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Coffee Nips – The Most Popular Hard Coffee Flavored Candy

Coffee Nips Candy

Last Updated on October 28, 2022 by Jim Edwards

Do you like Coffee? Do you like hard candy? If you like both, you will LOVE Coffee Nips. Let’s dig in…


What are Coffee Nips?

Coffee Nips are hard candies that are rich in flavor and creamy in texture. Unlike other hard sugar candies, they  are enriched with milk-based caramel. The presence of milk-based ingredients makes the overall texture of the candy very smooth. You can find the Nips candies in two forms: soft-centered and solid candies. People of all age groups like the Coffee Nips candy.

I remember when I was growing up that my grandmother ALWAYS had a bunch of these in her candy dish! There are very few coffee flavored hard candies and Coffee Nips are the most popular one. So if you love coffee and you love hard candies to suck on, these are a great option for you!


History of Coffee Nips

Nips came into existence in the 1920s. The Pearson Candy Company initially manufactured it. The candy was initially called the Pearson Coffee Nip. The curators behind the candy are Claude Barnett and Dan Pearson and they were manufactured in Culver City, California which is in Los Angeles.

The idea was to introduce a candy that people would enjoy during their coffee breaks. A mixture of highly cooked caramel and coffee gave birth to the Coffee Nips candies. The original wrapper color was coffee brown.

In 1989, Nestle bought Nips. The name “Pearson” was discontinued in Fall 2000. 


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What is the flavor and taste of Coffee Nips Candy like?

The original Coffee Nips candies have a very creamy and smooth texture. The candies are hard and take some time to dissolve completely in your mouth. With every swirl of the tongue around the candy, you experience a blast of flavor mixed with the satisfaction of a good snack.

There are three other flavors apart from the original coffee ones. All of them have milk-based ingredients, making them super creamy and rich in flavor.

Different Candy Nips Flavors  

There are four different flavors of the Nips candies:

  • Coffee: It is the original flavor and gives you the feel of an actual coffee on your tastebuds. 
  • Caramel: It is the goodness of caramel with a creamy blast in your mouth. It is a perfect flavor for your sugary cravings.
  • Chocolate Parfait: The chocolaty flavor is a favorite amongst kids. The presence of milk makes the candy extra creamy.
  • Butter Rum: The creamy and buttery candy is so smooth and rich in creamy flavor that it makes you drool. 

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Coffee Nips – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Let us answer some of the most popular questions around the Coffee Nips candy.

Do Coffee Nips have caffeine?

Yes, Coffee Nips have caffeine in them. Each serving (two pieces) of the candy has six milligrams of caffeine. 

Is there a sugar-free version of Coffee Nips?

Yes, there is a sugar-free version of the Coffee Nips candy. Health-conscious folks can indulge in the goodness of the rich and creamy candy to satisfy their sweet cravings.

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Who makes Coffee Nips?

Nestle makes the Coffee Nips candies. They acquired NIPS in 1989 and have been manufacturing milk-based caramel candies ever since.

What are the ingredients in the Coffee Nips candy?

The ingredients in the Coffee Nips candy include sugar, coffee, whey, corn syrup, hydrogenated coconut oil, reduced-fat milk (milk, non-fat milk), less than 1% salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono and Diglycerides, caramel, and artificial and natural flavors.

How many calories are there in the Coffee Nips candies?

Every piece of the hard candy contains 30 calories.


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2 thoughts on “Coffee Nips – The Most Popular Hard Coffee Flavored Candy”

  1. Hi Jim, My friend and I have been trying to find the Nips candies and they aren’t in any stores in our area. I did get some on Amazon but they I don’t have any more peanut butter in it looks like they may be discontinuing the candies and I wondered if you knew.😄 Thanks! Megan

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