If you’re a fan of Jolly Rancher, then you’ll know the fruity flavours that tickle your taste buds. Can you name them all? We’ll give you the answer shortly….
The original Jolly Rancher bag of hard candy came in just a few flavours, but now there are over 10!
What are Jolly Ranchers?
The American favourite Jolly Rancher is a sweet hard candy, which comes in assorted bags with individually wrapped sweets (making them the perfect travelling companion candy for long car journeys). Defined by their juicy fruity flavours and made of amorphous solids, Jolly Rancher are shaped from highly concentrated sugar giving them a candied, glassy look.
If hard candy is your thing, it doesn’t get any better than Jolly Rancher Original Hard Candy, not all of the hard candies are equally jolly.
Where did Jolly Rancher candies come from?
Given the name, ‘Jolly Rancher’, it may not surprise you that they originated in Denver, Colorado. Back in 1948, Bill and Dorothy Harmsen founded the Jolly Rancher Company and chose the name to give the impression of a welcoming and friendly Western company. In addition to candy, back then the Jolly Rancher Company made ice cream and chocolate too.
How many Jolly Rancher flavours are there?
The classic flavours include watermelon, green apple, cherry, grape, and blue raspberry, but Jolly Rancher original flavours were watermelon, apple and Fire Stix.
They then introduced cherry, orange tangerine, lemon, grape, peach, and apple. Eventually, blue raspberry replaced lemon. Over the years there has been some ‘different’ flavours, for example in 2017, Jolly Rancher created a "Hotties" variety bag which included watermelon & cayenne pepper, blue raspberry & sriracha, cherry & habanero, and green apple & ginger!
Here’s a countdown of our top 5 best Jolly Rancher flavours…
5. Blue Raspberry – Yes it turns your tongue blue but isn’t that half the fun.
4. Pineapple – Often underrated but surprisingly good when you go for it.
3. Green Apple – Apple flavoured sweets are always a little strange, but we like it!
2. Watermelon – Not instantly recognised as watermelon, but a firm favourite anyway.
1. Cherry – In the top position, you can’t beat the sweet cheeriness of cherry every time.
Time to stock up on some jolliness…
It’s not surprising that Jolly Rancher made it into our Top 10 Most Popular American Candies, they are one of our best sellers so why not treat your taste buds to these fruity favourites. The classic Jolly Ranchers hard candies are vegan friendly too.
If you’re looking for some jolliness, browse our full selection of Jolly Rancher sweets or stock up with one of the huge 2.26kg bags, big enough to share with 360 pieces, but we're not saying you have to!