Everybody loves Sour Patch Kids. How could you not? With an insanely sour initial bite and deliciously sweet finish, these candies are a wild flavor roller coaster. But have you ever peered inside your colorful bag of Sour Patch Kids and wondered, “Hmm, where did these little guys come from?”. Well, I know we at Bulk Candy Store certainly have! So grab a few handfuls of the sour (but then sweet!) history of Sour Patch Kids!
It’s that time again, a time where Christmas spirit and cheer is everywhere around you. Wreaths adorn many doors, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is playing on every single radio, and, that’s right, people are decorating their Christmas trees with none other than candy canes.
The hooked peppermint treat is all over the place. You probably can’t help but wonder: Hm, I wonder how candy canes came to be. And also: Why do we buy them on Christmas? These questions are probably why you stumbled upon this post, to find out more about the sweet history of these Christmas candies. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the Christmas edition of the histories of your favorite sweets.
If you have worn braces or know someone who wears braces, you are painfully aware that any sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy foods should be limited or avoided. According to The American Association of Orthodontics says that those of you donning braces should avoid caramel, nuts, licorice, jelly beans, hard pretzels, bubble gum, candy corn, and lollipops. As Halloween draws closer, all of the brace faces out there will be suffering. Thus, it is our job here at Bulkcandystore to ease the troubles of any brace wearer around.
Remember when you were a kid and you had those cool little wax bottles with juice in them? Of course you do! And did you know that you can still get them? Bet ya’ didn’t! Well, they’ve been around for a while and they are still as much fun as they were back then. Read to find out more about this classic chewy candy treat!
Hard to believe it, but are still some people out there that are afraid to eat Pop Rocks candy or will never eat them with a serving of Coca Cola. If you are one of those people, then fear not, we wrote this article especially for you. Years after the rumors have gone, the classic retro candy treat lives on.
Chocolate was not always Chocolate
Chocolate candy bars are a favorite sweet treat for children and adults alike. In fact, many adults use children for holidays like Halloween just to do their chocolate candy bar bidding. Chocolate bars have a legendary history, as rich as the chocolaty treats we enjoy today.
The chocolate bar as we know it has been around for about a century, but people have been using Chocolate for as long as 4,000 years. It came in a liquid form that resulted after mixing ground up cacao beans with water and a variety of spices like chili peppers, to make a sweet tasting drink called Xocolatl.
In the 16th Century, Aztec Emperor Montezuma was a HUGE fan of this Cacao drink. He was rumored to consume 3 gallons of this stuff daily. We are pretty sure the Aztec people who watched him in horror as he guzzled gallons of spicy chocolate water were the ones coined the term ‘Chocolate Wasted’ – WAY before Adam Sandler. The Mayans, Aztecs and Olmec’s believed chocolate to have mystical and spiritual qualities. No wonder Montezuma was pounding it back like a frat boy on Cinco de Mayo.
The Mayans worshiped the God of Cacao so chocolate was only available to the most elite of the bunch. Sigh, that is some serious chocolate discrimination. The Aztecs traded with the Mayans for cacao beans. The cacao bean was such a commodity that it was used as currency between the tribes. One turkey hen for 100 cacao beans please!
Throughout the decades, candy has been a staple in American pop culture and has been an essential part of American life. Brands are instantly recognizable by even the youngest of generations, even though some have been around for half a century before them. We are going to take you on a ride through each decade’s favorite candies and how they fit with the pop culture of the time. So sit back, relax, and experience the roller coaster of nostalgia, memories, and even wonder as we take you back in time to your childhood and beyond to see how popular candy has changed through the decades.
The 50s was an exciting time in American history. The average family was now able to afford more than they ever could and people began to express themselves in brand new ways from clothes to music to cars. It wasn’t uncommon to pass a diner with a jukebox and it definitely wasn’t uncommon to see teens in poodle skirts, and leather jackets dancing over the diner’s tiled floors! The playful life of this decade was seen in the candies people ate and loved.
The most popular candies of this century included Atomic Fireballs and Bazooka Bubble Gum.
Pop culture in the 1950s glorified atomic bombs. World War II brought attention to the extreme weapon, and it was eventually introduced in popular culture in the Atomic Craze. In 1954, these fiery hot cinnamon candies were introduced by the Ferrara Candy Company. Kids and teens played games over how long one could hold one of these suckers in their mouth. Now, 15 million of these candies are consumed each year, proving to be a continual favorite in America for decades.
Bazooka Bubble Gum-
In the 1950s, one brand of bubble gum, Bazooka, was extremely popular. Though created shortly after WWII, the popularity of the product expanded when the wrappers featured comics on them. The comics often described the adventures of “Bazooka Joe” and were meant to be humorous, probably to get kids and teens to buy a pack of the gum. You could also win prizes by saving up wrappers and mailing them to the company. The comics ranged from everyday funnies to future predictions, as sci-fi was also beginning to blow up in the 1950s. Today, Bazooka Bubble Gum wrappers do not include the comics because younger generations found them less amusing, but those who grew up with the brand might care to disagree!
Groovy! The 1960s was a time for hippies, peace signs, and colorful, flowery print clothes. Music was revolutionized by The Beatles and other classics like Stevie Wonder. Old ways of thinking moved out of the way while new ways moved in. Candies that are still popular today rose out of this era, changing the candy game in more ways than one.
Some of the most popular candies of the 60s included Astro Pops and Starburst.
Hey candy lovers! It’s 2019, and nothing in the candy world compares to the beloved Gummi Bear, or is it Gummy Bear? We’ll get to that later…
With choices like Watermelon, Hot Cinnamon and Gigantic Bananas we don’t think any other candy can compete with the demand of these fun and cute confections. No matter your favorite adaptation of these chewy delectable temptations, you have every reason to adore them.
Haribo or Bust
Those shiny and squishy bears have had millions of loyal fans across the world for decades. In fact, the first known Gummi bear (Gummibär) was made in Germany in the early 1920’s by the self made candy connoisseur, Hans Riegel.
HARIBO soon became one of the largest Gummi Bear distributors in the world.
What started off as colorless, hard candies soon turned into soft gelatin-based fruit snacks that resembled the popular bears that were seen dancing in festivals and parades.
Nothing is as good as sweets and desserts on the holidays! Throw those fruit cakes aside and make a few batches of this tasty Holiday Peppermint Bark!
Our super easy and incredible tasting candy bark is great for gifting and even better for dipping in hot cocoa!
You can make this recipe as a Christmas Eve tradition, or Holiday Bake Sale staple!
All you need are a few ingredients!