25 Candies That Are Way Older Than People Realize

It’s amazing to think that some of the candies we enjoy today have been around for decades, or even over a century! These timeless treats have delighted generations with their classic flavors and nostalgic charm. Here’s a look at 25 candies that are much older than you might realize, proving that great taste truly stands the test of time.

1. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (1900)

A Hershey's milk chocolate bar, consisting of twelve rectangular segments, each embossed with the Hershey's logo. The bar is unwrapped and displayed on a white background.

Introduced at the turn of the 20th century, the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar has been a beloved treat for over 120 years. Its simple, creamy chocolate flavor remains a favorite among chocolate lovers of all ages.

2. Tootsie Rolls (1896)

A Tootsie Roll candy is shown. One piece is still wrapped in its black, white, and red wrapper with the "Tootsie Roll" logo visible, while another piece, unwrapped, reveals its cylindrical, elongated chocolate-flavored taffy-like appearance.

Tootsie Rolls have been around for over a century, offering a unique chewy texture and chocolatey taste since 1896. These bite-sized candies continue to be a popular choice in Halloween bags and candy bowls.

3. Necco Wafers (1847)

A roll of Necco assorted candy wafers in colorful packaging. The label reads "Necco," "Great Flavors," "Fat Free," "An American Classic," and "The original candy wafer." The package features a barcode and multicolored candy disks visible through the wrapper.

One of the oldest candies in America, Necco Wafers were first made in 1847. Despite a brief hiatus in production, these colorful, chalky discs have made a comeback, delighting fans with their nostalgic flavors.

4. Pez (1927)

A pack of PEZ candy surrounded by various PEZ refill packs and loose candy pieces. The packaging features fruit illustrations, including strawberries, cherries, limes, and grapes. The slogan "It makes you Smile!" appears near a yellow smiling face icon.

Originally invented in Austria as a breath mint, Pez has been dispensing fun since 1927. Today, Pez candies and their collectible dispensers are cherished by both children and adults around the world.

5. M&M’s (1941)

A pile of colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces, primarily red, yellow, blue, brown, green, and orange. Some candies have white "m" imprints on them. The candies are round and glossy, creating a vibrant and playful assortment.

First introduced during World War II, M&M’s have become one of the most iconic candies globally. These colorful, candy-coated chocolates are a staple in movie theaters, parties, and snack time.

6. Bazooka Bubble Gum (1947)

A large, clear plastic tub filled with individually wrapped pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. The tub has a red and blue label that reads "Original Bazooka Bubble Gum" and "225 pieces". The net weight is 47.6 oz (1350g), and nutritional information is visible on the side.

Bazooka Bubble Gum has been providing big bubbles and fun comic strips since 1947. The gum’s distinctive flavor and iconic packaging make it a timeless favorite.

7. Smarties (1949)

Two rolls of Mega Smarties candy are shown. The rolls are wrapped in transparent plastic with a colorful label that reads "Mega Smarties Candy Original" and includes colorful dots.

Since 1949, Smarties have been a sweet and tangy treat enjoyed by many. These small, colorful tablets are a go-to for those who love a bit of tartness with their sweetness.

8. Almond Joy (1946)

A chocolate-covered candy split in half, revealing a white, coconut-filled center. The chocolate is smooth and slightly shiny, while the coconut filling appears moist and textured.

Almond Joy bars have been delighting coconut and chocolate lovers since 1946. The combination of creamy coconut, crunchy almonds, and rich chocolate is as popular today as it was over 70 years ago.

9. Junior Mints (1949)

A white rectangular box of Junior Mints candy, featuring the brand's name in large, green letters with brown and white mints pictured on the front. The text "Creamy mints in pure chocolate" and "NET WT 1.84 OZ (52.1g)" are also visible.

Junior Mints, with their creamy mint centers coated in dark chocolate, have been a refreshing treat since 1949. These bite-sized candies are especially popular in movie theaters.

10. Twizzlers (1929)

Three red licorice twists are lying on a white background. One twist is intact, while another has its ends split into several strands. The third twist is partially underneath the other two.

Twizzlers have been a beloved licorice treat since 1929. Whether enjoyed at the movies or as a snack, these twisty, chewy candies remain a favorite among licorice fans.

11. Milky Way (1923)

A 1.84 oz (52.2 g) Milky Way candy bar in a brown wrapper, with the name "Milky Way" in green and white letters across the front. The wrapper mentions 240 calories per pack and highlights "rich chocolate," "creamy caramel," and "smooth nougat.

Milky Way bars, introduced in 1923, combine nougat, caramel, and chocolate for a truly out-of-this-world experience. This classic candy bar has been satisfying sweet cravings for nearly a century.

12. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (1928)

A pile of individually wrapped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is shown. The wrappers are bright orange with the Reese's logo prominently displayed in yellow and black, indicating the candy contains milk chocolate and peanut butter.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been a perfect marriage of chocolate and peanut butter since 1928. Their enduring popularity proves that some combinations are simply timeless.

13. Snickers (1930)

A chocolate bar cut in half, revealing layers of nougat and caramel inside, with the caramel stretching slightly between the two halves. The outer layer is smooth milk chocolate.

