Pop Rocks

Pop Rocks

Inventing a new candy can be somewhat akin to reinventing the wheel, but when Pop Rocks exploded onto the market in the 70s, they were unlike any confection that preceded them. Word-of-mouth quickly propelled them to the top of the "must have" list among young consumers, and also contributed to one of the most fanciful urban legends of all time. We'll get to that in a moment but first, let's take a look back at the origins of this effervescent treat. Continue reading...

Smarties

Smarties

You've just spent the evening knocking on every neighborhood door within sight, watching your pillowcase or plastic jack o' lantern gradually fill with tasty confections. Returning home, you eagerly dump out the rewards of your labor and scan to see what you've collected. And, much like every other kid who has ever performed this ritual, you are likely to come across a few rolls of little tablet-shaped candies wrapped in clear plastic. Both sweet and tangy, with a distinct powdery consistency, Smarties have been a staple of Halloween for over six decades. Continue reading...

Zots

Zots

There is a segment of the population that has long preferred their candy have a little pucker power. There is certainly no shortage of sour flavors in the sweets aisle, as companies wage battle to deliver the most eye-watering, face-contorting punch that money can buy. And yet, with all of these choices, legions of fans remain loyal to the sour candy that has served them for decades, Zotz. A Trojan horse of the confectionery world, Zotz start out as a seemingly innocent hard candy. But delve a little further and soon, a powdery substance lurking in the center is unexpectedly (at least for the uninitiated) unleashed, prepared to attack the taste buds with fizzy ferocity. Continue reading...

Dum Dum Pops

Dum Dum Pops

A staple of trick or treat sacks for decades, Dum Dum Pops are more than just a Halloween delicacy. Since their debut in 1924, adults have kept a supply of these flavorful confections on hand at the bank, doctor's office, or any other place that a fidgety kid might benefit from a flavorful distraction, making them the second most popular lollipop of all time. Continue reading...

Candy Apples

Candy Apples

Nothing says Halloween and hometown goodness like a good, old-fashioned candy apple. These sugar coated, bright-red delights (or variations thereof,) are classic autumn treats for many Western cultures, especially at festivals for Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, since the two holidays fall shortly after apple harvests take place. And luckily, many confection stores now offer them year-round, enabling you get a candy apple fix whenever your nostalgic heart desires. Continue reading...

Wax Bottles

Wax Bottles

Okay, you really weren’t supposed to eat them, but how were kids to know? After all, they were in the candy aisle. Technically though, the liquid inside was the candy, not the wax container that surrounded it - which didn’t stop kids from ingesting enough wax to turn their digestive tract into a candle, sans the wick. That’s right, we’re talking about the wax bottles of our youth. Continue reading...

Candy Corn

Candy Corn

It isn’t always easy to get kids to eat their vegetables, but create a faux candy version and they will eat it by the bushel. Such is the case of candy corn, perhaps the most enduring Halloween confection of all time. The tri-colored kernels of yummy goodness date back well over a century, and in recent years, have received a few makeovers to colorfully coordinate with other popular holidays. But it is the traditional original version that endures, to the tune of 20 million pounds of stuff sold each year - enough that, if each kernel were laid end to end, would supposedly wrap around the earth four times. That’s a lot of corn. Let's take a closer look at this annual delicacy that seems to bring out the sweet tooth in all of us. Continue reading...

Gold Mine

Gold Mine

The art of creative packaging has sold a lot of candy to a lot of kids. Find a unique way to market your confection and you could be looking at a gold mine of profits. Perhaps that was the inspiration for Gold Mine gum, little golden nuggets of chewy goodness, cleverly packaged in a burlap sack. Continue reading...