Jolly Rancher

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Not to be confused with Jolly Roger.
Assorted flavors of Jolly Rancher candies
Four original Jolly Rancher sodas (Green Apple, Cherry, Watermelon, and Blue Raspberry)

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]

Acquisitions[edit]

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]

Flavors[edit]

Jolly Rancher candies original flavors were grape, apple and Fire Stix, later were cherry, orange tangerine, lemon, and apple. 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.

References[edit]

  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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