10 Best American Candies 2018

While many brands of candy are manufactured and eaten in the U.S., not all of them originate from this beautiful country.

Did you know that the Kit Kat bar and Starbursts were originally made in the United Kingdom? We were surprised, too!

To provide you with a true list of the best American candy, we did some research to find out which brands were actually invented here.

Hershey’s and M&M’s certainly have roots planted deep in American soil, but see what other famous brands made our list so you know what to purchase on your next trip to the grocery store.

Top 10 American Candies Comparison Table

PictureNameOrigin (State)PriceRating (1-5)
PictureNameOrigin (State)PriceRating (1-5)
1. Smarties Candy Rolls, Bulk, 5 PoundNew Jersey$$$4.8
2. Tootsie Roll Midgees Candy 5 Pound Value Bag 760 PiecesNew York$$4.8
3. M&M'S Peanut Chocolate Candy Party Size 42-Ounce BagNew Jersey$$4.6
4. JOLLY RANCHER Hard Candy, AssortmentColorado$$4.6
5. HERSHEY'S Miniatures AssortmentVaries$$4.6
6. Life Savers 5 Flavors Hard Candy BagOhio$4.6
7. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, 49 Flavors, 2-Pound Stand-Up PouchCalifornia$$4.5
8. REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup, Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cup CandyPennsylvania$$$4.4
9. 3 MUSKETEERS Chocolate Singles Size Candy BarsNot Specified$$$4.2
10. 3 Red Vines Original Red Licorice Twists 5oz TrayNot Specified$$4.2

How to Choose?

If you are having trouble deciding which one to choose, here are a few suggestions to help you narrow down the options.

  • Nutritional Value – You can feel a little less guilty about indulging in your favorite candy if you know how much fat and how many calories it contains per serving.

While it may be tempting just to reach your hand in the bag or the bowl randomly, it is always a good idea to check the nutrition facts on the back to hold yourself accountable.

  • Allergies – Those aware of food allergies know which candies to avoid, but when it comes to offering candy to others – especially children – you need to think twice before doling out the sweets.

In public places such as an office or a school, it is best to keep the candy options neutral so you avoid any life-threatening allergic reactions.

  • Flavor and Texture – Are you looking for a hard candy that is slightly tart or would you prefer something soft, chewy and sweet?

Most candies have a fruit flavor associated with them, but chocolate fans have plenty of options, too.

Hard candies can be hard on teeth while chewy candies will cause problems for those who wear braces, so be sure to consider these things if you are shopping for a crowd.

  • Temperature – Another thing to keep in mind when shopping for candy is the temperature! Chocolate can be a real messy treat in the warm summer months and can also cause hard candies to stick to their wrappers when they get too warm.

Always store candy in a cool area or even a cooler if you will be traveling to avoid a meltdown.

Top 3 Best American Candy Reviews

1. Smarties

Did you know that “Smarties” is another brand name that hails out of the United Kingdom? Unlike the American Smarties, the British version is similar to the M&M, with a chocolate center and hard sugar-based coating on the outside.

Smarties come in six different flavors, including orange cream (the white Smarties), pineapple (the yellow Smarties), cherry (the pink Smarties), strawberry (green Smarties), grape (the purple Smarties), and orange.

Each roll contains 25 calories, and you will find no traces of gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy or eggs. They are even vegan!

Teachers will appreciate having a box of these treats handy in the desk, and as we all know, they also make excellent trick-or-treat candy for Halloween.

Is your brain feeling a little overwhelmed? Eat some smarties to give it a boost!

2. Tootsie Roll Midgees

Did you know that the chocolatey chewy Tootsie Roll has been satisfying our sweet tooth since 1896?

The company used the exact same recipe since day one when Leo Hirshfield – an Austrian immigrant – invented them.

Each chocolate chew is free of gluten, peanuts, and is certified kosher.

They have more calories than a single serving of Smarties, arriving at 140 calories per serving (a serving equals 6 pieces), but since these are slightly hard and chewy, six pieces should be more than enough for you to get your cocoa fix!

If you love chocolate and you love chewy candies, then make sure you have a bowl of Tootsie Roll Midgees handy so you can satisfy your cravings.

3. M&M’S Peanut

M&M’s – a classic favorite in the American culture and around the globe.

The version with peanuts seems to be one of the most popular, so if you do not have a peanut allergy, you have the green light to dig into a colorful bag of M&M’s Peanut.

The calorie count is the highest out of our top three, so in one serving size (which is about ¼ cup of M&M’s Peanut), there are 220 calories. The bag is party size, so you can fill a bowl and let guests help themselves.

In spite of the higher calorie count, this is still one of the best American candy brands in the world, and if peanuts aren’t for you, check out the original flavor and grab a handful of milk chocolate goodness.