16 Popular Sour Candies to Make Your Mouth Water

There are new candies exploding onto the market every day. There are plenty of options to choose from when you’re on the hunt!

Gummy jelly worms candies in a glass bowl

Some of the best choices are the ones that give you an experience and a treat. The best sour candies give you both of those elements.

Making an appearance on convenience store shelves near you are the16 popular sour candies below, which are known to make your mouth pucker!

If you’re looking for a new treat that will appeal to your taste buds, check out the options below and visit a store near you!

Sour Skittles

We have seen Skittles come in various flavors and forms throughout the years.

One of the newest and most popular styles is the sour variety. With five flavors in each pack (orange, lemon, strawberry, green apple, and grape), you get a constant stream of surprises with each handful. 

What I love about Sour Skittles is how all the flavors work together so well. My favorite is when I happen to get a blend of all available flavors.

Consuming them is like a sour and chewy fruit punch! I do not fear shaking out a few and getting a combination of unappealing tastes.

Sour Patch Kids

We are often comparing, in jest, our loved ones to Sour Patch Kids due to the mixture of sweet and sour elements.

When you consume Sour Patch Kids, you can understand the correlation between the two. Biting into one of the candies gives you an instant burst of tartness you don’t expect.

After the initial blast, the candy turns sweet. Sound like any toddlers you may know?

You can find Sour Patch Kids in different styles, even candy canes at Christmas!

New varieties are constantly popping up on the market, some being seasonal and others sticking around for the long term. My go-to is always the original pack!

Airheads Xtremes

I was perusing the candy aisle at my local gas station a while back, looking for something to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Something caught my eye, and I did a double take. It was a pack of Airheads Xtremes.

I had seen the regular chewy version of the popular candy, but this was the first I had seen a sour option!

Taking the top flavors and including them in a rainbow design, you get a bit of each in every bite. The sugary coating gives it an edge of sweetness that compliments the sour flavor.

I have since learned that these candies are highly popular and often sold out in stores! Get them when you can!

Baby Bottle Pop

Some of the most popular candies come in unique packaging. Baby Bottle Pop is one of those, as the company packages it precisely as you’d think – in a small, plastic baby bottle.

Inside is a sour powder that changes color. You can choose from various flavors, including strawberry lemonade, blue raspberry, watermelon, and berry blast.

You may recognize the flavor from other candies created by the same company. Made by CandyMania, the firm produces Ring Pops, Push Pops, Bazooka Bubble Gum, and Juicy Drop.

You are guaranteed to love the vibrancy of the flavors in each treat and the candy’s ability to keep the taste throughout the entire product instead of gradually experiencing a decrease in sourness.

Fun Dip

A classic candy that has been around for decades, Fun Dip lets you choose the type of mouth-puckering experience that you’d like.

With the included “Lik A Stix,” you can add as much or as little of the sour powder you want to take in at once.

The candy comes in two flavors, Razz Apple Magic Dip and Cherry Yum Diddly Dip. 

Made in Mexico, the popular candy choice includes the ingredients of Dextrose, Maltodextrin, and Citric Acid.

I’m a fan of anything cherry, so I have been indulging in Cherry Yum Diddly Dip since childhood without plans to stop. 

Haribo Sour Goldbears

One of the trickiest parts of gummy bears is the inability to eat a few.

If you buy a bag of this timeless classic candy, you might as well plan on eating them all in one sitting. This advice applies to the Haribo Sour Goldbears as well. 

Take the easily addicting candy of gummy bears and add elements of sour. Taking a page from Sour Patch Kids, they are both sour and sweet.

The initial reaction will be tart, but the sweetness comes through quickly. The second stage happens so fast that you continue shoveling in the handfuls without a second thought.

Haribo Sour S’ghetti

With all the sour candy I have taken in throughout my years, it’s not often that one of the flavors is sour blueberry.

That’s one of the main reasons why I love the Haribo Sour S’ghetti. Having that unique taste is an experience you don’t often get. 

Besides the taste, the shape of the candy is a welcome change. The lengthy, noodle-like confections take longer to eat, making it feel as though the bag of candy lasts longer.

You get strawberries and apples in the mix along with the sour blueberry. With the main ingredients being sugar and glucose, you know you’re in for an immediate sugar high!

Jolly Rancher Gummies Sours

One of my favorite trends in recent years has been the transition from candies from hard form to gummy.

Jolly Ranchers has long been a favorite for a fruity hard candy you can enjoy throughout the day or between meals. Now that it’s in gummy form, it’s a new ballgame.

Gummy form aside, the addition of sour flavors has opened the candy to a new audience. Those who weren’t interested are now grabbing the Jolly Rancher Gummies Sours.

