Sour candies have their place. The really extreme ones (many of which are featured on this list) aren't something most of us grab when we want a sweet treat. Usually, they're the type of candy we hand our friends when we want to see them writhe in pain. But since it's safe to say that the majority of us have outgrown our challenge candy phase, how do we find out which super sour candies all the kids taunt their friends with these days?
We did the footwork on this one and complied a list of the most pucker-worthy candies found in local drugstores; the places that make it too easy to grab-and-gag on some of the most foul candy on shelves today.
In order of least-to-greatest sour quotient, we present our list of the Top 5 Sour Candies.
The fruit and sour flavors maintain the integrity of the original Jolly Rancher flavors while adding a decidedly sour edge. Unlike the super duper sour candies, this candy remains sour the entire time you suck on it. These Jolly Ranchers fit more comfortably in the category of leisure than discomfort.
Not going to lie, this gum is gross. It's so sour, it's hard to enjoy. This, my friends, is a challenge gum. The exterior is a regular sugar shell and tastes just like bubble gum when you first pop it into your mouth, but after a few chews, extremely sour powder explodes from the center. What's worse is that once the sourness subsides (pretty quickly), you're left with a pretty dull-flavored chewy substance that you will want to spit out immediately.
See above, except with more sour and a remarkably artificial taste.
We have foggy memories of being in high school when someone first passed us one of these small, but deadly candies. We found them at Uwajimaya. The zing from this candy is what a Lemonhead always wished it had. After the sour shock wears off, you're left with a traditional tasting lemon drop. Not a bad thing.
The sour meter on this candy is off the charts. It makes us salivate just thinking about putting one in our mouths. These things are so lethal, they're hard to keep on your tongue. Warheads come wrapped separately for good reason: the bag would probably explode if they weren't. Skip the Warheads spray (stupid) and liquid gel (even stupider) and go straight for the hard stuff. The good news is that the sour goes away after about 20 seconds. The more you keep the candy on your tongue, the faster the sour fades. Eventually, you'll have a sweet candy floating around in your mouth.