People love candy: The average American spends $84 on and consumes about 23.9 pounds of the sweet stuff each year. With all that money and attention, you'd think it would be hard for a candy product to fail. Not true. Many candy products come and go without much notice. Here are seven variations of popular candies that many people don't realize ever existed.
Mounds Island Orange
This limited edition bar was very similar to the standard Mounds, except the the coconut inside is flavored (and colored) orange. For a detailed taste description, check out this review on the Candy Blog. The Island Orange didn't last very long on shelves and probably won't make a comeback any time soon.
Junior Mints Inside Outs
Take the inside of the candy, put it on the outside. Take the outside of the candy, and stick it inside. Such is the simple concept behind the Junior Mint "Inside Outs." Not as simple: actually finding this variation, which still shows up on shelves every once in a while.
Reese's Pieces With Nuts
This defunct candy was too different from the wildly popular Peanut M&Ms. Just replace the chocolate usually surrounding the peanut in the M&M version and replace with peanut butter.
M-Azing Candy Bar
M-Azing was a milk chocolate candy bar with M&Ms Minis chocolate candies inside. Available in both crunchy and peanut butter flavors, the line was discontinued in 2006. While the Mars company had plans to bring it back in 2008, the product has yet to return to shelves.
Snickers Nut N' Butter Crunch
Take out the caramel in the standard Snickers bar, replace with a peanut butter concoction and you've got the Snickers Nut N' Butter Crunch, which was sold briefly in 2008.
Cookies & Milky Way
The "Cookies &" line of candy consisted of cookies, coated in chocolate, and topped with different Mars candies, including M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, and Twix. The line was introduced in 2002 but was soon discontinued due to poor sales.
Kit Kat Mint
The chocolate and mint combo is usually a crowd pleaser, but the Kit Kat Mint failed to catch the attention of candy lovers. The candy bar even came packaged with six bars instead of the standard four, but the bonus candy wasn't enough to boost sales.
Hershey Kisses Orange Creme
Issued back in 2007 for the 100th anniversary of the Hershey's Kiss, Orange Creme edition was yet another attempt to get mainstream America excited about an orange-flavored candy product (see item no. 1). Hershey tends to re-release limited edition flavors every once in a while, so the Orange Creme Kiss could show up on shelves again some day.
Tootsie Pop Drops
It's a Tootsie Pop without the unwieldy stick -- what's not to like? It's understandable that most of the other products in this article didn't sell very well in the United States. The fact that Tootsie Drop Pops didn't do well is downright baffling.
From the makers of Bit-O-Honey, Bit-O-Licorice was -- obviously -- just a bit of licorice. The original makers of the Bit-O family also made Bit-O-Choc, Bit-O-Coconut, and Bit-O-Peanut Butter, but the honey variety was the only survivor after the company was purchased by Nestle in 1984.