National Sour Candy Day
annually on July 18th (since 2016)
American Licorice Company on September 14th, 2015
The American Licorice Company, the makers of Sour Punch brand sour candy, created National Sour Candy day "to celebrate all the tasty varieties of sour candies and to encourage everyone to give them a try." The day is marked by eating sour candy, of course. The Embrace Your Punch Tour has also sometimes been a part of celebrations.
Some sour candies have sour ingredients infused in them, while others are sweet fruit candy with an acidic coating. The coating often consists of granulated sugar infused with acid. Citric acid is the most common acid used in making sour candies, but malic acid, tartaric acid, and fumaric acid are regularly used as well. Citric acid is what is found in citric fruits, but the kind used in sour candy is commercially produced. When the sourness of a candy stays for an extended amount of time, this probably is on account of malic acid. This acid has a mellow, tart flavor, and is found in fruits like apples, cherries, and apricots.
Sour candy has a low pH level, almost as low as that of battery acid, registering at around 1.8 on the pH scale. The candy brings a tangy and tart zing to the taste buds, making eyes water and the mouth pucker. It comes in many forms and sizes. Hard candies or lozenges, chewy candies, and gummies are common. Sour Punch sour candy, which has been around since 1990, comes in forms like straws, bites, and twists. Other reputable sour candies are the Atomic FireBall, which debuted in 1954, the Lemonhead, which followed in 1962, Sour Patch Kids, and Warheads, which helped to skyrocket a sour candy craze when they were introduced in 1993.
How to Observe National Sour Candy Day
Celebrate by eating sour candy! Try as many varieties as possible. Perhaps you could start with Sour Punch candy and go from there. The American Licorice Company suggests giving sour candy to your friends and coworkers and to "see who makes the best pucker and share your sour combinations using #NationalSourCandyDay on social media." Check to see if any special events are being held, such as the Embrace Your Punch Tour. Make sure to check out the Sour Punch website and follow the candy on Facebook and Twitter.