15 Best Gummy Candies (Peach Rings, Gummy Worms, Bears, and More!)

What’s the best gummy candy? It depends on who you ask. Some folks like their gummies to be soft and tender, others think the best gummy candies are tough and chewy (I fall into that camp). Some want sour gummy candy, others want it to taste like pure fruit. And then there are the vegans who need their gummy candies to be gelatin-free. As long as you think gummy is yummy, then we found the best gummy candy for you.  

In our initial taste test, conducted way back in 2022, we were simply looking for the best gummy candy in the most traditional sense. We looked for gummies that weren’t too soft, vibrantly flavorful, and molded into fun shapes. The top ranked gummies from that taste test are still on this list, but in our most recent gummy candy taste test we looked for some niche entries. We tasted plant-based gummy candy, low sugar gummy candy, and we searched for the best peach rings (which we found) as well as the best gummy sharks (which we did not find). We also included the best sour gummy candy from our best sour candy ranking.

What we ended up with is a much more complete list of the best gummy candies, which, I think, includes something for everyone. That said, our search for the best gummy candy is never truly over. If you think we left out a category or you have a favorite gummy we simply must try, please leave us a note in the comments. We read them—seriously. Here’s the best gummy candy you can buy. 


Smart Sweets Cola Gummies

Best Low Carb

Smart Sweets Cola Gummies

If you’re looking for the best keto gummies that truly fit into the keto lifestyle, you’re not going to find them here. But these low carb, low sugar gummies will work if you’re not a super strict keto keeper. With just 3g sugar and 100 calories (plus 13g fiber) per each 50g bag, these aren’t quite “healthy” but you can chow down on an entire bag without scarfing down your entire week’s worth of sugar. That said, these are definitely not a dupe for other candies on this list. If you’re really craving sweet, sweet gummy candy, this isn’t going to scratch that itch. But if you’re more interested in a textural experience (these are very firm, very sticky-chewy gummies), then these will satisfy—I finished off a bag in traffic. Out of all the Smart Sweets flavors I tried, these taste the most like actual candy. They taste like a memory of Haribo Happy-Cola—herbal, sweet, faintly root beer-y. If you’ve been curious about Smart Sweets, this is the best low sugar gummies from that brand that we tried.  

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Rating:

5.5/10

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eFrutti Gummi Pizza

Best Interactive

eFrutti Gummi Pizza

It may not win on flavor alone, but this product is too cute and too fun to pass up. You still get the translucent gummy satisfaction in the form of the toppings, but everything is undercut by a vanilla-tinged, opaque “crust,” which is verging on taffy. It’s hard to discern what kinds of toppings the little multi-colored gummies on the pizza are supposed to represent—but that’s fun, too. It’s nice to maintain a little mystery in life. Plus, the pizza is cut into five slices so you can actually eat it like a tiny pizza. Adorable. If you’re looking for the best gummy candy based on aesthetics alone, this is the choice for you.

Rating:

6.5/10

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Favorite Day Peach Rings Gummi Candies

Best Peach Rings

Favorite Day Peach Rings Gummi Candies

Before you yell at me, Haribo Peaches are not peach rings. So, I could not consider them in the title for the best peach rings. I could have sworn they made peach rings, but they don’t. Must be a Mandela effect. Anyway, out of the peach rings I did try, Target came out on top with the store’s Favorite Day Peach Rings. They’re sweet and actually peachy. They have a nice chew but aren’t too firm. They’re what you think of when you think of peach rings. After tasting a few different brands, I can honestly tell you not all peach rings taste the same, and these are the best peach rings out there.

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Rating:

7/10

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Katjes Plant-Based Gummies Rainbow Gummy Candy

Best Vegan(ish) Gummy

Katjes Plant-Based Gummies Rainbow Gummy Candy

There’s no animal gelatin in these plant-based gummies. But they still have that classic, gummy candy texture, which is pretty impressive. I’m not going to pretend these are wholesome and homemade—they still include things like dextrose and carnauba wax—but they’re colored with plant- and algae-derived colors. And those colors are gorgeous—the unicorn heads and rainbows have a vibrant rainbow ombre effect. And the flavor is good, too! It’s a lot like Welch’s fruit snacks—really, really fruity but with a gummy candy texture. Note: I say these are vegan “ish” because they are made on equipment that processes products made with milk, so there might be trace amounts of dairy. We’re still on the hunt for the best vegan gummies that are truly vegan, but these come close. 

