According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 380 American factories were producing candy by the mid 1800s. Sixty-eight percent of kids surveyed admitted that chocolate candies were their favorite. Candy can be nostalgic, as most adults ate a larger quantity of candy as children than as adults. Equipped with this knowledge, look over several candy gift ideas for that special person in your life.
Consider a bouquet of candy, or if you’re artistic, make art out of candy. Cut out cardboard or Styrofoam shapes and hot glue wrapped candies to make the image look real. For instance, EdibleCraftsOnline teaches readers how to make a laptop and a guitar made of candy.
Go Retro. Buy a premade basket reminiscent of a certain decade: seventies, eighties, or nineties. Consider building a basket yourself to save money. Use the following guide to help:
Candy in the 1950s: Boston Baked Beans, C Howard Violet Gum, Candy Cigarettes, Charms Sweet & Sour Pops, Chuckles, Cinnamon Toothpicks, Coconut Bars, Gold Mine Gum, Hot Tamales, Jujyfruits, Kits Taffy, Licorice Pipe, Long Boys, Mike & Ikes, Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll, Slap Stix, Snaps, Sugar Daddy Pops, Teaberry Gum, Wax Lips, Bit O Honey, Bullseye’s Caramel Creams, Chick O Sticks, Neccos, Root Beer Barrels, Salt Water Taffy & Walnettos.
Candy in the 1960s: Boston Baked Beans, Candy Buttons, Candy Cigarettes, Charms Assorted Squares, Cherry Heads, Cinnamon Toothpicks, Coconut Bars, Fizzies, Good & Plenty, Jujubes, Licorice Pipes, Mike & Ike, Red Hots, Sugar Daddy Pops, Sweetarts, Teaberry Gum, Wax Lips, Atomic Fireballs, Candy Necklace, Jawbreakers, Lemonheads, Necco Wafers, Now & Laters & Walnettos.
Candy in the 1970s: Bubble Gum Cigarettes, Bubble Gum Cigars, Candy Cigarettes, Charms Sweet & Sour Pops, Cherry Heads, Fizzies, Freshen Up Gum, Giant Smarties, Hot Tamales, Jolly Rancher Sticks, Laffy Taffy, Licorice Pipes, Pixy Sticks, Pop Rocks, Razzles, Sugar Daddy Pops, Sweetarts, Wax Lips, Zotz, Atomic Fireballs, Bazooka, Candy Necklace, Jaw Breakers, Lemonheads, Necco Assorted Wafers & Now & Laters.
Candy in the 1980s: Apple Heads, Bottle Caps, Charms Blow Pops, Fruit Stripe Gum, Fun Dip, Gobstoppers, Grape Heads, Jolly Rancher Sticks, Mamba, Mike & Ikes, Nerds, Orange Heads, Pixy Stix, Pop Rocks, Runts, Saf-T-Pops, Slap Stix, Sweetarts, Wax Fangs, Zotz, Atomic Fireballs, Candy Necklaces, Bazooka, Bit O Honey, Jawbreakers, Lemonheads & Now & Laters.
Candy in the 1990s: Airheads, Apple Heads, Blow Pops, Bottle Pops, Caramel Apple Pops, Cow Tales, Fun Dip, Giant Smarties, Mega Double Lollies, Nerds, Pop Rocks, Push Pops, Ring Pops, Runts, Shock Tarts Roll, Sour Patch Kids, Sour Punch Twists, Sweetarts Roll, Atomic Fireballs, Bazooka, Candy Necklace, Cry Baby Gum, Jolly Rancher Pieces, Lemonheads & Now and Laters
Go the Gourmet Route with truffles, fudge, or baskets of candy tied together to make a gift tower.
Think themed or novelty. Harry Potter Candy, Mario Bros. candy, candies that are both yummy and part toy like helicopters that spit out candy out of the engine, or cows that have colored jellybeans coming out from underneath the tail.
Personalize the candy. Companies such as M&M or Print Candy offer printable candies where customers can print names or photographs onto the candy coated chocolates. Candy bar wrappers can also be personalized.