|Place of origin||United States, Canada|
(per 0.5 ounces serving)
|50 kcal (209 kJ)|
(per 0.5 ounces serving)
|Similar dishes||Pixy Stix|
|Cookbook: Media: Fun Dip|
Fun Dip is a candy manufactured by The Willy Wonka Candy Company, a brand owned by Nestlé. The candy has been on the market in the United States and Canada since the 1940s and was originally called Lik-M-Aid. It was originally manufactured by Fruzola, and then Sunline Inc., through their Sunmark Brands division, which was purchased by Nestlé in January 1989. It comes in many different flavors with candy sticks that are included.
Fun Dip is similar to fellow Wonka product Pixy Stix, but sold in small pouches, rather than paper or plastic straws. When called Lik-M-Aid, it consisted of 4 packets of flavored and colored sugar. When rebranded in the 1970s as Fun Dip, two edible candy sticks called "Lik-A-Stix" were added. While the original flavors consisted of lime, cherry and grape, the most common flavors are cherry, grape, and a raspberry/apple combination that turns from blue when dry to green when wet with saliva or water. It also comes in sour flavors, including sour watermelon, sour apple, and sour lemonade. There is also orange flavored Fun Dip. Packets with one stick and two flavors were once the standard, and packets with only one or two flavors are still available with less prominence than the now-standard three-flavor package.
Fun Dip varies greatly from many other types of candy in that it is meant to be eaten over a considerable amount of time, compared to other candies that are usually bite size or consumed quickly. During the rebranding in the 70's two additional sugar sticks, called "Lik-A-Stix" were added to the packaging. The intended purpose is to wet the sticks, using your own saliva or in some cases, water, and then collect some of the sugar, you can then lick the sugar off the Lik-A-Stix and continue eating it this way.
Despite the ideal eating method described above, there are people that use other methods, such as dumping large amounts of the sugar directly into their mouth and then chewing on the Lik-A-Stix separately.
Fun Dip before Nestle acquisition - Source - CollectingCandy.com "Fun Dip and Lik-M-Aid – A powdery-sugar-filled retrospective.:
- In the Lyte Funky Ones song "Summer Girls," the girl the song is addressing is said to like Fun Dip and Cherry Coke.
- In the Disney Channel television series Gravity Falls, this was parodied with the fictional Smile Dip which was banned in the United States for containing hallucinogenic properties.
- In Trailer Park Boys, Ricky can be seen enjoying Fun Dip in the car after visiting the library with Julian in season 2, episode 4: "A Dope Trailer Is No Place for a Kitty".
- In the television series, Freaks and Geeks, we see the character, Millie Kentner, played by actress Sarah Hagan, eating from the candy pouch. She refers to what she is eating as Lik-M-Aid, and asks James Franco's character if he would like to try some.
- The vocals of Skrillex' song "Bangarang" contain the line "I'm eating Fun Dip right now".
- "Lik-M-Aid - Fun Dip - OldTimeCandy.com". OldTimeCandy.com.
- "Fun Dip and Lik-M-Aid – A powdery-sugar-filled retrospective.". CollectingCandy.com.
- "Seventy years of minutes from the Lik-M-Aid Corporation's annual board meeting". Slacktory.
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