If you've read my blog before or follow me on Twitter, you may recall that my son has SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). As part of trying to help our son become self-regulated and to improve his overall wellness, we have really started watching his diet. We've been on a mission to remove all artificial food dyes and to eliminate harmful preservatives and chemicals that may cause not only behavioral issues, but also pose other health risks as well. We try to keep his sugar intake low and his chocolate intake as minimal as possible.
With these things in mind, I'm always on the lookout for healthy snacks and treats that I can give Ike in moderation. He does like an occasional sweet treat - especially around holidays when he realizes others are having sweets.
I was really happy to hear about Surf Sweets recently. They're right here in IL - like us. They make gummy candies and jelly beans that are organically-sweetened that are drenched in fruit flavors and are full of vitamin C. Additionally, their products are free of corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavorings. The candies are gluten-free, and have no wheat, dairy, soy, egg, tree-nuts, peanuts, fish/shellfish sesame or sulfites --making them an allergy-friendly treat! They're made in a nut-free facility and are Casein-Free also! Surf Sweets are stage 2 Feingold diet - approved! They've been mentioned in Food Network Magazine, Women's Health, Gluten-Free Living and the Wall Street Journal, to name a few publications.
They offer fruity bears, gummy bears, sour berry bears, sour worms, gummy worms, and jelly beans. They come in 2.75 oz bags for about $1.99 and the gummy bears and jelly beans come in .9 oz snack packs as well. You can also buy Snack Pack Multi-packs of the gummy bears and sour berry bears.
Just in time for Valentines Day, they have fruity hearts with cherry & watermelon flavors!
We tried a sampling of their products - The fruity hearts, jelly beans, gummy bears and sour berry bears. I have been giving Ike just a few here and there as reward treats, or a few in his lunch bag and he's really enjoyed them. I sampled them as well and find the flavors very tasty, the textures to be just right (not too hard, or too sticky). The sour berry bears are the perfect level of sweetly sour flavor (no super-pucker or teary eyes! LOL). I felt safe giving Ike Surf Sweets because they are organic and free of all the chemicals and bad stuff other candies have. I like that we have some choices for our son and he doesn't have to feel deprived. I think Surf Sweets are yummy and safe for your family, great for holidays, to use in recipes or would be sweet party treats or stocking stuffers.
I was happy to find that you can buy Surf Sweets at Whole Foods, Buy Buy Baby, and other stores selling healthy foods and products. You can also buy Surf Sweets Online at places like Amazon.com and others.
Surf Sweets also has partnered with The OceanProject.org the largest network ever formed to focus on ocean conservation. The Ocean Project works with over 1,000 partner aquariums, zoos, science museums and other educational organizations to inform, educate and protect our planet's oceans. That means a lot to me - as I am passionate about protecting our planet's oceans and all of the creatures living in them.
I received a complimentary sampler pack of several varieties of Surf Sweets organic candies in exchange for an honest review/opinion. I received no monetary compensation. I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”