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PRODUCT: Gudernoobs From Woo-Hoo Foods

Looking for a healthier sweet snack to feed candy-loving kids (or adults)? Gudernoobs just might fit the bill. Behind the goofy name is an all-natural, fruit-and-nut-based sweet treat.

Created by a team of parents, including a physician’s assistant, Gudernoobs are made in four flavors. The small, individually wrapped chews include Awesome Apple Cider, Big Time Brownie, Outrageous Oatmeal Banana and Perfect Peanut Butter.

Billed as “the original un-candy,”* each flavor has only five or six simple, healthy ingredients, like bananas, dates, flax, oatmeal, raisins and vanilla. There is no added sugar, artificial flavors, dyes, high-fructose corn syrup or preservatives. The product is all-natural and vegan.

*NOTE to hypesters and sloganeers: What is an original un-candy, i.e., non-candy? Fruit, grain, and anything that isn’t candy is un-candy. The original “sweet” was the date, which grew in the Middle East millennia before the word “candy” was formed; along with honey. The word “candy” is derived from the Persian “qandi,“ for sugar (also note the Sanskrit “kha??aka?,” sugar candy). The first qandi were fruits and nuts rolled in honey.



The name may be wacky, but kids will love
it. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.

With 60 calories per two-piece serving, and only 5 to 7 grams of sugar, Gudernoobs make a wholesome snack for kids. In fact, one of the co-founders’ kids came up with the wacky product name. Try them frozen for a cool, firmer-textured treat.

Gudernoobs are available at select retailers or online by visiting

More Healthy, Sweet Snacks

This product and company name reminds us of our personal favorite “healthy snack,” Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. Created by Laura Trice, M.D., the products are superb. But if she hadn’t sent them to us, we’d never have bought them off the shelf.

We don’t want to eat “junk food,” wholesome or not. (What’s wrong with “Laura’s Healthy Sweets?”) Nevertheless, we encourage you to check out these cholesterol free, vegan and (in some varieties) gluten-free snacks. The Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food line is certified kosher (although a Jewish grandmother might not approve of the name, either).

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