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Candy Craze

Updated on April 25, 2017
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What's your favorite bag of skittles?

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Skittles

This tasty little candy was created by The Mars Company, which was started back in 1911 by none other than Frank C. Mars.

Skittles, was first distributed out in stores for consumer purchase in 1974, starting in Europe. However, they did not make it on shelves in America until 1982.

Nowadays, this popular candy that has my kids begging for a bag every time we go inside the store, is now produced through The Wrigley Company, who merged and started working with Mars in 2008.

Skittles have since evolved to incorporate new and different flavor bags over the years like; Wild Berry Skittles, this skittle has a fizzy powder coating and was developed in 1989. Tart and Tangy Skittles which were discontinued in 1989, and later replaced by the sour skittles in 2000; and, lastly, Darkside Skittles, developed in 2013.

Another development that took place in 2013 had makers of Skittles replace the original lime with new green apple flavor. Needless to say, my daughter remains unhappy with their choice on that one. Lime is now known as Midnight Lime and can be found in the "dark side" skittle bag.

The other flavors in that bag include: Blood Orange; Oh, isn't that a kid enticing name? Pomegranate; Did the chefs at Food Network come up with that one? Forbidden Fruit; Uhm, is it just me, or does that name seem to suggest sin? Finally, the flavor Dark Berry...

Yes, that yummy fruit flavored candy with its original flavors of orange, grape, lime, lemon, and strawberry, has come a long way and are still one of the favorites of children across the globe.

What's your favorite golden wrapper to open?

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Werther's Originals

Werther's originals were introduced 112 years ago in the year 1903. Based in Germany, the German company, August Storck, manufactured this caramel delight for many years.

Some may still wonder today where the name Werther's came from...and, in fact, the name came from the town where the company originated Werther's in Westphalia.

For many years, this candy was branded under the name Werther's Echte and did not become the well-known name we know now, Werther's Originals, until the 1990s. This took place when the candy made its international debut. Thus, changed the location of the manufacturing site to the town of Halle.

Like many other candies, Werther's has gone on to bigger taste to suit many different taste buds. The original flavor of caramel, has now expanded into toffee, chocolate, and for people who prefer sugar free, they have a sugar-free original caramel, a caramel coffee swirl, and a caramel mint swirl.

Werther's is a favorite worldwide and with a 112 year history behind them, these sweet treats will be around another 112.

Hey, I wonder if then-president Teddy Roosevelt licked his lips to some lip-smacking Werther's caramels??

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My favorite Starburst is Pink, what's yours?

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Starburst

I will now introduce, more strawberry, lemon, orange, and lime candies. These tasty fruit chews known today as Starburst were invented in the UK back in 1960 under the name Opal Fruits. It wasn’t until 1967 when the Opal Fruits made its way to America did the name change to Starburst.

The expansion of this chewy favorite next jumped on the band wagon like other candy companies and launched candies such as: Strawberry Fruit Chews in1984, followed by Starburst Tropical Fruit Chews in 1988, and California Fruit Chews in 1989. Later, when 1995 rolled around the Starburst jellybean showed up on candy shelves, and finally the Sour Starburst in 2002.

The Opal Fruits name had been totally wiped out back in 1998 when the Starburst name reached international acceptance.

Starburst has continuously experimented with different candies with all the signature flavors, and I suspect they will continue.

I wonder if I was to see Ryan Gosling on the street would he be eating some Starburst? It is his favorite candy after all.


Which is your favorite Reeses cup?

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Reeses

The original founder of The Reese Candy Company H.B. Reese, first came up with his candy company idea while working for the Hershey’s Chocolate Companies dairy farm.

From the spark of an idea to a basement beginning from his home on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey Pennsylvania, he started tirelessly making his candy empire. His Reeses Peanut Butter Cups were invented in 1928 with an array of some other sugar delights.

After the depression, the Reese Candy Company finally had taken off in the mid 1930s with the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup on top. Enough so that in 1935, Mr. Reese started marketing the delicious cups separate from his other confections of sweet.

Keeping great relations with the Hershey’s Company through the years, it was Hershey’s that supplied the chocolate coating to the yummy peanut butter.

Today, a wide assortment of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups exists. Including; The Big cup, The mini cups, and the caramel layered cup. Are you licking your fingers while eating one yet?

What's your favorite heads?

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Lemonheads

The Ferrara Pan Company produced these yellow balls of sour in 1962.

The Lemonheads are processed and made using a unique method that includes revolving pans rotating all while adding the color, flavor, and other candy ingredients. This process continues until the desired size is achieved.

The Lemonheads have maintained being the most successful of all candies made of its time. Ferrara Pan Company produces 500 million Lemonheads yearly.

Through the years, several other flavors have been developed including; Grapeheads, Cherryheads, Orangeheads, and Appleheads. However, it is the Lemonheads that remain the favorite of consumers everywhere.

Hey, heres a tip; If you are anticipating your first kiss toss a lemonhead in your mouth for the perfect pucker...


