50 Kinds Of Candy, Which Ones Have You Eaten?

There’s nothing like a sweet meal to delight your taste buds and give you a little sugar rush. Candy comes in a variety of forms, from nearly indestructible hard candies to crunchy candies that crave to be broken. There really is a candy for everyone. Even those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth can opt for less sweet options such as dark chocolate.

We’ve collected 50 different candies that you should definitely try if you haven’t already. Feel free to browse our list to find a new hidden gem. Here are 50 candies you must try:

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

      Fresh, plump strawberries topped with semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate creates a crisp crust around the strawberries, which contrasts with the juicy ones.

      2. Caramel Popcorn

      Caramel popcorn is popcorn wrapped in a caramel sugar shell made of sugar, butter and a little salt. It’s sweet and salty, and it’s very addictive.

      3. Gummies

      Fudge includes anything that is sweet and chewy. Gummy bears, ring gummies, worm gummies, fruit slices, Swedish fish gummies, shark gummies, etc., all fall into this delicious candy category.

      4. Hard Candy

      Hard candy is basically the opposite of fudge. This category includes all hard shell things like Jolly Ranchers, Lifesavers, Runts, hard caramels, and so on.

      5. Candy Canes

      Red and white, shaped like a hook, candy canes are typical Christmas gifts. Legend has it that the candy was invented in 1670 by a choirmaster in Germany who handed out candy sticks bent into horns to children attending a ceremony.

      6. Licorice

      Licorice is a polarizing food: you either love it or hate it. It was born in 1790 when a pharmacist mixed sugar with a cough syrup containing licorice root and expanded upon it.

      7. Lollypops

      Lollipops are everyone’s favorite candy bars. While lollipops were probably invented thousands of years ago, the first modern version was invented during the Civil War, when hard candies were placed on the tips of children’s pencils.

      8. Sours

      Sour candy is not for the faint of heart. From lemon heads to crybabies, sour sugar can make you frown and cry. Many types of sour sugars contain an acidic component, while others are sprinkled with sour sugar.

      9. Chewing Gum

      Gum has been around for a while. In the late 1840s, a man named John Curtis invented the first commercial chewing gum by boiling spruce resin, cutting it into strips, and then coating those strips with cornstarch to keep them from sticking together.

      10. Cotton Candy

      Everyone knows and loves this cloud-soft candy. Surprisingly, marshmallows were invented by a dentist and a confectioner who created a machine that rotated the heated sugar through a screen to create a texture like dental floss.

      11. Caramels

      Caramel is made by heating sugar, water, cream or milk and has a chewy texture, rich taste and deep golden color. Caramel can be eaten on its own or with milk chocolate, cream, or other additives.

      12. Candy Buttons

      Candy buttons are small round pins made of candy in different colors (usually blue, pink, and yellow) that are attached to a piece of paper. They were originally created in the 1930s and are still very popular today.

      13. Bon Bons

      Often referred to as chocolate or candy, a lollipop is a molded chocolate with a non-chocolate center, such as fruit or caramel. They are different from truffles, which revolve around chocolate and are coated in other ingredients such as cocoa powder or nuts.

      14. Brittle Candy

      Crunchies are hard candies embedded with nuts such as walnuts, almonds or peanuts. According to legend, a Southern woman added baking soda instead of cream of tartar to her toffee recipe, resulting in crunchy toffee instead of chewy toffee.

      15. Candy Corn

      The most popular candy corn for Halloween is made with a mix of sugar, fudge, corn syrup, vanilla, and marshmallow cream. It was originally created in the 1880s by candy makers at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia.

      16. Candy Sticks

      The most popular candy corn for Halloween is made with a mix of sugar, fudge, corn syrup, vanilla, and marshmallow cream. It was originally created in the 1880s by candy makers at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia.

      17. Candy Straws

      Candy straws deliver sweet or sour sugar directly to your tongue for a delicious treat. They usually come in a variety of flavors, including cherry, orange, grape, and blue raspberry.

      18. Circus Peanuts

      Circus peanuts are peanut-shaped marshmallow candies. No one really knows how circus peanuts got their shape or name. They probably originated in traveling circuses, where peanuts and candy were often sold.

      19. Maple Sugar Candies

      Candy is made by heating maple syrup and then stirring it until light and fluffy. As this mixture cools in a maple-shaped mold, it develops a soft crystalline texture and a delicious maple flavor.

      20. Fizzies

      The bubble sugar will give your tongue the taste of an explosion. Pop Rock, a popular brand of bubble candy, delivers a one-of-a-kind crackle and pop sensation in your mouth. This is caused by pressurized carbon dioxide bubbles inside the candy.

      21. Jelly Beans

      William Schrafft, a candy maker from Boston, came up with the idea of shaping jell-O into small circles or beans. This candy became popular in the 1930s and became a popular Easter snack.

      22. Jordan Almonds

      Popular for celebrations such as baptisms and weddings, Jordan Almonds consist of almonds, hazelnuts, fennel, coffee beans, small almond cakes or chocolates topped with a smooth candy paint. They come in a variety of colors to match the occasion.

      23. Chocolate Malt Balls

      The malt ball is made from the crunchy, sweet center of the malt and topped with milk chocolate. Delivers the perfect crunchy and creamy combination that tastes like a chocolate-grated milkshake.

      24. Marshmallows

      Marshmallows are a delicious, chewy, airy candy. They contain sugar, corn syrup and gelatin, as well as some air hanging in the mixture to give them a texture.

      25. Nonpareils

      Nonpareils has a high-quality dark chocolate dish with a white sprinkling coated with a crisp crust on one side. They were first used to decorate American wedding cakes in the 18th century and quickly gained popularity across the country.

