I must confess, I have a serious sweet tooth. Sweet teeth really. After chocolate, mango flavored-things are my favorite. So, when I was shopping the other day and came across organic lollipops (some of which were mango-flavored), I had to buy them.
Let’s talk ingredients. Organic evaporated cane juice, organic tapioca syrup, and/or organic rice syrup, non-GMO citric acid (from beet sugar), natural flavors, may contain organic black carrots, organic black currant, organic apple, organic carrot, organic pumpkin.
Ignoring that whether candy is organic or not, it’s still not particularly healthy for you- how great is it to see a label that doesn’t include the words ‘artificial’, ‘high fructose corn syrup’, or ‘blue lake…’?! The best part: these lollipops taste REALLY GREAT! The flavors I’ve tried so far: Mango Tango (super good), wet-face watermelon (also good), tooberry blueberry (a nice mild blueberry flavor), and pomegranate pucker (quite strong, but nice flavor). As a bonus for those who are vegan or have gluten issues, these are vegan and gluten-free! I’m mostly sold.
The unsold part of me relates to packaging. The EPA says that the average American produces 1600 lbs. of garbage per year. That’s A LOT of garbage, and even a bucket of lollipops contributes. The container these came in is recyclable plastic, but the fact remains, it’s plastic. I’ll write more of my thoughts on plastic another day, but let’s just say that I’d much rather see a biodegradable paper sack used (the suckers are wrapped individually in plastic, so it seems reasonable to bag them in something more eco-friendly). What do you think?
For more info, visit http://yummyearth.com. They have a fun video that walks you through the production process and shows how they color the candy. :)