Frequently Asked Questions
Where did the word “Scrummy” come from?
Scrummy is a pretty common word in the UK, Australia, South Africa, and other places outside of the US. It means “delicious” and is also a lovely play on the word, “scrumptious”.
Many Americans were introduced to scrummy by the fabulous and revered baking queen herself, Mary Berry on The Great British Baking Show. When she found something she felt was delicious, she often called it “scrummy”.
It’s a word that conjures up delight for most of those who are familiar with it. We’ve spent a lot of time abroad and in the UK, and our co-founder is from Durban, South Africa, where there is a strong British influence and so he grew up with scrummy and all the yummy, nummy, tasty goodness associated with it.
We knew it was a gamble in using it here in the US and that there would be some people that were unfamiliar with the word.
Well, we’d like to introduce you to the sweeter side of this word. You can literally call anything that you find delicious as scrummy. A sweater, a love, a song, a memory, a feeling, a friend. The list is endless.
What are Scrummy Sweets sweetened with?
So, our gummy bears are sweetened with two natural sweeteners: allulose sweetener and monk fruit sweetener. Both are naturally occurring and considered zero-impact sweeteners that are suitable for keto and diabetics. Our caramels are all sweetened with allulose only.
Why did you choose Monk Fruit and Allulose as the sweeteners?
We wanted to have clean natural ingredients for our sweeteners that were proven to be keto-friendly because that's how our founder eats for the most part.
We actually chose these unique sweeteners with keto and diabetic people in mind because we wanted no impact in terms of glucose response.
Monk fruit is a zero-glycemic fruit sugar, and so is allulose, but allulose also has similar properties to sugar because it’s technically a monosaccharide (like sugar), but without the impact. And together, in the right ratios, we found that they create a similar taste profile to real sugar.
This was super important in formulating our gummy bears because we’d tried other sweeteners along the way that were not awesome (in our experience). They either did spike blood sugar response, or they had a weird after-taste we knew many consumers wouldn’t get past. We wanted something that would appeal to EVERYONE and feel like a real treat.
From a purely selfish standpoint, our founder wanted a product she could eat 100% guilt-free, and that she could give to her children and grandchildren. She also wanted to create something that people who didn’t want to eat sugar would still enjoy and that people who couldn’t eat sugar could enjoy–without the weird after-taste.
It’s not just about keto-dieters or low-carbers, but also anyone who wants to enjoy a candy treat without the guilt or health liabilities.
Why not use sugar alcohols like Erythritol or Xylitol?
Most sugar alcohols have a negative impact on the digestive system. Some of this is accumulative, and some of it can be immediate.
There are a number of sugar alcohols like maltitol, erythritol, xylitol, etc, and they are an easy go-to for making sugar-free gummy bears, but sweeteners like maltitol still raise blood sugar, and the consequence for some can be pretty intense on the digestive tract.
Just look up “sugar-free gummy bear reviews” on any search engine, and read. Grab a tissue because you will probably laugh so hard, you’ll cry.
Funny? Sure. As an ingredient in our sugar-free sweets? Just no.
Our founder used to be able to eat foods with erythritol, but her tolerance waned and she just can’t. She found that other friends have had the same experiences and feelings too. And she stopped using xylitol years ago because it can be fatal to dogs–even in the tiniest doses. Many families have fur babies just like we do at home and it just isn’t worth the risk. So, we needed another option.
Do these gummy bears cause "digestive explosive" effects?
Not generally. But, oh boy! The digestive disaster in sugar-free gummy bears is legendary. So we get it.
Some of the biggest brand-name sugar-free gummy bears are sweetened with maltitol which is a sugar alcohol that can have catastrophic digestive responses for some people (us included). Like, horrific. I mean, hor-ri-fic.
In fact, you can read some reviews on Amazon.com that are super cringy and frankly, hilarious.
Many people don’t stomach most sugar alcohols well, so we skipped them entirely in the formulation of our recipe fairly early on and have been pleased with the results.
