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Bottle Caps


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See also: Bottle cap

Roll of Bottle Caps: Cola, Root Beer, Cherry, Orange, and Grape


Bottle Cap candies

Bottle Caps are sweet tablet candies made to look like metal soda bottle caps in grape, cola, orange, root beer, and cherry flavors. They are sold by Nestlé under their Willy Wonka  Company brand.


Bottle Caps have a sour but slightly sweet taste to them, not wholly dissimilar to Smarties  Company's Smarties (Rockets outside the U.S.), SweeTarts or Runts, but with soda flavors and altered shapes. Bottle Caps come in purple packages weighing 0.73 oz (16 g) and containing approximately 24 pieces. They also can be purchased in a box containing 48 packages, or in small individually wrapped pouches of three candies, which can be given out as Halloween treats in the U.S. They may also come in a box with 6 oz (170 g) of the candies.


In the past, Bottle Caps contained a lemon-lime flavor instead of the current cherry flavor. There was also a time when Willy Wonka Co. made Fizzy Bottle Caps (called Fizzy Jerkz in the UK). These were like the original but contained ingredients to make them fizz when eaten.


In early 2009, each individual piece of Bottle Caps  was made much smaller than they had been in the past. The underside was flattened, and no longer resembles the underside of a bottle cap. This is in exception to the paper tube packaging, which retains the original size and shape.


Willy Wonka Company products


Bottle Caps ·

 Everlasting Gobstopper ·

 Fun Dip ·

 Laffy Taffy ·

 Nerds ·

 Pixy Stix ·

 Redskins ·

 Runts ·

 Spree ·

 SweeTarts ·

 SweeTarts Chewy Sours ·

 SweeTarts Soft & Chewy Ropes ·

 Wonka Bar (UK & AUS only) ·

 Wonka Gummies



 or replaced


Dweebs ·

 FruiTart Chews ·

 Oompas ·

 Punky's ·

 Shock Tarts Sour Gum Balls ·

 Tart 'n' Tinys ·

 Tinglerz ·

 Wonka Biscuits ·

 Wonka Donutz ·

 Wacky Wafers ·

 Wonka Xploder



Wonka Donutz


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Wonka Donutz were candies sold by Nestlé under their Willy Wonka  Company brand. They were donut-shaped pieces of chocolate covered in sprinkles, with a truffle-like inside. These were widely promoted around the release of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. However, they were short-lived, and discontinued, due to a lack of customers.[citation needed]



FruiTart Chews


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FruiTart Chews were a bulk  sold by Nestlé under their Willy Wonka  Company brand. They came in a variety of fruit flavors.


Recently, FruiTart Chews have been replaced by Chewy SweeTarts.


A former taffy, Tangy-Taffy is also now discontinued and has been replaced totally by Laffy-Taffy.



Fun Dip



Fun Dip


Fun Dip Wrapper

 Alternative names




Place of origin

United States, Canada



Main ingredients


Food energy

(per 0.5 ounces serving)

 50 kcal (209 kJ)

Nutritional value

(per 0.5 ounces serving)


13 g

Similar dishes

Pixy Stix

Cookbook:    Media: Fun Dip


Fun Dip is a  manufactured by The Willy Wonka  Company, a brand owned by Nestlé. The  has been on the market in the United States and Canada since the 1940s[1] and was originally called Lik-M-Aid. It was originally manufactured by Fruzola,[2] and then Sunline Inc., through their Sunmark Brands division, which was purchased by Nestlé in January 1989. It comes in many different flavors with  sticks that are included.


Fun Dip is similar to fellow Wonka product Pixy Stix, but sold in small pouches, rather than paper or plastic straws. When called Lik-M-Aid, it consisted of 4 packets of flavored and colored sugar. When rebranded in the 1970s as Fun Dip, two edible  sticks called "Lik-A-Stix" were added.[1][3] While the original flavors consisted of lime, cherry and grape, the most common flavors are cherry, grape, and a raspberry/apple combination that turns from blue when dry to green when wet with saliva or water. It also comes in sour flavors, including sour watermelon, sour apple, and sour lemonade. There is also orange flavored Fun Dip. Packets with one stick and two flavors were once the standard, and packets with only one or two flavors are still available with less prominence than the now-standard three-flavor package.




Contents  [hide]

1 Eating style

2 Gallery

3 Cultural references

4 References



Eating style[edit]


Fun Dip varies greatly from many other types of  in that it is meant to be eaten over a considerable amount of time, compared to other candies that are usually bite size or consumed quickly. During the rebranding in the 70's two additional sugar sticks, called "Lik-A-Stix" were added to the packaging. The intended purpose is to wet the sticks, using your own saliva or in some cases, water, and then collect some of the sugar, you can then lick the sugar off the Lik-A-Stix and continue eating it this way.


