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Fruit Gushers (occasionally just called Gushers) are hexagonal fruit snacks made primarily from sugar and fruit juice, with small amounts of other ingredients. Introduced in 1991, they are produced by General Mills under the Betty Crocker brand name, and may be found in generic forms as well. The center of each gusher is a thick sweet liquid, and is surrounded by a chewy gelatinous sugar covering. When one bites into the snack, the liquid inside "gushes" out, hence the name of the snack. Fruit Gushers was the major sponsor for the YTV game show Uh Oh! from 2001 until the series ended in 2003.
Ingredients for the Strawberry Splash flavor are: Pears from concentrate, sugar, dried corn syrup, corn syrup, modified corn starch, fructose, grape juice from concentrate. Ingredients making up less than 2% of the product: Partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, maltodextrin, cottonseed oil, carrageenan, citric acid, glycerin, monoglycerides, sodium citrate, malic acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavor, potassium citrate, agar-agar, Red 40, xanthan gum.
Gushers originally came in two flavors: Gushin' Grape and Strawberry Splash. Grape was discontinued.
- Tropical Flavors
- Watermelon Blast (discontinued)
- Strawberry Splash
- Screamin' Green Apple (discontinued)
- Burstin' Berry Lemonade (discontinued)
- Gushin' Grape (discontinued)
- Triple Berry Shock
- Rockin' Blue Raspberry (discontinued)
- Fruitomic Punch (discontinued)
- Xtreme Kiwi Xplosion (discontinued)
- Passion Berry Punch (discontinued)
- Double Dare Berry (discontinued)
- Roboberry Ultra Blast (discontinued)
A new variety of the snack is Gushers Mood Morphers which come in a fruit punch flavor with different colored fruit-flavored fillings.
A new variety that recently came out is "Hawaiian Punch". These are the same shape as the original and contains the three naturally flavored fruit snacks; "Pineapple Paradise", "Watermelon Luau", and "Maui Mango". They are not currently for sale in all States and regions.
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