Allulose can have an effect on the digestive system in larger amounts. The recommended dosage limit is 50g a day. For perspective, our Scrummy Gummy Bears have 15g of allulose in an entire serving of 25 gummy bears. There's even less in a serving of any of our Caramels.
That being said, some people don't tolerate allulose well, but that is pretty uncommon. As with any food, people can have different responses depending on their digestive system, but most people tolerate it well when they follow the serving sizes. We’ve really tried to limit ingredients that have a known digestive impact.
Are Scrummy Gummy Bears vegan?
Nope. We modeled our recipe after the traditional gummy bear recipe, which contains gelatin. Ours is a porcine gelatin, and not vegan. We do have gummy products planned in the future that will be vegan-friendly. We also have our Coconut Caramels which are 100% vegan.
Are Scrummy Sweets actually made with ZERO SUGAR?
Yes. Allulose and monk fruit extract both are fully deducted from carbs because they have zero impact.
Are Scrummy Sweets Non-GMO?
The prevalence of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our modern food supply chain is staggering. This was a significant concern when we decided to create a product that would go to the mass market.
We went to great lengths to ensure that our gummy bears are a truly clean, awesome product, and most of our ingredients are organic, or non-GMO and some are even non-GMO Project Verified.
The fiber and all the sweeteners we use are Non-GMO Project Verified.
There is no non-GMO verified gelatin on the market (at least not that we could find). However, we were able to address the most significant concern: glyphosates (glyphosate is the toxic chemical that is in most GMO crops), and the gelatin we use is 3rd party tested to be 100% glyphosate residual-free.
Natural flavors sound great but can be a problem. While they are natural–they include emulsifiers and base ingredients that are sometimes sketchy and can even contain GMOs. That did not work for us as we wanted a product we could eat and give to our kids and/or grandkids with zero guilt. The only way to avoid that was to formulate our own flavors, and go with organic flavors. This led us down the same path in terms of colors, which are organic from plants, and fruit and vegetable sources. Our citric & malic acids are also non-GMO. Our caramels are made with the same allulose and soluble fiber, and organic butter, organic cream, organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract, etc. Our Coconut Caramels are made with organic coconut cream without guar gum.
Are Scrummy Sweets Kosher Certified?
Our gummy bears are made with porcine gelatin, so that isn't possible. We really tried to make other gelatins work, but it didn't work. We still do R&D to see if we can in the future, but for now, this is our recipe. Our caramels are not Kosher Certified, but are made with clean ingredients and we are looking into the requirements for that in the future.
Where are Scrummy Sweets made?
All of our sweets are proudly made here in the US.
Is there some way to try your products before committing to a whole box of gummy bears?
Yes! We have a Scrummy Sweets Sampler Pack so you can try all of our products at a discount in one go.
Can you ship internationally?
At this time, we are shipping in the USA only. Sign up for our newsletter to hear the latest news.
What is your return policy?
We have a no-risk Scrummy Promise Guarantee on all of our products. If you don't love them, let us know, and we will refund or replace your purchase made through our website.
If your order was damaged in transit, or arrives in a sad, non scrummy state, let us know so we can replace it right away.
My order melted, what do I do?
Gummy bears are made with gelatin and start softening at 85-90 degrees. Above 100 and they start to melt. This is hard in the summer months when your order is left on a hot doorstep or mailbox (especially in Florida, Texas, Arizona, etc). We do everything we can on our end to minimize this, but it still happens. First, try placing your order in the fridge when you receive it for 15-20 minutes, and then see how it is. We have a Scrummy Promise Guarantee and will replace it if we need to though.
Do you have a rewards or affiliate program so I can share these?
We love that you want to share these with your friends and family! We have an affiliates program and are working on a Rewards & Loyalty Program next!
How can I sell Scrummy Sweets in my store?
We love working with retail outlets, big and small, so, we've tried to make it easy for you to work with us. Just go to our Wholesale Page and check out how that works.
Do you work with bloggers/influencers?
We love working with bloggers and influencers in various capacities. After all, our founder started out as a blogger!
Hit us up on our Affiliates Page and let us know what you're thinking. We'll see if it's a good fit and get back to you shortly.