Listen closely and you’ll hear the sound of a dial-up internet connection straining to be heard over the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” blaring from a boom box. That can mean only one thing: We’re in the ’90s!
As most of us remember, the ’90s were an exciting time, filled with technological progress, nostalgia, and anticipation of the new millennium. (For better and for worse. Remember Y2K?) Beanie Babies, Tamagotchi, and Windows ’95 were the order of the day, and the candies we enjoyed followed the same suit of weird.
Airheads were going extreme. Friends dared one another to eat handfuls of ultra sour Warheads. And new entries like Baby Bottle Pops challenged us to consider how much we were willing to be teased in order to enjoy a sugary treat.
But while some 90’s trends like Nirvana’s grunge and the rise of Quentin Tarantino films took a grittier look at the era, others guided us in a slightly sweeter direction. Consider the introduction of Reese’s decadent Nutrageous candy bar, or treats – like those fresh Icebreaker mints – that remain staples even today.
In fact, the 90’s era of wildness brought tons of great candies into the mainstream; far too many to name!