80s candy: See 35 most excellent retro favorites, including chocolate & fruity sweets

80s candy 30 most excellent favorites

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A lot of 80s candy endures to the present, but you’re still going to love these retro ads & packages from back in the day.

After all, don’t you wish you could still take advantage of that mail-in offer for a Skittles — or Starburst-branded nylon web belt (with plastic buckle, even!)?!

Scroll on to enjoy this blast from the past — and tell us: What was the 80s candy you most wanted in your Christmas stocking, Easter basket, or Halloween trick-or-treat bag? (Was yours the popular house on the block passing out full-size candy bars to kids on Halloween?)

Cadbury milk chocolate bar candy (1982)

“Moo.” Cadbury’s creamy milk chocolate speaks for itself.

Cadbury milk chocolate bar candy (1982)

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How big is the new double-size Chunky? (1982)

Would you believe it’s as big as the Empire State Building? (1,250 ft.)

Would you believe the Eiffel Tower? (985 ft.)

The Washington Monument? (555 ft.)

How about the Statue of Liberty? (305 ft.)

Introducing the big new double-size Chunky! (5-3/4″ x 1-3/8″ x 1/2″)

It’s a full two ounces of pure milk chocolate, raisins, and nuts. And like our regular Chunky, it also comes in two other delicious varieties. Solid Milk Chocolate and Pecan.

Look for the big new double-size Chunky at your supermarket or candy counter. You can’t miss it, even if it isn’t as big as the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

80s candy: Retro 1981 Chunky candy bar

80s candy: Vintage Halloween Starburst candy ad (1982)

We put more value in our bag so you can put more refreshments in their bag.

Starburst Fruit Chews — the perfect Halloween treat — has a treat in store for you: Special bonus packs with 20% more candy! So you can treat more kids to the burst of refreshing fruit flavor that’s just waiting to be unwrapped.

Starburst Fruit Chews. A burst of refreshing fruit flavor.

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Mars Starburst fruit chews candy (1982)

Sweet flashback: Discontinued Wonka Dina-Sour Eggs

These were essentially egg-shaped Gobstoppers, but with bonus sour flavor in both the outer shell and in the middle. They were amazing.

Discontinued Wonka Dina-Sour Eggs candy from the 1980s

Retro Starburst and Skittles candy – Free belo offer (1984)

Vintage Starburst and Skittles candy (1984)

Mars M&M’s for Easter (1984)

“The milk chocolate that melts in your mouth — not in your hand.”

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Mars mms for Easter (1984)

Old-school Nabisco 80s candy (1984)

Advertisement showing retro Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Junior Mints, Care-Free Gum, and Breath Savers candies and candy bars.

Old-school Nabisco candy (1984)

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Retro Kraft candy bags from the 80s

Caramels, Nutter Bits, Toffee, Fudgies, The Kraft Candy Bag – They came with free Halloween stickers

Retro Kraft candy bags from the 80s

Branch’s Mints 80s candy (1985)

Treat yourself to pure mint pleasure. Cool, creamy Brach’s Mints. Made with pure peppermint. Covered with Branche’s real, deep, dark chocolate. Absolute enjoymmmint!

Branch's mints candy (1985)

80s candy: Care-Free gum and Jazzercise (1985)

80s Care-Free gum and Jazzercise (1985)

Old-school Hershey’s – Reese’s candies (1985)

Delicious Easter Treats from Hershey’s – Reese’s — America’s greatest name in chocolate.

Features Hershey’s Eggs, Rolos, Reese’s, Kisses, and Hershey’s Assorted Miniatures.

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Reese’s Pieces 80s candy ad (1986)

“Shadamedafas” (I traveled 369,484,278,025 miles for Reese’s pieces.)

So he buys quite a few to take back with him. He says his mother loves the out-of-this-world peanut butter taste of Reese’s Pieces and so does XYTOPUV, his cousin.

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Vintage Reese's Pieces candy (1986)

Vintage Snickers candy bars (1986)

“When he runs on empty, Snickers satisfies him. And me.”

When my son mows the lawn, I stay out of his way. Except when he gets hungry. Then I give him a Snickers Bar.

