Leave it up to TikTok to kick off an exploding candy trend!
Where did the TikTok “Hit or Miss” challenge with jelly fruit candy originate?
The story starts with comedian Jaden Sprinz, who apparently has such large incisor teeth that folks do not think they are real. In order to show they are indeed his teeth and not fake, Sprinz tries various foods on camera to prove the point.
Our hero apparently went to a candy store one day, looking for things to try on camera for that famous TikTok genre: the reaction video.
Sprinz found Fruity’s Ju-C Jello Bags, a bag of jelly fruit snacks from DinDon, a California-based candy maker. When the plastic pouch that holds the jelly fruit liquid exploded on camera, it spooked Sprinz—and set off a wave of similar videos. And the rest is candy/TikTok history.
These jelly fruit candies were perfect for TikTok . . . biting into them produced a hit or miss effect. A hit if they exploded outward, a miss if the candy exploded into your mouth. After a million or more views, the jelly fruit candy TikTok challenge is now part of social media lore.
Before you decide you have to make your own Hit or Miss challenge video with these candies, a few safety rules.
First, the plastic pouch that holds the gel was NOT designed to be put in your mouth—the candy makers included a little tab that is supposed to be removed, letting you squirt the candy into your mouth.
Of course that defeats the purpose of the Hit or Miss challenge . . . so folks put the entire plastic pouch in their mouth. In this case, the makers warn users to WASH the pouch first.
Second, the plastic pouch is NOT edible!
Now that the warnings are out of the way, let’s talk about the candy itself.
When the viral video took off, the DinDon candy became hard to find—and other brands rushed in to the space. We tried several jelly fruit candies, along with the DinDon original to see what was best.
If you want to go with the original jelly fruit candy that was featured in the very first TikTok Hit or Miss challenge, then you’ll want this candy: DinDon Fruity’s Ju-C Jello Bags.
These candies became so popular they were hard to find for months . . . but apparently production has caught up with demand!
What We Liked
• Even better when chilled, in our opinion!
• Vegan-friendly (no gelatin).
• Try them frozen.
• 8 jellies per bag.
What Needs Work
• Not everyone is a fan of the taste!