Despite the ideal eating method described above, there are people that use other methods, such as dumping large amounts of the sugar directly into their mouth and then chewing on the Lik-A-Stix separately.



Flavored sugar sticking to the sugar stick

Original packaging and name


Fun Dip before Nestle acquisition - Source - Collecting.com "Fun Dip and Lik-M-Aid – A powdery-sugar-filled retrospective.:


 Cultural references[edit]

In the Disney Channel television series Gravity Falls, this was parodied with the fictional Smile Dip which was banned in Canada and the United States for containing hallucinogenic properties.

In Trailer Park Boys, Ricky can be seen enjoying Fun Dip in the car after visiting the library with Julian in season 2, episode 4: "A Dope Trailer Is No Place for a Kitty".

In the television series, Freaks and Geeks, we see the character, Millie Kentner, played by actress Sarah Hagan, eating from the  pouch. She refers to what she is eating as Lik-M-Aid, and asks James Franco's character if he would like to try some.

The vocals of Skrillex' song "Bangarang" contain the line "I'm eating Fun Dip right now".




1.^  to: a b "Lik-M-Aid - Fun Dip - OldTime.com". OldTime.com.

2. ^ "Fun Dip and Lik-M-Aid – A powdery-sugar-filled retrospective.". Collecting.com.

3. ^ "Seventy years of minutes from the Lik-M-Aid Corporation’s annual board meeting". Slacktory.





Jawbreaker plate.jpg

Gobstoppers of various sizes and colors. The largest one is 3 inches (~7.5 cm) in diameter

Alternative names





Place of origin

United Kingdom


Main ingredients

Sugar, invert sugar, food coloring, calcium stearate, beeswax/carnuba wax, preservatives

 Cookbook: Gobstopper   Media: Gobstopper


Gobstoppers, known as jawbreakers in Canada and the United States, are a type of hard . They are usually round, and normally range from about 1 - 3 cm across; though in Canadian/US  stores, some stores or stands in Europe and many theme parks, gobstoppers can sometimes be up to 8 cm in diameter. The candies are traditionally very hard, hence the descriptive name of jawbreaker.


The term gobstopper derives from 'gob', which is slang in United Kingdom and Ireland for mouth. The sweet was a favourite among British schoolboys between World War I and World War II.[1] In his children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, British author Roald Dahl described "Everlasting Gobstoppers", a fictional type of gobstopper that could never be finished.


Gobstoppers usually consist of a number of layers, each layer dissolving to reveal a different colour (and sometimes differently flavoured) layer, before dissolving completely. Gobstoppers are sucked or licked, being too hard to bite without risking dental damage (hence the name jawbreaker).


Gobstoppers have been sold in traditional sweet shops for at least a century, often sold by weight from jars. As gobstoppers dissolve very slowly, they last a very long time in the mouth, which is a major factor in their enduring popularity with children. Larger ones can take days or even weeks to fully dissolve.




Contents  [hide]

1 Manufacture

2 Everlasting Gobstoppers

3 Exploding gobstoppers 3.1 The MythBusters investigation


4 See also

5 References

6 External links




Rainbow gobstopper


Split single-coloured Ferrara Pan gobstopper showing layers of sugar

Main article: Sugar panning


Gobstoppers are made by slowly depositing layers onto a core (such as a pressed ball of sugar or a gumball[2]). Gobstoppers are made in large, rotating, heated pans. This is called "hot panning". The candies take several weeks to manufacture, as the process of adding liquid sugar is repeated multiple times. Natural and artificial colors and flavors are also added during the panning process.


Everlasting Gobstoppers[edit]


Main article: Everlasting Gobstopper


The Everlasting Gobstoppers, sold under Nestlé's Willy Wonka  Company brand, were first introduced in 1976 by Breaker Confections,[3] and are named after the Everlasting Gobstoppers in Roald Dahl's children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In Dahl's story, Everlasting Gobstoppers are purported to last forever. Dahl named the sweet after Gobstoppers, which were a favourite among British schoolboys between the two World Wars.[1] As a young boy in the early 1920s, Dahl put a dead mouse into a jar of Gobstoppers in his local sweet shop, which is commemorated with a blue plaque.[4]


Exploding gobstoppers[edit]



 Big gobstoppers

In 2003, Taquandra Diggs, a nine-year-old girl in Starke, Florida, suffered severe burns, allegedly from biting down on a Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper that had been left out in the sun. Diggs and several other victims' families filed lawsuits against Nestlé for medical bills resulting from plastic surgery as well as pain and suffering; the matters were later settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount.[5][6]


