The Top 30 Candies Of All Time
Is your favourite candy on the list?
One of the best perks of being in the candy business is, of course, all the candy!!! At Candy Funhouse we've indulged in many delicious candies over the years. Most of us have a few favourites, some of us even keep a secret stash. Whether you indulge by yourself or share it with a friend, one thing that unites us all is our love of candy. It's more than just a sweet treat. Candy is part of our pop culture and many of our memories.
Let the candy take you back, to adventurous bike rides with friends, and long summer days you thought you would never end. Be a kid again, or at least pretend you are!
We've seen it all at Candy Funhouse, in fact, we've tasted it all! But there are some classic, memorable candies that we can't live without.
Here is our list of the Top 30 Candies of All Time:
Remember when Mom used to say "don't play with your food"? She might have been wrong in this case. Nik-L-Nips are those tiny wax bottles you used to love to play with and then eat. I bet you still do! Nik-L-Nips are filled with sweet and fruity tasting syrup. Bite off the top of the bottle then drink the liquid and chew the bottle like gum. You'll be Poppin these bottles again! Nik-L-Nips have been around since the early 1900s and are still a favourite of today. Like the slogan says "bite em" "drink em" "chew em"! Just don't forget to try em!
Some things never change. This is especially true of these classic candies, Necco Wafers. They've been around since 1847, and they still use the exact same recipe. Necco Wafers did try at one point in time to change the ingredients and flavours but this sparked outrage among all the Necco Wafer fans and they very quickly reverted back to the original flavours. Necco Wafers come in an assortment of flavours including Orange, Lime, Clove, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Licorice and Wintergreen. They also have a roll of just the chocolate flavour. Necco Wafers are popular and favourite old fashioned candy since 1847!
Who doesn't love a Sugar Daddy? Sugar Daddy's have been around since 1925, and are the oldest caramel lollipop around. With their perfectly chewy and smooth caramel, how could you resist? A Sugar Daddy lollipop takes some time to eat. You can't rush eating these delicious milk caramel lollipops! So relax and indulge in the long-lasting caramel taste of the famous retro candy-Sugar Daddy!
Little bits of sweet candy that pop in your mouth. You can hear and taste this candy. Whether you're a fan or not, Pop Rocks are most certainly a memorable candy experience. Pop Rocks are a retro candy favourite and they pack quite a punch with their explosive, sweet and fizzy, fruity flavour. Pop Rocks are literally a blast from the past! We've been eating this retro candy since 1975, and it's still a classic today. Pop Rocks once caused quite a stir when the rumours of Mikey (from the Life Cereal commercial) was said to have eaten a package of Pop Rocks and then drank a bottle of Coke along with them, making his stomach explode, then died. This is just not true! Mikey is alive and well to this day and is probably eating a pack of Pop Rocks right now.( I've heard that watermelon is his favourite flavour). Take a stroll back in time and indulge in the "Pop"!
5. Nerds Candy
They might be tiny, but they're oh so crunchy, tangy and delicious! A box of Nerds Candy comes with two separate compartments and two different flavours all in one small and colourful box. Nerds Candy is inspired by Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. They are a magical tiny burst of explosive flavour, from very sweet, to extremely sour. Nerds Candy are especially good when you have a great big mouthful of them and then try to talk. You can even mix and match the flavours of the box, or just eat one side at a time. Nerds are a retro candy from the 1970s and are still so groovy!
They just might be the hardest candy ever made! With all their layers and layers, and more layers of sweet and long-lasting flavour, you won't be able to talk for a while. Perfect for a long car ride with the kids! Jawbreakers Candy is sometimes referred to as "jaw busters' and for good reason. Chewing and crunching on them is almost impossible until you're near the end. Some jawbreakers are smaller in size, and some are gigantic! There are a few jawbreakers that come with gum inside, kind of a reward for getting to the middle. Jawbreakers have been aching our jaws since the very early 1900s. An old fashioned candy that's here to stay!
