Sour Patch Kids were originally sold with the name Mars Men in the 1970s. Incredibly these little candies actually inspired a few UFO sightings. By the mid-1980s the name was changed to the current one. It is speculated that the name change was an attempt to capture some of the excitement for Cabbage Patch Kids dolls which were popular at the time.
Sour Patch Kids Memories
When I was younger, my mother would always take me grocery shopping with her. In addition to being absolutely fascinated by the endless variety and brightly colored aisles, I knew that the end of every grocery shopping trip would hold a special treat for me. As we would check out, she would always grab a bag of Sour Patch Kids and place them in our cart when I wasn't watching. When we would get home and unpack all the groceries, I would always discover with glee that the Sour Patch Kids had "mysteriously" appeared in one of the bags.
I would quickly open the bag and spread the Sour Patch Kids out on the table, carefully separated by color. I would eat them one by one, making my best puckered-up sour faces after every one, much to the amusement of my mother.
Now, years later, whenever I see a bag of Sour Patch Kids, I think of my mother and our shopping trips. And even now, I carefully separate them by color before eating them! ~ Shari from New York
Hi, my name is Tinasia and I am a huge fan of sour patch kids. To be honest, I didn't find out about sour patch kids until I was about 15 years of age. I remember the first time I tried them, I fell in love. I was so happy to finally find a candy that was actually sour! I felt the need to have them around daily. My older brother is far from a kid and so am I, but we both feel 8 years old when we eat them. Sour Patch Kids brings happiness to my life and I thank you guys for that. ~Tinasia from California