Sweet Nostalgia: Irresistible Candies of the '70s You Couldn't Get Enough Of

By | May 24, 2024

Ah, the '70s—a decade of disco, daring fashion, and unforgettable flavors. For many, the sweetest memories are wrapped in the colorful wrappers of candies that we couldn't resist. This collection takes you on a sugary journey back in time, revisiting the confections that defined a generation. From the tangy burst of Pop Rocks to the chewy delight of Laffy Taffy, each candy tells a story of carefree days and endless summers. As you scroll through these iconic treats, let the nostalgia wash over you and remember the simple joy of unwrapping your favorite candy. Whether you were a fan of the fizzy, the fruity, or the downright fun, these sweet treasures of the '70s will bring a smile to your face and perhaps a craving or two.

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Bottle Caps, Pop Rocks, York Peppermint Patty, Fun Dip, and Ring Pop. Source for all: Pinterest

Reese's Pieces, Pop Rocks, Jelly Bellies -- for kids prowling the candy aisle at the local 7-Eleven or Circle-K in the 1970s, there was a constant stream of new and delicious sugary stuff. All the better to rot those teeth right out of your head. So many of the candies we know and still love today came to us during the decade of Watergate and disco. Can you imagine life without a Twix bar, Bubble Yum or York Peppermint Pattie? 

It was a fun time -- and then there was Fun Dip. It was dip, it was fun, it was both. It was sugar in crystalline powder form you eat by fishing it out of a pouch with a licked sticky stick of solidified sugar. Fun Dip was a process, an activity, an experience -- and yes, it would also rot your teeth out of your head.

Advances in food engineering were responsible for some of the new sugary goodies, but in all honesty, it was probably the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that helped to inspire candy makers to invent new and creative sweets. Here is a look at ten of the best candies that were introduced in the 1970s.

1976: Ring Pops

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Topps, the company known for baseball cards, introduced their wearable candy ring pops in 1976. Affixed to a one-size-fits-all plastic ring is mounted a huge, over-sized “jewel” made of hard candy. According to company history, candy creator Frank Richards invented the ring pop as a way to stop his daughter from sucking her thumb, because, you know, a big chunk of sugar is a better alternative. Ring pops have become a fixture of fake marriage proposals ever since.