WARNING, GRAPHIC CONTENT: They are the sour lollies beloved by children around the world but one grandmother has issued a serious warning against them after her grandson was left with a horror injury.
Marie Thuloweit, from California, took to Facebook to share photos of her grandson, Chase, and the damage an “extreme sour” Warhead did to his tongue.
“This is the result of our grandson, Chase’s tongue after eating one of these candies,” she captioned a photo that shows an entire layer of skin peeled off the centre of Chase’s tongue.
“PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THESE TO YOUR CHILDREN! (sic)”
A spokesperson from Warhead’s parent company, Impact Confections Inc., told Yahoo7 News some people had an increased sensitivity to the ingredients in the popular lollies.
“We produce only high-quality products that meet all FDA guidelines for PH levels and ingredients, and when eaten normally, consumers enjoy them with no issues,” she said.
The spokesperson insisted the ingredients contained the same acids found in citrus fruits, pineapple and other sour candies.
“We receive very few complaints regarding our products, but when we do, we take these complaints seriously,” she said.
“To ensure a fun and enjoyable eating experience, a voluntary statement is printed on every package.”
That warning says eating multiple Warheads within a short period may cause “temporary irritation to sensitive tongues and mouths”.