Here’s What Candy Came Out the Year You Were Born – Gen-X and Millennial Edition

After seven decades of sweet, salty, and sour goodness, we have info on which candy came when. This segment will address candy from the Gen-X (1965-1980) and Millennial (1981-1996) generations. Although not quite as active in candy invention as during the Baby Boomer generation, these generations saw the creation of some pretty impressive new candy.

1966 – 100 Grand. Formerly known as “$100,000 Bar,” these chocolate bars were named after a popular game show in the 1960s and have been a fan-favorite ever since.

1966 – Razzles. These babies are the best of both worlds: candy AND gum, a combination that mystifies children. Although they were only offered in raspberry in 1966, today Razzles are available in a wide variety of flavors, including Gushin’ Grape, Luscious Lemon, and Tangerine Orange.

1970 – Snickers’ Munch Bar. Introduced in 1970, this candy bar is known today as simply “Munch” and has been a chocolate-peanut butter classic for decades.

1971 – Laffy Taffy. At their introduction in 1971, these fruit-flavored taffies were used as a way to promote a movie that was just coming out. However, because they continued to be popular once the movies left theaters, they have been produced ever since.

1974 – Pop Rocks. These bad boys were developed in 1956 by scientist William A. Mitchell, but weren’t released to the public until 1974. Using little air pockets of carbonation that melt in your mouth, these candies leave a mild crackling and popping sensation in your mouth (and can produce some pretty spectacular effects when mixed with certain sodas).

1976 – Jelly Belly. Though this company had been around for decades, it wasn’t until 1976 that the breakthrough recipe for Mini Jelly Beans allowed for these colorful beans to be produced. The original flavors included Root Beer, Green Apple, Licorice, Cream Soda, Lemon, Tangerine, Very Cherry, and Grape.

1978 – Reese’s Pieces. Created as a way to maintain popularity levels for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Pieces were originally produced in 1978 and became extremely popular after being featured in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982.

1979 – Ring Pop. These lollipop-inspired rings have been around for decades – and have even been featured in some weddings.

1980 – Big League Chew. Former Portland Mavericks left-hander Rob Nelson is the mastermind behind this unique, shredded gum. Baseball fans everywhere are still chewing on this, the #1 shredded gum in the world, every day.

1981 – Skittles. For over three decades, people have been tasting the rainbow every time they snack on these chewy, fruity candies.

1983 – Nerds. These tiny candies are offered in several fun flavors, like Grape and Apple Watermelon, and have been a beloved treat for years.

1985 – Sour Patch Kids. Originally called “Mars Men,” these little guys have been sour-then-sweet for decades – and have even inspired a few UFO sightings.

1986 – Airheads. Candy fanatics have been chewing on these long pieces of taffy-like sweets since 1986, and today they are offered in a wide variety of flavors.

1986 – Push Pop. No trip to the store with your parents was ever complete without purchasing one of these babies at checkout. For some reason, even though your fingers were eventually covered in sticky lollipop slime, these never grossed you out. The best part was putting the cap back on to save the rest for later.

1993 – Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème. This fan favorite combines two incredible flavors into one cookie bar. White chocolate surrounding tiny cookie bits is a combination even the healthiest eaters can’t resist.

1995 – Starburst Jellybeans. Modeled after the OG Starburst candies, these jellybeans were released only two decades ago and quickly became a favorite – especially around Easter.

Stay tuned for Part 3, which has more birth year candies (and if you missed it, Part 1, Baby Boomer candy).

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Jeffrey Bellomo, Esq.

Excerpted and adapted from Shana Lynch in Redbook Magazine.


Here’s What Candy Came Out the Year You Were Born – Baby Boomer Edition

After seven decades of sweet, salty, and sour goodness, we have info on which candy came when. This segment will address candy from the Baby Boomer generation (1946-1964).

1941 – M&M’s. These little candies have a colorful origin story. During the Spanish Civil war, Forest Mars, Sr., son of the inventor of the Milky Way, witnessed soldiers eating small chocolate beads covered in hard sugar shells and was inspired. Chocolate sales typically dropped during the summer when temperatures rose, and Mars was excited at the idea of inventing a product that wouldn’t melt. He and Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey executive William Murrie, joined together to create the original M&M’s (Mars + Murrie = M&M). In 1941, Mars received a patent for his product and began mass-producing the little chocolate in Newark, NJ. They were originally sold in tubes, shelled in brown, red, orange, yellow, green, and violet coatings, and only available to soldiers in the war. The candies were first stamped with a black “M” in 1950, which later changed in 1954 to the iconic white “M” we know today.

