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Here's What Candy Came Out The Year You Were Born

Think you know what candy was the most popular the year you were born? Only one way to find out!

Starburst Jelly Beans, for the win.

 

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M&MS

M&M's

These little candies have a very colorful origin story. During the Spanish Civil war, Forest Mars Sr., son of the inventor of the Milky Way, witnessed soldiers eating small chocolate beads covered in hard sugar shells and was inspired. Chocolate sales typically dropped during the summer when temperatures rose and Mars was excited at the idea of inventing a product that wouldn't melt. He and Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey executive William Murrie, joined together to create the original M&M's (Mars + Murrie = M&M).

In 1941, Mars received a patent for his product and began mass-producing the little chocolate in Newark, NJ. They were originally sold in tubes and shelled in brown, red, orange, yellow, green, and violet coatings and only available to soldiers in the war. The candies were first stamped with a black "M" in 1950, which later changed to the white "M" we know and love today in 1954.

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dots

DOTS Gumdrops

Boasting itself as "America's favorite, #1-selling gumdrop brand" since its introduction in 1945, these chewy little guys have been beloved for over six decades. Tootsie makes over 4 billion DOTS each year and they still come in the same original flavors today as they did in the 1940s: cherry, strawberry, lemon, lime, and orange.

41947
bazooka
OLD TIME CANDY

Bazooka Bubble Gum

Just looking at that picture brings the classic pink bubblegum taste to my mouth and has me humming, "Bazooka-zooka bubblegum..." Developed at the end of World War II in Brooklyn, New York, Bazooka Bubble Gum, with its Bazooka Joe comics inside, has been a classic chewing gum for decades.

51948
Almond Joy
AMAZON

Almond Joy

While its partner candy bar Mounds has been around for almost a century, Almond Joy didn't join the game until a little later. While Mounds were already becoming a classic among Americans, the demand for milk chocolate was increasing steadily, leading to the development of the Almond Joy candy bar.

61949
Introduced in 1949, this popular candy was named after Junior Miss, a Broadway show of the time. The candy even made an iconic appearance in a Seinfeld episode where a candy fell into the abdominal cavity of a patient during surgery solidifying its place as the perfect candy to indulge in while watching, well anything.
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Junior Mints

With a creamy mint filling covered in a chocolate shell, Junior Mints were named after a popular Broadway show, Junior Miss, that was on stages in the 1940s. Today, over 15 million Junior Mints are produced each day in Cambridge, MA.

71949
Smarties Candy
SMARTIES

Smarties

Edward "Eddie" Dee, an English immigrant, moved to New Jersey in 1949 and founded Ce De Candy, Inc. From there, he began to create the candy wafer rolls we all know and love today. Today, Smarties are made 24 a day in factories in both Union, NJ and Newmarket, Ontario.

81952
pixy stix
NESTLÉ

Pixy Stix

In the 1930s, a fruit drink called "Frutola," made of a Kool-Aid-esque powder that was mixed into water, was all the rage for kids. Eventually, it evolved into "Fruzola," powdered sugar that came packaged ready with a spoon, erasing water from the equations. Kids, naturally, loved this idea: they were allowed to eat straight-up sugar.

In 1952, the name "Pixy Stix" was first used when the sugar from the Fruzola packets was packaged into straw-shaped containers. Today, Pixy Stix come in five sweet flavors (Grape, Maui Punch, Orange, Red, and Strawberry) and are still providing nightmares to parents everywhere.

91954
These bright yellow chicks started as an Easter staple, but have developed into so much more. Now peeps are available in various bunny and chick colors for Easter, ghosts and cats for Halloween; trees, reindeer, snowmen, and more for Christmas; and hearts and bears for Valentine’s Day. Peeps were first created in the 1950s as a seasonal Easter item, but as the brand expanded peeps can be found more frequently for other holidays and events. Now Peeps fans can visit year round stores in Maryland, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania to purchase Peeps products. In addition to being a tasty marshmallow snack, Peeps are also used for the annual Peeps diorama contests, which are held by various publications including The Washington Post.
PEEPS

Peeps

Manufactured by Just Born, everyone's favorite marshmallow chicks were created by hand until Bob Born joined the company in 1946. Since then, Peeps have been produced using a machine, popping out a package of the cute little guys in only six minutes.

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candy necklaces
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Candy Necklaces

These strings of candy wafers were first introduced in 1958 and have been a classic at birthday parties and candy stores ever since.

111960
<p><b>Fun-size Lemonheads</b></p>
<p><i>(50 calories, 0g fat for 10 pieces)</i></p>
<p>Most fruit-flavored hard candies have reasonable calorie counts. But tart ones take longer to eat!</p>
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<p><b>WORST FRUITY CANDY</b></p>
<p><b>Starburst Fruit Chews</b></p>
<p><i>(204 calories, 4g fat for 10 pieces)</i></p>
<p>Chewy Starbursts are one of the only fruit candies that contain fat; each square has 20 calories.</p>
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Lemonheads

Using the same formula that produces Red Hots, these sweet and sour candies were first produced by the Ferrara Pan Company in 1960. The process is called "cold-panning," in which candy pieces are tossed into revolving pans as color and flavor are added.