The MythBusters investigation[edit]


A 2004 episode of the Discovery Channel television program MythBusters featured a myth called Exploding Jawbreaker inspired by the incidents with Diggs and Cameron DeHall. Co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, with help from then-Build Team member Tory Belleci and Mythtern Christine Chamberlain, strove to find out just how a Gobstopper or Jawbreaker could become a bomb. Jamie, on examining the insides of one, noticed that because of the 's multi-layered makeup, there is a potential for a temperature differential — meaning that one or more layers could heat faster, causing pressure on the outer shell and making the  unstable. (Christine found using an infrared thermometer that one layer got up to 225 °F (107 °C) after microwave heating.) If the  was compressed — including in someone's jaws — the  could explosively burst and its almost molten centers could cause painful burns.


This was tested with a microwave oven and a jaw rig, but chemical contamination (specifically, through caustic soda, which is often used to clean food processing equipment) and heating while in the plastic bag were also considered confirmed. In the microwave oven test, Adam and Christine received light burns after a gobstopper exploded, and Adam compared the feeling to napalm because the  was retaining heat efficiently.[7]


See also[edit]

Aniseed ball

Atomic Fireball

Ed, Edd n Eddy






1.^  to: a b John Ayto (2012). "The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink". p. 154. Oxford University Press

2. ^ How its Made Season 7 Episode 02

3. ^ Zeldes, Leah A. (October 30, 2009). "Willy Wonka lives in Chicagoland". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2009.

4. ^ "Blue plaque marks Dahl sweet shop". BBC. Retrieved 24 December 2014

5. ^ "Florida Girl Injured In Bizarre  Episode | The Smoking Gun". thesmokinggun.com. 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011.

6. ^ "Jawbreaker  Explodes, Burns Fla. Girl's Face – Orlando News Story – WKMG Orlando". clickorlando.com. 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011.

7. ^ "Mythbusters : Will Heating a Jawbreaker Make It Explode?". dsc.discovery.com. 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011



Laffy Taffy


For the hip hop song, see Laffy Taffy (song).

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Laffy Taffy


A slab of Sparkle Cherry Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy is a brand of taffy manufactured by Nestlé and sold under their Willy Wonka  Company brand. Laffy Taffy is a brand of  first produced in the 1970s as "Beich's (Name of Flavor) Caramels", though in fact they were fruit-flavored taffy squares. The original company later changed the name of the product to "Beich's Laffy Taffy",[1] which occurred some years prior to the acquisition of distribution rights and later purchase of the product line by Nestlé. The candies are small (about 1.5 oz or 45 g) individually wrapped taffy available in a variety of artificial fruit flavors, as well as a chocolate mousse flavor. The  was advertised as having a "long-lasting" flavor. In 2003, Wonka introduced a variety called "Flavor Flippers", a piece of taffy that had a soft center with a different flavor.


The name refers to both the texture of the taffy as well as its embodiment of silliness; jokes are written on the inside of each wrapper. For example: "What do you call a cow with no legs? -- Supper." Some jokes are pun-based, such as "What is Labor Day? -- That's when mommies have their babies." Other jokes are based on silly word play, such as "What's an owl's favorite subject? -- Owlgebra." These jokes are usually sent in by children who are credited on the wrapper. Laffy Taffy used to come in thick, square shaped pieces, but today, it is sold in thinner, rectangular shaped pieces. Laffy Taffy comes in many different colors and flavors, including green apple, strawberry, grape, banana, watermelon, blue raspberry and Cherry.




Ingredients vary between flavors. The following ingredients are shown on wrappers or on the Willy Wonka website.

Corn syrup and/or Sugar

Hydrogenated coconut oil or palm oil


The following are less than 2%

Malic acid

Monoglycerides and diglycerides

Hydrogenated cottonseed oil


Soy lecithin

Artificial flavor

Trans fat


The following depend on the flavors and colors


Purple 29




1.       ^ Photo of a Beich's Laffy Taffy Wrapper





Nerds are an American  sold by Nestlé under The Willy Wonka  Company. Their unusual shape and thin -coating is comparable to rock . With their anthropomorphic covers, Nerds usually contain two flavors per box, and each flavor has a separate compartment and opening.[citation needed] Larger packages may contain various colors—sometimes referred to as "Rainbow Nerds."


