Ever Wondered Where Your Halloween Candy Was Made?
Fill your candy bag with treats made close to home.
You think you give out a ton of candy for Halloween? You could be right: Americans purchase 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween each year. And a lot of those candies travel a long distance before they reach a trick-or-treat bag. Looking to add local spirit to your pumpkin bucket? Here are some of the best candies made in the USA.
- Mallow Cups, Pennsylvania
- Back in the 1930s, Boyer Candies created the cup candy by producing the Mallow Cups, a chocolate and marshmallow mash up that is still sold today. Boyer Candies moved from New York to Pennsylvania in the 1980s where it now produces the Mallow Cup along with the regional peanut butter favorite, the Clark Bar. Mallow Cups are available across the country while Clark Bars are usually available in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.
- Russell Stover, Missouri
- Russell Stover’s iconic chocolates have been a staple on American store shelves for generations. Founded in the 1920’s, Russell Stover’s has been headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, since the 1930’s and manufacturers its extensive range of confections at factories in Kansas, Texas and Colorado. While Russell Stover is commonly associated with chocolate gift boxes, including the Whitman Sampler, Russell Stover also has a special Halloween line of chocolate pumpkins filled with everything from caramel to marshmallow.
- Red Vines, California
- Made in the U.S. since 1914, Red Vines (pictured above) are an all-American treat that are especially beloved in California, where fans often skip right over the sensibly sized 5-ounce trays in favor of 3.5-pound giant tubs of twisted licorice straws. Originally made in Chicago, the candy has been produced in California since the 1920s. Original Red and Black licorice are the two most-popular flavors, though the company also makes grape, mixed berry and cherry flavors using real sugar, as well as sugar-free varieties.
- Mike and Ike, Pennsylvania
- Mike and Ike’s parent company, Just Born, may be best known for its marshmallow Peeps (which do come in adorable Halloween varities). However, Mike and Ike’s chewy, fruity goodness (pictured above) dominates the rest of the year. Created in 1940, Mike and Ike is actually one of the original candies made by Just Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. If you prefer cinnamon to tangy, Just Born also makes Hot Tamales. For a look at the Peeps factory, check out our 360-degree video.
- Sour Punch Bats, Indiana
- These lip-puckering sweet-and-sour snacks are made in Indiana by American Licorice Company, the brand behind Red Vines. They're sold in pretty much every fruit flavor you can think up, but come Halloween, the company releases Sour Punch Bats and Pumpkins (pictured up top) in berry and tangerine flavors, respectively.
- Tootsie Rolls, Illinois
- Tootsie Rolls were invented back in 1896 and have been a small but mighty candy giant ever since. Today, the Tootsie Company is based in Chicago, making just just Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops, but movie theater favorites Junior Mints and Dots, as well as bubble gum staples Double Bubble and Blow Pops.
- Candy Corn, Illinois
- Candy Corn is practically the candy mascot of Halloween, and Brach’s is the major producer of this iconic tri-color edible triangle. While Brach’s used to be a stand alone corporation founded in Chicago back in 1904, it’s product lines had been sold to different manufacturers over the years. Brach’s and its Candy Corn is now owned by Ferrara’s, which also makes Sweet Tarts, and a variety of other products listed above, so you can devour this distinctly Halloween treat with an added dose of patriotism.