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Jolly Ranchers – Our Favorite Fruit Flavored Hard Candy

Jolly Ranchers Candy

Last Updated on April 18, 2021 by Jim Edwards


What are Jolly Ranchers?

Jolly Rancher Hard Candies are bite-sized and fruity flavored hard candies that are very popular in America. The original flavors include cherry, blue raspberry, green apple, watermelon, and grape.

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Jolly Rancher Products 

Over the years, there have been different variations of the Jolly Rancher candies. Apart from the original hard candies, the company also produced chewy and gummy candies. We have listed below all of the Jolly Rancher candies.

History of Jolly Rancher

Jolly Rancher is an American candy brand, especially known for its hard candies and flavorful lollipops. The Jolly Rancher Company was founded in 1949 in Golden, Colorado, by Dorothy Hamsen and Bill Hamsen. 

Apart from the candies, the company was also into selling ice creams and chocolates. The Ranch Maid Ice Cream stores in Denver used to host Jolly Rancher products. However, since Denver was a cold region, selling ice creams all year round was challenging. 

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Bill and Dorothy Hamsen focused on selling hard candies instead. In 1996, the Hershey Company acquired Jolly Rancher Company. It owns all of its candies. They retained the name “Jolly Rancher” on the packaging due to its popularity and the name was chosen to let people know they were a fun and friendly company from the West.

In 2002, Hershey’s shifted the manufacturing unit from Colorado to Mexico to save production costs. 

What is the Taste and Flavor of Jolly Ranchers like?

The original hard candies have an assortment of flavors, including grape, green apple, watermelon, cherry, and blue raspberry. The candies are oval and are bite-sized and you should not bit them because they are hard. They are meant to be sucked on, so they flavor dissolves in your mouth over time.

The candies have a mix of sweet and sour tastes and will leave you with a very enjoyable tangy aftertaste in your mouth. If you consume multiple hard candies, you will get a colorful tongue from the food dye present in them.  And kids love to do this and then stick out their tongues at each other and also at adults!

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Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the ingredients in Jolly Rancher Hard Candy?

The ingredients in Jolly Rancher hard candies are sugar, corn syrup, which contains 2% or less mineral oil, soy lecithin, malic acid, artificial and natural flavors, and artificial colors (Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Red 40).

Nutritional Facts of Jolly Rancher Hard Candy

The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a serving size of three pieces (18 g approximately). 

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% Daily Value
Total Fat (0 g) 0%
Saturated Fat (0 g) 0%
Trans Fat (0 g) 0%
Total Carbohydrates (17 g) 6%
Dietary Fiber (0 g) 0%
Sugar (11 g)
Sodium (10 mg) 1%
Cholesterol (0 mg) 0%
Protein (0 g) 0%
Iron (0 mg) 0%
Potassium (0 mg) 0%
Calcium (1.2 mg) 0%
Vitamin D (0 iu) 0%

For a more sour version, see our post about Jolly Rancher Sour Surge – they are essentially a Jolly rancher outer shell with a sour/tart powdery insides. If you love Jolly Ranchers and sour, you will LOVE them!

How many calories are there in Jolly Rancher Hard Candy?

Three pieces of the original Jolly Rancher Hard Candy contain 70 calories approximately.

Are there Sugar-Free Jolly Ranchers?

Funny you should ask. We just discovered these too! They are great if you are on a diet or otherwise reducing your sugar intake. You can find the Sugar Free Jolly Ranchers here

Is Jolly Rancher Hard Candy gluten-free?

The candies do not have any ingredients that are a source of gluten. However, they have not been completely evaluated by FDA standards to be called gluten-free. As per their website, the only allergen information available is that of soy and Yellow 5. 

Are Jolly Ranchers Hard Candy vegan?

Jolly Rancher hard candies are vegan. There is no presence of any animal-based ingredients. 

Which Jolly Rancher Flavor is the Most Popular?

According to inside sources at the company, Watermelon is the most popular Jolly Rancher flavor. And personally, the Sour Apple is our favorite!

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Video: People Try Jolly Ranchers for the First Time

Okay this is super fun. Had to go all the way to Ireland to find people who had never tried a jolly ranchers. Some priceless reactions. Give it a watch!

If you want to see some FUN recipes for very fun desserts you can make with Jolly Ranchers, be sure to see the Hershey’s website.

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