11 classic candies introduced in the 1960s
Those were some sweet and sour times.
The 1960s were a candy-colored decade. Rooms were decorated with bright red and orange chairs that looked carved out of bubblegum and coated with M&Ms shell. There were lemon-yellow mini skirts, candy-apple Mustangs and lime-green lamps.
It's no wonder so many popular fruit-flavored candies were born in the decade. What a time to be a trick-or-treater.
Here are 11 popular candies that first hit the market in the Swingin' Sixties. Which is your favorite?
Starburst wall clocks were all the rage in midcentury interior design. Perhaps that is what inspired the name of this popular chew. A man in England won £5 in a contest to name the new Mars candy. Well, that would afford him a few packs, at least.
Image: Mars / Jason Liebig courtesy of Collecting Candy
It's surprisingly difficult to pinpoint when exactly these red fish were introduced to the American public, but it was around the dawn of the decade. The gummies are indeed Swedish, designed for the North American market. Today, more than 7,000 metric tons of Swedish Fish are produced annually.
Chicago's Ferrara Candy Company introduced these sour little orbs after founder Salvatore Ferrara noted the oblong shape of his grandson's head.
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Dentists likely had mixed feelings about this sticky, taffy-like treat. The original slogan proclaimed, "Eat Some Now, Kid." Just look at all the flavors once on offer — banana, wild cherry, cinnamon, watermelon, chocolate…
Of course the space race would influece the snacking habits of American youth. We all wanted to be astronauts.
Joseph Fish Smith invented these after hearing complaints from parents that Pixy Stix were too messy. The formula is essentially the same, merely pressed into round tablets.
Do you remember the jingle? "First it's a candy, then it's a gum. Little round Razzles are so much fun." Originally, they were merely raspberry flavored, hence the name. In the modern age of a million varieties, you can chew on Blaze'n Blueberry, Gushin' Grape, Strawberry-Bana and so many other made-up fruit flavors.
The sour bombs trace their origin back to Italy. That sour burst would radically change the candy industry. A couple decades later, kids couldn't get enough of extremely sour tongue assaults like Warheads.
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Fruit Stripe Gum
Its flavor may have lasted less time than the latest Archies single, but this nifty colored gum quickly became a favorite. The unique stripe pattern certainly helped. Beech-Nut originally produced the chewing gum, but it is now produced by Ferrara.
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