Timeline of Candy

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19th century

  • 1854 – First packaged chocolate box appears. It was called Whiteman’s Chocolate.
  • 1868 – Richard Cadbury introduced first Valentine's Day box of chocolates to the world. Tradition of gifting chocolates is formed.
  • 1879 – William H. Thompson creates very popular “Thompson Chocolate”.
  • 1880s – Wunderle Candy Company creates popular Halloween treat candy corn.
  • 1891 – Doscher Brothers Confections starts working on famous French Chews.
  • 1893 – William Wrigley, Jr. creates Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum and Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum.
  • 1893 – Thomas Richardson introduces Pastel Mints.
  • 1894 – Milton Hershey creates "American" candy bar.
  • 1896 – Leo Hirshfield creates popular candy bar “Tootsie Rolls”, also known as “Tootsie”.

First half of 20th century

  • 1900 – Milton Hershey introduces very popular Hershey chocolate milk bar.
  • 1901 – Appearance of first King Leo peppermint stick candy. It has managed to remain in production ever since.
  • 1902 – Necco makes first conversation hearts – popular Valentine Day candy with messages printed on them.
  • 1905 – The Squirrel Brand Company of Massachusetts introduces first peanut bar.
  • 1907 – Appearance of first foil-wrapped chocolate.
  • 1912 – Circular Life Savers candy bar introduced. It was initially made only from peppermint taste, but later it received its famous five flavors.
  • 1913 – Goo Goo Clusters – fist bar that combined milk, chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and peanuts.
  • 1920 – Appearance of Baby Ruth candy bar. It was not named by famous baseball player.
  • 1921 – Colorful sugared jelly candies Chuckles appeared in the US.
  • 1922 – Hans Riegel created chewy candy called "dancing bear" – later best known as gummi bears.
  • 1923 – M&M/Mars Milk Way Bar – first candies from popular Mars family.
  • 1928 – Crunchy Heath Bars appeared.
  • Late 1920s – Butterfingers managed to become second top selling candy of that time (slightly below Babe Ruth bars).
  • 1930 - M&M/Mars introduced the Snickers Bar, one of the most popular modern candies.
  • 1932 – Introduction of 3 musketeers candy - Porthos, Arthor, and D’Artagnan.
  • 1933 – Kraft creates first Caramels.
  • 1938 – Krackel bars came with the almond among its ingredients. Soon creators decided to take it out.
  • 1941 – Six colored M&Ms.
  • 1949 – Junior Mints.
  • 1949 – Smarties.

Second half of 20th century

  • 1954 – M&Ms were improved with addition of peanuts.
  • 1960 – Invention of Starburst fruit chews in England.
  • 1963 – Sweet Tarts.
  • 1976 – Old civil war recipe was adapted into Jelly Bellies.
  • 1978 – Reese’s pieces, the favorite candy of the famous Spielberg’s alien E.T.
  • 1980 – Gummi candy Bears.
  • 1990 – Conversation valentine harts by NECCO.
  • 1992 – Dove dark chocolate bars.
  • 1991 – Peanut Butter Cups by Resse.
  • 1992 – DOVE Dark Chocolate Bar and DOVE Milk Chocolate Bar by M&M Mars.
  • 1993 – Miniature Hershey's Kisses and Hugs by Hershey.
  • 1994 – Starburst Jelly Beans.
  • 1996 – Heavily minted Zingos by Brown & Haley.
  • 1998 – Hologram Holopops by Light Vision Confections.
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