Sweet Tooth Memories from the 1990s

Candy of the 90s was whimsical, with fun and colorful packaging and zany ad campaigns. 90’s candy fans will love this list, as it’s a blast from the past. Some of these sweet treats are still available, while others have been discontinued. Here are the top 10 best candies of the 90’s.

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Cow Tales Are Chewy Caramel Treats

Cow Tales are still sold today, so it’s not too late to enjoy this classic 90’s candy. While Cow Tales soared in popularity during the 90’s, they’ve been available since 1984. The candies are slim cylinders of chewy caramel, with creamy filling. The company offers Cow Tales in a range of fun and tasty flavors. The mini candies are the ultimate bite-sized indulgence. Cow Tales of all flavors and sizes taste great and the packaging for Cow Tales is cute, thanks to a funny cartoon cow. Sometimes, people forget just how delicious retro candy was. Since it’s still possible to buy Cow Tales and revisit the great caramel and cream flavor all over again, enjoying Cow Tales will be a perfect way to relive the 90’s.

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Colorful Jawbreakers

Remember jawbreakers? These round candies feature inner layers of many different colors. When you suck on a jawbreaker and pull it out of your mouth occasionally, you’ll see new colors that make enjoying this sweet, hard candy really fun. Some people can’t resist the urge to bite through jawbreakers as soon as they’re able to. Some jawbreakers have centers that taste different than the outer layers and these centers can be extra delicious. Some jawbreakers are huge and hard to bite through. Others are small and easy to crunch. Jawbreakers were very popular during the 90’s and certain jawbreaker candy brands, such as Gobstoppers, are still around today. Most convenience stores and candy stores offer jawbreakers. They’re a classic retro candy that kids love. Easy to find and generally very affordable, jawbreakers can be long-lasting treats. Lots of different candy companies manufacture jawbreakers, so consumers have options.

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Pixy Stix Have Timeless Appeal

Pixy Stix are sugary powder treats that have a fascinating origin story. During the 1940s, a drink mix called Fruzola Jr. was sold, which cost just a penny. It was produced by a firm called the Fruzola Company. Children started eating the drink mix powder right out of its packaging, without adding water. The drink mix powder had a sour, sweet taste that kids just couldn’t resist. When Fruzola execs realized that kids loved the powder, minus the H20, a new and glorious candy soon followed. Nestlê, which owns the Willy Wonka candy company, acquired the rights to Pixy Stix candy back in the 50s. Today, these candy-filled straws are still available from the Willy Wonka candy company. They’re easy to find online and may be on sale in your own community, too. Inside of each straw, there’s a fruity candy powder. There are variety packs for sale which allow Pixy Stix fans to sample all of the flavors. There are even king-sized candy sticks which are much larger than the regular-sized Pixy Stix.

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Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape

This was a classic found around school yards, playgrounds, arcades, malls, or wherever kids could be found in the 90’s. Chances are you’d also see some Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape hanging around with them. You could spot the packaging by it’s bright colors and signature “hockey puck like” shape. Each standard Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape container has six feet (or 1.8 meters) of rolled up bubble gum goodness inside. It is also available in a “King Size” and “Mega Roll’ sizes, both of which measure in at 9 feet (or 2.7 meters) and 10 feet (or 3 meters) respectively. The gum, and specifically the container, make it great for sharing! Simply pull out the length of gum you want from your, or your friend’s, bubble tape container and snap it shut to slice off the the bubble tape at the desired length. That said, it was also great for some stealth bubble gum action, as the same method could be used to discretely grab yourself a piece of gum, at any length, at any time, talk about awesome! Hubba Bubba first introduced Bubble Tape in the late 80’s but it reached its highest heights of popularity during the 90’s. The gum is made by the Wrigley Company, who makes a plethora of other products, and this is one of their gum products that was heavily marketed specifically towards pre-teen kids. We say “was” because while the candy is certainly still around, the marketing has all but disappeared compared to the 90’s. That said, like we just mentioned, Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape is very much still around, and you can find it at basically any grocery store, pharmacy or dedicated candy shop in your area so you can easily re-live this 90’s classic or give it a try for the first time!

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Wonder Ball Candy Comes With A Surprise

This fun candy was a big hit in the 90’s and it’s still around these days. It’s made by a company called Frankford, which has been offering great candy to kids of all ages since 1947. For a while, the Wonder Ball wasn’t available, but the team at Frankford decided to bring it back. This classic candy is a hollow chocolate ball that’s wrapped in foil. Once the chocolate ball is opened, a delicious candy is revealed. Wonder Ball candies also come with exciting stickers that are very child-friendly and fun. Surprises in Wonder Ball candies do vary and that’s part of the fun. There are a trio of Wonder Ball candy types to choose from. There’s the Original Wonder Ball, which features a candy surprise, as well as stickers. There’s also a Wonder Ball Plus Prize, which has the usual Wonder Ball elements, plus an extra prize that’s collectible. The third option is Wonder Ball Minis, which are meant to be shared. They come with a couple of smaller Wonder Balls, as well as stickers. The Wonder Ball may remind you of another popular candy, called the Kinder Surprise. It’s the same type of concept. The Kinder Surprise is an egg-shaped hollow chocolate, with an inner milky layer. It contains a plastic pod which has a toy inside. While the Kinder Surprise toys are similar to Wonder Ball candy, there is a difference. The toys inside of Kinder Surprise candies aren’t edible which is why they’re banned in the States. With Wonder Ball candy, kids can eat the candy surprise. Now that Wonder Ball candy is back, 90’s kids can enjoy it as they reminisce about the good old days.

