It’s so weird that I came across this list this morning after yesterday afternoon’s show. We were talking about this clip from Mississippi State Head Football Coach Mike Leach discussing his fave Halloween Candy.
His top picks of Gummy Bears and Spree in a box were two tremendous, yet underrated choices. It led to us assembling a panel of experts decrying their underrated, yet favorite Halloween treat. And as we were doing this, listening to people’s choices, it popped into my head, “When did Nestle Crunch, Candy Corn, Hot Tamales, etc. come into existence?” Boom! Here we go a list of Halloween candy and the decade they debuted. BTW-Hot Tamales and Nerds…sneaky old.
Halloween is this weekend and you may not know this, but candy makers didn’t start marketing their candy for the holiday until the 1950s. Check out to see what candy was introduced the year you were born:
1940s – M&Ms, Bazooka Bubble Gum, Hershey’s Almond Joys
1950s – Hot Tamales, Pixy Stix
1960s – Starburst, Haribo Goldbears, Lemonheads
1970s – Skittles, Pop Rocks, Reese’s Pieces
1980s – Nerds, Sour Patch Kids
1990s – Hershey’s Cookies ‘N” Creme
2000s – Jelly Belly