is healthy candy an oxymoron

The keto diet has become wildly popular in recent years. It’s mostly because people love shortcuts and fatty dairy products, and the keto diet encompasses both. People will do absolutely anything to cut corners, people will also do absolutely anything an excuse to eat copious amounts of cheese and butter. Trust me, I’m lactose intolerant and you’ll still see me chowing down on some jalapeño poppers like it’s nobody’s business (except maybe my stomach).

With each passing day, they keep finding more and more ways to make food “healthy.” I think if we used half the effort and science we use to make junk food healthy into finding cures for diseases, we probably would have eradicated cancer by now. We wouldn’t have cotton candy grapes or peach pie peaches, but we also wouldn’t have malignant tumors.

You ever eat something and think “WHOA how is this POSSIBLY HEALTHY IN ANY WAY?!?” That is how I feel when I eat Smart Sweets. Non-GMO, Keto, vegan, free of artificial flavoring and gluten, these things are unbelievable. So unbelievable in fact that when I picked this up in Whole Foods I was convinced that it would taste awful.

I’ve tried three different varieties of Smart Sweets, and by far the gummy bears are my favorite and the most realistic. The Swedish fish taste like super concentrated Swedish fish berry jello bites, and the sour patch kid wannabes taste kind of like chewy powder agar bites. But the gummy bears?

Practically identical to the real deal. My perfect gummy bears are the Black Forest, as I think the Haribo are a little too hard (still tasty) and the Albanese are too soft and mushy. The Project 7 gummy bears are my favorite if I want eclectic (aka bougie boozy wannabe) flavors. I quite like their rosé and brut bears.

The smart sweets bears are most similar to Haribo. They’re like nearly identical twins–you can definitely see the inspiration here. And plus, with basically no sugar in them you won’t feel guilty. They come in the perfect portions so if you eat a whole bag in one sitting you won’t need an insulin IV!

Plus they’re technically healthy….. healthy gummy bears. Besides a date with Donald Glover, what more could you ask for?

The only caveat is that they’re pricier than the typical gummy bear, and as you eat them you may wonder how these candies could possibly exist without tons of chemicals and science magic.

ps, my favorites are the green gummy bears.

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