Contents  [hide]

1 History

2 Production process

3 Nutritional facts

4 Early competition

5 Variety

6 Trivia

7 References





Angelo Fraggos launched the production of Nerds in 1983. By 1985, Nerds were recognized as " of the Year" by the National  Wholesalers Association (NCWA).[1] The United Kingdom sold a three-box chambered package of Nerds, with strawberry cola as one of the flavors (the United States never sold this type of box or flavor). Throughout the years, the product has been sold in a box with two separate compartments, each compartment containing a different flavor .[1]


Nerds Retail Display, (2016)

Production process[edit]


The television show Unwrapped explains how Nerds are made. A factory worker states, "Basically we start off with a sugar crystal and we just keep coating it with more sugar."[2] The factory spins huge barrel-like containers of sugar crystals, which receive coats of sugar until the Nerds are formed. Their original color is pure white; they receive their colors in separate barrels. Each barrel is then transferred into the different nerd boxes. For instance, strawberry and grape go together—the most famous flavor combination among Nerds.[2]


Nerds  2016

Nutritional facts[edit]


The article "Nerds  Nutrition" states, "Nerds primarily consist of sugar. The top three ingredients are dextrose, sugar and malic acid. The rest of the  contains less than 2 percent of corn syrup, artificial flavors, carnauba wax and artificial coloring. The artificial coloring varies by flavor."[1] The allergy warnings of this  state that Nerds are created "in a facility that also produces wheat and egg."[1] The normal serving size is one tablespoon—about 15 grams. (One serving of Nerds is equivalent to 60 calories.) The Halloween hand-out size is typically 15 grams, and the larger boxes contain 170 grams. Nerds consist of neither fat nor protein; the main calories come from carbohydrates.[1]


Early competition[edit]


Nerds were a popular  in the 1980s, but they had big competitors including Pop Rocks,  Buttons, and Mike and Ike’s.[3] Nerds also had a close cousin in the '80s—Dweebs. Dweebs were very similar to Nerds; but they were less sour and bigger in size. One of the most popular differences is that Dweebs contained three flavors instead of two, though the United Kingdom had a box of nerds with three flavors for a limited time. According to Rob Bricken, "A squishier Nerd with more leg space and a surprise in the middle, Dweebs were more substantial, less sour, and displayed a greater depth and complexity than Nerds."[4] Dweebs only lasted a short time on the market, however.




Nerds consist of various flavors and colors, ranging from extremely sweet to extremely sour; often, the two flavours in one box will contrast, and a single flavor may even exhibit both extremes. They are thickly glazed with carnauba wax, which gives them a hard bite and a gloss. The nucleus of each  is composed of one or more complete sucrose crystals. These optically clear monoclinic crystals are about 0.2–1 mm in length and help define the irregular shape. A Nerds breakfast cereal based on this concept appeared in the 1980s, but it had a short life.


Nerds (Pinktricity & Electro Orange)

Although many other flavors are available, some of the current regular flavors of Nerds include the following:

Strawberry and Grape (pink and purple)

Wild Cherry and Watermelon (orange or red and green)

Double Dipped Lemonade-Wild Cherry and Apple-Watermelon (red and yellow)

Sour-Lightning Lemon and Amped Apple (yellow and light green)

Surf 'n Turf- Totally Tropical Punch and Road Rash Raspberry (red and blue)

Wildberry and Peach (blue and orange)

Watermelon and punch and Wildberry (Green and blue)


Willy Wonka has also come up with several spin-off products of Nerds:

Sour Nerds are big and they usually come in Lightning Lemon and Amped Apple. They are packaged in a regular box. A second flavor—Shocking Strawberry and Electric Blue—was released.

Strawberry Giant Chewy Nerds, also known as "Future Nerds," have a chewy jelly bean center with a bumpy, crunchy nerd shell. They are the same product as the jelly beans, but they are available year-round.

Nerds Rope consists of gummy string with a variety of Nerds attached to the outside. It comes in original, berry and tropical flavors.

Rainbow Nerds is a box of regular Nerds with multiple flavors, with no partition or organization.

Jumbo Nerds is a box of Nerds with multiple flavors—much larger than regular Nerds. The box depicts one jumbo nerd on a teeter-totter with several regular-sized nerds trying to counter its weight.

Nerds Gum Balls are bubble gum balls filled with multiple flavors of Nerds on the inside.

Theme Nerds are sometimes manufactured seasonally for holidays such as Halloween or Valentine's Day with names such as "Spooky Nerds." Flavors may include fruit punch, strawberry, and orange.

Nerds Cereal, a now-discontinued breakfast cereal that, like the , featured two separate flavors in a box. The cereal came with a mail-in offer for a Nerds cereal bowl, which also could be divided in two, like a standard Nerds box.

Nerds Gum consisted of pieces that looked like regular Nerds, but were actually bubble gum. The box featured a Nerd floating away with a bubble gum bubble.

Dweebs, now discontinued, were a soft, chewy version of Nerds. Released in the 1980s, Dweebs contained three separate flavors rather than two. Dweebs were available only for a short time, however.