121960
starburst

Starburst

These fruity, chewy candies were first launched in the U.K. in 1960, making their way over the Atlantic in 1967. The original flavors were strawberry, lemon, orange, and lime.

131962
1962 - Now & Later

Now and Later

When these taffies were created in 1962, they were given their name based on the idea that you could enjoy some now and save some for later, but we think anyone who has ever opened a pack of these devoured them all right away.

141963
1963 - Nestle

SweeTARTS

These sugary, sour candies have been a favorite for candy-lovers for over four decades.

151966
1966 - Nestle

100 Grand

Formerly known as "$100,000 Bar," these chocolate bars were named after a popular game show in the 1960s and have been a fan-favorite ever since.

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171966
1966 - Tootsie

Razzles

These babies are the best of both worlds: candy AND gum, a combination that mystifies children. While they were only offered in raspberry in 1966, today Razzles are avaible in a wide variety of flavors, including Gushin' Grape, Luscious Lemon, and Tangerine Orange.

181967
haribo goldbears
HARIBO

Haribo Goldbears

Gummy candy just tastes better when it looks like an adorable bear, right? The Haribo company was founded in 1920 and made a larger version of their Dancing Bear gummy candy. The Goldbears came out in 1967 and are now America’s No. 1 "Gummi."

191970
1970 - BradKent

Snickers' Munch Bar

Introduced in 1970, this candy bar is known today as simply "Munch" and has been a chocolate-peanut butter classic for decades.

201971
<p>Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the Laffy Taffy! Laffy Taffys were actually introduced by the Willy Wonka Candy Company in the 1970s, but we all gobbled them down like, well, candy in the 90s. These individually wrapped, chewy, tongue-stainingly colorful taffys had jokes written on the wrappers, written by taffy-consuming child pun prodigies. Although Laffy Taffys are still on the market, but they don't make 'em like they used to -  literally, because the candies used to be short and fat, and now they're longer and flatter, and sometimes have sparkles.</p>
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Laffy Taffy

At their introduction in 1971, these fruit-flavored taffies were used as a way to promote a movie that was just coming out. However, because they continued to be popular once the movie left theaters, they have been produced ever since.

211974
1974 - Pop Rocks

Pop Rocks

These bad boys were developed in 1956 by scientist William A. Mitchell, but weren't released to the public until 1974. Using little air pockets of carbonation that melt in your mouth, these candies leave a mild crackling and popping sensation in your mouth.

221976
1976 - Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly

Though this company had been around for decades before this, it wasn't until 1976 that the breakthrough recipe for Mini Jelly Beans allowed for this colorful beans to be created. The original flavors included Root Beer, Green Apple, Licorice, Cream Soda, Lemon, Tangerine, Very Cherry, and Grape.

231978
1978 - Hershey's

Reese's Pieces

Created as a way to maintain popularity levels for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Pieces were originally produced in 1978 and became extremely popular after being featured in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982.

241979
<p>Ring Pops might have the been the candy answer to the popularity of the board game Pretty Pretty Princess. If so, it was a serious upgrade — a ring pop makes for a pretty impressive rock.</p>
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Ring Pop

These lollipop-inspired rings have been around for decades—and have even been featured in some weddings.

251980
big league chew
BIG LEAGUE CHEW

Big League Chew

Former Portland Mavericks left-hander Rob Nelson is the mastermind behind this unique, shredded gum. As the #1 shredded gum in the world, baseball fans everywhere are still chewing on this everyday.

261981
<p>They keep changing the flavors on us, but we love them all the same. These little sweets might not be sporting Halloween colors, but their bright, rainbow hues always feel festive.</p>

Skittles

For over three decades, people have been tasting the rainbow every time they snack on these chewy, fruity candies.

271983
1983- Nestle

Nerds

These teeny, tiny candies are offered in several fun flavors, like Grape and Apple Watermelon, and have been a beloved treat for years.

281985
1985 - Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids

Originally called "Mars Men," these little guys have been sour-then-sweet for decades—and have even inspired a few UFO sightings.

291986
1986 - Airheads

Airheads

Candy-fanatics have been chewing on these long pieces of taffy-like sweets since '86 and today they are offered in a wide variety of flavor (grape is underrated, I swear.)

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1986 - Candy Warehouse

Push Pop

No trip to the store with your parents was ever complete without purchasing one of these babies at checkout. For some reason, even though your fingers were eventually covered in sticky lollipop slime, these never grossed you out. The best part was putting the cap back on to save the rest for later.

311987
lindt excellence candy the year you were born
LINDT

Lindt EXCELLENCE

While Lindt has been mastering the art of chocolate since 1845, it was in 1987 that their ultra-dark chocolate master Excellence bars were crafted. In intense extra-dark bars—like 85 percent cocoa or flavors like Sea Salt Dark Chocolate or Intense Orange or the Chili Dark—these are not for the faint of heart.

