Best Sugar-Free Gummy Bears… But Enjoy With Caution!
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We’ve researched & rounded up the best sugar-free gummy bears for your sweet snacking pleasure.
Craving a sweet, fruity, and chewy treat?
It’s hard to beat a handful of gummy bears. Unfortunately, traditional gummy bears are made mostly from sugar and food coloring, so they aren’t even almost keto. Luckily, sugar-free gummy bears do exist, and they are absolutely delicious.
But what’s the catch?
Most sugar-free gummy bears are sweetened with maltitol, which is known to have a pretty predictable laxative effect on anyone who eats too much of it.
This phenomenon has been documented far and wide on the internet in the form of some pretty graphic Amazon reviews which are equal parts upsetting and hilarious. 😂
If you’re in the mood for a good laugh and you don’t mind some potty humor, we highly recommend reading some of the reviews for sugar-free gummy bears. I’m a little ashamed to admit how hard I laughed at the intestinal distress of others, but these personal accounts of overconsumption took me on a journey.
Strangely enough, despite all the tales of gastric misfortune and human suffering, I still wanted to eat the gummy bears. 😆
Apparently, I’m not alone! Not only do people continue to buy sugar-free gummy bears despite their reputation as a laxative in disguise, but these sweet treats keep getting five-star reviews, too!
If you’re already a fan of sugar-free gummy bears, then you know what I’m talking about. Despite the intestinal implications, they really are delicious! You just need to pace yourself if you’re new to the world of sugar-free candy.
If you’re not sure how many sugar-free gummy bears you can tolerate, take it slow on your first attempt. Try eating 1/4 of a serving, and then stay close to home (or another very forgiving toilet) until you see how they affect you.
Not sure where to begin? Here’s a round-up of some of the best sugar-free gummy bears available today.
Enjoy, and may your stomach be stronger than your sweet tooth!
1. Lily’s Gummies are the best when it comes to both taste and comfort!
Good news everyone! There are some keto gummies out there that won’t make you regret your life decisions. 🤣
My Hip teammate, Emily, tried these Gummy Bears by Lily’s and loved them! Here’s what she said:
“If you’ve been searching for low-sugar, low-carb gummy bears, these are for you! My mouth started watering as soon as I opened up the package of gummy bears. I love the flavors and texture of these. The texture is more like DOTS candy than a gummy, which I actually prefer. They also use natural coloring from apple, blackcurrant, carrot, lemon, pumpkin, radish, and saffron, which is awesome! These make a great keto treat!”
She was happy to say that they didn’t cause any stomach discomfort even though they contain Allulose, which can be a trigger for some people (myself included).
Serving: 1 bag | 70 Calories | 0g Fat | 42g Total Carbs | 25g Fiber | <1g Sugar | 14g Allulose | 0g Protein | 3g Net Carbs
2. Kiss My Keto’s gummy bears are low-carb, pre-portioned, and won’t make you suffer. 🙌
Kiss My Keto Candy Gummy Bears Keto Gummies, 0.79 oz. (12-Pack) – $19.99 ($1.67/serving)
If you’re anything like us (and the majority of others, judging by the reviews 🙃), you have trouble sticking to the serving sizes when it comes to gummy bears. Luckily, Kiss My Keto makes it a lot easier with their pre-portioned gummy packs. 🙌
And what makes these the best gummies for keto folks? They contain no maltitol! Instead, they’re sweetened with erythritol and stevia extract, and one serving has only 3g net carbs, MCT oil, and 2g fiber. 😍
Here’s what one reviewer thinks of their Kiss My Keto gummies:
“I’m trying out a keto diet and got these for when my sweet tooth attacks, and I was amazed at how good they are. MUCH better than other sugar-free gummy bears I have tried. I also love that they’re sweetened with Stevia, so they don’t make my stomach upset like the maltitol that other brands use. Even if I wasn’t on a keto diet, I would buy these for a healthy snack!”
Serving: 1 bag | 40 Calories | 0g Fat | 15g Total Carbs | 12g Fiber | 2g Sugar | 1g Sugar Alcohol | 1g Protein | 2g Net Carbs
3. Scrummy Gummy Bears have no icky aftertaste.
Scrummy Gummy Bears – $35.90 ($2.99/bag)
These gummy bears contain no sugar alcohols or artificial flavoring, and each bag comes with roughly about 25 gummies. These came in my Hip teammate’s Keto Krate box, and she had to share how much she enjoyed them!
