Smoothing out that sour punch with a more mellow, balancing tartness is malic acid. But food scientists can stack up tons of malic acid, whether naturally occurring or lab-created, and used it to make foods like sour candy incredibly sour. To make the sour flavor last far longer than it should, some candy makers include fumaric acid.
Found naturally in small amounts in apples, carrots, and tomatoes, it provides an extremely sour taste but serves mainly to keep the sour alive for a little while longer. Cinnamon-flavored sour candy like Atomic Fireballs pack an active ingredient called cinnamaldehyde. Eating sour foods triggers a response in the taste buds, which release chemical compounds that then send a message to the brain. There, serotonin—a mood-regulating compound that also aids in appetite and sleep—is released.
Air Heads Xtremes are far from the sourest candy on this list, but we still think they ' re pretty delicious.
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They come in fruity, tearable belts, allowing you to break up the individual colors of the rainbow and taste each one ' s unique flavor. Still, we prefer to try every color at once. They ' re mostly sweet, with a little punch, and they ' re way too easy to scarf done. While these sour gummy worms are well loved, some flavor combinations are more beloved than others.
The delectable blue and red worm is a favorite, but isn ' t that sour at all, while the yellow and red worm is a nice compromise in the middle. Sour Punch Straws perfectly straddle the line between too sour and just right, and we find them tough to resist. Not only do they come in some truly incredible flavors, but unlike pretty much any other sour candy, they come in whole packs of a single flavor, so you don ' t ever get stuck with the ones you dislike.
We dare you to try having just one straw.
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Sour Patch Kids are totally timeless. They ' re basically Swedish Fish coated in a super sour sugar coating, starting with a kick before mellowing out into something sweet and endlessly snackable. Though some of the flavors aren ' t our faves, they make every coveted red piece in the bag that much more special. This will probably be an unpopular opinion, but we don ' t think anything can beat Hi-Chew Sours.
These citrusy Hi-Chews come in lemon, lime and grapefruit flavors, packing an authentic fruit punch that lasts for as long as you can chew. They focus more on pure, delicious flavor rather than on being extra sour, and they ' re all the better for it.
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