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Whether you were born in the s and grew up with penny candy , or you were born closer to the new millennium and remember extreme sour confections , candy is nostalgic for everyone. Keep scrolling to find out which sweet treat was most popular the decade you were born. Tootsie Rolls were invented in and sold for a penny each. During World War II — from to — they were sent overseas to soldiers as rations and to provide "quick energy.
The bright colors of the sugar exterior made a simple candy into whimsical chocolate cheer from home. Hot Tamales were introduced in as a chewy, cinnamon candy by Just Born Confections the same company that makes Peeps. Although the Charleston Chew had already been around since the s, this chocolate-coated nougat candy was sold to famous candy-maker Nathan Sloane in and doubled in production, making it one of the most popular chocolate bars of the late s.
Pixy Stix were invented in using the powder from the popular Fruzola kids' drink similar to Kool Aid , but they were not popularized until the s, when a "colorful candy" revolution was underway color, in general, burst onto the scene in the '60s, from art to fashion and rainbow sweets like Pixy Stix and candy necklaces were all the rage.
Another in-demand colorful candy from the s were SweeTarts: tangy, sweet and sour candies that came out in SweeTarts are actually a more condensed, less messy version of Pixy Stix and use the same colorful sugar base. Dum Dums mystery flavor is actually just the result of a glitch in production.
Between producing one flavor and switching over to another, lollipops are made that are a little bit of flavor one and a little bit of flavor two. These get wrapped up as mystery flavors. Although the bright, fruit-flavored chews were already being produced in the s, it wasn't until that they migrated from England to America and their name changed from Opal Fruits to Starburst, according to Wrigley candy archives , the company that owns Starburst.
The catchier nickname and mass production of the four original flavors strawberry, orange, lemon and lime were an instant hit. The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter all started with Reese's peanut butter cups. After Hershey purchased the brand several years after H.
Reese died, the peanut butter cup became a hit and the candy was Hershey's best seller in According to the company's archives, Hershey did not launch its first national advertising campaign until It wasn't until then that the first televised commercials for Reese's peanut butter cups went on the air. Reese's peanut butter cups "really hit their stride in the s," and went from a popular candy to an American icon, according to Kimmerle.
The s introduced us to more powdered sugar confections. Lik-M-Aid — a packet of flavored, colorful sugar — was rebranded Fun Dip in with the addition of a dipping stick. Pop Rocks — as the story goes — were created by accident in by a scientist who was actually trying to invent a new, instant soda by trapping carbon dioxide in soda tablets. The experiment failed to make a new kind of soft drink, but 20 years later a General Foods chemist decided to tweak the ingredients in the experiment and mass-produce this new popping candy.
By , the candy was a new sensation. These hard sucking candies with layers of flavor grew in popularity throughout the late s. Although Kimmerle says that the Jelly Belly dynasty began in with the creation of Jelly Belly's first flavors like cream soda and green apple, their popularity didn't begin in earnest until Ronald Reagan's presidency starting in The American president made no secret of his love for the flavorful jelly beans and even had them shipped to his inauguration celebrations in Skittles — like many popular candies — were actually first produced by a British company, but then the round fruit chews made their way to the United States in By the early s, the candies were being produced both in the UK and the United States, according to Mars, the company that owns Skittles, and wildly popular.
The s also introduced us to the iconic slogan, "taste the rainbow. Sour Patch Kids were just one of the many sour candies people craved in the s. These chewy candies coated in sour sugar were invented in Ontario, Canada, and began production in the United States in They capitalized on the immense popularity of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls and were hugely successful. Although the iconic German Haribo gummy bears have been around since the s, even more unique gummy forms were invented in the s.
Former Major League baseball players Jim Bouton and Rob Nelson are credited with coming up with the name and marketing angle for shredded bubble gum in a pouch in However, it wasn't until when Big League Chew started printing the now-iconic exaggerated caricatures of baseball players onto the gum packs and really played up the baseball angle that Big League Chew became a major gum brand for athletes and non-athletes alike.
Warhe — the super-sour hard candies that turn sweet after 30 seconds of sucking on them — were invented in Taiwan in and migrated to the United States in , causing sore tongues and parental headaches throughout the '90s. Hershey's Cookies 'n Creme bars — white chocolate bars with chocolate cookie flecks — were a major chocolate bar innovation for the Hershey company in It wasn't until that Hershey's introduced us to a new creation, the Hershey Gold bar. Baby Bottle Pop — the dippable lollipop candy shaped like a baby's bottle — introduced the world to its annoyingly catchy jingle in Although chewing gum had been around for more than years, 5 Gum was one of the first candy gums to take advantage of a viral marketing campaign.
Wrigley's campaign for 5 Gum starting in was called "Stimulate Your Senses" and linked ordinary chewing gum to adrenaline-pumping experiences set to cool music and moody lighting, even though the candy itself was just ordinary gum. The campaign was abandoned in once the hype wore off, but it has remained one of the most popular candies in the US. Snickers launched in , and it's still beloved today. In fact, in , Snickers bars were named by CandyStore. It has also since rolled out Snickers White.
A poll from Monmouth University found that Reese's peanut butter cups were the most popular Halloween candy of the year. World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options. Get the Insider App. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Joanna Fantozzi and Talia Lakritz. Everyone enjoys reminiscing about their favorite candies from their childhood. Legend has it that a scientist created Pop Rocks by accident in Visit Insider's home for more stories. Loading Something is loading.
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