Top 50+ Candy from The 80s

The 80s was the era of Rock, jazz, Bright colors, ripped jeans, long hair, and a lot of candies. It was a time when the regulation on sugar use is not so strict and we can buy a variety of homemade candies anywhere. The best thing about the time was the adaptation of the old generation to the rapidly changing new emerging techno-loving world. The word computer was just an electronic computing device specific to educational nerds. And smartphones were only possible in science fiction. Although one thing that always remains real were the popular Candy from the 80s. 

Those who were born in that era were in their 40s and 50s now. Most of them still live their vivid memory of all those changes and especially candies. Don’t worry if you are new, many of those memories can still be relived. Having long hair or mullet or maybe ripped jeans is not so convenient these days. Although you can start with some delicious all-time favorite candies, especially from the 80s. 

Candy from The 80s
Candy from The 80s

We have collected the top 50 candies from the 80s. Give them a look and find out which one is still your favorite. If you find a missing one then let us know, and we will update the list ASAP. 

Top 50 Candy from the 80s

Candies were really popular in the 80s. There are a few candies from the 80s that I like as per my taste and probably the availability these days. Though there are many more that I have never tried, so listing them as best or worst is not my thing to do. It is up to you to decide which one you like and which is not up to the mark. First of all, you must try at least the few you can and share them with friends and family for fair judgment.

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This can be a simple taste experiment or you can make it a delicious nostalgic ride to your childhood candy land. Good luck and lets us know your results.

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  1. Air Head Candy
  2. Big League Chew bubble gum
  3. Hubba Bubba Tape bubble gum
  4. Cow Tales
  5. Chuppa Chups Lollipops
  6. Cry Baby Tears Sour Candy
  7. Nerds Candy
  8. Push Pops
  9. Runts Candy
  10. Skittles
  11. Skor Chocolate
  12. Spree Candy
  13. Candy Cigarettes
  14. Bubble Gum Cigarettes
  15. Bubble Gum Cigars
  16. Charms Assorted Squares
  17. Clark Bar
  18. Cherry Sour
  19. Nik-L-Nips
  20. Cherry Mash
  21. Bit-O-Honey
  22. Mary Jane
  23. Goo Goo Cluster
  24. Chick O Stick
  25. peanut Butter Bar
  26. Moon Pie Chocolate
  27. Chuckles Jelly Candy
  28. Mallo Cup
  29. Fruit Slices
  30. Fruit Stripe Gum
  31. Atomic Fireball
  32. Curly Wurly Bar
  33. Tart N Tinys
  34. Root Beer Barrels
  35. Big Cherry
  36. Rocky Road Bar
  37. Goetze Caramel Creams
  38. Black Cow Caramel Chocolate
  39. Big Bol Bubble Gum
  40. Zagnut Bar
  41. Zero Bar
  42. Valomilk Marshmallow Cup
  43. Life Save Butter Rum Hard Candy
  44. Haribo Gold Gummy Bears
  45. Hershey Chocolate Bar
  46. Razzles
  47. Sweet Tarts
  48. Smarties candy
  49. Haribo Happy Cola
  50. Barnone Candy Bar
  51. Sour Patch
  52. Worm Candy
  53. Slo Pokes
  54. Strawberry Bon Bons
  55. Pixy Stix

Airhead candy

The Airhead candy became popular soon after its launch in 1986. The brand introduced candies like Airhead bite fruit and Gum White Mystery. The variety, price, and quality make it popular among students. It was very tasty and quite affordable.


Runts fruit candy was introduced in 1982 by Nestle. It was a popular candy during Halloween. Although the most popular fruit flavors especially Watermelon and Raspberry were introduced late in the 90s. This candy is still available to try on in a few stores. So go grab one for a change.

Candy Cigarettes

These were the ultimate candy for every 80s kid. It gives a feeling of adulthood and a feel of charm among peers. Holding the candy like an actual cigarette makes it a commercial hit, i.e the look and attraction of this candy, not the taste. Though there were many variations available, the most popular ones include bubble gum, chocolate, and sugar candy cigarettes. It became popular among youngsters due to its exclusive appearance. The same look makes it a flaw and a matter of fear among adults.


Nestle made the Nerds candy in 1983. It was an unusually shaped tiny cany. No one ever thought of the success of this sweet candy at the time of its launch. Although the result was quite different and unexpected. Nerds became the Candy of the Year in 1985. This was one of the most sold candies in the year 1985, recorded by the National Candy Wholesalers Association.

Rainbow Nerds


I can’t imagine a single day without Skittles. Whenever I feel sad or happy or alone, I grab some skittles and chill out my emotions. But it was not always there. They were not present before 1974. The first Skittles were launched by a British company in 1974. It took at least 5 more years for this candy to come to North America. Since 1979 Skittles became an integral part of every convenient candy store all across North America.

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Final Words

There are plenty of Retro candies that became popular during the 80s and many of them eventually lost their charm. After all these years only a few have maintained their popularity with occasional ups and downs. My favorite was the candies like Hershey Chocolate bars, M&Ms, Gummy bears, Goo Goo Cluster, Skittles, Nerds, and a few more. What’s your favorite candy? still searching for the best then check out our home page for more interesting candy lists. 

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