|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2011)|
Jolly Rancher is a brand of candy, including hard candy, gummies, fruit chews, jellybeans, lollipops, gelatin desserts, and sodas. It is currently owned by The Hershey Company. The product was originally produced by the Jolly Rancher Company, founded in 1949 by Bill Harmsen of Golden, Colorado. The Jolly Rancher Company made ice cream, chocolate and candy sold at several "Ranch Maid Ice Cream" stores in the Denver area. The name was meant to suggest western hospitality.
In 2002 Hershey closed the Wheatridge plant in Colorado and moved manufacturing of the candy to save costs.
Jolly Rancher candies come in various flavors, including Blue Raspberry, Grape, Watermelon, Green Apple, Cherry, and Cinnamon. There are also sour, berry, and smoothie.