With green apple, blue raspberry, cherry, lemon, and watermelon flavors, you get a great combination of sour tastes with every handful.

Life Savers Sour Gummies

Like the Jolly Rancher candy brand, Life Savers are historically known as hard, donut-shaped candy.

However, this brand has recently leaped to include a gummy variety. That’s not the only thing that makes the Life Savers Sour Gummies unique.

Out of all the flavors included in a Life Savers Sour Gummies bag, the black raspberry gives the mix a kick that you don’t get in other candies.

The addition of gelatin gives this new style of rings the perfect chewy texture. Combining that with tangy cherry, watermelon, orange, and strawberry, you get a sour punch experience.

Smart Sweets Sour Blast Buddies

Far too often, we think about sugar-free or low-sugar candies and are less than excited at the possibility.

However, Smart Sweets has changed the opinion of many. This statement is especially true now that they have introduced a sour option into their low-sugar lineup. 

Smart Sweets Sour Blast Buddies is a plant-based version of Sour Patch Kids with 91% less sugar than other brands.

The ingredients found in a package of this exciting candy include allulose, soluble corn fiber, lactic acid, chicory root fiber, rice flour, fumaric acid, modified potato starch, malic acid, citric acid, and natural flavors. You will also find fruit juices included for coloring. 

Sour Punch Straws

My favorite thing about Sour Punch Straws is that you can purchase the flavor you want and enjoy just that option in a pack.

While the candy offers a variety pack with all the flavors (strawberry, lemon, blue raspberry, and apple), you can also get additional options in individual packages.

If you’re a fan of just blue raspberry, you can purchase a tray of that without having to get the other flavors. You can do this for strawberries too.

As a unique addition, they offer grape as an individual flavor for those looking for something different.

Sour Punch Twists

When it comes to the Sour Punch brand, you aren’t limited to Sour Punch Straws.

The company sells assorted flavors of Sour Punch Twists, which are smaller in size but still packed with flavor.

In a pack, offered in many different size options, you will have blue raspberry, green apple, cherry, and strawberry options.

While some may feel slighted by the smaller size, I enjoy how they get packaged.

Like many individually packaged candies, I can take a few in my purse when leaving the house or throw a handful in my lunch bag for an afternoon pick-me-up. 

Starburst Mini Sours

Two positive attributes make Starburst Mini Sours a win.

First and foremost is adding a sour option to the famous candy brand. Secondly, offering packs of candy that are smaller in size and unwrapped makes snacking all the easier.

Starburst Mini Sours includes cherry and strawberry, my two favorite options in the standard version.

However, these are combined with citric acid to give it that pucker we all love. You will also get watermelon and blue raspberry, making each bag a great mixture of flavors.

Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers

The Trolli brand has always been a leader in innovative candy products.

There’s not much you can’t find within the line with various flavors and shapes.

However, the Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers are one of the brand’s most popular options on store shelves, and for a good reason.

Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers are brightly colored gummy worms with several flavors included in each piece.

You’ll find gummy worms with a combination of cherry and lemon, strawberry with grape, and orange mixed with lime.

Each piece comes with a strong sour flavor that turns into your standard gummy worm once ingesting the citric acid.

Warheads Extreme Sour

The experience of a Warhead candy is intense on its own.

However, the brand that makes the popular candy has brought in a line of sour flavors to increase the intensity.

When you have a Warheads Extreme Sour, you won’t be disappointed. Not only will you still get the shock value of enjoying a Warhead, but you’ll also find yourself reeling from the tartness.

You will find Warheads Extreme Sour in various sizes and flavors. The timeless hard candies get made in this variety, as well as chews and jelly beans. 


As one of the original sour candies, Nerds have been on the scene since 1983.

The initial flavors are still front and center, a childhood staple of many. However, you will notice some new products in the mix.

Not only will you find new flavor combinations, but the company has also introduced a gummy version of their popular candy.

You can get Gummy Clusters, a gelatin center with an outside layer of Nerds. Additionally, the company has rolled out a Nerds Rope, which has a similar makeup to the Gummy Clusters, just longer.

Both have the same famous flavor and sour, punchy taste.

We all love indulging in candy every once in a while. We may have some to curb a craving or to have as a treat. However, not all people have the same palette. While many prefer sweet options, others may opt for salty or sour. 

Because of that, many are thrilled to see the sour candy offerings expanding on candy aisle shelves. Although there have always been standard treats that one could turn to, the possibilities have grown, and companies have changed their product lineups to include more sour variations.

This list highlights 16 of the best sour candies to make your mouth pucker. Have you tried any of these? Are there any products that we have missed? If so, let us know in the comments so we can try them out!

Mix it up and try these sour candies as an ice cream topping!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.