321993
1993 - The Hershey Company

Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme

The fan-favorite combines two incredible flavors into one cookie bar. White chocolate surrounding tiny cookie bits is a combination even the healthiest eaters can't resist.

331995
1994 - Starburst

Starburst Jellybeans

Modeled after the OG Starburst candies, these jellybeans were released only two decades ago and quickly became a favorite--especially around Easter.

341998
1998
AMAZON

Baby Bottle Pops

These bad boys were my THING in the early 2000s. Licking the lollipop, flipping it around, and shaking it like crazy until it was coated in sweet sugar was incredible to me as a child (as still is today, TBH). And the song was just too catchy. Baby Bottle Pop, Baby Bottle Pop... ♪♫

351999
1999 - Hershey's

Jolly Rancher Lollipops

Advertised as offering "even longer-lasting flavor than Jolly Rancher Hard Candy," these lollipops give you a bigger and better way to enjoy your favorite hard candy. They come in the same flavors as the original small pieces: apple, watermelon, cherry, and pink lemonade.

362001
2001 - Jelly Belly Candy Company

Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans

In 2001, the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone, depending where in the world you're located) hit theaters and people everywhere went crazy. In response to the growing phenomenon that was (and still is) the Harry Potter fandom, Jelly Belly released Bertie's Bott's Every Flavor Beans, modeled after one of the most popular candies in the magic world. Now even muggles could enjoy snacking on Rotten Egg, Earthworm, and Buttered Popcorn flavored jelly beans.

372002
2002 - Collecting Candy

Dulce de Leche Caramel M&M's

In 2002, Mars responded to the growing Hispanic market in the US by releasing a new flavor of M&M's: Dulce de Leche. Their time is stores was fairly short, but maybe one day these sweet candies will make their return.

382003
2003 - The Hershey Company

Hershey's Kisses Special Dark

While they were originally released in 2003 as a limited edition product, these babies were so popular that they remain on shelves today, over a decade later. Our guess is it's because of the dreamy taste of Hershey's sweet dark chocolte.

392004
2004 - Spoon University

Wonder Ball: SpongeBob Edition

Wonder Ball was originally released in the '90s before leaving shelves for a few years. In 2004, it was introduced again, this time SpongeBob SquarePants-themed and filled with little candies instead of a plastic toy.

402006
2006 - Hershey's

Reese's Crispy Crunchy Bar

This candy takes all the amazing elements of candy bars and combines them into one perfect bar: crispy, crunchy, chocolate-y, and peanut butter-y. It has a flaky peanut butter core, covered by a layer of peanut butter, and then topped with chopped peanuts and a milk chocolate coating.

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2007 - FlickrCreativeCommons:Bodo

Reese's Whipps

Reese's Whipps were introduced to the candy market as a healthier alternative to the traditional candy bar (if such a thing even exists). Filled with a fluffy peanut butter-flavored nougat and a layer of peanut butter candy, this guy is "lighter than air" and has 40% less fat than regular chocolate candy.

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2009 - www.recipeshubs.com

Hershey's Thingamijig

Released in 2009 as a limited edition sister bar to Hershey's Whatchamacallit, Thingamajig bars were made of cocoa-flavored rice crisps topped with a strip of peanut butter and then covered in a layer of Hershey's chocolate.

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2010

Take 5

In 2010, Hershey's was telling its fan to relax, take a break, and eat some chocolate. Layers of sweet, salty, and chocolate-y goodness, this candy bar does contain peanuts, so it's healthy, right? Right.

442011
2011 - www.popsugar.com

Dubble Bubble Painterz Mouth Coloring Bubble Gum

Introduced to the candy market for Halloween in 2011, this Dubble Bubble gum came in five different flavors and colors and turned your mouth into the color of the gum you were chewing.

452012
Girl Scout Candy Bar
GIRL SCOUTS

Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Candy Bars

Released in 2012, these candy bars caused Girl Scout Cookie lovers (read: everyone) everywhere to rejoice. For the first time ever, you could enjoy the magical delicious-ness of your favorite cookies all year wrong. The chocolate wafer bars come in three flavors, Peanut Butter Creme, Caramel & Coconut, and Thin Mints, and are modeled after the three most popular Girl Scout Cookies.

462015
Hershey's Candy Corn Bars
HERSHEY'S

Hershey's Candy Corn Bars

While available in bite-size portions in years past, 2015 was the first year this candy hybrid was sold in full-size bars. The white chocolate bar is speckled with orange and yellow candy bits, giving the appearance and taste of everyone's favorite Halloween candy: candy corn.

472020
candy from year you were born
M&MS

Fudge Brownie M&Ms

Most of 2020 was a year we'd like to forget, but the April's debut of these fudgy and delicious M&Ms was a welcome sweet treat. The classic candy with the hard shell is now filled with the gooey flavor of a brownie. Putting them in your next pan of brownies is highly recommended.

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