|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, gum 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 a hospitable, western company. .
In 2002 Hershey closed the Wheatridge plant in Colorado and moved manufacturing of the candy to save costs.
Jolly Rancher candies original flavors were grape, apple, and Fire Stix, later were cherry, lemon, & pineapple. Later, Blue Raspberry replaced lemon, until recently; in 2013, lemon was reintroduced in an all-lemon bag. There are also sour, berry, cinnamon & smoothie flavors.