Neon Nerds were introduced in 1996 and came in Pinktricity and Electro Orange flavours. They are still sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Nerd Jelly Beans, produced for Easter, are jelly beans with a coating of carnauba wax, which makes them taste like Nerds.

Wonkalate, A UK-only chocolate bar, which, aside from its purple color, contained snozzberry-flavored Nerds.

Nerd Blizzard, A Nerd blizzard was offered from DQ. Now discontinued, Nerds plus soft serve was not a popular match.

 NERDS Slushes, A variety of the  Slushes offered by Sonic that feature Nerds.[5]


Throughout the 1980s, several new flavors of Nerds were introduced from time to time; for example, "Hot and Cool" Nerds (cinnamon & wintergreen flavored), Blueberry and Raspberry, and Lemon and Lime.




According to Laurnie Wilson, "Some say that [Nerds were] named after a reference in the Dr. Seuss Book, If I Ran the Zoo, where a 'nerd' is mentioned as one of the creatures the narrator would collect for his zoo."[6] Wilson also mentions the invention of the now-discontinued Nerds cereal. He points out, however, that "you can eat Nerds pretty much any other time of the day."[6]


A variety of Nerds products have been sold exclusively in the United Kingdom. Jason Liebig claims that "back in 2005, Wonka’s UK arm released a product called Nerdalicious, which was sort of like Nerd-filled licorice."[7]




1.^  to: a b c d e Lee, Mary R. "Nerds  Nutrition." LIVESTRONG.COM, 07 Feb. 2014. Web.

2.^  to: a b Tuckner, Jake T. "Nerds Ropes-Food Network." YouTube. Unwrapped, 2 Apr. 2013. Web.

3. ^ Yastremsky, Michelle B. "20 Candies from the '80s for a Sweet 30th Birthday Party." Celebrations, 7 Aug. 2013. Web.

4. ^ Bricken, Rob. "The 10 Most Delicious Extinct Candies from the '80s." Topless Robot. Daily Lists, 13 Aug. 2008. Web.

5. ^ https://www.sonicdrivein.com/menu/192-ultimate-drink-stop-r

6.^  to: a b Wilson, Laurnie. " Favorites – Wholesale  & Bulk  Suppliers Since 1927." A Nerd-tastic History.  Favorites, 7 Dec. 2013.

7. ^ Liebig, Jason. "Wonka Nerds from Around the World!"





Oompas  bag.

Oompas, now discontinued, were  produced under the Willy Wonka brand name.


The  produced from 1971 to 1983 was similar to today's Reese's Pieces and peanut butter M&M's (though bigger). Under the  coating was a  disk of one-half peanut butter, and one half chocolate. In 1980, they were briefly available in a chocolate and strawberry (instead of peanut butter) variety.


In 2001, Wonka, now a Nestlé subsidiary, revived the brand name for a chewy Skittles-like  that came in a variety of fruit flavors: Green Apple, Cherry, Lemon, Orange, Grape, and Strawberry. The UK version had a different, more eccentric flavour variety: jam doughnut, rhubarb and custard, snozzberry (mixed fruit), popcorn, caterpillar (cucumber) and mashed potato.


They were named after The Oompa-Loompas from the Roald Dahl children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, from which the Wonka company takes its name.


External links[edit]

Oompas - Peanut Butter Wrapper

Oompas -  Blog


Pixy Stix


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A packet of small Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix is a sweet and sour colored powdered  usually packaged in a wrapper that resembles a drinking straw. Pixy Stix is a registered trademark of Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.


The  is usually poured into the mouth from the wrapper, which is made out of plastic or paper. Pixy Stix contain dextrose, citric acid, and artificial and natural flavors.


Contents  [hide]

1 History

2 Flavours

3 In popular culture

4 See also

5 References





Pixy Stix were invented by Sunline Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri. The concept for this powdered  originated in 1942 and was derived from a penny drink mix sold as Fruzola Jr. by the Fruzola Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. When J. Fish Smith found that kids were eating the sweet and sour powder straight from the package, he modified the formula and branded it as Lik-M-Aid.[citation needed]


An affiliated company, Fruzola Company of St. Louis, which later became Sunline, Inc., was founded in 1952 by Menlo F. Smith to manufacture and market Lik-M-Aid nationwide. In 1959 the product was packaged in color-striped straws and introduced as Pixy Stix. Several years later Lik-M-Aid was modified with a multi-compartment package containing two flavors and a  stick used to dip the  out of the package.