Salt Water Taffy is an old fashioned candy treat. It's been around since the 1880s and is still a popular candy today. Don't let this candy fool you. Contrary to its name there is no salt in Salt Water Taffy. I can assure you it's sweet and chewy, stretchy and gooey. Salt Water Taffy comes in a wide variety of different flavours and colours. From soft pastels to black, making it perfect to add to your next candy buffet. Young and old alike all love Salt Water Taffy!
These candies are long-lasting, full of flavour, and so very bold and fruity! Jolly Ranchers are an old fashion candy making their sweet debut in 1949.These candies were named "Jolly Rancher" to imply a hospitable, western company. They certainly are! A Jolly Rancher candy can make anyone smile! Jolly Ranchers Candy will tantalize your taste buds with their intense fruity flavours. They still come in their original fruit flavours and even have a new Jolly Ranchers Fruit N Sour flavour mix! If your extra bold you'll want to taste Jolly Ranchers Cinnamon Fire flavour.
Smarties are a classic Canadian candy that's been around since 1937! Smarties Candy is great for sharing, or not! With their array of bright and bold colourful shells, filled with creamy milk chocolate they are hard to resist. There's an American candy that also goes by the name "Smarties" but our Smarties far outweigh their version. We have the real ones and ours include chocolate. It makes me proud to be a Canadian! By the way "do you suck them very slowly or crunch them very fast?
A quintessential candy combining the flavours of caramel and milk chocolate, how could you go wrong? Milk Duds are an old fashioned candy first coming out in 1926, I had no idea they were that old! These are round candies with a caramel nugget on the inside and completely covered in chocolate. Milk Duds are a popular treat at movie theatre concessions. No wonder, they make the perfect chaser after all that buttery popcorn.
A lollipop with bubblegum in the middle! Whoever came up with this idea was pure genius! Childhood is just not complete without indulging in these double whammy lollipops. Charms Blow Pop comes in so many flavours it's hard to just choose one! Some of their more modern flavours are Sour Apple, Black Ice, Blue Razz, What-A-Melon and Candy Corn. These retro lollipops are just hard to beat, first the delicious lollipop, then the chewy bubblegum! These were the very first gum filled lollipops in the world! They've been around since the early 1970s. Groovy Baby!
If you're bold and brave and looking for a hot but sweet treat, you'll love these Atomic Fireball Candy. Atomic Fireball came out in 1954, and to this day, 15 million are consumed every week, all around the world. They say that Atomic Fireball candies revolutionized the candy world by combining that hot and spicy cinnamon flavour into a candy. If you're a fan of all things intense and hot, these retro candies are for you. Atomic Fireball Candy will most definitely revolutionize your taste buds!
"Unexplainably juicy" yes, the perfect description of a Starburst candy. These soft chewy, taffy morsels of goodness have been around since 1967. Starburst was once called "Opal Fruits" when it was first made in England, but upon it's arrival here to North America, the name was fittingly changed to Starburst. I can't imagine eating a candy called Opal Fruits, Starburst is where it's at. The name is so fitting for the exciting, intense burst of flavour in every bite. These are great for sharing, or trying to bribe someone. They come in a great little convenient package, just the right size for pockets too!
15 million are made a day! If you love the combination of mint and chocolate look no further. With their fresh minty center and dark chocolate coating, Junior Mints make for a refreshing sweet snack. Junior Mints were first introduced in 1949 and they remain one of the most popular old fashioned candies to this day!
You might not like tuna fish but these Swedish Fish are hard to resist! Always a go-to candy at the corner store, easy to stuff your brown paper bag with, even easier to eat. Swedish Fish Candy came out in the 1950s, and remain a retro candy favourite. Their sweet fruity flavour is sort of a mystery. Some say cherry, others say raspberry. Actually they say the flavour of Swedish fish is more of an exotic berry called lingonberry. Whatever the berry, we'll take them. This retro candy is a must-have for any age. Who knew that these retro fish were so exotic!
