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Verbal Advantage (Complete Edition)
- 1854 -- The first packaged box of Whitman's chocolate
- 1868 -- Richard Cadbury introduces the first Valentine's Day box of
- 1880's -- Wunderle Candy Company creates candy corn. In 1898, Goelitz
Confectionery Company began making candy corn and has made this Halloween
favorite longer than any other company.
- 1893 -- William Wrigley, Jr. introduces Juicy Fruit gum and Wrigley's
- 1896 -- Tootsie Rolls debut, introduced by Leo Hirshfield of New York who
named them after his daughter's nickname, "Tootsie".
- 1900 -- Milton S. Hershey of Lancaster, PA introduces the first Hershey
milk chocolate bar.
- 1901 -- The King Leo pure peppermint stick candy was developed and
trademarked. The stick has been in continuous production since then and is
still offered today in old-fashioned gift tins with the King Leo Lion
motif by its current manufacturer, Quality Candy Company, Inc.
- 1901 -- Pastel-colored little candy disks called NECCO wafers first appear
named for the acronym of the New England Confectionery Company.
- 1902 -- Necco makes the first conversation hearts - tiny Valentine's Day
favorites with messages printed on them.
- 1905 -- The Squirrel Brand Company of Massachusetts creates the first
- 1906 -- Hershey's Kisses chocolates appear in their familiar foil
- 1912 -- Life Savers, the candy named for its ring shape with the hole in
the center is introduced in peppermint flavor. It would be 22 years before
the popular five-flavor roll is introduced.
- 1912 -- The Whitman's Sampler box of chocolates is born when the company
president decides the needlework sampler hanging in his home would make
beautiful packaging. It is the the first box of chocolates to include a
now-famous index showing the filling in each candy.
- 1913 -- Goo Goo Clusters, a Southern favorite, was the first bar to combine
milk chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and peanuts.
- 1920 -- Fannie May Candies opens its first candy shop in Chicago producing
a variety of chocolate enrobed buttercreams and caramels.
- 1920 -- The Baby Ruth candy bar is first sold, named for President Grover
Cleveland's daughter - not the famous baseball player.
- 1921 -- Chuckles, colorful, sugared jelly candies are first made.
- 1922 -- Goldenberg's Peanut Chews are first made in Philadelphia and soon
became popular along the East Coast.
- 1923 -- Mounds, the double candy bar, offered a coconut filling enrobed in
- 1923 -- M&M/Mars Milk Way Bar is the first of many candies to be
introduced by the Mars family, created to taste like a malted milk that
would be available anywhere, any time.
- 1925 -- Bit-O-Honey debuts, the honey-flavored taffy bar made with bits of
- 1926 -- Milk Duds are introduced as bite-size caramel morsels covered in
- 1928 -- Crunchy Heath Bars appear, offering chocolate covered toffee.
- 1928 -- Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, named for the man who created them, are
a peanut butter-chocolate combination among the most popular candy bars
- 1930 -- M&M/Mars introduces the Snickers Bar, named for a favorite
horse owned by the Mars family. It is the number-one selling candy bar in
the U.S. today.
- 1931 -- Tootsie Roll Pops are introduced and soon widely advertised as the
lollipop that offers two candies in one - flavored hard candy on the
outside and chewy Tootsie Roll center inside.
- 1931 -- Valomilk, the creamy marshmallow center candy bar, was created by
accident when a candymaker at Sifers Candy Company forgot about a batch of
cooking marshmallow and it remained runny when cooled. Combined with
chocolate, it made a wonderful, gooey treat.
- 1932 -- MARS(r) Almond Bar introduced by M&M/MARS
- 1932 -- Katherine Beecher Butter Mints are melt-in-your mouth butter mints
perfected by Katherine Beecher in her Manchester, PA candy company where
they are still made today, according to the original recipe.
- 1932 -- Red Hots are made by Ferrara Pan Candy Company. These fiery little
candy pellets are flavored with cinnamon.
- 1932 -- M&M/Mars debuts the 3 Musketeers Bar, originally made as a
three-flavor bar featuring chocolate, vanilla and strawberry nougat.
1945, it was changed to all chocolate nougat.
- 1936 -- The 5th Avenue Bar was originated by the man perhaps best known for
his cough drops - William H. Luden. It was made from layers of peanut
butter crunch coated in milk chocolate.
- 1938 -- Bartons was founded, they are the maker of "Almond
Kisses", two almonds surrounded by caramel. They are now owned by
Cherrydale Farms/Haddinton Farms.
- 1939 -- Hershey's Miniatures chocolate bars debut.
- 1941 -- "M&M's" Plain Chocolate Candies are introduced in
response to slack chocolate sales in summer. Fifty-nine years later,
M&M/Mars changed the name of this popular candy item to
"M&M's" Milk Chocolate Candies.
- 1942 - 1945 -- Women working on the Whitman's Sampler production line
secretly slipped notes to soldiers in those boxes destined for military
shipment. The notes resulted in several long-term friendships and even a
- 1949 -- Junior Mints offered soft mint centers drenched in dark
- 1949 -- Smarties small pastel candy disks are introduced, followed by the
Smarties Necklace nine years later.
- 1949 -- El Bubble Bubble Gum Cigars are the first five-cent bubble gum.
the mid-1980s, the same company began to make pink and blue bubble gum
cigars to celebrate births.
- 1954 -- Marshmallow Peeps are introduced by Just Born, Inc. in the shape of
Easter chicks. Today, Peeps come in a variety of seasonal shapes and more
than 2 million Peeps are made each day.
- 1950 -- Bobs Candy Canes, sold under the Cris Cringle brand, are introduced
nationwide. Candy canes were originally created by a German
- 1960 -- M&M/Mars Starburst Fruit Chews are introduced and later
fortified with 50 percent of the daily value for Vitamin C.
- 1960 -- Blammo becomes the first sugar free, soft bubble gum introduced by
- 1960's -- Lemonheads are created by Ferrara Pan Candy Company, later
inspiring the introduction of Grapeheads, Appleheads, Orangeheads and
- 1963 -- SweeTarts The candy pellets with the original sweet and tart flavor
combination are introduced.
- 1970 -- Snickers Munch Bar introduced by M&M/MARS.
- 1976 -- Introduced by Herman Goelitz Candy Company, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
offer consumers fun and unique flavors in a tiny jelly bean.
- 1978 -- Hershey's Reese's Pieces bite-size candies are introduced and four
years later made popular by the blockbuster movie E.T.
- 1979 -- TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars introduced in the U.S. by
- 1980 -- Goelitz introduces the first American-made gummy bears and gummy
worms. Formerly, these candies were imported from Europe.
- 1981 -- A European favorite since 1974, SKITTLES Bite Size Candies are
introduced in the U.S. by M&M/MARS.
- 1992 -- DOVE Dark Chocolate Bar and DOVE Milk Chocolate Bar introduced
nationally by M&M/MARS.
- 1994 -- Blitz Power Mints are one of several strong mints introduced in the
1990s as the breath freshener category grows.
- 1994 -- STARBURST(r) Jellybeans introduced by M&M/MARS.
- 1996 -- Zingos, another one of several strong mint introductions, is
created by Brown & Haley.
- 1998 -- Holopops become the first hologram lollipops introduced by Light
Vision Confections. The design on their etched surface appears to change
as you move the pop.
- 1999 -- Sound Bites Lollipops from Cap Candies is the first radio-lollipop
combination in the growing interactive candy segment.
- 2001 -- "M&M's"(r) Dulce de Leche Caramel Chocolate Candies
introduced to tap into growing Latino market.