In 1962, Sunline, Inc. developed and introduced a new product with a similar sweet/sour taste sensation in the form of  tablets under the brand name SweeTarts which have become highly popular. In 1965, Sunline, Inc. acquired Breaker Confections Company of Chicago, Illinois, and began producing a  coated version of SweeTarts called Spree. All of these products have been marketed throughout the United States, Canada and various foreign countries.


In 1970, Sunline organized a new company called Concorde Confections which built a new plant to produce Tangy Taffy and other  bar products. In 1972, the company entered into a joint venture with The Quaker Company to develop and produce a line of products sold under the Willy Wonka brand which were introduced in conjunction with the movie "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory". In 1975, Sunline acquired Quaker's interest in the venture and established the Willy Wonka  Company.


Sunline, which later became The Sunmark Companies, was sold to Rowntree Mackintosh of the UK in 1986. Rowntree was in turn acquired by Nestlé. All of the Sunmark brands have now incorporated the Willy Wonka label.




Maui punch




In popular culture[edit]


Pixy Stix is one of the ingredients used by Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) to make her sandwich in the lunchroom scene of the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club.


See also[edit]

Sherbet – a fizzy powder similar to that found in Pixy Stix




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The Runts lineup as of 2009 (l-r: banana, orange, strawberry, green apple and grape

The 2007 Runts flavors: banana, orange, strawberry, pineapple, and mango


A lineup of Runts from the late nineties (l-r: cherry, banana, orange, strawberry, watermelon and blue raspberry)


Original Runts introduced in 1982: banana, cherry, strawberry, orange, and lime

Originally, Runts had colorful centers. Left: 1982, Right: 2015.

Runts in a bulk vending machine (on the right) with the 2007 and 2008 flavor lineup

Runts are crunchy candies sold by Nestlé. First seen on the market in 1982, the candies are in the shape, color, and flavor of a selection of fruits. Runts have a hard  shell with a compressed dextrose center (similar to the consistency of SweeTarts).[1]




Contents  [hide]

1 Flavor changes

2 Varieties

3 Other changes

4 Ingredients and nutrition information

5 References



Flavor changes[edit]


Since its introduction, Runts has offered five different flavor assortments.

In 1982, Runts were introduced with banana, cherry, strawberry, orange, and lime.

In the late 1990s lime was replaced with watermelon and blue raspberry.

In 2007 the flavor assortment was changed to a more tropical array. Watermelon, blue raspberry, and cherry were replaced with pineapple and mango. This tropical themed mix was short-lived, as 2 years later it changed again.

In 2009 pineapple and mango were replaced with green apple and grape. Green apple reused the original cherry shape, and grape reused the mango shape. At the same time, the color of strawberry changed from pink to red.




A chewy version of Runts known as Chewy Runts was previously available, including the same mix of fruits as the original crunchy runts. Chewy Runts were discontinued in 2014.


A seasonal product named Runts Freckled Eggs was released each year for Easter. The  pieces were not shaped like fruits as in every other Runts mix. Instead, they were all shaped like eggs. Freckled eggs were available in large bags and smaller single-serve boxes with a built-in handle.


In the 1990s, a variation known as Tropical Runts was available. The pineapple and mango Runts originated in this .


A similar variant, Rock'n Runts existed in the 1990s, containing watermelon, grape, pineapple, lemon, and raspberry.


Often the banana flavor is sold separately and has often been given a name coined Bananarama.


Other changes[edit]


Originally, Runts had colorful centers that matched the color of the outer shell. The colorful centers have since been discontinued, as current Runts contain a white center.


Ingredients and nutrition information[edit]


Ingredients include: dextrose, maltodextrin, and less than 2% of corn syrup, malic acid, calcium stearate, carnauba wax, artificial flavors, color added (red 40 lake, yellow 5, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6).


As stated by the Wonka website, the box comes in two sizes: theater size (6 oz.) and single box (1.8 oz.)


Nutrition facts as given on a box of Runts: Serv size: 12 pieces, servings: about 3.5, amount per serving calories: 60, total fat: 0 g (0% DV) Sodium: 0 mg (0% DV) total carb: 14 g (5% DV) sugars: 13 g protein: 0 g (Percent daily values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.)