"Are you going my way?" You are if you love the Milky Way Candy Bar.
Chocolate malt nougat, topped with caramel and then covered with milk chocolate, this bar has everything required in a classic candy bar. A real oldie, coming out in 1923. The Milky Way Candy Bar definitely has staying power. So delicious and satisfying, the old fashion candy Milky Way bar is definitely out of this world!
A brilliant, sweet rainbow of flavours! Skittles Candy is a must-have. Every morsel of this chewy, mouth-watering candy is not only bright and colourful but is matched with an intense fruity taste that is second to none. Skittles Candy gave us their most delicious rainbow of flavours in 1979. Now there are many more besides the originals. These include Skittles Sour, Skittles Brightside, Skittles Wildberry, and even Skittles Sweet Heat. Time to make up for a childhood with only the Skittles Original. What about you, which one will you try next?
Tootsie Roll Candy is an old fashion candy, a nostalgic taste of days gone by. In a class by themselves, as I've never come across another candy quite like a Tootsie Roll. Not a caramel, and not a taffy either, but a chewy bite of a yummy chocolate tasting candy. These were the very first penny candy ever sold. These old fashioned candies were even given to soldiers as part of their ration. I make it a rule to never ration my intake of Tootsie Rolls! We've been unwrapping these sweet treats since 1907!
You either love it or absolutely hate it. But Halloween or Thanksgiving would not be the same without the sweet edition of Candy Corn. But who needs an occasion for this sweet snack? This is a very old fashion candy. Candy Corn first came out in 1880 but was known as "Chicken feed" back then. I think the name change to Candy Corn sounds much more appealing. Candy Corn can be enjoyed at any time of the year, Halloween or not!
There's a reason that these are the number one selling candy brand in North America. Nothing in the whole world is quite as perfect as the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups also come in some new variations like white chocolate, crunchy, king size, and even dark chocolate. Reese's also makes Reese's Pieces another old fashion candy we love to indulge in. They now have Reese's Pieces filled peanut butter cups! The Reese's brand is truly iconic, coming out in 1928, and is recognized worldwide.
21. Hershey's Kisses
What is sweeter than a kiss? A Hershey's Kiss! This is the kiss we all crave, after all its chocolate! These sweet morsels of Hershey's famous chocolate with their distinctive shape are still as popular as their debut in 1907. No one knows exactly why they're called "kisses". Some say it was because of the sound the machine made as they came out. It's a sweet name in any case. It's hard to just eat one, but at Candy Funhouse we have the Giant Hershey's Kiss because one kiss is just never enough!
M&M's are an old fashioned candy favourite! They first came out in 1941, and are still as popular today as ever. M&M's Candy is sold in over 100 countries and there are over 40 million individual M&M's Chocolate Candies made every day. The original M&M's Candy was bright candy-coated milk chocolate. The second introduction was M&M's with peanuts. Now M&M's Candy has extensively expanded its flavours. M&M's Candy now comes in peanut butter, pretzel, dark chocolate, caramel, almond and even strawberry. Any and every one of M&M's flavours is delicious. So go on, try them all, and let them "melt in your mouth, not in your hands".
Life Savers came out in 1912. These old fashioned candies are a standby in the candy world. I remember getting the Christmas edition of Life Savers every year, it always marked the occasion so perfectly. Life Savers originally only came in the Pep-O-MInt flavour. It wasn't until 1935 that Life Savers included the colourful rolls that I remember eating. These flavours consisted of lemon, lime, orange, cherry and pineapple. We can't forget the Butter Rum Life Savers. They are absolutely delicious. Life Savers even come in a gummy form now. But nothing beats that hard candy with the hole in the middle, that quickly becomes so easy to crunch!
After all, Life Savers are "a hole lot of fun!"
