Candy is one of America’s most loved treats. When you were a child, you almost certainly consumed more than you should have done. However, most people know little about how this amazing product came about and became so popular. You can take a look at the infographic if you want a more in-depth history, but the one listed on this page contains lots of information on the most interesting milestones.
During the 1800s, Candy Corn, Juicy Fruit, and Tootsie Rolls were first released onto the market. Candy Corn came in 1880 and is still the best selling Halloween candy. Juicy Fruit appeared in 1893 and Tootsie Rolls in 1896. They were the first candy products to be sold in the US.
Once we’d reached the 1990s, chocolate was much cheaper, and so candy companies expanded their range. 1900 saw the release of Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar. By 1908, the first Toblerones had made it onto our shelves.
Throughout the 1920s, there were many more advancements in the design of candy bars. The Milky Way, of which we have all become familiar, was first sold in 1923. In 1928, the Dum Dums lollipops you loved as a kid became a big hit.
Moving forwards in time slightly, the 1940s saw the release of M&M’s, Junior Mints, and Smarties. M&M’s came out in 1941. Junior Mints and Smarties were both sold by 1948.
We won’t go any further as some of the people reading will be more than aware of what happened in the candy industry after the 1940s. However, you can learn more from the infographic.