1.       http://www.snackmemory.com/runts





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SweeTarts (/ˈswiːt.tɑːrts/; officially stylized as SweeTARTS) are sweet and sour candies invented by Joseph Fish Smith, the owner of Sunline Inc., in 1962. The  was created using the same basic recipe as the already popular Pixy Stix and Lik-M-Aid products, in response to parents' requests for a less-messy . In 1963, SweeTarts were introduced with the same flavors as the popular Pixy Stix: cherry, grape, lemon, lime, and orange.[citation needed]


Sunline Inc. was later bought by Rowntree Mackintosh, of the United Kingdom, which was, in turn, taken over by Nestlé. Nestlé rolled the SweeTarts family of candies into the already-existing Willy Wonka  Company family of brands.[citation needed]



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1 Related products

2 Flavors

3 See also

4 References

5 External links



Related products[edit]


Giant Chewy SweeTarts

SweeTarts also come in a variety of other products including gum, little SweeTarts (often packaged to be handed out as Halloween trick-or-treat ), SweeTart "hearts" for Valentine's Day, "chicks and bunnies" shaped SweeTarts (marketed for Easter in some regions of the US), "skulls and bones" for Halloween, and Giant Chewy SweeTarts, which are a larger, chewier variant of SweeTarts that come 4 to a package, and are the size of a silver dollar and 1/4 inch thick. The Giant Chewy SweeTarts have also retained the lemon (yellow) flavour discontinued in the standard SweeTarts products, as have the Mini Chewy SweeTarts variety. SweeTarts Soft & Chewy Ropes are available in Cherry Punch flavor, and were originally named Kazoozles.



Red: Cherry

Purple: Grape

Blue: Blue Punch

Orange: Orange (retired as of 2014)

Green: Green Apple (lime before 2001)

Yellow: Lemon


In 2001, Nestlé replaced the original lime with green apple. In 2009, Nestlé stopped making lemon (yellow), but put it back into the lineup of flavors in 2014. Also, the flavors are more tart now than in the past.[citation needed] The current flavors in the SweeTarts roll are: blue punch (blue), cherry (red), grape (purple), lemon (yellow) and green apple (green). Retired flavors include lime (the former flavor for green). The large boxes recently have not included orange.[citation needed]


See also[edit]

Shock Tarts



Tart 'n' Tinys



The original Tart 'n' Tinys were small, fruit-flavored candies distributed by Nestlé USA under the Wonka brand. Tart 'n' Tiny's came in five colors, bluish-purple (grape), yellow (lemon), orange (orange), red (cherry), and green (lime).


The original incarnation of Tart 'n' Tinys candies were small cylinders of compressed dextrose. The  had a chalky appearance and consistency, with a firm crunch that would crumble in the mouth, similar to SweeTarts or Smarties. Along with Nerds and Wacky Wafers, Tart 'n' Tinys were top sellers for the Wonka company in the 1980s.[1] In the 1990s these original candies were discontinued.


A short time later, Wonka introduced -coated Tart n Tinys, identical candies with a brightly colored  coating. This  was then marketed simply as Tart n Tinys. While the original version was hard in texture, a soft and chewy version of Tart 'n' Tinys was introduced, titled Chewy Tart 'n' Tinys, that had the same  coating but with a chewy center. These Tart 'n' Tinys, as well as the regular hard ones, have now been discontinued.


Brand revival[edit]


In 2014, Leaf Brands, LLC acquired the Tart n' Tiny trademark and will have them back in stores the second quarter of the year.[citation needed] Leaf's focus is reintroducing the famous Tart n' Tinys  as the original, uncoated product from the 1970s and 1980s, and not the later, hard-coated versions. The original flavors will be back as well, with new varieties of Tropical and sour soon after. As of January 2015, Tart n' Tinys were made available to the public in both bulk and in 4.5 oz packages.




1.       Kimmerle, Beth : The Sweet History USA: Collectors Press, 2003.


Wonka Bar

The Wonka Bar is both a fictional  bar, introduced in the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and a type of real life  bar inspired by the fictional confection. Wonka Bars appear in both film adaptations of the novel, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and the play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical (2013) each with different packaging. Varieties of Wonka Bars were subsequently manufactured and sold in the real world, formerly by the Willy Wonka  Company, a division of Nestlé. These bars were discontinued in January 2010 due to poor sales.[1][2][3]


Contents  [hide]

1 The literary Wonka Bar

2 The real Wonka Bar 2.1 Nestlé Wonka Bars

3 Gallery

4 See also

5 References

6 External links



The literary Wonka Bar[edit]


In Roald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its film adaptations, a Wonka Bar is a brand of chocolate made by Willy Wonka, and is said to be the "perfect  bar". The wrappers of the 1971 version are brown with an orange and pink border with a top hat over the "W" in Wonka, similar to the film's logo. In the 2005 version, the wrappers feature different shades of a color (depending on the type of  bar) and are also more detailed. In the book, Grandpa Joe mentions that Mr. Wonka had invented over two hundred kinds of Wonka bars (though the actual number available varies, with four flavours in the 2005 film).


