Jolly Ranchers

Jolly Ranchers are colorful small candies and are a type of hard candy. Jolly Rancher comes in a variety of different colors and flavors. They were first made in the year 1949, and since then new flavors and spin-off products for Jolly Rancher have been produced. This candy has enjoyed some popularity since its release, and the Jolly Rancher brand has continued to update its product years after it was first released.

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Jolly Ranchers

Jolly Rancher Information

Jolly Rancher, an American brand of sweet, somewhat tangy, or sour/sweet hard candy products, is currently owned by The Hershey Company. Jolly Ranchers come in various colors and flavors. Jolly Rancher was first introduced in the year 1949. They are hard, brittle, rigid, translucent, and the brand has many different flavors.

The product was originally produced by the Jolly Rancher Company that was founded by Bill Harmsen of Golden, CO. He originally also sold ice cream but realized it was hard to sell during the winter months, so he focused on hard candies that can be sold year-round. In 2002, Hershey closed the Wheat Ridge, Colorado, plant and moved the manufacturing of Jolly Rancher to Mexico to save costs.

Flavors of Jolly Rancher include cherry, blue raspberry, grape, green apple and watermelon. There are also sour, cinnamon, and smoothie varieties. In 2013, lemon was reintroduced in an all-lemon bag. In 2015, a Fruity Bash variety pack was offered and in 2017 a Hotties bag was introduced with fruit flavors that added cayenne pepper, sriracha, habanero and ginger.

A number of other Jolly Rancher products have been made, from gummies and fruit chews to jelly beans, lollipops, filled pops and gelatin desserts. Jolly Ranchers are manufactured by creating a solution of corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, or fructose syrup that is boiled and cooled to create a supersaturated mixture. As the mixture is cooled, natural and artificial flavoring and artificial colors are added to the syrup solution which is mixed with malic acid to improve shelf life and add further flavor. Once the mixture cools it is extruded into long malleable strings that are cut to size and individually wrapped and packaged.

Jolly Rancher gummies are a chewable candy spin-off to Jolly Ranchers and have been made available in the same fruit flavors as the hard candies. Jolly Ranchers can be mixed with other foods and added to drinks. You can crumble and sprinkle them onto cookies, cakes and other baked delights and top candy apples.

The Year Jolly Ranchers Were Invented

Jolly Ranchers were first made in the year 1949, since then the Jolly Rancher brand has created new flavors and spin-off products of the 40s candy.

The Company That Makes Jolly Ranchers

Jolly Rancher is made by Hershey, one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Hershey also owns products such as Take 5 and the Hershey bar.

Jolly Ranchers Ingredients

  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Contains 2% or less of: Malic acid
  • Natural lavor and artificial flavor
  • Artificial Color [Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Yellow 6]
  • Mineral Oil
  • Lecithin (Soy)

Jolly Ranchers Nutrition

Serving Size: 1 piece (6g) % Daily Value *
Amount Per Serving 0.1
Calories from Fat
Calories 24
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2.3mg 0%
Potassium 0.3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 5.9g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3.8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0.1%
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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