I bought these for my toddler because I think getting dha and fish oils is essential for a healthy diet, and we are vegetarian, so we don't get them any other way. I have been researching the link between cod liver oil and healthy teeth/enamel production, so I tried out these softgels to get some fish oil in my toddler's diet. The directions aren't clear on whether you should get your toddler to swallow them whole or if it's okay to chew them up. Well, I tried to get her to swallow them, but she didn't understand the concept. They have a sweet flavor (on the outside at least) and she bit down on them time and time again and still ate them. I wasn't brave enough to try and bite one open myself because I can't stand fish oil, and since she wasn't bothered by it, I didn't see the need. She ate it up and commented that it was very tasty, and was always happy to have another the next day. So these are toddler-approved in taste. Edited to add that our daughter has bee taking these for about a month, and she still eagerly eats them and asks for more. So the taste must be okay.