AN INTERVIEW WITH YUMEARTH ORGANICS
How did the company get started? What made you want to make a healthier lollipop?
My friend Sergio Bicas and I were new dads with little babies. While we had always fed our young children a healthy and wholesome diet, we knew our kids would want to have treats as they got older. We dreamt aloud of making lollipops that we would feed our kids, because we are both big lollipop fans,. They would taste spectacular, be all natural and have no artificial colors and flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. We simply could not let go of our dream, so YumEarth was born!
Have you tried YumEarth Organics candies? They made some really great vegan-friendly gummies, suckers, and jelly beans. In fact, we're a little obsessed. Alex and I have admittedly finished a bag of 36 of their pops in less than 3 days. Did I mention that their products are 100% organic, gluten-free, and vegan, and free of peanuts, tree nuts, and the major common allergens? They're kid & adult-friendly candies that taste great and have very little sugar! We love them for making such a great product that we don't mind sharing with our littlest of friends.
We were lucky enough to get in touch with Sergio & Rob, the two Dads behind these delicious treats, and ask them some questions. Read on to find out how they became "the best lollipop" Today Show food critic Phil Lempert (and I) have ever tasted! (Our questions are in bold, their answers in regular font.)
How does it feel to be 'the best lollipop' so many people have ever tasted?
We jumped out of our chairs! We truly put an unbelievable amount of effort and sometimes spend many months handcrafting the taste of each flavor. So, for our lollipops to be recognized by the Today Show Food Critic, Phil Lempert, as “best lollipop I ever tasted,” we felt we might have a hit on our hands not only with kids, but with grown-ups that have a real taste for gourmet flavor.
What is your favorite flavor lollipop? We love Peach Perfection!
I’m in a Perfectly Peach zone right now. I have gone months searching for the Pomegranate Pucker or the Mango Tango pops first in the bag, but I am really keyed in on the Perfectly Peach now and everyone in my family knows. We all go through our flavor phases, but our four year old always wins because we all agree he is the cutest. For now.
We love all your candies because they're not just organic, but vegan too! Did you intend for them to be gluten-free and vegan when you started?
It was never the plan to make gluten-free candy, just treats with healthier ingredients, though our friends with school age children at the time encouraged us to make our facility peanut and tree nut free and free of all the major allergens so their kids would be allowed to bring our treats to school. Surprisingly, five years after founding YumEarth I found out that I had celiac disease, which gave me such a different perspective on the frustrations experienced by people with allergies. I love that I am able to enjoy all our candy because we have always been gluten free. Now it’s something we always think about in new product development. Our latest product, YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks, are vegan because we got a lot of encouraging feedback to make a vegan version of our gummy bears.
What’s next for Yum Earth Organics? Any new candies we can start hoping for?
I’ll tell you a little secret; our next treat is a tropical assortment of our popular YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks, which will, of course, be vegan and gluten free as well. We’ll be launching YumEarth Organics Tropical Fruit Snacks very soon!
A big thanks to Sergio & Rob! For more info on buying these yummy treats, visit their website, Facebook, or check out their products at your local health or natural food store. And make sure to let us know which ones are your favorite! We're torn between the pops and the sour beans, but we really love 'em all.