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October 12, 2017 6:48 PM   Subscribe

what candies have the texture of Flintstones vitamins?

i got some airbone "immune support" tablets and they are larger versions of the flintstones vitamins: crumbly and yielding and delicious. i love crunching on them so much but i am probably going to overdose on zinc. what candies will give me this pleasantly crumbly texture? bonus for delicious fruit flavors.

sweetarts are verboten because of the green apple flavor.
smarties are disgusting.
posted by quadrilaterals to Food & Drink (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
posted by dayintoday at 6:55 PM on October 12 [3 favorites]

How about Spree? Once you get through the thin outer coating, they're pretty crumbly. Also, Nerds.
posted by MissPitts at 7:02 PM on October 12 [4 favorites]

I love to munch on sugarless vitamin C tablets. They are tangy and crumbly in exactly the way you describe. Vitamin C is water soluble so as long as you are drinking plenty of water it will pass through harmlessly.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:02 PM on October 12 [3 favorites]

Necco wafers!
posted by Lescha at 7:04 PM on October 12 [4 favorites]

I haven't had old school pastel dinner mints (or a flintstone vitamin!) in ages, but in my memory they're satisfying in the same way.
posted by moxiedoll at 7:05 PM on October 12 [4 favorites]

I did a Google on "compacted candy", just guessing at what it might be called, and came across this shockingly comprehensive blog.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:06 PM on October 12 [9 favorites]

Canada Mints from Necco are exactly what you are looking for.
posted by jessamyn at 7:16 PM on October 12 [5 favorites]

American Smarties!
posted by padraigin at 7:27 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]

Possibly Smarties? (The US kind.) Second Pez if you want more crunchand texture (pro tip you can be an adult and buy a bag of pez candy on Amazon.)

(I dunno if they're similar to the vitamins with iron but they have a sorta sandy texture to me at least. I also take flintstones daily.)
posted by Crystalinne at 7:27 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]

Definitely pez.
posted by floweredfish at 7:34 PM on October 12

"Smarties are disgusting" - the OP

Stop recommending Smarties
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:36 PM on October 12 [14 favorites]

You might actually like the chalky powdery weird sweet taste of glucose tabs.
posted by paulcole at 7:44 PM on October 12 [3 favorites]

Fruit flavored Tums?
posted by JoeZydeco at 8:31 PM on October 12 [3 favorites]

I love haw flakes ( a little more crumbly/chewy than crumbly/crunchy), but it depends on how you feel about various red dyes. Alternatively, chewable Tums can deliver some calcium with the crumble.
posted by maudlin at 8:34 PM on October 12

Yeah I like my mixed berry generic tums

Also: US, UK and CA smarties are all different, and OP has not said where they are, and are basically asking for US smarties, even if they also happen to hate them. So. Don't blame the messenger.
posted by SaltySalticid at 8:46 PM on October 12 [2 favorites]

Bottlecaps are great!
posted by aquafortis2 at 8:58 PM on October 12 [11 favorites]

Crumbly compressed sugar candies are great. And this is the season for them.

Two of my faves are Runts and Bottle Caps.
posted by jclarkin at 9:00 PM on October 12 [3 favorites]

Runts! They have a candy coating but the interior is a lot like a Flintstone vitamin.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 9:09 PM on October 12 [1 favorite]

I know i know you said 'disgusting', but smarties come in other kinds as well and their 'sour smarties' are a lot closer to flintstones than the regular kind. I've only seen them once (at a 99-cent store of all places) and immediately went back and bought the rest(so yum! wow!). You can probably order them off the website, or maybe amazon. I think they have 'tropical' flavor too (mango, pineapple, etc) if that's something you like.)
posted by sexyrobot at 12:07 AM on October 13 [1 favorite]

If you can get UK candy from anywhere, Love Hearts and Parma Violets should fit the bill (though the latter are known to be weird, flavour-wise).
posted by terretu at 2:43 AM on October 13

I love sweettarts and have given myself permission to throw out the vile green sour apple ones, and the nasty watermelon ones that require careful inspection of all pink sweettarts. The orange ones have a nice texture.

Baby aspiring, but you must limit them to 1/day. For real.
posted by theora55 at 7:00 AM on October 13

I go through an unhealthy volume of Ice Breakers and they have exactly the mouth feel you describe.

FWIW, I also think Smarties/Rockets are disgusting.
posted by 256 at 9:53 AM on October 13

Thank you so much for asking this because it just made me discover that WACKY WAFERS ARE COMING BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by jabes at 12:24 PM on October 13 [5 favorites]

Try Refreshers, if you are travelling through the UK any time soon.

Note there is also a sherbet fruit chew with the same name - it’s perfectly nice, but wrong texture.
posted by tinkletown at 4:03 PM on October 13


They're denser and less powdery than Flintstones vitamins but if you're prone to sucking on candies they eventually break apart and dissolve in a similarly satisfying way. I'm fond of the Wintermynts, which are strong enough to make me sneeze after I've had a few (even Altoids can't trigger sneezes) but they also have a vanilla mint flavor which is milder. I've only ever seen them at Trader Joe's.

What I also like is that they're sweetened with sorbitol rather than sugar or aspartame.
posted by ardgedee at 6:13 PM on October 13

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