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16 Best Discontinued Candies Of All Time

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This piece is a sugar-coated time machine that will transport you back in time to when you were younger, when you were younger, and when you were younger. Join us on a nostalgic journey as we reveal the delectable treasures of yesteryears—the all-time best discontinued candies that evoke fond memories. Discover the candy cemetery where beloved confections like PB Max and Altoids Sours slumber, making your taste senses long for their victorious resurgence. Come experience the nostalgic candy aisles of our childhood, filled with the bittersweet symphony of discontinued candies that serve as a constant reminder that some flavors are too valuable to be kept in the past. Prepare yourself for a delicious walk down memory lane as we commemorate the delicious goodies that passed by in the past.


Marathon Bar

Marathon Bar
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The Marathon Bar from candy giant MARS was only around for a relatively short time. Introduced in 1973, this candy bar was discontinued eight years later in 1981. This chocolate bar consisted of a braided caramel core covered in milk chocolate. 


Butterfinger BB’s

Butterfinger BB's
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Butterfinger BB was a bite-sized version of the famous crisp peanut butter and chocolate Butterfinger bar from Ferrero. The Butterfinger BBs were small, round candies that you could eat by the handful. The Butterfinger BBs were introduced in 1992 and discontinued in 2006. 


Life Savers Holes

Life Savers Holes
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Ever had a doughnut hole? Life Savers Holes took the idea of a doughnut hole and applied it to the Life Savers hard candy. The Holes carried the same fruit and mint flavors of the candy but took the form of small pellets in a tube. The product didn’t last long, introduced in 1990 and discontinued in 1991.


PB Max

PB Max
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The PB Max was a MARS company innovation that consisted of peanut butter on top of a whole-grain crisp cookie, then covered in a layer of milk chocolate. Despite the PB Max’s popularity after its introduction in 1989, the candy was discontinued in the early 1990s because the MARS company’s founding family weren’t fans of peanut butter. 


Reggie! Bar

Reggie! Bar
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The Reggie! Bar was a candy bar named after and linked with professional Major League baseball player Reggie Jackson. The candy bar was a circular cake of peanut pieces dipped in caramel and then covered in a layer of milk chocolate. The Reggie! Bar was introduced in 1978 and discontinued in 1981 as Jackson’s time with the New York Yankees ended. 

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Seven Up Bar

Seven Up Bar
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No, this candy bar doesn’t taste like the popular soda with a similar name. This candy bar was wholly unique, made up of seven chocolate pieces, each with a different flavor filling. The concept is similar to a sampler chocolate box, and the flavors were mint, nougat, butterscotch, fudge, coconut, buttercream, and caramel. The candy was discontinued in 1979. 


Altoid Sours

Altoid Sours
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Altoids, creator of the “Curiously Strong Mints,” had a sour and fruity variation on their mints available from 2001 to 2010. These mints were discontinued due to poor sales, but most people who tried them remember them fondly. The sour mints were available in raspberry, citrus, apple, mango, tangerine, and limited-edition passion fruit flavors. 


Wonka Bar

Wonka Bar
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Most people know Wonka Bar as the delicious candy bar that granted Charlie Bucket a golden ticket in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but a couple of real-life versions existed. Quaker Oats’ version of the candy bar in 1971 was pulled from shelves due to recipe issues, and the Nestle version was discontinued in 2010.


Hershey’s Swoops

Hershey's Swoops
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Hershey’s Swoops were shaped and packaged like Pringles potato chips, slim, identical cuts in a stack. The chocolate chips came in different flavors: Reese’s peanut butter, Hershey’s milk chocolate, Reese’s white chocolate, York Peppermint Pattie, and Almond Joy. The candy was introduced in 2003 and discontinued in 2006. 


Summit Bar

Summit Bar
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The Summit Bar from MARS was advertised as a “cookie bar” on the packaging but referred to as a candy bar in commercials and advertising, leading to a bit of confusion. The bar itself consisted of two crisp wafers topped with peanuts, then coated in a layer of milk chocolate. The cookie bar was discontinued in 2006. 


Cinnamon Tic Tacs

Cinnamon Tic Tacs
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Tic Tacs are a famous breath mint brand because of their unique lidded container. The cinnamon flavor was introduced in the 1970s and discontinued in 2009, causing an uproar among fans of the taste. Tic Tac stated the discontinuation was so they could come up with new flavors. Due to popular demand, the cinnamon flavor has returned several times as a “limited-edition” flavor but not as a permanent flavor. 