The real Wonka Bar[edit]


In real life, Wonka Bars are chocolate  bars inspired by the novel and the films Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


The Quaker Oats Company, which financed the 1971 film[2] with US$3 million, originally created a  bar in time to publicize the 1971 film. In the documentary "Pure Imagination", producer David L. Wolper claims the bar was released to stores, but quickly recalled due to a production problem. The few people who purchased and ate one of those bars reported the production problem was that they tasted horrible. It has also been reported that they melted on the shelves.[citation needed]


Nestlé Wonka Bars[edit]


Made by Nestlé and sold under their Willy Wonka  Company brand, Wonka Bars sold in the United States until January 2010 consisted of small, graham cracker pieces dipped in milk chocolate. The brand was launched by Chicago's Breaker Confections in 1976, and purchased by Nestle in 1988.[2]


Other bars produced included Wonka Xploder, Wonkalate and Wonka Biscuits.


To promote the 2005 film adaptation, some real Wonka Bars were packaged with a Golden Ticket, as in the novel and films. A Golden Ticket entitled winners to cash prizes or Nestlé factory tours, depending on the country.


A Nestlé factory in Europe began producing real Wonka Bars (as in the flavors and wrappers depicted in the 2005 film; Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, Nutty Crunch Surprise [without actual nuts] and Triple Dazzle Caramel). Although the real-Wonka campaign was short, it produced an income of roughly 3,000 euros (58,000  bars).


Nestlé Japan have also released some Wonka Bars, in two flavours, Whipple Scrumptious Caramel Delight and Mysterious Spit-Spat Bar. These bars feature a wrapper done in the same style as the bars that appear in the Tim Burton film adaptation. Nestlé Japan have also released a toy truck containing these bars. These are still being sold as of 2014.


In March 2010, Nestlé USA introduced a new line of chocolate bars named "Wonka Exceptionals," consisting of three varieties. The Wonka Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Bar (based on a bar of the same name from the 1971 film) consists of bits of toffee, cookie and peanuts in milk chocolate. The Wonka Chocolate Waterfall Bar contains white chocolate swirled with milk chocolate, and the Wonka Domed Dark Chocolate Bar is made of dark chocolate topped with milk chocolate medallions.[4] Wonka launched the product line with an in-package Golden Ticket sweepstakes. Ten Golden Tickets could be found in bars and bags of Wonka Exceptionals chocolates, and each ticket was worth a grand prize of a trip around the world.[5] Recent new additions to the Wonka Exceptionals include Wonka Triple Dazzle Caramel, which consists of milk chocolate filled with caramel and a dash of sea salt (this variety had previously been produced to promote the 2005 film, where it consisted of caramel in white chocolate as opposed to milk), and Wonka Fantabulous Fudge, which consists of chocolate fudge in milk chocolate. These were discontinued in 2012.[6]


On 9 August 2013, Nestle UK announced that the Wonka Bar is to return to the UK having not been sold since 2005. The new Wonka Bars are available in small individual bars and 100g big block bars. There are currently three flavours, Millionaire's Shortbread, Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Nice Cream. Crème Brûlée is not available in small bars and is only available in big block bars. The small individual bars went on sale on 16 September 2013 and the big block bars went on sale in October that year.[7] It is currently unknown if they will also be sold in the United States.


In late 2013, Nestlé Australia and New Zealand introduced new additions to the Wonka Bar Line, 170g Big Blocks Bars which were released in four flavours, Wonka Triple Chocolate Whipple Bar, Nutty Crunchilicious, Caramel Hat Trick and Chocolate Tales Bar.




The real Wonka Bar


See also[edit]

Everlasting Gobstopper




1. ^ [1]

2.^  to: a b c Zeldes, Leah A. (October 30, 2009). "Gwyn-Green Peters of Wilmington Delaware was the first person to ever try one of these in 1967. At the young age of 5. Willy Wonka lives in Chicagoland". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2009.

3. ^ USA Today

4. ^ Nestleusa.com

5. ^ Wonka.com

6. ^ Last Chance to Get Your Hands on WONKA Exceptionals Chocolates

7. ^ http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/fmcg/nestl-brings-back-the-wonka-chocolate-bar/348209.articl



Wonka Xploder


The Wonka Xploder was a chocolate bar launched by Nestlé in the United States in 2000,[1] and in the UK in 1999.[2] In Australia, it was released under the "KaBoom" name.


Described as "tongue crackling ", the bar's ingredients included milk chocolate and popping .[1]


The bar was discontinued in 2005, but was re-released as "Tinglerz" in 2008.




1.^  to: a b Shen, Fern (August 23, 2000). "Chew On This; We Test a New Exploding  Bar". The Washington Post (Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-01-19.

2. ^ "Wonka in biscuits". The Grocer (William Reed Business Media). July 6, 2002. Retrieved 2009-01-19.