14 everlasting candies introduced in the 1970s

We still haven't finished those Gobstoppers we picked up during 'Star Wars.'

It seems like candy was on everybody's mind in the 1970s. All you had to do was turn on the radio for proof — people were still singing "Sugar Sugar," leading into hits like "Coconut" and "Candy-O," while bands like Wild Cherry and Hot Chocolate were rocketing to the top of the charts like an Astropop. Of course, the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory would inspire an entire line of treats… some of which we'll get to in a bit.

It's no wonder so many new candies hit the market that decade. Here are some memorable debuts from the '70s.

1. Bottle Caps

1972

The sweet and sour circles were somewhat akin to the nine-year-old SweeTarts, only with the slight fizziness of a soda pop. Though, Willy Wonka Co. did up the fizz with Fizzy Bottle Caps. At one point, there was a lemon-lime flavor, but that has been since replaced with cherry.

Image: Dan Goodsell / Flickr

2. Charms Blow Pops

1973

A candy and bubble gum in one! This sucker was originally developed as the "Triple Treat." In 1973, it was branded the Charms Blow Pop with the slogan "2 Treats in 1." Which begs the question: What happened to the third treat? What was the third treat? The stick? 

Image: Dan Goodsell / Flickr

3. Fun Dip

1973

Lik-M-Aid dates back to the WWII era, but in the 1970s Wonka rebranded the sugary powder Fun Dip and added a crucial element — the Lik-A-Stix. Before that, one had to mearly pour the stuff down your throat. Which some kids still did anyway. But how great was it to eat the utensil?

Image: Jason Liebig courtesy of Collecting Candy

4. Pop Rocks

1975

General Foods introduced these mouth ticklers in the mid-decade before taking them off the market in 1983. And, no, not because Mikey ate them with Coca-Cola and blew up his tummy. Thankfully, they made a comeback.

Image: Sun Times

5. York Peppermint Pattie

1975

This, too, was technically not a new treat. The York Cone Company had been making them for more than 50 years. However, they were more a regional candy. In 1972, York was acquired by Peter Paul, which launched the York Peppermint Pattie nationally in 1975. Finally, all of America could "Get the Sensation."

Image: Peter Paul / YouTube

6. Everlasting Gobstoppers

1976

Yep, Wonka again. Was anyone in history better at naming candy than Roald Dahl? We still have a gobstopper in our mouth from 1978 that has yet to dissolve.

Image: Candy Crate

7. Jelly Belly

1976

David Klein, the fellow pictured here buried in candy, invented these flavor-packed niblets in a California ice cream parlor 40 years ago. The original flavors were Very Cherry, Tangerine, Lemon, Green Apple, Grape, Licorice, Root Beer, and Cream Soda. Booger and Buttered Popcorn would come much later.

Image: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

8. Ring Pops

1976

The Topps baseball card company earned this patent four decade ago. Make-believe engagements have never been the same since.

Image: Jason Liebig courtesy of Collecting Candy

9. Reese's Pieces

1978

It wasn't until 1982 that these M&Ms competitor truly took off, thanks to a certain extraterrestrial.

Image: Hershey's Archive

10. Whatchamacallit

1978

Another brilliant name proved that Hershey's could compete with Wonka in the playful branding department. The moniker was dreamt up by Patricia Volk, who worked at the agency handling the Hershey's account.

Image: Hershey's / YouTube

11. Twix

1979

It's hard to believe this beloved candy bar was introduced to the United States about a decade after Matt Damon. The caramel-cookie bars constantly top favorite candy lists. You'd think they'd have been around for ages. First produced in the U.K. in 1967, Twix took another dozen years to cross the Atlantic.

Image: Mars / YouTube

12. Charleston Chew, Strawberry and Chocolate

1970s

The standard vanilla flavor of this jaw exercise had been around for half a century before the Chocolate and Strawberry flavors were introduced at some point in the 1970s. Which is your favorite?

Image: jonmankuta / Flickr

13. Dynamints

1970s

Dentyne declared war on Tic Tac with these pocket-sized candies. And lost.

Image: Gone But Not Forgotten Groceries

14. Laffy Taffy

1970s

Beich's ("Say 'Bike's'" the label proclaimed) first sold these fruity chews as Banana Caramels and other flavors. Wonka swept in and purchased the brand, making it the joke-wrapped wonder we all traded on Halloween.

Image: Jason Liebig courtesy of Collecting Candy / Flickr

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