My Hip teammate, Jen, tried these Gummy Bears by Lily’s and loved them! Here’s what she said:
“The Scrummy gummy bears are very flavorful! The texture is almost spot on with a non-keto gummy bear. I like that one serving is an entire bag, which is about 25 gummy bears. It stinks when you’re eating a keto sweet, and a serving is small. A huge bonus is there’s no sugar alcohol because we all know what that does to our bodies!💩There are also no artificial flavors or colors. And bonus, they’re just so darn cute!”
Serving: 1 bag | 60 Calories | 0g Fat | 34g Total Carbs | 19g Fiber | 0g Sugar | 14g Allulose | 4g Protein | 1g Net Carb
4. Project 7‘s take on sugar-free gummy treats isn’t the most keto-friendly, but it’s definitely more tummy-friendly.
Project 7 Low Sugar Gummy Bears, 1.8 oz (8-pack) – $19.90 ($2.49/serving)
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With 6g net carbs per bag, these aren’t the most keto-friendly option on our list. But with a generous 22 gummy bears per serving, it would be easy to satisfy your sweet tooth by eating a partial serving and keep your macros in check that way.
As an added bonus, these came without any accounts of intestinal distress. 🙌 They’re sweetened with allulose instead of maltitol, so you may want to do your tummy a favor and stick with a limited portion of these to get your gummy fix.
Here’s one reviewer’s take on the Project 7 Gummies:
Since I’ve recently gone on a no/low sugar diet, I’ve been searching for gummies that are safe to eat. While there are a good amount of brand-name gummies that claim to be sugar-free, a lot of them have maltitol, which can lead to discomfort and extreme side effects.
After hours of looking for the best no sugar, no side-effects product, I found these! While they might not taste exactly the same as normal sour gummies, they are the best on the market for the healthy and body-safe ingredients!”
Serving: 1 bag | 60 Calories | 0g Fat | 38g Total Carbs | 19g Fiber | 3g Sugar | 13g Allulose | 0g Protein | 6g Net Carbs
5. One reviewer described their love for Brach’s sugar-free gummies as “a toxic relationship.”
These gummy bears are both “sugar-free” and “made from real fruit juice,” two qualities that seem kind of hard to reconcile in one candy–but with 0g of actual sugar, it looks like these are legit.
Still, maltitol is the first ingredient, and they have a whopping 22g of sugar alcohol per serving. Unlike the Jelly Bellies, these particular gummies don’t appear to come with any sinister foreshadowing in the form of a consumption warning… but it’s probably still better to be safe than sorry.
Here’s one reviewer’s short & sweet experience with Brach’s gummies:
“They were really good… Until the inevitable happened. I read the reviews prior and should have taken the warnings seriously. Now I’m spending the night on the porcelain throne.”
Serving: 11 bears (about 1/3 bag) | 60 Calories | 0g Fat | 22g Total Carbs | 0g Fiber | 0g Sugar | 22g Sugar Alcohol | 2g Protein | 0g Net Carbs
6. The sugar-free Albanese bears taste the best, but they have the WORST after effects.
Albanese Sugar-Free 12 Flavor Gummi Bears, 3.5 oz. – $1.98 at Walmart
Albanese Sugar-Free 12 Flavor Gummi Bears, 3.5 oz. (12-pack) – $19.99 on Amazon
If you grew up enjoying the delicious regular 12-flavor gummies, you may be tempted to turn to the sugar-free version of your favorite candy. But be warned: these seemingly innocent gummies had the most menacing reviews yet.
While the taste is admittedly amazing (if only for a moment), the reviews section of Amazon is filled with cautionary tales that many buyers seemed to ignore at their own peril.
Here’s one reviewer’s experience:
Being a sugar-free snack, you may be tempted to overindulge, but I promise you, that’s the biggest mistake you will ever make. The first time I tried these amazing treats, I only tried a couple. See, I had read the reviews and knew of the supposed danger and gastrointestinal distress they could be responsible for. But after feeling no discomfort, I had a full handful the next day…
…and the cramps were excruciating like nothing I have ever had. I LOVE gummies, and Albanese makes the hands-down best gummies. But this sugar-free version, while very tasty, has unwanted side effects.”
Serving: 9 bears (about 1/3 bag) | 60 Calories | 0g Fat | 21g Total Carbs | 0g Fiber | 0g Sugar | 20g Sugar Alcohol | 2g Protein | 1g Net Carbs
So if you try any of the sugar free gummy bears form this list, make it Lily’s!
As someone who can normally eat anything without any negative effects, heed my warning: those other gummies will mess you up.
This seems to be one of those cases where the phrase “everything in moderation” really rings true! While everyone said these gummies are all delicious, you can’t eat them with wild abandon and not expect to suffer some gastrointestinal consequences. Even if the other gummies are keto-friendly, it’s probably best to stick to the serving size or less until you figure out how your body reacts.
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