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Every Whole Foods In The US Is Now Carrying SmartSweets Healthy Gummy Bears

Were gummy bears one of your earliest candy addictions? Growing up, our parents would tell us to cut back on the handfuls of squishy, sugary bears we’d shovel into our mouths as we indulged during Saturday morning cartoons.

Then, we discovered SmartSweets Gummy Bears and our addiction became a lot less sugar-filled, and  our childhood dreams have come true! Finally we can feel good about candy!

Called the “Halo Top of Candy”, these low-sugar gummy bears actually allow you to eat candy as a healthy snack every day- Candy for breakfast? Check!

SmartSweets only has 3 grams of sugar for the whole bag. For scale, 3 grams of sugar is also equal to just under 2 individual Sour Patch Kids.

SmartSweets gummy bears are free of sugar alcohols, GMO-free, free of anything artificial, and high in fiber — plus an entire pack comes in at a mere 90 calories!

For those ever wondering where to find some of these healthy gummies, SmartSweets are now sold at all Whole Foods locations nationwide.

Actually, pretty sure our candy stash is running low, better plug the nearest Whole Foods onto Waze and stock up on healthy candy.

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These Cocktail-Inspired Gummy Bears Are The Perfect Gift For The Holidays

We all know there’s no shortage of candy during the holiday season. This year, as the store shelves become packed with candy canes and popcorn tins, find something sweet to take you away from the repetitive holiday season routine.

While there will always be room for tradition, Project 7 has created some must-have holiday treats that are perfect for gifting — or just keeping to yourself.

Project 7 has introduced a brand new line of non-alcoholic, cocktail-inspired gummy bears featuring flavors like Old Fashioned, champagne and Moscow Mule. But just because these one-of-a-kind gummies are non-alcoholic, doesn’t mean they won’t get a party started.

Just think, these craft cocktail inspired gummies will surely be a hit at the company work party, or as a gift for the boss that’s the total opposite of NSFW.

It gets even better – these gummies are made with organic sweeteners, they’re non-GMO, and contain no artificial flavors colors OR preservatives.

So, if you’re still trying to pick out the perfect gift, or just need some legit stocking stuffers for the family, get your Project 7 gourmet gummy bear fix at any Target store.

Don’t wait, though – these treats are only available during the holiday season, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! You can find them in the holiday section at your local Target, or on

Photos by Pete Pham

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The New Gummy Bears That Are ‘The Halo Top Of Candy’

I’m a candy junkie through and through, and now I have a new candy I’m hooked on: these SmartSweets Seriously Sour gummy bears.

I’ve been a sour candy junkie for some time, getting my fix mostly from Sour Patch in particular. I recall many a late night study dinner in high school with appetizer, main course, and dessert consisting entirely of Monster Energy drinks and “the Patch.” Now in my late 20s, I can no longer guzzle Sour Patch Kids and Monster shooters like a young gazelle. In the years following my questionable high school and college diet, I’ve tried every low-calorie, sugar-free, disappointing alternative possible. No luck. It was all bad.

Then one random day at the Foodbeast office I saw a glimmer of hope.

As I walked up the flight of stairs to my desk, a package was sitting where my ass would normally be. It was a cute white box with a note scribbled in permanent marker: “Elie, hope this helps your addiction. #KickSugar.”

It was a box of gummy bears from whom I would soon learn is the 22-year-old wunderkind founder of SmartSweets, Tara Bosch. She had gotten my mailing address through a mutual friend that convinced me I wasn’t being poisoned. A few colleagues of mine in the food industry have referred to them as the “Halo Top” of candy.

I like Halo Top, I’ll be the judge of that.

I tore through the package, all the while skeptical of low-sugar, wholesome candy. The bag made a good first impression: flat whites with pops of color, highlighting key nutritional tags like 24g of plant fiber, no sugar alcohols, no artificial colors, and most importantly, only 2g of sugar per bag. GAHT. DAMN.

Bear after bear, I began chewing heads off while browsing the website. I noticed the company employs some similar compare/contrast techniques I’ve seen of similar success stories within their category. They mention that a similar serving of Haribo Gummy Bears will set you back 26g of sugar and 40g of carbs, while the same serving of SmartSweets is 2g of Sugar and 9g of net carbs.

And the taste?

By the time I had finished scrolling through the website I was well into my second bag of SmartSweets. Score one for sugar free. Each sour bear was so damn good (they have an equitable non-sour, ‘fruity’ flavor as well, but my love bubbles over for the sour variety).

