If you’re anything like me, one of the hardest things about going keto was giving up candy. Gummy bears, worms, Swedish fish … I loved them all. Unfortunately, just a few gummies would put me over my net carb limit for the day!
To curb my sugar cravings I tried making my own chocolate (this is super easy with sous vide, by the way) using alternative sweeteners, but it wasn’t the same. And most sugar-free candies tasted like cough syrup. Blech!
But one day, by chance in my local Whole Foods, I found Smart Sweets. With only 3g of sugar per bag I was willing to pay $3.99 to try them out. They didn’t last long!
Turns out Smart Sweets offers four flavors: Fruity Gummy Bears, Sour Gummy Bears, Sour Blast Buddies, and Sweet Fish. I picked up the Sour Gummy Bears at Whole Foods, but I wanted to try the rest and found a sample pack on Amazon: Keto-Friendly, Stevia Sweetened Fruity Gummy Bears, Sour Gummy Bears, Low Sugar Low Carbs Pack of 4 by Smart Sweets
Smart Sweets Candy, Ranked
My favorite for texture, flavor, and satisfaction. Although I usually prefer sour gummy candy, I preferred these by a long shot.
2. Sweet Fish
A close second, these long, floppy candies were a delightful new take on the classic Swedish Fish candy. Unlike the stiffer consistency of the original, these Sweet Fish are supple and much bigger!
Although I thought these would be my favorite, I wasn’t quite as impressed with these as their fruity cousins. Good, but not amazing.
These were my least favorite. Maybe I’m just used to Sour Patch Kids from my pre-keto days, but the texture and “sugar” dusting on these Smart Sweets were just off. The gummy got stuck to my teeth and I could really taste the Stevia, more than the others.
Have you tried Smart Sweets? What’s your favorite? I’d love to hear about your favorite sugar-free candy snacks below in the comments!