Jolly Rancher

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Assorted flavors of Jolly Rancher candies.

Jolly Rancher is a brand of hard candy,[1] gummies, fruit chews, jellybeans, lollipops, gelatin desserts, gum and sodas.[2] 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.[1] 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 a hospitable, western company.[1]


Jolly Rancher was sold to Beatrice Foods in 1966 and to Leaf in 1983. In 1996, Leaf North America was acquired by the Hershey Company.[1]

In 2002, Hershey closed the Wheat Ridge plant in Colorado and moved manufacturing of the candy to save costs.[3]


Jolly Rancher candies original flavors were grape, apple and Fire Stix, later were cherry, lemon and pineapple. Later, blue raspberry replaced lemon. In 2013, lemon was reintroduced in an all-lemon bag. Current flavors include cherry, blue raspberry, grape, sour apple and watermelon. There are also sour, berry, cinnamon and smoothie varieties.


  1. ^ a b c d "Jolly Rancher hard candy". Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  2. ^ Elizabeth Beverage Company. "Jolly Rancher". Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  3. ^ Denver Business Journal. "Jolly Rancher plant Closes". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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