Decades of Decadence Pt. II5 min read
We’re back with more of your favorite candies from the fifties onward. Ready to see if your favorites made the cut? Well, get ready for a snack attack because we’re diving right back in with the second and final part of our series: Decades of Decadence. First, we’ll remind you which candies made the cut last week:
- 20s: Baby Ruth & Charleston Chews
- 30s: Snickers & 3 Musketeers
- 40s: M&Ms & Jolly Ranchers
Just Born, the candy company that created Mike and Ikes and Peeps, released Hot Tamales candies in 1950. The cinnamon flavored chewy candies, like the candy company that creates them, haven’t changed much since their inception. The company, a family-owned operation out of Pennsylvania, is still operating much in the same way they did in the 1950s, although they produce much more candy now than they did then. According to their website, Hot Tamales are still America’s top-selling cinnamon chew!
Mambas, a package of 6 fruit chews with an unmistakable scent, was released in 1953 by a German company. Now with 18-24 pieces per package, Mambas still have the same original four flavors: strawberry, raspberry, lemon, and orange. With a line of sour candies which they released in 2007, these classics haven’t changed much since their beginning and are just as flavorful as they were in the 50s!
Opal Fruits were a 1960 invention of the Mars candy company. Never heard of them? Maybe you’ve heard of them by their American name, M&Ms Fruit Chews, which was released in 1967. Still no? They did have another name change which might be more notable: Starbursts. After a few years of toying around with names and flavors, the candy hit its stride. Now, starbursts come in the standard flavors as well as other novelty flavors including “Tropical” and “FaveReds” which is a bad of all red and pink colored fruit chews.
In 1966, you could walk into a corner store and get $100,000 in for just around ten cents in pocket change. Well, a $100,000 Bar, that is. Originally pronounced “one-hundred thousand dollar bar” the name changed in the 1980s and the 100 Grand candy bar has been giving people a taste of the good life ever since. Used regularly in comedy sketches for its name, the 100 Grand has been nearly unchanged, other than its name, since its release.
Kids giggled all the way to the corner store in the 1970s to get their daily dose of Laffy Taffy. The name in and of itself is actually just a funny explanation of the candy itself. Laffy is obviously a reference to laughing due to the jokes written on the packaging of the candies, while taffy is actually just a callback to its origins as toffee. Toffee is actually the basis of how the candy came to be. However, taffy is a newer (origins in the early 1800s) version of toffee which is a much harder substance. We like this name a lot more than the original: Beich’s flavored caramels.
Blow Pops gained popularity in the 1970s and a rivalry was formed between the Charms Candy Company responsible for them and the Tootsie Pop which children had loved since the 1930s. Bubblegum was a fresh idea for the candy-filled center, and kids loved them (although, tiny bits of sucker getting stuck in the gum made it hard to actually blow a bubble). The Battle of the Blow Pops was short-lived, however. Tootsie bought out the Charms Candy Company in 1988 making the Blow Pop just another extension of their brand.