Sour Patch Kids are a soft candy with a coating of invert sugar and sour sugar. The candy's slogan, "Sour. Sweet. Gone.", refers to its sour-to-sweet taste.
Sour sugar is a food ingredient that is used to impart a sour flavor, made from citric or tartaric acid and sugar. It is used to coat sour candies like Sour Patch Kids. Eating large amounts of sour sugar can cause irritation of the tongue because of the acid. It can also cause irreversible dental erosion.