For decades, candies have been named after people. Let’s turn the tables and name our tiniest people after candies! Our retro candy list offers the perfect inspiration for finding a sweet name for your baby.
Seven candy names from the 1920s
This was an important decade for the candy industry. In fact, many of today’s most popular sweet treats can be traced back to the ’20s.
- Charles: Charleston Chew
- Clark: Clark Bar
- Henry: Oh Henry! bar
- Honey: Bit-O-Honey
- Kit: Kits Taffy
- Reese: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
- Ruth: Baby Ruth bar
Five candy names from the 1930s
The 1930s introduced The Wizard of Oz, the cheeseburger and these fine candies.
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Six candy names from the 1940s
In the ’40s, kids with candy cigarettes emulated glamorous, chain-smoking movie stars. And five-and-dime stores boasted these fun treats:
- Joy: Almond Joy bar
- Candy: Candy cigarettes
- Junior: Junior Mints
- Mike and Ike: Mike & Ike Fruit Flavored Candies
- Patty: York Peppermint Pattie
Five candy names from the 1950s
Sugary candies encountered junk food competition when the ’50s introduced McDonald’s restaurants.
Five candy names from the 1960s
Sixties-era kids munched on these candies while watching a fascinating new TV show called Sesame Street.
- Astro: Astro Pops
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon Bears
- Joe: Mike & Ike Jolly Joes
- Jules: Mint Julep candy chews
- Scooter: Scooter Pies
Five candy names from the 1970s
Along with new candies, the ’70s gave us the Apple computer and Star Wars.
- Andy: Andy Capp’s Hot Fries
- Buck: Buckeyes
- Carmella: Caramello bar
- Bubba: Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum
- Taffy: Laffy Taffy
Candies from the 1980s, ’90s and beyond
Kids born in the ’80s and ’90s cherish their childhood memories, which no doubt include fabulous candies. Unfortunately, those who named candy of the 1980s didn’t create any names we’d actually like to borrow. Would you want to name your baby Airhead, Nerd, Runt, Skittle or Spree?
And the most popular candies in the nation don’t provide much inspiration either. Information Resources Inc. recently looked at the top-selling candies in the U.S. and among the favorites are Tic Tacs, Hershey’s Kisses, Butterfinger, Milky Way, Starburst, 3 Musketeers, Dove, Twizzlers, Twix, Snickers, Hershey’s Bar and (of course) M&M’s.