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Rating:

7/10

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Haribo Alphabet Letters

Best Shapes

Haribo Alphabet Letters

These gummies and I have been through a lot together. They’re my go-to. They’re essentially just the same goo Haribo uses to make their Goldbears shaped into letters. And that’s great. They have the perfect amount of resistance, all of those classically delicious flavors, and a bevy of shapes for you to enjoy. Greg wasn’t sold. “I don’t want to spell a word,” he said. I get it. He doesn’t want to work while he’s enjoying a gummy. But isn’t it fun that you could spell a word with your sweet treat if you wanted to? I like options and I like activities—as long as they end in me eating gummy candies.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Haribo Happy Cherries

Best Orchard Fruit Flavor

Haribo Happy Cherries

“It’s a great fake cherry—not a medicine cherry,” one taster commented. Others agreed, praising Haribo Happy Cherries’ real fruit-forward flavor. Personally, I appreciate the shape, which gives you so much to play with when you’re eating. You have the stems to nibble at, as well as the round, pillowy cherries—they’re big enough so you can take bits and bites if you want, but not so big that you can’t take one down in one go. Hot tip: Combine these with Haribo Happy-Cola (#3 on this list) for one of the best gummy candy combos ever.

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Rating:

8/10

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Albanese World's Best Gummi Bears

Best Variety of Flavors

Albanese World’s Best Gummi Bears

I know a lot of you will disagree with me when I say this, but Albanese World’s Best Gummi Bears aren’t the world’s best—but they’re pretty darn good. They come in 12 different flavors and colors, including a gorgeous shade of teal that I will be using as a reference for shower tile if anyone ever asks for my opinion on the matter. They have a nice firm bite and good flavor saturation. Plus, they come in some unexpected flavors like mango and pink grapefruit along with classic hits like blue raspberry, green apple, and cherry. If you like a softer gummy bear and a lot of flavor options, these are the best gummy candies for you.

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Rating:

8/10

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Live Savers Gummies

 Best Take on a Classic

Live Savers Gummies

I remember when Lifesavers Gummies first hit the market. They were a revelation. That you could take a hard candy and transform it into a toothsome gummy was amazing to me. And upon trying them again during our taste test, I was struck once more by their genius. We tried other gummy candy adaptations, such as Skittles and Starburst, but these were the only ones that really got it right. They have that perfectly satisfying squish, that same zesty tang of the classic hard candy, and, as Greg put it, “the fun factor.” You can put the rings on your fingers and eat them off. And that’s a good time.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Lifesavers Gummies Sours

Best Sour Gummy Candy

Lifesavers Gummies Sours

These came in at the top of our best sour candy ranking, thanks to their extreme sourness and super squishy texture. They’re absolutely coated in sour sugar and that sourness lasts and lasts as you chew and chew. Managing editor Gwynedd Stuart particularly liked the assortment of flavors: Tangy Cherry, Watermelon, Orange Strawberry, and Black Raspberry. If you’re looking for that saliva-inducing sourness along with a soft squish, this is the best sour gummy candy we’ve tried. 

Rating:

8.5/10

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Trader Joe’s Sweet & Deliciously Fruity Gummy Candies

Best Tropical Fruit Flavor

Trader Joe’s Sweet & Deliciously Fruity Gummy Candies

I saw these Trader Joe’s gummies and assumed they would be duds. I thought they would be waxy and that they would just taste like glorified fruit snacks. Shame on me. Tsk, tsk. Because these are some of the best gummy candies I’ve ever had—especially from Trader Joe’s. These fruit-shaped gummies taste like real, honest-to-god, actual fruit. The pineapple is tangy and tropical. The grapefruit is zesty. The blueberry tastes like dried blueberries. The mango is subtly sweet. And the watermelon tastes like melon—-okay, it tastes like honeydew, but it’s still melon. Seriously, if you shop at Trader Joe’s, you need to pick up a bag.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Haribo Rainbow Worms

