What is the Oldest Candy Still in Production? Some say it’s the Necco wafers or the good& plenty or maybe the chocolate bar. Yet in my experience, the Plain old caramel toffee is the oldest of all. It is still the most common ingredient in the candy and confectionary industry. Candy is the oldest form of preserved sweet food. Its origins date back to the old era. In the early days, candy was made from molasses, honey, corn starch, and anything that fits with the taste.
Altogether the idea was just to store food for the off-season needs. Latter with time and a lot of refinement Candies became a delicacy. Today we can find 1000 or even more different varieties of candies. Some of those are modern with a unique combination of ingredients while others may still have the classic touch. No matter who you are, your age, or your ethnicity, there’s always a candy that will fit your needs. If you know what your favorite candy then write it down in the comments.
Apart from brand values and fancy names, one candy that always remains popular is the Peanut Brittle Candy. It is still very popular and easy to make. This candy Conatines roasted peanut, and Molasses. It’s flavorful tasty, healthy, and very sweet.
Peanut Brittle, Caramel Candy, and Sugar Drops are some of the oldest Candy Still in Production. They are available by various names of different candy Company.
25 Oldest Candy Still in Production
Here’s a list of some well know generation-old candy varieties. Some of these are still quite popular. You may remember a few of these. These candies can bring you back to your childhood sweet memories.
In the modern era, your favorite candy bars can be traced back to the early 1800s when the first actual chocolate bar was commercially introduced by joseph fry. It was probably the first of Fry’s Chocolate bars. So it’s one of the oldest Candy bars. it’s still the same combination sold by many candy manufacturers worldwide.
25. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s Peanut butter cup was first introduced in 1928 by H.B Resse Candy Company. It was and still is quite popular American Candy. These delicious soft candies were made with chocolate, caramel with peanut butter in the shape of small bite-size cups.
Reese was a hardworking father of 16. He starts working at Milton Hershey dairy farm in 1917. After several years he opted to work in a Chocolate factory. There the journey of Reese’s Chocolate bar starts. Later in 1960 Hershey Company acquired Reese’s Company along with its famous peanut butter cups.
24. Oh, Henry!
Oh, Henry is an interesting name for unique chocolate candy. It was first introduced in the 1920s by Williamson candy Company. This company and all its brands are owned by Nestle. The rights were sold to Ferrara Company in 2018 which later discontinued the candy production in America in 2019.
This delicious candy contains peanut caramel and fudge inside a milk chocolate cover. It is still in production, especially in Canada where Hershey Company manufactures Oh Henry.
23. Clark Bar
The Clark bar is one of the oldest candy bars made in America. It has a crunchy texture filled with creamy peanut butter. The outer crust is made with milk chocolate. Irish Born David L Clark prepare this delicious chunk-size chocolate bar in 1917.
He sold the candy by the name Clark bar for more than 4 decades. Then the company was sold to other owners around 1955. Later in 1999 NECCO acquired the brand and continue the production of Clark Bar. The NECCO company went bankrupt and end its production in 2018.
22. Fry’s Turkish Delight
Frys’ Turkish Delight is the oldest of all commercial Turkish Delights. It was introduced by J.S Fry & Sons in 1914. The rose-flavored Turkish delights with soft milk chocolate layering are the signature of this bite-size candy.
The Fry’s candy company was later acquired by Cadbury in 1919. Cadbury continued the candy with its popular name Fry’s Turkish Delight.
There are many different variants of Turkish delights are being sold by Cadbury all over the world. They may differ in taste due to their unique ingredients. Although they’re all same by quality, name, and popularity
21. Fry’s Chocolate Cream
Fry’s Chocolate Creme is another old product by the house of J.S Fry and Sons. This delicious Cream Chocolate fill is the direct descendent of another popular old-school candy by Fry’s – The Cream Stick. The Chocolate Cream was first made in the year 1866 by Joseph Fry. This was the first chocolate bar ever made for sale in the World.
There were two distinct flavors of this candy. The first was the Original Chocolate Creme and the second one is the Peppermint Cream. The Original flavor was discontinued in the Year 2015.
20. Goo Goo Cluster
The GooGoo Cluster is the first candy of its kind. It is not the oldest but the oldest one with multiple main ingredients. Goo Goo Cluster was made by Howell Campbell and Standard Candy Company in 1912.
This round candy contains caramel, marshmallow nougat, roasted peanuts, and milk chocolate. The story of a candy being named Goo Goo is also very interesting.
In the year 1912 when Campbel come up with a new Candy, he was not sure what to call it. When he showed his new product to a group of passengers on the streetcar. One Teacher in the group asked him about his sn and he replied with the child’s first word in joy-“Goo Goo”. Saddle Campbel got the name for his new chocolate candy. The name GOO GOO became the slogan for the candy and a hit for the brand.
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Toblerone is a swiss delicacy made by Theodore Tobler in 1908. He made the candy with nougat, almond, honey, and milk chocolate. The triangular shape is unique for any candy bar. Tobler’s children confirm that the candy gets its shape from the pyramid shape that the dancers at the Folies Bergeres created at their finale Show where Tobler was present.
18. Cadbury Dairy Milk
Cadbury Dairy Milk is a well-known name since 1905. The company was manufacturing chocolate bars since 1894 although they became more popular after the introduction of a milk-rich lite chocolate “The Dairy Milk”. These days you can have a dozen different varieties of Dairy Milk. The fruit & Nuts and Whole Nut or Hazelnut Dairy Milk are a must-have.
17. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
Milton S Hershey introduces the famous Milk Chocolate bar in the 1900s. He was not the first to produce a Milk chocolate bar. Although Hershey’s Milk Chocolate was the first mass-produced chocolate in the United States. Hershey uses local Pennsylvania Chocolate for his chocolate bars. These chocolate bars are less sensitive to milk quality.
16. Lindt Chocolate Bar
Lindt Chocolate Bars are another swiss delicacy from the house of Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli Ag-“The Lindt” Company. They made this Chocolate bar in 1879. They are still producing this delicious chocolate bar in many varieties. You can have a chocolate bar in Mint, Orange, Coconut, Almond, Pineapple, Extra Creamy, Toffee Crunch, Coffee, and many more flavors. Choose the one you like and do share it with your friends.
15. Nestle Milk Chocolate
Nestle is a well-known name in the confectionery industry. It started making Milk Chocolate in Switzerland in 1875. Henri Nestle worked with Daniel Peter to come out with their first chocolate var in 1875 known as “Gala Peter”. Later they formed the Nestle Company. They discontinued the plain original chocolate bar in 2016 due drop in sales. You can still find some flavor variants out in the market.
14. Good & Plenty
Good & Plenty was first made in 1893 in Philadelphia. These chewy licorice were popular for their pinkish white color and taste. Good & Plenty is still be found in some candy stores although they are not so common these days.
Lemon heads are not so old yet quite popular among sour candy lovers. These sour bite-size candies were first introduced by Ferrara Candy Company in the early ’60s. They are still producing these with many other flavors like Apple heads and Cherry Heads.
These round lemon-flavored candies come in easy to open the plastic wrap. Altogether one box of these contains a total of 140 candy. It’s quiet enough even for Halloween candy share.
PEZ is actually the abbreviation for “Pfefferminz” a German term for Peppermint. It was first made in Vienna Austria in the year 1927. These square shape mints are still very popular, especially for their easy collectible dispensers. These days you can have PEZ in many flavors other than the original peppermint PEZ.
11. Charleston Chew
Chewy Nougat coated in rich Milk Chocolate is the signature of Charleston Chew Candy bars. They were first introduced around the late ’30s and became quite popular soon after the launch. Charleston chew taste even better to eat when frozen.
Chick-O-Stick is the traditional peanut butter caramel candy with a twist of toasted coconut. These small bite-size peanut butter coconut candy does not add any trans fat or Cholesterol to your diet or at least they say so. Even after 6 or 7 decades, they are still produced and available in many candy stores.
Bit-O-Honey is a traditional chewy caramel taffy with honey, almond bits, and egg whites. The egg white makes it unique in texture and taste. The yellow wax paper wrap is the signature of Bit-O-honey candy since its first day in Chicago in 1924.
08. Candy Buttons
Candy Buttons were not like any other candy. At first, many candy lovers dislike its appearance and taste although with time this candy makes its special place among kids. The Candy buttons are small colorful sugar dots stuck to a wax paper strip. You have to pull it off from the paper stip to eat. These candies come in all shades of the rainbow. It’s actually fun to pluck these sugar beads from paper and if you want you can still try it.
07. Caramel Creams (Bulls-Eyes)
The Bulls Eye or the Caramel Creams call it whatever you like. It was a popular chewy candy of the last century. It was first made by Goetze Candy company in the 1890s in Baltimore, Maryland. The combination of sweet vanilla cream and savory caramel make this candy a hit during the early 1900s. The candies came in twisted transparent plastic wraps. You just have to twist it open and start eating.
06. Mary Jane
Charles Miller made this Peanut butter candy in 1914. It is a chewy candy that contains peanut butter caramel and molasses. The yellow wrapper with the image of a young girl wearing “Mary-Jane” shoes is the signature of this candy. Mary Jane was probably the aunt of Charles Miller. He named the candy in her memory.
Bottle caps are small flavored candy in the shape of soda bottle caps. They first come into the sale during the 1970s. These candies were quite popular, especially for their flavors like cola, root beer, grape, orange, and cherry.
04. Coconut Slices
The 3-layer Coconut Slice Candy is a unique combination for a candy bar. This soft candy bar contains 3 interesting flavors in a single candy. You can taste Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry in this Coconut candy bar. Even the distinct color make it really easy to identify the different flavors. It is old but not so to compete with others. The taste and unique texture made this candy one of its kind to stand here on the list.
Razzles is a unique candy that turns into the gum in no time. It is in the market since the late 50s. little Round Razzles have tiny holes in them. They came in many fruit flavors and rainbow colors. The candy will transform into a gum on chewing for a few seconds. You can enjoy it as a juicy sweet candy and after a few moments, it will become a gum to enjoy furthermore. The 2004 film 13 Going on 30 revived this generation’s old candy for the new generation.
02. Circus Peanuts
Circus Peanut was not very popular still it gets its fair share of candy lovers. This peanut-shaped orange marshmallow treat is unique and one of its kind. It was first introduced during the 1800s. This candy was quite chewy and some claim it has the texture of a styrofoam cup. Although Nothing seems in sync for this candy yet it keeps its sales high for decades. This candy has a unique banana flavor that does not match the peanut shape still it always remained a popular classic candy.
01. Necco Wafers
Necco Wafers are one of the oldest candies on the market. It’s a sugar-based button-shaped flavored hard candy. They were first introduced in 1847 by the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO). Later the company sold its rights to Spangler Candy Company in 2018. Soon after the sale, the Spangler company discontinues the original NECCO Wafers due to reduced sales.