Hereâ€™s what happens when I drop the ball on reading ingredients and purchasing thoughtfully: I end up giving my kids really expensive candy fortified with vitamins.
Here are the ingredients for Disney Gummies Princesses:
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Grape Juice Concentrate, Modified Corn Starch, Gelatin, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Natural Flavors, Black Carrot Juice Color Concentrate, Purple Berry Color Concentrate (Maqui Berry Juice Concentrate, Sugar), Annatto Color, Coconut Oil Triglycerides, Beeswax.
Here are the ingredients for Fruit Jammers: Gummy Bears Fruit Snacks:
Fruit Juice from Concentrates (Apple, Pear), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Gelatin, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Mineral Oil*, Carnauba Wax*, Colors (Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Yellow 5).
So yeah, almost exactly the same, although, in a strange twist, the fruit juice comes first in the candy and third in the vitamins.
Sure, the vitamins are have, you know, vitamins, but this ingredient list horrifies me. Add to it the fact that gummies stick to your teeth, and â€” wow â€” what an awful product.
Oh, and here is the kicker: Disney Gummies Princesses cost $6.99 for 60 vitamins, which is a 30-day supply (for one child) because the dosage is 2 a day. Yes, you read correctly, 2 gummies a day. $7 a month. For fortified candy in the shape of princesses.
Needless to say, I canâ€™t wait for these to be gone and I will never buy them again. Ever. Letâ€™s all be conscientious shoppers and stay away from products like this that have little redeeming nutritional value when compared to the sugar content and branding exposure contained in them.
As a little horrifying gummy side note, when researching ingredient lists, I found a recipe for â€œYUMMY GUMMY BEAR EGGSâ€, a combination of scrambled eggs and melted gummy bears. AHHHHHHHHHH.