American Candy - whats all the fuss about??

America loves candy, snacks, large portions and amazing concoctions but candy features heavily and it’s no secret that these sweet treats are a big part of the culture. There are hundreds of candies made in America that have made their way into other countries such as Hersey’s chocolate and Mars, the maker of M & M’s. But today, we will be taking a look at 10 candies that are mega popular in the USA.

We've chosen not to rank them as everyone has their own favourites - which are yours? And, what are you looking to try?

Mike & Ike

Express your fruit flavour! With the original candy you know and love! The original MIKE AND IKE chewy flavoured candies with real fruit juice and now packed with 'fruchewy' amplified flavour, have been loved by kids and adults alike for over 75 years. There's nothing like the original fruits candy! As they say, a great candy isn’t made……..It’s Just Born


This is a classic American candy in a variety of flavours including cherry, watermelon, raspberry, pineapple and orange. They come in a range of hard & soft candies but are best known for being ring shaped, and coming in distinctive paper wrapped aluminium foil rolls. The name comes from the life saving ring of the same design.


Warheads is a brand of sour or tart candy manufactured by Impact Confections located in Janesville, Wisconsin. They are marketed as an 'extreme' candy with an intense sour flavour. They have proven to be very popular, especially with young children; in 1999, Warheads were referred to as a "$40 million brand"


Introduced in 1923, Butterfinger is a candy bar manufactured by the Ferrara Candy Company, a subsidiary of Ferrero. The bar consists of a layered crispy peanut butter core covered in chocolate


A fruit snack from the Betty Crocker brand,Fruit Gushers (sometimes simply Gushers) were introduced in 1991. Targeted at children, they were acorn-shaped with a soft "licorice-like" exterior and a liquid inside, included "strawberries and pear puree concentrate", and came in two flavou

rs: "Strawberry Splash" and "Gushin' Grape". A contemporary Sun-Sentinel review said that the insides oozed rather than gushed, and found the confectionary surprisingly pleasant.

Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy is a brand of taffy candies produced by the Ferrara Candy Company, a subsidiary of Ferrero[1]. The candies are small, individually wrapped taffy rectangles available in a variety of colours and artificial fruit flavours, including banana, strawberry, green apple, grape, blueberry, watermelon, blue raspberry, and cherry. The name ‘Laffy Taffy’ refers to the texture of the taffy but with the added extra of the Laffy which refers to the joke which is printed on the inside of each wrapper.

Jolly Ranchers

Jolly Rancher is an American brand of sweet hard candy, gummies, fruit chews, jelly beans, lollipops, gelatin desserts, gum, and sodas. It is currently owned by The Hershey Company. The product was originally produced by the Jolly Rancher Company, founded by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen of Golden, Colorado in November 1949 and originally made ice cream.

Tootsie Rolls

As the iconic treat that launched America’s favourite candy company, Tootsie Roll, offers a perfectly-balanced cocoa taste, lined with a subtle, fruit-flavoured undertone—all incorporated into a delicious treat. The long-lasting, delightfully chewable candy—the number one-selling chewy chocolaty candy in America—has been made with the same recipe since 1896, when Leo Hirshfield, an Austrian immigrant, opened a small candy shop in New York City, producing the first individually wrapped penny candy from a recipe he brought from Europe.

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