Candy is an essential part of Halloween, but it hasn’t always been that way.
In fact, when American children first started trick-or-treating in the 1930s and 1940s, kids received “everything from homemade cookies and pieces of cake to fruit, nuts, coins and toys,” according to History.com.
Candy became an essential part of trick-or-treating in the 1970s. (iStock)
People starting adding candy to their trick-or-treat traditions in the 1950s as candy companies marketed products for Halloween and by the 1970s, candy became the “only acceptable thing to hand out,” because parents were worried about homemade treats, according to the website.
As we approach Halloween and trick-or-treating, check out which candy was released the decade you were born.
M&Ms were first released in 1941 by candy company Mars. (iStock)
Starburst – which was originally called Opal Fruits – was released in the U.K. in 1960 and came to the U.S. in 1967, according to Delish. Haribo Goldbears were also released in 1960 and in 1962, Lemonheads were released.
Skittles were first produced in the U.K. in 1974. Though a similar form of ‘Carbonated Candy’ was invented in 1956, Pop Rocks weren’t invented and released as they are today the ‘70s. Reese’s Pieces were also invented and released in the same decade.
Though a form of ‘Carbonated Candy’ was invented in 1956, Pop Rocks weren’t released until the ‘70s. (iStock)
Reese’s Pieces were invented and released in the 1970s by Hershey. (iStock)
In the 1990s, Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme bars first hit store shelves in 1994.
Candy company Goelitz – which became Jelly Belly Candy Company in 2001 – released Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans in 2000, inspired by the “Harry Potter” franchise.