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Wacky Wafers – Are they still the wackiest candy?

Wacky Wafers

Last Updated on May 3, 2021 by Jim Edwards


What are Wacky Wafers?

Wacky Wafers are coin-shaped candies that come in multiple flavors. The size of each candy is similar to an American dollar coin. An assortment of five different flavors is packed together in a single clear plastic packet. 

The flavors are orange, watermelon, green apple, strawberry, and banana. Have to honest, our favorite has ALWAYS been the Watermelon one!

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History of Wacky Wafers

Wacky Wafers first came into existence in the 1970s. They were originally under the flagship of the Willy Wonka brands.

The original Wacky Wafers were the size of an American silver dollar coin. They were made in five different flavors, as mentioned above. The original version is still a best seller.

Later, the Willy Wonka Candy Company introduced a new design of the wafers. These were smaller versions, about the size of a quarter, and came in a pack of ten, all different flavors. The flavors included cherry, pineapple, blue raspberry, grape, to name a few. They also introduced wafers of the size of bottle caps and sold them in long stick-like packets. 

Yet again, the design was experimented with and made to look like Flintstone Vitamins. Due to too many design variations in a short span, people felt disconnected from the candy and the brand. 

When Nestle acquired the Willy Wonka Candy Company in 1988, the Wacky Wafers were removed from the regular product line due to its similarities with Sweet Tarts.

Currently, Wacky Wafers are sold by Leaf Brands LLC. The brand reintroduced the candies in 2017 and retained the original size and flavors.

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What is the Taste and Flavor of Wacky Wafers like?

Wacky Wafers have a tablet-like consistency. They make a crunchy noise when you bite into them. However, they are not too hard to bite or chew. They are simply crispy. The candy is sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet and a good hint of fruits in each of the flavors. 

There are five flavors packed in each packet:

  • Watermelon
  • Orange
  • Green apple
  • Banana
  • Strawberry 

What are the ingredients in Wacky Wafers?

The ingredients in Wacky Wafers are malic acid, dextrose, calcium stearate, artificial and natural flavors, and artificial colors (Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Red 40 Lake).

Nutritional Facts of Wacky Wafers

 The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a serving size of 6.5 g.

% Daily Value
Total Fat (0 g) 0%
Saturated Fat (0 g) 0%
Trans Fat (0 g) 0%
Total Carbohydrate (6 g) 2%
Dietary Fiber (0 g) 0%
Sugar (6 g)
Includes 6g added sugar 12%
Sodium (0 mg) 0%
Cholesterol (0 mg) 0%
Iron (0 mg) 0%
Potassium (0 mg) 0%
Calcium (10 mg) 1%
Vitamin D (0 mcg) 0%
Protein (0 g) 0%


Video: Wacky Wafers Taste Test

If you want to see how they appear in the package and see an unwrapping and taste test, this is a great video to watch.  Kim and Liz really enjoy the flavors.

See our posts about Runts Candy and Pop Rocks too – If you like wacky wafers and the fruity flavors, you will probably like Runts and Pop Rocks – they are all favorites of kids everywhere!

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Wacky Wafers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many calories are there in Wacky Wafers?

A serving a size of 6.5 g of Wacky Wafers contains 25 calories.

Are Wacky Wafers gluten-free?

Yes, Wacky Wafers are 100% gluten-free. For extra caution, please read the label carefully for allergen information before consumption.

Are Wacky Wafers vegan?

Wacky Wafers are kosher and vegan. None of the ingredients are made from animal sources. 


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