Space Dust/Cosmic Candy

Space Dust/Cosmic Candy
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Space Dust, whose name later changed to Cosmic Candy, was General Food’s follow-up to their original popular sour candy, Pop Rocks. Pop Rocks came out in 1976, and Space Dust in 1979. The recipe is essentially the same, but Space Dust is a fine powder as opposed to the small pebble-like shape of Pop Rocks. Space Dust was discontinued because concerned parents thought it looked too similar to illicit drugs. 

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Hershey’s S’mores Bar

Hershey's S'mores Bar
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Hershey’s chocolate bars are considered a necessity for any childhood s’mores session, so much so that Hershey’s creates their own S’mores kits with everything in one box. So it’s no surprise the chocolate giant decided to make a S’mores-flavored chocolate bar in 2003. The bar was later discontinued for undisclosed reasons. 


Chicken Dinner Bar

Chicken Dinner Bar
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The famous 1920s Chicken Dinner Bar was the brainchild of the Sperry Candy Company. The packaging and advertising featured pictures of a whole roasted chicken dinner, which, along with the candy bar’s name, helped this bar stand out amongst competitors. The bar was pretty typical and consisted of nuts covered in milk chocolate (no chicken flavor) and was discontinued in 1962 after Sperry’s was sold. 


Bubble Beepers

Bubble Beepers
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Bubble Beepers was a classic bubble gum candy that came in an exciting and unique container. The packaging was all neon colors and resembled an electronic beeper, a staple of the 1990s you’ll rarely find outside of hospitals nowadays. Bubble Beepers were discontinued as beepers began to be phased out of the technological circles. 


Bonkers

Bonkers
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Bonkers was a chewy candy that Nabisco introduced in the 1980s then discontinued in the late 1990s. The candy was similar to Starbursts as they came in a paper sleeve and were rectangular-shaped chewy cubes. However, the Bonkers candy was a bit chewy and had a tangy filling. 

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    • yes this I miss and could not believe it was gone. I also mix QuickSand Gum by Fleer I would sell my son to have a case of that! of course I craved it during my pregnancy’s and then it was gone in 1985 and I have not found it since. it was perhaps the best gum on earth and super fun. Another ONE is freshen up Gum and that was still available until about 7 years ago now i cannot find it. It is the healthy people that are carnivore dieters they are healthy but their life isn’t as fun as mine.. I am a candy lover for life

    • Are these little coconut squares that are pink, white and brown? If so, I love them too!! Around my area, we can also buy them in a rectangular bar. But the little squares are so good. Especially when they are fresh

  1. There are some company’s on the web, that sell nostalgic candy from one childhood. One that I regularly order from, is called “Old Time Candies”, “Candy Favorites” and one other called “Groovy Candies.”

  2. I loved marathon bars. Never knew they brought them back under the snickers label.
    Always hated snicker so that may be why I never noticed.

  3. I wish that I could find that tangerine hard candy drops that were sold in a round tin at Swiss Colony.

    Even Cracker Barrel doesn’t carry them.

  4. Oof, 2006 was a crappy year to be a candy at M&M Mars…at least 3 of these were discontinued then. Only a few months ago, my husband asked me to pick him up some Butterfinger BBs. He was so sad to learn they hadn’t been made for over 15 years!

  5. I remember a candy bar from the 60s I believe it was made by Annabelle, not positive. It was nougant in the center covered in dark chocolate. The wrapper was a pretty blue, I’d love to know the name.

    • That sounds a lot like the one I liked called Smooth Sailin.
      It had a white nougat center with walnuts and coveted with dark chocolate . Was in a blue wrapper with a sailboat on front.
      Was made by Hollywood candy company I bieve

  6. I miss PB Max!!!
    I also think it’s strange that the popular bar was discontinued because the family doesn’t like peanut butter.
    ??‍♀️

  7. Malted Milk Chocolate Bar by Neilson’s. Cadbury changed its packaging and it was discontinued. I sent a request to Saputo to brig it back.

  8. Does anyone remember an old candy bar called the beast? It may have had a different name. There was a commercial that had a beast hand reach out and grab the candy bar. I think the was a saying, “beware of the beast”. I remember it from the mid to late 1980s to early 1990s.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

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