Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Surf Sweets

How do you decide when to blog? Do you do it everyday? When the mood strikes? When you have something to post about? I've been trying to post two or three times a week, but this week I haven't a had a lot to post about, and I also wasn't really in the mood. Then I came home from yoga this morning and went straight to the computer to blog. Well, that's a lie, I fed the kitties first, THEN I went straight to the computer to blog.

Today, I have a little review for you. I was contacted recently by Surf Sweets, asking if I would like to do a review of their products. My response was a resounding yes yes yes!! I try to be healthy, I really do, but in my moments of weakness, I have a huge sweet tooth. And I LOVE candy. Now, I know we have a lot of chocolate lovers out there, and I'm not dissing chocolate, but I love CANDY. Fruity, sugary, jelly, crunchy, candy, in whatever colors of the rainbow I can get. When I was in high school I perpetually had a big bag of candy from the bulk section of the candy store in my backpack. Jelly beans were a favorite, but anything was fair game: lemonheads, raspberries, gummy bears, rock candy, sour patch kids, etc.

You get the point, right? I loved candy. Okay, I still love candy. The news that Skittles are now vegan was a very big deal for me.

So I was super excited to try out Surf Sweets Natural and Organic Candy. They are made with organic fruit juice, have no high fructose corn syrup, 100% RDA Vitamin C, gluten and casein free, non GMO, and made in the USA with natural flavors. Yummy! All that mattered to me was that they were vegan.

Vegan gummies? Sounds too good to be true, and be warned that for some of their products, it is. About half contain gelatin. But all the samples they sent me were animal product free, and I happily munched. And munched. And Munched (yes, I munched with a capital M that last time).

First up was the Sour Berry Bears. All a bright red raspberry color, these were super yummy. They were also in the smallest package, and were gobbled before any photo was taken. They're not super sour, but they have a bit of a twinge to them.

Next up was the Sour Worms. They came in a few flavors, maybe two or three, but they really had a strong flavor. In a good way. Like, the cherry really tasted like cherry not just some obscure "red" flavor.

Last, but most certainly not least, were the Fruity Bears. These were so cute, and kind of reminded me of a mix between gummy bears and fruit snacks.

Because they don't have gelatin in them (this goes for all the snacks), they don't have they chewiness that other gummies have. I don't miss that though, these were tender little bear shaped candies, in citrus and berry flavors that totally pop in your mouth and cover your teeth in sugary goodness.

The verdict? If I haven't made myself clear already, I love these! They're not an everyday thing, or even something I could keep in the house as I would eat them immediately. While they're made with better ingredients than other gummies, the first ingredient is still organic evaporated cane juice...and that is still sugar. I don't think they're trying to fool anyone with that though, these are clearly meant to be a treat. I especially love that you have the option to buy little treat size packages: the small package of Sour Berry Bears is only 80 calories.

If you are getting nostalgic candy cravings, as I did when I got the email from them, I saw these are Whole Foods yesterday, and they actually only had the vegan varieties, which was nice!

Have a good day people! My birthday is coming up, so I'll have some fun stuff to post about soon.

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review! I had missed the news that Skittles are now vegan! I will pass that along!

    Looking forward to birthday news!

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  2. Oooh I want some of those awesome candies! I love a good chewy treat, those look fantastic. As to when I blog...I usually try to blog every other day, or 3 or 4 times a week. Luckily I love to cook and eat so the mood always strikes!

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  3. MMMmmm I am such a candy addict. These look fantastic.

    And you're totally correct. The "growing back" part is by far the worst haha. I don't know if I'll be able to handle it again.

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  4. Cute candies! I've seen these many times before, but never tried them- I guess I just don't really crave gummies and such. Good to know they're a solid pick, though.

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  5. I love the Surf Sweets gummies. Even though they're still sugary, I feel sorta "healthy" eating them. I, too, was extremely excited about Skittles. I now have three giant 7-ounce bags on my desk. Love the Crazy Cores!

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  6. Thanks for the review. I do love candy too.

    As for deciding when to blog, frankly I have way too many blogs to post as often as I'd like. Some of what I feel my better blog posts don't even get read when I post daily. I think most people don't have the time to post daily or read daily so the trick is trying to find a nice rhythmn of frequent and consistent posts but not daily.

    Lately,I've found a lot of bloggers I follow have burned out and some have left the blogging world. I think this happens when people feel they need to post every day and they run out of inspiration. In that case, I say, pull back on the number of posts and come back when your mojo has returned.

    I've just made a decision to try to post maybe 4 times a week (I like to post pics so am not sure if I can stick to only 4x per week) lol.

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  7. Happy Early Bday, Gina! Don't drink to much at the kegger you're going to be going to....KIDDING!!!!! you'll probably be drinking green juice! xoxo

    And thanks for the surf sweets review, good info to know about!

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  8. Great review! I haven't had the regular gummy worms in YEARS, but I used to eat them all the time. I love them in that oreo dirt dessert.

    Regarding the blogging issue, when, where? what? I just go with the flow. If I have something I want to blog about, I do, if I don't feel like blogging, I don't. I used to keep a rigid blogging schedule until I realized that just wasn't working for me. Now it's more of a hobby than a job (which is what it was turning into before!!).

    HAppy Birthday (soon)!!

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  9. Yummy! I've had the little bears and they were so good and sugary and fruity.

    When do I blog? No more than once a week, and I don't blog if I don't feel like it. I enjoy blogging more if I don't do it too often. Happy Munching! :D

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  10. Growing up you've always been a "Skittles" kinda girl. Not like your mom, who basicially thinks "if it's not chocolate, why waste the calories". :)
    -mom

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  11. Hi Gina! You might want to check out my latest blog post... :D

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  12. Hey, just found your blog!
    I've never been a fan of fruity or gummy candy, for me, it's chocolate or nothing! (but lots and lots of chocolate)
    McKella
    http://kellapillar.blogspot.com/

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  13. As far as my blogging goes, I do it whenever I feel the moment. Sometimes I will do it on my free time from my practice. I am a big gummy worm fan, and those look really good. Keep up the great work with your articles and please stop by my health blog sometime. The web address is http://healthy-nutrition-facts.blogspot.com/.

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  14. Hello yummy sugary worms! Oh, I mean hello Gina! Thanks for stopping by to visit me -- any friend of tabby's is a friend of mine :)

    Is Zoe a dominant big sister who tells Ivan how it is? If so, they really are like mine! Don't get me wrong, they love each other, but Evie is definitely the boss. I've added you to my reader, I'll be back to visit again!

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  15. I am addicted to gummies, every kind of it! worms, bears, everything! And it's cool to know that there's veggie gummies now.

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  17. I'm addicted to sweets and you made me crave for them because of this post of yours. I didn't know that there are sweets like this now, I guess it's not yet available in our place.

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  18. as a reader i want to see new content everyday but that isn't possible, do it when the mood takes you and keep it upto date once a week at LEAST! apart from that those surf sweets look very tasty

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  19. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाNovember 19, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Vegan candy!! Reminds me I need to buy some soon.

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  20. ooo great review!! i have never tried vegan candy!

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  21. OMG Gummy bears! I miss eating sweets, really. I can't even remember when was the last time I was able to eat any of those gummy sweets. My family dentists in Scottsdale said I can't eat some of those til I get my retainers done, so I have to behave til I'm able to eat one of those again.

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  22. Yum..!! they are tempting candies.. Wish to have one:) Thank you for sharing.

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