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Here’s The Candy That Came Out The Year You Were Born

How old is your favorite candy?

When you think about your favorite candy, it may seem like it’s been around forever, but if you can believe it, people endured for centuries with Jelly Belly jelly beans.

The colorful candies made their debut in 1976. And Reese’s Pieces? They didn’t come on the scene until 1978.

Wondering which candy came out the year you were born? Keeping reading to find out.

1941: M&M’s

More than 400 million individual M&M’s are made every day in the U.S. That’s a lot of chocolate melting in our mouths!

1945: Dots Gum Drops

More than 4 billion of these chewy candies are made annually.

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Tootsie

1947: Bazooka Bubblegum

Comic strips were included with the gum from 1953 to 2011.

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Old Time Candy

1948: Almond Joy

The “Sometimes you feel like a nut” jingle came along in the 1970s. Almond Joy is a “sister bar” to the Mounds bar, which made its debut in 1921.

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Hershey's


1949: Junior Mints

The name came as a result of a play on “Junior Miss,” a series of stories that ran in The New Yorker and later became a successful play (who knew?). Over 15 million chocolatey mints are made each day.

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Tootsie

1954: Peeps

All I know is, I tried to feed Peeps to seagulls on Sanibel Island in Florida, and they wouldn’t take them. Draw your own conclusions.

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Peeps & Company

1958: Candy Necklace

These edible jewels have been gracing birthday party good bags for almost 60 years!

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Walmart

1960: Starburst

These gems were originally known as “Opal Fruits.”

1960: Lemonheads

The founder of the company, Salvatore Ferrara, saw that his grandson had somewhat of a lemon-shaped head after being delivered via forceps. And now you know the rest of the story.

1962: Now and Later

Nineteen flavors are currently available.

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Old Time Candy

1971: Laffy Taffy

Jokes are often written inside the wrapper, hence the name.

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Candy Warehouse

1974: Skittles

First made in 1974 in the U.K., Skittles arrived in North America five years later and began production in the U.S. in 1982.

1975: Pop Rocks

Created by a General Foods chemist in 1956, but not released until 1975.

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Pop Rocks

1976: Jelly Belly

President Reagan was reportedly quite a fan—he started popping Jelly Belly jelly beans after quitting smoking.

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Jelly Belly

1978: Reese’s Pieces

M&M’s had a shot at being in the movie “E.T.”—but passed. Reese’s Pieces took their spot and saw sales explode.

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Hershey's

1980: Big League Chew

Big League was created by former minor league pitcher Rob Nelson.

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Big League Chew

Craving more fun facts about your favorite candies? Check out this article from Good Housekeeping.