First created in 1930, Snickers bars are packed with nougat, caramel, peanuts, and chocolate. This hearty candy bar continues to be a top choice for those looking for a satisfying snack.

14. 3 Musketeers (1932)

A 3 Musketeers fun size candy bar in a silver wrapper is displayed. In front of the wrapper, the chocolate bar is cut in half, showing its creamy nougat filling.

Introduced in 1932, 3 Musketeers bars feature a light, fluffy nougat center covered in rich chocolate. This candy bar remains a favorite for its airy texture and sweet taste.

15. Kit Kat (1935)

Two KitKat bars in red wrappers with one wrapper opened, exposing the chocolate bars. Each chocolate bar is split into two pieces, revealing the layered, crispy wafer inside. The KitKat logo is visible on the wrappers.

Kit Kat bars, with their signature crispy wafers and smooth chocolate coating, have been delighting candy lovers since 1935. The iconic “Have a break, have a Kit Kat” slogan is known worldwide.

16. York Peppermint Pattie (1940)

A York Peppermint Pattie, wrapped in silver foil with a blue logo, is displayed unwrapped. One pattie is whole with a mint leaf on top, and another is cut in half to show the white mint filling. A swirl of chocolate sauce decorates the surface nearby.

York Peppermint Patties have been offering a refreshing burst of mint and dark chocolate since 1940. Their cool, crisp taste is as invigorating today as it was over 80 years ago.

17. Heath Bar (1928)

A Heath milk chocolate English toffee candy bar is partially unwrapped, revealing its packaging with bold red and yellow letters. In front of the wrapper lies the chocolate bar, broken in half, showing its toffee interior. The packaging notes it's 1.4 oz and 210 calories.

Heath Bars, introduced in 1928, combine toffee and milk chocolate for a crunchy, buttery treat. This classic candy remains a favorite for its unique texture and rich flavor.

18. Rolo (1937)

Seven round Rolo chocolates, six whole and one cut in half, revealing a caramel filling inside. The chocolates are arranged in a casual pattern on a white background.

Rolo candies have been delighting caramel lovers since 1937. The combination of smooth caramel wrapped in creamy milk chocolate makes Rolos a timeless indulgence.

19. Dubble Bubble (1928)

Several wrapped pieces of Dubble Bubble chewing gum with blue and yellow wrappers lie next to a few unwrapped pieces of pink bubble gum showing their rectangular shape and grooves.

Dubble Bubble has been the go-to bubble gum since 1928, offering a classic bubble-blowing experience. Its pink color and familiar flavor are nostalgic for many.

20. PayDay (1932)

A Payday candy bar in its wrapper. The wrapper is primarily white with bold red and blue lettering that reads "PAYDAY" and "Peanut Caramel Bar." The bar is 52 grams and displays images of peanuts surrounding the text.

PayDay bars, packed with salted peanuts and caramel, have been a salty-sweet favorite since 1932. This unique combination continues to satisfy candy enthusiasts.

21. Butterfinger (1923)

A Butterfinger candy bar sits in its colorful wrapper labeled "Butterfinger" on a white background. Below the wrapper, a chocolate-covered Butterfinger bar is broken in half, revealing its crispy, peanut-buttery interior.

Butterfinger bars, introduced in 1923, feature a crispy peanut butter center covered in chocolate. Their distinctive texture and flavor have kept them popular for over a century.

22. Baby Ruth (1921)

A Baby Ruth candy bar in its wrapper is placed next to two halves of the bar, revealing its interior of caramel, peanuts, and nougat coated in chocolate. The wrapper is silver with red and blue accents, and the text "Baby Ruth" is prominently displayed.

Baby Ruth bars, first made in 1921, are filled with peanuts, caramel, and nougat, all coated in chocolate. This classic candy bar remains a staple in the candy aisle.

23. Chuckles (1921)

The image shows a package of Chuckles jelly candies. Five sugar-coated candies in different colors (red, yellow, green, orange, and black) are lined up in front of the package. The candies are displayed neatly in a transparent wrapper with the brand name "Chuckles.

Since 1921, Chuckles jelly candies have been a fruity, chewy delight. Their bright colors and distinct flavors continue to make them a fun treat for all ages.

24. Clark Bar (1917)

A Clark candy bar wrapper with "CLARK" in bold white letters on a red background. The text says "Real Milk Chocolate" and "Real Peanut Butter Crunch." Below, an unwrapped bar is split in half, revealing a creamy peanut butter core inside a chocolate coating.

Introduced in 1917, Clark Bars combine crunchy peanut butter and a smooth chocolate coating. This classic candy has a long history of satisfying sweet tooth cravings.

25. Oh Henry! (1920)

Image of a candy bar called "OH HENRY!" in yellow packaging. The candy bar is shown unwrapped with a piece cut to reveal its interior, which contains peanuts and caramel coated in chocolate. Text on the packaging indicates the weight as 58 grams.

Oh Henry! bars, packed with peanuts, caramel, and fudge, have been a hearty treat since 1920. This rich, chewy candy bar remains a favorite among those who love a substantial snack.

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