Packed with peanuts and peanut butter nougat, Snickers? is great at satisfying his hunger. And it’s covered with caramel and milk chocolate for a taste he really loves. Then it’s dated for freshness, so I know Snickers has no preservatives.

So when my son needs to fill up between meals, I give him the wholesome snack that both of us love. Snickers.

Packed with peanuts, Snickers really satisfies.

Vintage Snickers candy bars (1986)

Sugar Babies, Sugar Daddy, and Charleston Chew 80s candy (1986)

Sweet little Sugar Babies or a big Sugar Daddy, you can’t beat that creamy caramel sensation. Or, reach for Charleston Chew in three great flavors — vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

You can freeze and crack ‘em or just unwrap ‘em.

Retro 1980s Sugar Babies Sugar Daddy and Charleston Chew candies (1986)

80s candy comic: Retro Bonkers fruit candy (1986)

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Retro Bonkers fruit candy (1986)

80s Twizzlers candy licorice advertisement (1986)

How most mouths feel about Twizzlers.

“It’s chewy and juicy and yummy and fruity. And that’s all I have to say ’cause I’m going to eat my Twizzlers candy now.”

Vintage 80s Twizzlers candy licorice (1986)

Retro M&M’S ad for candy at school (1986)

Pack in the “M&M’s”. Pack in the smiles.

Vintage ad for mms candy at school (1986)

Hershey’s Payday candy bars (1987)

Better buy a bunch. Can you make it to your next PayDay?

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Hershey's Payday candy bars (1987)

Vintage Honey Roasted Payday salted nut candy bar (1987)

Vintage Honey Roasted Payday salted nut candy bar (1987)


Vintage Hershey’s Milk Chocolate candy bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (1987)

Vintage 9187 Hershey's Milk Chocolate candy bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Life Savers and Breath Savers retro packages (1988)

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Vintage breath mints and candies - Life Savers and Breath Savers (1988)

Chilly Beans. — 1980s Jelly Belly (1989)

Jelly Belly beans, the perfect topping on your favorite frozen yogurt and ice cream.

They’re no ordinary jelly beans. Find them in up to 40 colorful, mouthwatering, ‘true-to-life’ flavors at major department stores, gourmet, gift, and candy shops.

It’s America’s favorite Jelly Bean.

Vintage Jelly Belly flavors (1989)

Vintage Jelly Belly jellybean candy flavors (1988)

JellyBelly flavors shown: Apricot, Blackberry Brandy, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Bubble Gum, Butterscotch, Cantaloupe, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Pudding, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Apple, Coconut, Coffee Bean, Cotton Candy, Cranberry, Creme Soda, Grape, Green Apple, Ice Blue Mint, island Punch, Jalapeno, Lemon, Lemon Lime, Licorice, Mai Tai, Orange, Peach, Peanut Butter, Pina Colada, Pineapple, Pink Grapefruit, Raspberry, Root Beer, Strawberry Daiquiri, Tangerine, Toasted Marshmallow, Top Banana, Very Cherry, and Watermelon.

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Vintage Jelly Belly jellybean candy flavors (1988)

Retro 80s Nerds candy box from 1988

Retro 80s Nerds candy box from 1988

Vintage Easter holiday pastel M&M’s candies (1989)

Decorate with good taste.

Show off your Easter best with special decorative Holiday Chocolates. Pastel-colored candy-coated outsides surround real milk chocolate insides.

Makes for a pretty, delicious treat. And they’re from the people who make M&M’s Chocolate Candies.

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Vintage Easter holiday pastel mms candies (1989)

Retro Hershey’s chocolate bar brands (1989)

Packages shown: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds, York Peppermint Patty, Skor, Caramello, Whatchamacallit, Rolo, 5th Avenue, Symphony, Mounds, Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, Bar None, Almond Joy, Mr Goodbar, Hershey’s bar, KitKat, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Golden Almond

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Vintage Hershey's chocolate bar brands (1989)


Twizzlers, Whatchamacallit, and Kit Cat candy bars from 1989

Twizzlers Whatchamacallit and Kit Cat candy bars from 1989

Stocking 80s candy: Hershey’s chocolate bars at the grocery store (1989)

Hershey's chocolate bars at the grocery store (1989)

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