1945 – DOTS Gumdrops. Boasting to be “America’s favorite, #1-selling gumdrop brand” since its introduction in 1945, these chewy little guys have been beloved for over six decades. Tootsie makes over 4 billion DOTS each year and they still come in the same original flavors today as they did in the 1940s: cherry, strawberry, lemon, lime, and orange.

1947 – Bazooka Bubble Gum. Just looking at that picture brings the classic pink bubblegum taste to my mouth and has me humming, “Bazooka-zooka bubblegum…” Developed at the end of World War II in Brooklyn, New York, Bazooka Bubble Gum, with its Bazooka Joe comics inside, has been a classic chewing gum for decades.

1948 – Almond Joy.  While its partner candy bar Mounds has been around for almost a century, Almond Joy didn’t join the game until a little later. While Mounds were already becoming a classic among Americans, the demand for milk chocolate was increasing steadily, leading to the development of the Almond Joy candy bar.

1949 – Junior Mints. With a creamy mint filling covered in a chocolate shell, Junior Mints were named after a popular Broadway show, Junior Miss, that was on stages in the 1940s. Today, over 15 million Junior Mints are produced each day in Cambridge, MA.

1949 – Smarties.  Edward “Eddie” Dee, an English immigrant, moved to New Jersey in 1949 and founded Ce De Candy, Inc. From there, he began to create the candy wafer rolls we all know and love today. Today, Smarties are made 24 hours a day in factories in both Union, NJ and Newmarket, Ontario.

1952 – Pixy Stix.  In the 1930s, a fruit drink called “Frutola,” made of a Kool-Aid-esque powder that was mixed into water, was all the rage for kids. Eventually, it evolved into “Fruzola,” powdered sugar that came packaged ready with a spoon, erasing water from the equations. Naturally, kids loved this idea; they were allowed to eat straight-up sugar. The name “Pixy Stix” was first used in 1952, when the sugar from the Fruzola packets was packaged into straw-shaped containers. Today, Pixy Stix come in five sweet flavors (Grape, Maui Punch, Orange, Red, and Strawberry) and are still providing nightmares to parents everywhere.

1953 – Peeps.  Manufactured by Just Born, everyone’s favorite marshmallow chicks were created by hand until Bob Born joined the company in 1946. Since then, Peeps have been produced in Bethlehem, PA, using a machine, popping out a package of the cute little guys in only six minutes.

1958 – Candy Necklaces.  These strings of candy wafers were first introduced in 1958 and have been a classic at birthday parties and candy stores ever since.

1960 – Lemonheads. Using the same formula that produces Red Hots, these sweet and sour candies were first produced by the Ferrara Pan Company in 1960. The process is called “cold-panning,” in which candy pieces are tossed into revolving pans as color and flavor are added.

1960 – Starburst. These fruity, chewy candies were first launched in the U.K. in 1960, making their way over the Atlantic in 1967. The original flavors were strawberry, lemon, orange, and lime.

1962 – Now and Later. When these taffies were created in 1962, they were given their name based on the idea that you could enjoy some now and save some for later, but we think anyone who has ever opened a pack of these devoured them all right away.

1963 – SweeTARTS. These sugary, sour candies have been a favorite for candy-lovers for over four decades.

Stay tuned for more birth year candies.

And if you want to come to any one of our upcoming workshops on estate planning or elder law, just click here to RSVP for the best date that works for you!

Excerpted and adapted from Shana Lynch in Redbook Magazine.


The week of June 16 through the 23rd, 2019, the Law Offices of Bellomo & Associates will be closed

Ten years ago, Nate Platt and I went out on our own and promised each other that when we were celebrating our tenth anniversary, we would close the office for one week and celebrate with our team members and clients.  

We are proud to announce that we have hit our 10-year milestone and will be celebrating not only with our current team members, but also with Attorney Nate Platt and his family, by taking a cruise from June 16 through 23, 2019.  

It has been an honor to be able to serve the community for over 10 years, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate with our current team members and our clients. We hope that you will be able to join us on the cruise, and if not, thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The office will be staffed Monday through Friday the week of June 17, 2019, but mainly for having the phones answered and for clients to be able to drop off paperwork.  The office will reopen on Monday, June 24, and it will be business as usual. Thank you for celebrating this milestone with us, and for your cooperation and understanding.  

Jeffrey Bellomo