Thursday, February 28, 2013

YumEarth Naturals Sour Beans Sponsor Spotlight Review

Do you love Jelly Beans? I do and I love all the different flavor combinations that you can get from them also! There are so many that it would be impossible to list them all, but you will love some of the facts I am about to give you on these yummy jelly beans that will make your heart sing and your children happy to have found a good product that they can snack on!

Why do I say that? Well, let's see for instance:

**They are Fat Free
**They are Nut Free
**100% Daily Vitamin C
**Gluten Free
**Less than 70 Calories per Pack
**Made with Real Fruit Juices
**No MSG **Dairy Free
**Soy Free **No Artificial Dyes
**100% Natural Flavors
**Tree Nut Free

And the list can go on but I will let you discover all those when you try them yourselves. As you can see from the picture below, they look just like the regular ones you buy in the stores that are loaded down with sugar, calories and fat.

Here are a few questions asked about Allergies in the making of their snacks:

1: Are any of the major allergens, including peanuts or tree nuts, used in your product? 
No, plus our plant does not produce anything with tree-nuts or peanuts.

Cross Contamination?
Our facilities are free of peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, sesame, shellfish, and eggs. The equipment is thoroughly washed before making YummyEarth organic candy, but the equipment is not cleaned between flavors, so please know there is a risk that a trace amount of berry juice from one flavor may touch another flavor during production.

Organic Tapioca Syrup?
We stopped using Tapioca Syrup in 2008, so any mention of tapioca syrup on any of our bags or packaging would mean that the bag is either up to 5 years old or we have not yet updated the packaging via a reprint, but please know that we are removing the mention of Tapioca Syrup on all reprints of our packaging as we do reprint them from time to time because we do not use this ingredient.

Questions about Safflower Oil or Citrus Oils?
The safflower oil we use is highly refined so it does not contain any allergen proteins or pollen that would cause an allergic reaction.

Razzmatazz Berry - No Safflower, No Orange, No Lemon

Cheeky Lemon - No Safflower, No Orange, Lemon Yes
Orange Squeeze - No Safflower, Orange Yes, No Lemon
Wet-Face Watermelon - Safflower Yes, No Orange, No Lemon
TooBlueberry Flavor - Safflower Yes
Very Very Cherry - Safflower Yes
Googly Grape - Safflower Yes
Mango Tango - Safflower Yes
Pomegranate Pucker - Safflower Yes
Roadside Root Beer - Safflower Yes

Questions about colors: YummyEarth is colored naturally with fruits, vegetables and roots (NO FOOD DYE #4 or #5 or Blue Lake...).

High Fructose Corn Syrup?

We do not use high fructose corn syrup in any product. The most frustrating thing about high fructose corn syrup, in our never humble opinion, is that it insidiously appears in foods we do not expect to see sugar in, such as bread, ketchup, salad dressings, yogurt, etc...which causes the body to crave ever more sweet things in foods you do not expect to be "sweetened". We do, however, expect our candy to be sweetened and we share our candy with our families in moderation and know that it has sugar in it.
As you can see, each bag can pack quite a bit of little bags of beans to hand out to your children or friends. Of course, this bag is the bigger bag that has 50 smaller bags per each bulk bag and the one that will be given away in my Spring Fever Giveaway Event is only a 10 snack pack bag, but it will get you hooked on the good quality of a snack that doesn't have to hide behind artificial flavorings to make you want them more.
Besides the Sour Beans, YumEarth also has lollipops, gummy bears, fruit snacks and drops. You can buy in small packs or in bulk. An interesting fact I found is that shipping is only $2.99 and for orders over $39 the shipping is FREE!
They also make gift items that you can send to someone you love or send them to your home for your loved ones. One of the main reason's that you might want to think about that is this:

YumEarth organic Artisanal Candy is Silver Award winner at the most prestigious national food competition at the famed NY Fancy Food Show. These twist wrapped drops are packed in old world candy shop bags and finished with chocolate grosgrain bows. A perfect indulgence or gift.

The flavors that they have for the gift bags are made in the flavors of:

Wild Peppermint, Hopscotch Butterscotch, Roadside Root Beer, Very Cherry and Pomegranate Pucker.
Here's a little info on the company themselves in the About Us:
How'd you become interested in candy making?
My friend Sergio was feeding rice pudding to my 15-month-old, Jonah, and we imagined that soon he'd begin asking for candy. We dreamt aloud of inventing an organic lollipop that tasted so good our children would ask for it instead of 'chemical candy'—with all that artificial garbage. We spent months developing a recipe and perfecting the production process; two years later YummyEarth candies are selling out inthousands of stores nationwide and in 20 countries. Apparently, a few other parents also feel the same way!What's in your lollipops and candies?

Wanting the very best ingredients for our children, Jonah and Rose, Sergio and I chose organic. But we took it a step further, sourcing our ingredients from around the world to use which we feel are best in class. Citric acid made from Israeli sugar beets instead of genetically modified corn; bright red coloring from purple carrots instead of artificial red dye; real pomegranate extract for our Pomegranate Pucker lollipops and candy drops. Organic pumpkin and black currant is also used to create the vibrant colors. We really have fun with the recipes and truly make the candy for our children and families first—we aim to wow them.

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Remember that the winner of my Spring Fever Giveaway Event will get one bag of the Sour Beans to try for themselves! And if you don't win this one, I have another bag of something else to give away later on in one of my Green Earth Day Events later on in April. I decided to split them up so that 2 different winners can try these awesome snacks. The event starts on March 1st and ends on the 15th, in plenty of time for you to get before Easter gets here. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


fee roberts said...

I love jelly beans but since I've gotten older the sugar doesn't agree with me. I would love to try this brand. It just hasn't been Easter for several years without jellybeans!

desitheblonde said...

i remember when we kids my mom would get the sour one and put them in the bakdet and then see what we look like them and eat them

Ari T said...

They are very natural and perfect! I would love to try them just based on your review! It's great that a candy company can produce such natural products without having to use unnatural chemicals in their production or even have any cross-contamination. These are great for anyone with any allergies! Thanks for the review! I will really have to look into getting myself some YumEarth Naturals Sour Beans!

Mer said...

No artificial dyes?! I'm sold. These sound amazing.

Jennifer Hiles said...

I haven't had these but they sound just perfect. I read that they now have fruit snacks (my toddler's latest obsession!) and I would love to try them out.