What Makes a Great Children's Gummy Vitamin?

The aroma and flavor profiles of a high-quality kids’ gummy vitamin should lead with “fruity” and candy notes to appeal to children. There may also be a citrus note, a floral/jasmine note and a minimal vitamin note –but if that vitamin note is present, it should not overwhelm the more appealing fruity candy notes.

The texture of the vitamins may have a firm initial bite, but it should not be overly hard like licorice. It may have a rubbery chew, but it should not be so rubbery as to be eraser-like. There may also be some graininess, adhesiveness, cohesiveness, some astringency, and a “breaking apart” of the vitamins as they are chewed. The length of the dissolve is expected to be moderately long and some minimal vitamin intensity linger may remain.

The taste profile should lead with sweetness, followed by sourness and some bitterness.

The appearance will be stylistic, but may include a visible white crystal coating.

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Tasting terms

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.

  • floral

    A natural, flower-like aroma or flavor. Example: High-quality vinegar, vanilla, honey, Mandarin oranges and dark chocolate can all have floral notes.

  • adhesiveness

    The degree to which some foods stick to the tongue, teeth or upper palate; not to be confused with "cohesiveness," which is the degree to which food sticks together. Example: Peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth; white bread sticking to the teeth.