With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you may be looking for eco-friendly treats. My family recently sampled some Yum Earth gummy candy, and here’s what we think…
PRODUCT: Yum Earth Organic Gummy Bears and Organic Gummy Worms from Yum Earth. Gummy Bear flavors include; Pomegranate Pucker, Sour Apple Tart and Strawberry Smash. Gummy Worm flavors include; Pomegranate Pucker, Sour Apple Tart, Tangy Tangerine.
INGREDIENTS: Organic rice syrup, organic cane sugar, gelatin, organic carrot juice, organic aronia juice, organic black currant, organic curcuma, natural flavor, citric acid, ascorbic acid, organic sunflower oil.
COST: $8.97 for three 5oz bags.
Eco & health perks:
- No Artifical Dyes
- No Corn Syrup
- Tree Nut Free
- Peanut- free
- no MSG
- 100% all natural
- USDA Organic
- 100% Vitamin C per serving
- Less than 90 calories per serving
WHAT WE THINK OF THE TASTE:
Taste-wise these were a huge hit at my house. My VERY picky 8-year-old son Cedar loved them, and he rarely loves food products of any kind. He said they were “juicy sweet” and tasted like fruit – fruit and veggies are his favorite food so for him to say they actually tasted like fruit is a big deal. He wanted to know if they had high fructose corn syrup because his school banned it, and since, no these don’t have corn syrup, he was thrilled because that meant he could take some in his lunch.
My friend’s 11-year-old daughter who loves candy but who unlike my son doesn’t love many fruit or veggies really liked these too, saying, “Hey they taste fruity but really good – not too sweet!” I was surprised she liked them because they were natural and not as surgery tasting as other candies.
My friend who doesn’t eat gummy candy, because he doesn’t like the sticky factor, also liked them stating that they weren’t too chewy or sticky like most gummy candy.
As for me, I’m a chocolate person and I don’t really like any fruit candy, but if I had to eat some, these are pretty good. Not too sticky and they had a great fruity flavor that was a little sour and sweet but not overly so. Not that I’ll be switching to fruit candy over chocolate anytime soon, but these were so much better than other fruit candy.
Yum Earth as a company is fairly eco-friendly. The company was started by two dads and all the products they make are USDA Organic and free from chemical colors, artificial flavors, corn syrup or anything they wouldn’t give their own kids, including GMO’s. In fact these gummy treats are the first and only USDA organic gummy bears available on the market. Surf Sweets also makes organic gummy candy, but they’re not USDA certified. The company’s organic lollies are somewhat of a legend being called “The best lollipop I’ve ever tasted” by Phil Lempert the Today Show Food Editor.
The organic gummy bears and worms are made in Germany which is a big footprint if you’re in the U.S. but right now Yum Earth’s largest market for gummy bears at this time is in Europe and Asia, so it makes sense to keep production closer to customers. The organic pops and drops made by Yum Earth are made in Mexico which at first glance sounds like it could be a cheap labor situation but in actuality, one of the dads behind the company was born and grew up in Mexico City and having Yum Earth made their has created 60 fair paying new jobs in his homeland. Also the organic sugar is grown locally in Mexico by 50 family farmers.
Yum Earth tightly controls the manufacturing processes both at the Mexico facility and at their Germany facility. Facilities are inspected frequently by US and German inspectors and have exemplary quality and safety records plus the company pays fair wages to team members.
Finished products are sent to the University of Nebraska for nutrients and contaminants testing.
The company discloses all ingredients and nutrition information online and on their packaging and has an extensive FAQ section.
The line of candy is adult and kid friendly. Beyond simple organic treats for kids, Yum Earth also makes organic Artisanal Candy that is perfect for adult taste-buds.
The only con I found with this product (both the bears and worms) is the packaging. The packaging is typical candy wrap – meaning most likely made of mixed material that’s super tough to recycle. Even so some recycling plants are attempting to sort out candy wrappers but there’s no recycling reminder on these Yum Earth packages. I looked around the website for more info on said packaging and couldn’t find any. All in all, any non-bulk-bin candy you buy has the potential to create a large amount of non-recyclable trash, including Yum Earth candy.
On the plus side, Yum Earth does have larger bulk sizes available and sells in bulk to wholesale dealers. If I were you I’d skip the Yum Earth snack packs and aim to buy a larger amount to cut down on packaging.
4.5 out of 5 little trees! I had to take off half a point for the packaging issue, but otherwise I’m going to highly recommend this candy. Every single person at my house liked them (which never happens with food reviews – including candy) and you can’t beat the ingredients or family-friendly prices. If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s Day gummy candy or anytime candy that’s not overly sweet or sticky then Yum Earth Gummy Bears or Worms are a perfect fit. Visit Yum Earth to learn more or to purchase candy.