America loves candy, and it’s no secret that these sweet treats are a big part of the culture. There are hundreds of candies made in America that have made their way into other countries such as Hersey’s chocolate and Mars, the maker of M & M’s. But today, we will be taking a look at 10 candies that are only available in the USA.
There are candies that are polarizing and others that almost everybody loves and there are definitely some that people in other countries would absolutely love to have. We will be taking a look at candies ranging from sweet, sour, chocolatey, and sweet and salty.
10 Mike and Ike
There are also Mega Mix boxes that offer 10 flavors that include sour grape soda, sour pucker punch, and sour pucker punch. There is something for pretty much everybody if you love fruity candy.
9 Life Savers
Life Savers are mostly hard candies but they can be found in chewy varieties as well as a gummy variety. The hard candies come in fruity flavors, mint flavors and several others such as wintergreen mint. The fruity Life Savers feature flavors such as wild cherry and Hawaiian fruits, there’s even a sugar-free version of wild cherry.
You can also find non-fruity flavors such as many folks’ favorite: butter rum. On the minty side, you have your typical minty flavors but there are also mixed flavors such as cherry lemonade. The gummies can also be found with two flavors in one piece of candy.
These are extremely sour hard candies that are on the level of a fresh lemon when it comes to the sheer sourness. The candy is coated in an intense sour powder covering a sweet lemony candy. They were actually invented in Taiwan and were brought to America in 1993, but they have since remained exclusive to America.
They start off sour but quickly fade into a sweet hard candy, this brand is a big hit with sour heads. They also have chewy candy, spray candy, and candy canes for the holidays. The candy canes are not as sour but the sourness remains throughout the experience.
We finally shake things up by talking about a chocolatey candy. Butterfingers are a crunchy peanut butter candy with chocolate on the outside that has gained popularity with their marketing and unique taste/texture.
They have changed their recipe for the bar as the parent company has changed hands, but it won’t hit markets until next year. Now owned by chocolatier Ferraro, it remains to be seen if the public will embrace the change. You can also find this candy in the form of peanut butter cups much like a Reese’s cup. Even though the recipe change has been polarizing, this chocolate candy remains an American favorite.
Gushers are really interesting, they are a fruit snack filled with a fruity liquid. The outside shell is pretty much the same thing as a Fruit Roll-Up (they are under the same company) and the inside holds a sweet fruity liquid of a syrupy consistency.
There is a wide variety of flavors to choose from, and much like so many fruity candies they also come in sour. Interestingly, they also come in spicy flavors via the sweet and fiery variety. They are primarily marketed towards children but they are popular in America at any age demographic. You can find them in the same aisle as the fruit snacks in stores.
5 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
We mentioned earlier in this list that Butterfinger has its own peanut butter cup but this is where it started. This extremely popular American candy became big largely because of World War II and due to its influence on candy in America, it blew up big time. A Reese’s cup is a peanut butter candy surrounded by a chocolate shell and it’s vastly different from a Butterfinger.
Unlike the crunchy, flaky insides of a Butterfinger, a Reese’s peanut butter is soft and slightly salty. You can get Reese’s cups in a variety of styles from the big kind with tons of peanut butter inside, to thins to minis.
4 Almond Joy/Mounds
Pretty much a coconut lover’s dream, Almond Joy is filled with a sweet coconut filling surrounded by milk chocolate and a couple of almonds. Although coconut is a relatively polarizing flavor, Almond Joy has still found success in America, Simultaneously, we can also bring up Mounds which is the sister product to Almond Joy.
The difference between these two products is that Mounds has dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate and doesn’t come with almonds. Aside from the differences, they both satisfy anyone who is a fan of coconut. They come in a variety of sizes from bit sized, fun-sized to the original sized bars.
3 Laffy Taffy
This is an exceptionally chewy, fruity candy that has a lot to offer in terms of long term chewability and bold fruit flavoring. Taffy has existed for many years, well before this candy, but it is a unique, exclusive brand to the USA.
They aren’t anything particularly special but they are a popular Halloween treat to hand out during trick or treating. They come in the standard variety of fruit flavors that are found in a lot of fruit-flavored American candies such as blue raspberry, strawberry, and cherry, it is pretty much all here along with the polarizing flavors of grape and banana.
2 Jolly Ranchers
These are hailed as some of the best fruity hard candies. They are incredibly bold in their flavoring and come in the usual, standard fruit flavors. In terms of variety, there’s plenty. There is the usual sour variety that’s simply a more sour version of the original and then you have a spicy cinnamon flavor, as well as chewy candy and chewy candy with a hard shell on the outside.
The red flavors are the most popular, in fact, they are so popular you can get an entire bag exclusively with the red flavors; these red flavors are cherry, fruit punch, watermelon, and strawberry. The name originally was meant to signal the good nature of the west.
1 Tootsie Rolls
These are a classic in America. The original flavor is wonderfully chocolatey and it’s chewy, but not too chewy. You will pretty much find this every single Halloween in America. There’s also the exceptionally popular Tootsie Pop which is a fruit-flavored lollipop with Tootsie Roll chocolate inside it. Although the original was only chocolate it is not the only flavor they come in now
. You can get them in vanilla and fruit flavors too, such as the standard lemon, cherry and lime. A great piece of trivia is that Tootsie Rolls were included in American soldier’s World War II rations as a quick energy kick.