I’ve managed to avoid sweets for most of Beth’s life so far and generally speaking she doesn’t have sweets at home. However, sweets can’t be avoided now she has started school and attends a constant stream of parties … with parties comes lots of sweets of course. Ordinarily this wouldn’t usually be an issue but both Beth and I don’t eat meat and therefore don’t eat anything with animal based gelatine in it – so the usual gummy sweets that are handed out at parties aren’t an option. This was when the hunt began for alternatives that I could swap out so she didn’t feel left out at parties and the only one not enjoying sweets!
I really struggled to find an alternative to gelatine sweets so I opted for fruit jellies made from fruit concentrate, which are fine and as far as Beth was concerned tasted just like sweets. I knew they wouldn’t be as appealing long term though as they don’t look the same in special bear shapes or sour sugary flavours!
Then we had the chance to review Good Good Stuff sweets, which are not only vegetarian they are also vegan. Goody Good Stuff is a range of vegan sweets made with a plant derived bio-gum technology, which eliminates the need for animal-based gelatine, which most traditional gummy sweets use.
We didn’t feel that Beth should do this alone, so both mummy and daddy joined the taste test to offer moral support and I’ll be honest I don’t really know why we need to put gelatine in sweets when the alternative is so good!
The Koala Gummy Bears were Beth’s favourite because of course they are in the shape of little bears! I personally liked the cherries and tropical fruit, but the sour sweets were also good and very sour.
They look, smell and taste just like regular gummy sweets in the various little shapes that they come in and the flavours are very distinctive and the texture is very gummy sweet like.
Where to Buy Goody Good Stuff sweets?
Goody Good Stuff have a stockist page on their website where you can enter your postcode, I found in my area the main stockist was Waitrose.
If you can’t get them locally to you I also found they were available on Amazon individually or as packs of 12 if you want to keep your cupboard stocked up!!