I had gotten the sour satisfaction my taste buds needed. The gummy texture was polished and finished well in between the crevices of my teeth and even after two bags I didn’t feel like my insides were ravaged.

Despite their availability currently relegated to, Amazon and retailers across Canada, SmartSweets has done more than $1 million in sales within their first year. Following an appearance on Dragon’s Den, the Canadian version of Shark Tank, Bosch received offers from all the “Dragons,” finally settling on a deal from investor Jim Treliving.

I’m excited to see where these gummies go next. If you want to try for some for yourself, go grab a pack off

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Documentary Shows Footage Of Horrifying Conditions For Haribo Workers And Pigs

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Haribo, a German confectionary company known for its gummy candy, has found itself in a sticky situation after a documentary claims that the workers and animals used to make the candy were kept in appalling conditions.

According to Deutsche Welle, or DW, German broadcaster ARD aired the film Markencheck, or “brand check,” to identify the health and production problems revolving around the company’s gummy candies that are sold worldwide. The documentary claims that the two ingredients causing the workers and pigs to suffer in such shocking conditions are carnauba wax and gelatin.

Caranauba wax, an ingredient that comes from carnauba palm trees, is applied to the gummies to prevent sticking and to keep them glossy. The carnauba palm trees grow only in the poorest regions of the northeastern states of Brazil including Piaui, Ceara, Maranhao, Bahia, and Rio Grande do Norte. The documentary claims that Haribo sourced their carnauba wax from plantations where workers earn about $12 a day. These workers, some of whom are underage, are also allegedly forced to sleep outside or in their trucks, made to drink unfiltered water from nearby rivers, and not given access to toilets. Brazilian police would allegedly have to carry out raids to free the workers from the horrible working conditions on the plantations.

In that same documentary, footage of the disgusting living conditions of the pigs that provide gelatin for Gelita, Haribo’s main gelatin supplier, was aired. Numerous pigs are shown living in their own filth, covered with stool and urine, and suffering from open sores and infections. Veterinarians interviewed in the film claim that these living conditions clearly go against Germany’s animal protection laws.

In response to the film, Haribo made an official statement saying that they were not aware of of the violations to their guidelines and that they would proactively work with their suppliers to pursue the issue.

In an article by, a spokesperson from Haribo told them, “We are aware of the serious allegations that have been made and an urgent investigation is underway to help us establish the facts. Our production processes are of the utmost importance and we ask all suppliers to adhere to the strictest social and ethical standards. We have always believed such standards to be indivisible and non-negotiable.”

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Americans Rejoice, Haribo Is Opening A Factory In The US

Anyone in the United States with a sweet tooth will have to brush just a little bit harder now that Haribo is opening a factory in the US.

The German candy maker, best known for producing iconic fruit-flavored gummy bears, announced that plans to build their first production facility in the United States. While there has been a sales office located in Maryland since 1982, this new factory will give the candy product the rights to boast that they’re Made in the US on their packaging.

According to Fortune, local production on the factory is set to begin in 2020. “America’s Dairyland,” also known as the state of Wisconsin, will host the new facility.

As we patiently wait for the factory to arrive, the sky will fill with the deafening screams of gummy bears between our molars. Hey, they’re addicting.


Manufacturer Error Caused Penis Shaped Gummies to Ship Out to Kids


When kids reach into a bag of gummy bears and pull out a handful of dicks, it could easily scar them for life.

According to Stuff, a New Zealand based candy company called Dutch Rusk had a huge recall because their packs of Dragon Sweets gummies were somehow mixed up with penis-shaped gummies. The pallet was shipped about six weeks ago and a couple weeks after, the company started getting complaints forcing the recall to take effect.

You can only imagine there were pissed off parents when their children were pinching the shaft of a miniature phallus, as one out of every 20 bags of Dragon Sweets contained a couple little Johnsons inside them.

The company swallowed their thousands in losses and apologized for the inconvenience.

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Apocalypse Now: Gummy Bear Bratwursts


Nope, that’s not a misprint. Apparently the demand for sausage made with gummy bears is actually a real thing and it’s spreading across the United States. Bratwurst, as we all know, is made from the finest cuts of beef, pork and veal. Gummi Bears, on the other hand, are sugar incarnate.


Spencer Grundhofer, owner of Grundhofer’s Old-Fashioned Meats, located in Minnesota, came up with the idea of gummy bear bratwurst initially as a joke. A friend of his suggested that he make a flavored bratwurst using gummi bears. The joke took a life of its own, however, demand for the crazy combination began to grow once folks discovered they actually tasted good.

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