      26. Mints

      Mint comes in many shapes and sizes. They usually contain some type of mint or spear type oil to help you breathe and provide mint freshness.

      27. Nut Clusters

      Nut clusters featuring chocolate-covered clusters of your favorite nuts, such as almonds, pecans, hazelnuts and cashews, provide a sweet and crunchy treat. Sometimes, nut clusters even include other delicious add-ons, such as caramel, toffee or pretzels.

      28. Chocolate Covered Raisins

      Chocolate-covered raisins combine the chewy quality of raisins with a decade of waste milk chocolate flavor to delight your taste buds. They’re perfect for snacks at any time of day.

      29. Rock Candy

      Rock candy has been around for centuries. In fact, the Persian poet Jalal-Ad-Din Rumi, who lived in Turkey in the mid-1200s, mentions this in his poetry. It is made by mixing dissolved sugar and water.

      30. Cherry Cordial

      The cherry-friendly comes with cherries topped with sweet syrup and topped with a rich layer of milk or dark chocolate. Originally, they were made with cherry methamphetamine, which was eventually replaced with cherry-flavored syrup.

      31. Toffee

      Made from sugar and butter, toffee is similar to caramel but has a unique sense of crunch. Toffee is often served with milk chocolate, nuts, pretzels or other delicious additions to create a delicious treat that is simply irresistible.

      32. Sprinkles

      Sprinkles are made with corn syrup, sugar, cornstarch, wax and artificial flavors. Rainbow sprinkles were invented by French bakers in the 18th century, while chocolate sprinkles were not perfected until 1936 by Dutch Chocolatiers.

      33. Jawbreakers

      Jawbreakers have layers of water, corn syrup, food coloring, and a sugar called Dextrose to form a nearly indestructible hard sugar shell. They have been around since the 1800s and are produced by a number of companies.

      34. Candy Bars

      The candy bar covers all chocolate bars with sweet flavors inside, such as Quirk, Galaxy, Almond Joy, etc. Chocolate has been around for over 3,000 years, but it wasn’t until 1900, when Milton Hershey started making candy in the United States, that candy bars really took off.

      35. Milk Chocolate

      Not sure when milk chocolate was first invented. It is believed that in 1672, Sir Hans Sloane (who later became an English doctor) added milk to drink chocolate. But he was only 12 years old. In any case, milk chocolate remains one of the most popular sweets ever made.

      36. Conversation Hearts

      In 1866, a man named Daniel Chase figured out how to print words in the cutting process using candy chips on vegetable dye. The conversational heart has been a Valentine’s Day staple ever since.

      37. Mellowcreme

      MellowCreme has a soft, dense texture similar to a small almond cake, with a slightly harder shell. The Miloclam pumpkin sold during Halloween is a popular iteration of this candy, often found with candy corn.

      38. Liquid Candy

      What could be better than having liquefied sugar directly on your tongue? Liquid candy is any candy that has been liquefied into a spray, gel, or syrup. It can be sweet, sour or even spicy.

      39. Dark Chocolate

      Dark chocolate comes from Mexico and South America. Ancient Mayan and Aztec societies used dark cacao drinks for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. Today, dark chocolate is still revered for its antioxidant properties.

      40. White Chocolate

      Similar to milk chocolate, white chocolate is made from a mixture of cocoa butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla without cocoa solids. According to Nestle, white chocolate was originally used as a way to use excess cocoa butter.

      41. Peanut Butter Cups

      Peanut Butter cups are created by smothering creamy peanut butter with rich milk chocolate. They were originated by Reese’s company in the 1920s and eventually acquired by Hershey in 1963.

      42. Chocolate Covered Caramels

      These delicious candies offer the best of the two. They combine chewy caramel with rich creamy milk chocolate. You can also include tasty add-ons such as nuts, pretzels or fudge.

      43. Salt Water Taffy

      Saltwater Taffee was originally created in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the late 19th century. Legend has it that a candy store was flooded in a great storm, along with the entire stock of Taffy. A little girl came looking for candy, and the store owner gave her some “saltwater toffee.” And the rest is history.

      44. Cinnamon Imperials

      The Cinnamon Empire’s classic candies, dating back to the early 1900s, add some spice to your life. They are made with pungent cinnamon kicks that provide an irresistible blend of spicy sweetness.

      45. Lemon Drops

      Another classic candy of lemon drops has been found in tobacco or cough drops since the early 1800s. They have a sour lemon flavor that dissolves in your mouth.

      46. Boston Baked Beans

      Boston Baked Bean Candies feature elegant Burgundy-colored candies and peanut centers. They’re a New Englander favorite, and they look similar to real baked beans but differ in almost every other way.

      47. Caramel Cremes

      The old-fashioned caramel cream was created in the early 1900s by the Goetze Family, who had previously been in the gum-chewing business. They have a distinctive soft, chewy caramel with a sweet creamy center.

      48. Truffles

      The chocolate truffle features a chocolate ganache center topped with cocoa powder, sprinkles, nuts, chocolate shave, or coconut. Their shape and size look similar to truffle fungi, which is how they get their name.

      49. Gumdrops

      Gumdrops first appeared in the early 19th century. They have a soft and chewy texture and come in a variety of flavors, including cherry, orange, black licorice, lime, lemon and pineapple.

      50. Fudge

      The exact origin of fudge is unknown, but it probably originated in the late 1800s. It is made with sugar, butter and milk and can be made into creamy and smooth candies.

      If you’re like most sugar lovers, you’ve probably tried all the delicious candies on this list at least once. However, if you haven’t sampled any changes yet, now is the time to try something new (and totally delicious).

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