The pros: Trader Joe's Ts and Js Sour Gummies come in a resealable bag and are essentially Trader Joe's answer to Sour Patch Kids. These are gluten free.
The cons: They aren't an exact copy of Sour Patch kids, but are very addicting making the resealable bag almost unnecessary. These are shaped in the letters T and J which means they are probably more coated in the sour sugar (which might not be a bad thing).
Here is a quick flash back from my childhood. There were certain candies that were popular. Sour patch kids were one of the more popular options. However, once you got adjusted to the sourness of those candies, we moved on to a candy called War Heads. It was almost a Elementary School ritual to see who could put the most of those in their mouths without spitting them out.
Flash forward to adulthood and my taste buds have thankfully matured. I went back and tried just one of those super sour War Heads and my palate could not deal with one. I'm almost positive I made the same face as I did when I took a gulp of my husband's whiskey. They probably yielded the same face of utter disgust. No photographic evidence of either even exists, so I digress. If you've never experience Sour Patch Kids, then imagine taking a Swedish Fish or other gummy candy and coating it in sour sugar.
So when I saw these, I smiled the same way I did when I found my old sticker book from elementary school. It was an instant flashback. I also wondered how my taste buds would handle these. However, these flavors if you look through the ingredients are a bit more adult: meyer lemon, key lime, tangerine and grapefruit. So I decided to give it a try. If you remember these from school, then Trader Joe's knows you are now and adult and will appreciate the product they have here. These manage to strike a balance between sour then sweet with a nice crunchy sugar exterior.
For $1.99 for a seven ounce package, these will take you back to your childhood with more sophisticated flavors than the original. While it has the added benefit of being in a resealable bag, you might find sharing this with someone might make that unnecessary. If you are gluten free, then this is a product that you too can enjoy.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Ts and Js Sour Gummies:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. While it won't make the weekly list, it's perfect for movie night or a moment of nostalgia.
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These look interesting . . . but I have no point of reference. When I was a kid (40's and 50's) there were gummy dots of some kind in the concession counter at the movies, but I don't think I ever tasted one. Do I understand that these candies are sweet, but the "sugar" coating is sour? How does that work?
I wonder if TJs has plans to bring back Pop Rocks? That's a unique experience!
I don't know if they have plans on bringing that back. However, they do have a Fireworks chocolate bar that uses pop rocks, but it's spicy.