Gobstoppers, sold under the Wonka Candy Company label, are round, hard candies. This type of candy may also be referred to as jawbreakers. Gobstoppers are made with several layers of candy coating. Each layer may be a different color or flavor. Although this product offers no nutritional benefits, most people can consume candy occasionally as a treat, with no adverse health effects.
The recommended serving size of Gobstoppers is nine pieces of candy, according to the product's nutrition label. Each serving has 60 calories. The candy also contains 14 g of carbohydrates, all of which come from sugar. Gobstoppers do not contain any fat, sodium, protein, vitamins or minerals.
The main ingredients in Gobstoppers candy are dextrose, a form of sugar, and maltodextrin, a sweetener. Gobstoppers also contain other ingredients, but they make up less than 2 percent of the total composition of the candy. These other ingredients include artificial flavors, corn syrup, calcium stearate and malic acid. Carnauba wax is used for the candy’s coating. Blue 1, blue 2 lake, yellow 5, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6 and red 40 lake are used to color the Gobstoppers.
Although the ingredients in Gobstoppers do not usually cause an allergic reaction, the candy is made in a facility that processes the common allergens wheat and egg. Trace amounts of wheat and egg may be present in the candy, so those with a food allergy or sensitivity to these ingredients may want to avoid consuming Gobstoppers. If you are unsure if this product is safe for you to eat, consult your doctor or allergist.
Eating Gobstoppers occasionally as a snack is unlikely to cause any adverse effects. Consuming this product too often, however, may cause unwanted weight gain. It also may cause you to consume less of the foods your body needs to get necessary vitamins and minerals. Because of this, opt for healthier, more nutrient-rich snacks when you can. Fresh fruit or veggies, granola bars and nuts are a few healthier alternatives to consider.