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Tear Jerkers Are Fruity And Sour

You can still get Tear Jerkers Sour Cotton Candy today, if you want to. It’s sold by the Tootsie candy company. When you buy a package of Tear Jerkers, you’ll be able to enjoy super-sour grape and watermelon flavors. If you’re of a certain age, indulging in this candy may trigger some sweet memories. Designed to mimic the taste of fairground cotton candy, Tear Jerkers also delivers intense sourness. This simulated candy floss is definitely loaded with flavor, but it’s also too sour for some people. If you’re the type of person who loves eating Warheads and other very sour candies, and you’ve never tried Tear Jerkers, you should give it a shot. You’ll get the candy floss vibe, plus a burst of sourness that may just jerk some tears! This candy is a spun sugar product. It’s tangy, tart and delicious. When you buy it, you’ll receive a package that includes two flavors. This candy product, which was so popular during the 90’s, comes in fun packaging. The bag features cartoon faces that are crying, with puckered-up lips. The bag that Tear Jerkers comes in is bright green, with purple and green cartoon faces and very bold text.

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Now And Later Taffy Stays Soft

Taffy fans who enjoyed candy during the 90’s may have adored Now And Later Taffy Chews. This candy is a little hard to chew at the start, but it does soften up to the perfect consistency and texture. It becomes very malleable. It’s a taffy that stays soft, so you can enjoy it now and later — get it? This candy is still on the market, so there’s no reason not to enjoy it today. Find it online or buy it at a local candy store. Now And Later is a candy product that was launched way back in the early 60’s, by a business called The Phoenix Company. At that time, it sold for just a nickel. This was a year-round taffy, as opposed to saltwalter taffy, which was then a summertime candy. Now And Later Taffy became very popular with consumers. It warmed up in their mouths and they loved the way that it tasted. It came in green, blue and red colors. There are currently a dozen fruity flavors available, including tropical lemonade, strawberry, blue raspberry and original. This candy is now made by the Ferrara Candy Company. While you’re free to eat it now and later, you may find that you gobble it up right away.

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Astro Pops Have Space Age Appeal

Astro Pops are 1.5-ounce lollipops with space age shapes. They were launched during the early 60’s, by a couple of space program scientists, who made the decision to switch lanes in their careers. Instead of helping the space program, they would help kids, by creating yummy lollipops that resembled rockets. The design of the suckers was based on the design of 3-stage rockets. The creators of Astro Pops had lots of technical know-how, so they were able to create machines that efficiently produced these lollipops and their packaging. The wrapper for these candies actually functioned as the mold for the lollipops and that was an innovative way to manufacture lollipops back in the 60’s. The scientists would add hot candy to wrappers, plus paper sticks which functioned as handles. While Astro Pops had a big fan base during the 90’s, their roots go back to the Space Race days, when kids were fascinated by rockets. Astro Pops disappeared for a while, but they’re around today and available online and at some bricks-and-mortar retailers. These unique lollipops are total classics which are loaded with retro appeal. To enjoy a blast from the past, treat yourself to an Astro Pop today.

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Runts

Did you get your proper dose of fruit for the day? A banana? Perhaps a green apple? Ahhh back in the day we were able to have many many fruit servings with just one handful of Runts. In your palm you could have strawberries and grapes and oranges and watermelons. They may not have been actual fruit giving us actual health benefits but boy were they grand! There were many different kinds and varieties. They had a specific breakpoint when you bit down. Or perhaps you sucked on them? What kind of Runts eater were you? Can you remember? Runts were discontinued in… wait… were they discontinued? Now this is a hot topic. Some sources say yes. Others say certain flavors were discontinued. Some sources say this treat is only available offshore, and others say it is just down right gone and done with. Either way, Runts clearly do not have the power and the clout they once did. Bet ya a million dollars that if you went into a grade school and asked the first grade or second grade class if they knew what Runts were that they would not. Hey, try any grade in the whole grade school. Still bet ya that not one child would know. Now, if that is not a sure sign something is “discontinued” then what is?

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Fun Dip Remains Popular Today

Fun Dip will be an awesome choice if you like candy that’s tangy and fruity. It’s made without artificial flavors, and it consists of fruity candy powder and a candy stick. With Fun Dip, which was definitely popular during the 90’s, you dip the stick into the candy powder and then enjoy the powder. The stick is like a sweet lollipop with candy powder on the end. Some people can’t resist eating the candy sticks before the powder is gone, but most people are able to wait to consume their candy sticks. They want to get all of the powder out of the colorful pouches first. Fun Dip comes in awesome fruit flavors. This candy is made by The Willy Wonka Candy Company. Fun Dip has been around since the 40’s. It used to be known as Lik-M-Aid. Since Fun Dip isn’t discontinued, you should be able to find it easily. It’s sweet, with a touch of sourness that makes it fun to eat.

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