24. Laffy Taffy
The chewy sweetness of Laffy Taffy just cannot be compared to any other. Laffy Taffy still comes with its signature joke on the wrapper, so you get a good laugh and a delicious candy! Laffy Taffy is an intensely flavoured and very long-lasting taffy. Perfect for a snack and a laugh at your desk when the workday feels like it'll never end. It comes in Cherry, Grape, Watermelon, Strawberry and my favourite, Banana. There's also a new edition to Laffy Taffy, Guava Pineapple this is inspired by the tropical tastes of Mexico! Laffy Taffy is a staple retro candy to keep in your stash. It has been around since the 1970s and has become a classic retro candy. By the way, What has no legs but can do the splits? A banana! What's your favourite Laffy Taffy joke?
You might like it sweet, but there's always room for some exciting, bold sour candy flavour. Get ready to make your lips pucker like never before. Warheads want you to get in touch with your sour side! Warheads are retro candy that originally came from Taiwan. They hit North America in 1980. Upon eating a Warheads candy you will experience about thirty seconds full of regret. With its torturous sour taste, your face will contort, and with those sour squinting eyes you'll think you can't possibly take anymore. But then surprise, these candies will magically transform into a sweet, fruity tasting candy. There's nothing quite like a Warhead, a must-have for the sour candy lover! So go on and get your camera's ready. Get your friends to try them and snap their funny faces. We dare you!
Just the smell of Cotton Candy will make you feel like your in the middle of a fun-filled carnival. There is nothing quite like this sweet fluffy stuff. Cotton Candy was invented by a dentist of all people who just happened to be a lawyer too. It used to be called "Fairy Floss" and in some parts of the world, it still goes by that name. But the name Cotton Candy stuck with us here in North America. Cotton Candy is a unique candy experience. It's a very tactile food and should be eaten with extreme enjoyment. There's always time for this good old fashioned candy treat!
A candy that transforms into a gum. Razzles are awesome! It's like two candies in one! Razzles is a must-have retro candy. They first came out in 1966. No childhood is complete without Razzles. They have a magical quality to them that we will always love. Razzles still come in their original great flavour, but they have since expanded into, Razzles Sour, Razzles Tropical, and also Razzles Fizzles. Do you remember the jingle? "First it's a candy and then it's a gum-Little round Razzles are so much fun!"
These are always "beary" delicious. Coming in a multitude of fruity flavours, these old fashion candies have been satisfying our sweet tooth since the 1920s! Haribo was the original maker but since then many other brands also make Gummi Bears. These small little treats are perfect for candy buffets since they come in an array of colours and flavours. At Candy Funhouse you can seriously indulge your love of Gummi Bears. We carry The Worlds Largest Gummi Bear coming in at 5 pounds, 10 inches tall. Now that's a Gummi Bear!
Because no candy lover's life is complete without the edition of a classic bubblegum! Dubble Bubble is an old fashion favourite. We've been chewing it since 1928! Just the smell of a piece of Dubble Bubble can make you revert back to being a kid again. It not only tastes great, but it blows the best bubbles ever. There is no other bubblegum with its distinctive taste and yummy scent. Even as an adult there's still something exciting about unwrapping that bright pink wrapper. Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum is our favourite retro bubblegum!
Our list would not be complete without some classic licorice candy. Twizzlers are the most popular licorice candy that is consumed in North America. Here's an interesting fact-only the black licorice from Twizzlers has real licorice extract in it. Red or black licorice, Nibs or the original, it's an old fashioned candy that the world certainly loves to eat. Twizzlers make one million miles of the stuff every year! That amounts to circling the globe 40 times! It's even a part of the famous boxer, Floyd Mayweather's pre-fight diet. Twizzlers licorice candy also has the ability to be used as a straw! Just bite both ends off and voila, you have a straw that's even environmentally friendly, not to mention delicious!
We hope you loved our Top 30 candy selection as much as we enjoyed writing about them and sampling all this yummy candy! Let us know if we missed any of your favourite candies that you think should have made the list.
Go ahead and indulge, try all 30 and feel like a kid again!