour sugar, is a food ingredient that is used to impart a sour flavor, made from citric or tartaric acid and sugar. It is used to coat sour candies such as acid drops and Sour Patch Kids, or to make hard candies taste tart, such as SweeTarts.
The most famous sour candy is SweeTarts.
SweeTarts (/ˈswiːt.tɑːrts/; officially stylized as SweeTARTS) are sweet and sour candies invented by Joseph Fish Smith, the owner of Sunline Inc., in 1962. The candy was created using the same basic recipe as the already popular Pixy Stix and Lik-M-Aid products, in response to parents’ requests for a less-messy candy. In 1963, SweeTarts were introduced with the same flavors as the popular Pixy Stix: cherry, grape, lemon, lime, and orange.
SweeTarts also come in a variety of other products including gum, little SweeTarts (often packaged to be handed out as Halloween trick-or-treat candy), SweeTart “hearts” for Valentine’s Day, “chicks and bunnies” shaped SweeTarts (marketed for Easter in some regions of the US), “skulls and bones” for Halloween, and Giant Chewy SweeTarts, which are a larger, chewier variant of SweeTarts that come four to a package, and are the size of a silver dollarand ¼ inch thick. The Giant Chewy SweeTarts have also retained the lemon (yellow) flavour discontinued in the standard SweeTarts products, as have the Mini Chewy SweeTarts variety. SweeTarts Soft & Chewy Ropes are available in Cherry Punch flavor, and were originally named Kazoozles.
So today, enjoy a sour candy or a Childhood favorite Sweetarts.