Quiz: Can you remember?


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Candy! Who doesn't love the sweet, and sometimes sour stuff? Listed is 5 of mine and my kids favorites, but the candy craze is unlimited. What's your favorite? :)


All photos courtesy of wikimedia commons and flickr

© 2015 Missy Smith

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oops! Gosh Missy, are you spying on me? How the heck did you know that I am right this minute stuffing my face with chocolate bridge mix??!

      I do love CANDY....and cookies, pie, cake, cream puffs. Oh dear it's a curse called a sweet tooth.

      I love your hub and you're right, it's a really cool thing to write about!

      I flunked the quiz big time! I need to go brush the sugar from my teeth!!

      Honestly, I'd rather take a bite of Ryan Gosling than any candy! (I'm a dirty old lady!)

      UP+++tweeted

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Hahahaaa... That's hilarious fpherj48. Thanks for liking this hub. I wasn't quite sure anyone would, but I wanted to venture away from just poetry on a few.

      Thanks again for your support. :)))

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      Kai 22 months ago

      interesting as I live for candy!

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting and fun hub Missy. I don't think I have ever read a hub about candy before. I don't really have a sweet tooth other than chocolate, but I do like candy that has a tang like starburst, lemon heads and some skittles. Voted up.

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jodah....LMAO!! OK, I believe you. What did you say my friend? "I don't really have a sweet tooth other than chocolate, starburst, lemon heads & some skittles." Is your sweet tooth in denial??? LOL! You're funny!

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Paula, I am in denial about a lot of things..but don't tell anyone.

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, my best buddy from Amsterdam, Kai.

      Haha...Jodah, we don't like to admit our weakness to the sweet stuff when we become adults. But honestly, I believe you, these are my kids' favorites. I rarely eat the stuff. Lol... :D I always enjoy your comments!!

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      haikutwinkle 22 months ago

      Cool hub! The variety of sweets are mind blowing. The vocabularies used to describe those candies are vibrant and colorful. Thanks for sharing, Missy Smith.

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      my gosh I thought I was reading ads for candy companies.. LOL I dont do candy .. but skittles would have been my candy of choice good share my friend

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Creative! Thanks for the info on the candy and companies. Anything chocolate for me and of course, Werthers. Now I feel the need for some candy.

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Thanks so much haikutwinkle. I'm glad you enjoyed this silly little article I came up with. I had fun putting it together. :)

      Honestly, Frank Atanacio, I don't do candy that much either. Lol.... But, when I occasionally buy my kids a treat I may try a piece or two. ;)

      Thanks, MsDora. I wanted to show a different side of me. I wanted to show that I am not all serious all the time, I do have a fun side. I keep my inner child with me. Werthers, out of that list is my favorite. If I eat candy, I eat Werthers. My daughter's father used to keep me a bag when we were dating. It's a lovely memory! ;)

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, I am a big chocolate fiend LOL, but I have to abstain nowadays and just treat myself on special occasions. This is a fun hub and I love your selfies there on the candy ads, so to speak.

      Blessings

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Lol...Thanks Faith. My daughter did not want me to use those selfies. However, I want originality, whether they are silly or just ugly. You have to put yourself out there sometimes. :)

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      I understand about daughters, believe me : ) ... they have to realize that their moms have their own creative and unique side and understand they is much more to their mom ...plus they add so much personality here!

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      I had a friend of mine look at them. He absolutely cracked up at the Lemonhead picture of me. I said wonderful, that's just what I want people who read this to do; smile and laugh. So, I kept them as part of this article. lol.... Thanks Faith. You're as sweet as candy!! :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 22 months ago

      Missy!

      Now I want to run out in the worst way and go buy candy!

      I love grape sour lemons. Reese cups are my absolute favorite and hence where my child nickname originated from! "Peanut"

      Love chocolate Hershey bars especially with Almonds.

      Lived in Pa and visited the Hershey chocolate plant one time when I was

      in grade school. It was fun and we left with a candy bar! :-)

      Thanks for the memories. Well done~ shared & up. :-)

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      I don't know many people who actually like the grape heads, better than the lemon. I would say you are unique in that Jo. :)

      It must have been super fun to visit the Chocolate factory. Was it anything like the Willy Wonka story? lol... I love that movie!

      I'm so glad you liked this piece. I'm trying my hardest to come up with some different things to write about, just to keep things interesting. Thanks for sharing! :))

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      whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

      Many of my favorites my friend. Nicely done. whonu

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Thank you for stopping by and visiting my candy shop whonunuwho. :)

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      poetryman6969 22 months ago

      Looks like I have some different flavors of Reese's to try out.

      Lemonheads remind me of Lemon Grab on Adventure Time!

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      Missy Smith 22 months ago from Florida

      Yeah, it's funny poetry man, I never really notice the other Reese's either. I go straight for the original. It was when I was writing this that it dawned on me that there were others. I'm like....Oh yeah, I remember seeing those now. :) thanks for stopping in.

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