Sour Patch Kids

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Sour Patch Kids
OwnerMondelez International
Introduced1970s (as Mars Men)
1985 (as Sour Patch Kids)

Sour Patch Kids (known as Very Bad Kids in France,[1] and known as Maynards Sour Patch Kids in Canada and previously in the UK) are a brand of soft candy with a coating of invert sugar and sour sugar (a combination of citric acid, tartaric acid, and sugar).[2] The slogans "Sour Then Sweet" and "Sour. Sweet. Gone." refers to the candy's sour-to-sweet taste.[citation needed]


Sour Patch Kids were originally created by Frank Galatolie of Jaret International, under the name of Mars Men in the early 1970s.[3][1] In the late 1970s, Cadbury and the Smeera Blyton Licorice Company of Sweden formed the Allen Candy Company in Hamilton, Ontario, to produce them. In 1985 they re-branded to Sour Patch Kids, but it is now owned by Santi.[4] The name was likely changed to capitalize on the popularity of Cabbage Patch Kids.[1]

Video game[edit]

World Gone Sour is a 2011 video game based on Sour Patch Kids. It was developed by Playbrains and published by Capcom. It was released on December 20, 2011, for PC, April 10, 2012, for PlayStation Network, and April 11, 2012, for Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA).


  1. ^ a b c Flager, Madison. "Sour Patch Kids Used To Have A Totally Different Name". Delish. Hearst Digital Media. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  2. ^ "9 Sweet Facts for Sour Patch Kids Day". Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Sour Patch Kids Creator Frank Galatolie, Of Valley Stream, Dies At 74". CBS New York. October 24, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sour Patch Kids (5 pounds)". Retrieved 31 August 2019.

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