Best Worms, Runner-Up

Haribo Rainbow Worms

These gummies are less earthworms (like traditional gummy worms) and more glow worms or grubs. They’re smaller and thicker with little faces (which I love). It’s nice to meet your food sometimes. Each worm is made up of three different flavor segments—a big swing. But they all work together. The flavors are bold and tropical—and very much different from your classic gummy worms. The texture is dense—in a good way. Make sure to warm up your jaw before you dive into a bag of these. If you’re looking for a different kind of gummy worm, these are the best gummy worms for you.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Haribo Happy-Cola Gummi Candy

Best Grown-Up Flavor

Haribo Happy-Cola Gummi Candy

Though these are a recent obsession of mine, I was surprised by how many of my colleagues agreed that they belong at the top of our best gummy candy ranking. They don’t taste like a kid’s candy—well, not like a kid from any time past the 1950s. They have a grown-up flavor, almost like root beer or a digestif. They’re a touch herbal and have a nice, bright acidity. They’re the more sophisticated gummy of the bunch.

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Rating:

9/10

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Favorite Day Gummi Worms

Best Gummy Worms

Favorite Day Gummi Worms

These Target brand gummy worms are softer than our top pick, but that’s okay. Actually, that’s what you want out of a worm. You want a toothsome gummy—something that has some resistance but is still soft enough that you can easily chomp through the lithe, wriggly body. Plus, they have that bumpy, segmented texture that makes for an even more mouth-pleasing experience. These worms are super flavorful and, according to Greg, the blue sections in particular are “impeccable.” Eat these worms solo or use them in your favorite dirt cup recipe.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Trader Joe’s Organic Beary Tiny Gummies

Best Mini Gummies

Trader Joe’s Organic Beary Tiny Gummies

Are you living that miniature life? Do you like things cute and itsy-bitsy? Then, behold, the best gummy candy for you and your petite predilections. These gummy bears might be tiny (beary tiny, in fact) but they are mighty in flavor. Each baby bear is bursting with tropical flavor—it’s hard not to just scarf them down by the handful. The flavors are totally unique. I’ve never had a gummy before that tasted like guava! Some people don’t like gummies on their ice cream. I do. In particular, I like mini gummy bears. And, now, I like these mini gummy bears.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Haribo Goldbears

Best of the Best

Haribo Goldbears

Are you at all surprised that the original gummy candy is the best gummy candy Haribo Goldbears embody the perfect gummy and there’s just no arguing with it (although, I’m sure I’ll see some attempts in the comments). Yes, they are firm. These require time to chew but you’re rewarded with long lasting flavor. And, notably, each color of bear has a definite and distinct flavor. Everyone has their favorites—I love a clear bear, personally—but each one brings something to the table.

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Rating:

10/10

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About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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  • Haribo grapefruit were my favorite growing up but now I can’t find them anywhere >:(

    Also WheRE are the trolli gummy eggs???

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  • I love Haribo. It’s the best of the best!!!!!! I eat them!!!!!!!

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  • I’m so tired so I’m going to be straight wit it. This tier list is straight ass and I have never seen someone dick ride haribo so much in my entire life it is unbelievable. Also there is no way in hell that you ranked peach rings that fucking low on the list, you have to be mentally disabled if you think that is the case. My autistic brother even knows that peach rings are goated fr fr. If I ever see a shitty tier list like this again from you, I am going to send you a package in the mail filled to the brim with my shit. You and Jordan have the worst tier lists known to man.

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  • you guys HAVE to try Haribo twin snakes

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  • Albanese are FAR superior to Haribo. I totally disagree with your ranking on this one!

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  • Albanese have the best texture and flavor in my opinion! Top tear gummies for sure!

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  • Haribo Happy Cola is one of my favorites and i like to put mine in the freezer.

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  • It was cool ! ! ! ! !

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  • Haribo is KING! Glad to see so much representation. Now I gotta go find the Rainbow Worms. My favorite are the Twin Snakes. Lots of flavor.

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  • This list sucks the albanese should be number 1 most of these snacks I’ve never heard of, no sour gummies? What’s wrong with this list? Everything except 2 candies(albanese and cola gummies) are fire.

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    • For real albanese are the best! Depending on how fresh they are they are super soft and I love that. Plus trying to figure out all 12 flavors is fun.

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