When people think of candies that start with “J,” Junior Mints and Jolly Rancher probably spring to mind. But, as it turns out, there’s quite a variety beyond just those two classics.
Below, you’ll find a list of candies that all share the letter “J” as their starting point. If you’re curious for more in-depth descriptions and visual references, keep scrolling; we’ve got you covered with detailed information and images of these treats.
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List Of Candy That Starts With J
- Jaw Busters
- Jelly Babies
- Jelly Beans
- Jelly Rings
- Jolly Rancher
- Jordan Almonds
- Joyva Joys
- Juicy Drop Pop
- Juicy Fruit
- Junior Mints
Jawbreaker is a generic name for candy that is round and multi-layered. Each layer is made of a different color and flavor.
It is made in the factory by layering sugar and flavorings around a central core, such as a single grain of sugar or a small candy center. Each layer is applied and allowed to harden, creating a progressively larger and harder candy as more layers are added.
It is called a “jawbreaker” because the candy is extremely hard and challenging to bite into. We are not sure if anyone has actually broken a jaw from eating one but certainly many teeth have suffered. You are best to suck on this type of candy slowly.
Examples of brands that make Jawbreakers include Gobstopper and Jaw Busters.
Jaw Buster is a brand of jawbreaker candy made by Ferrara Candy. They were introduced in 1919 as the original jawbreaker. Jaw Busters are known for being an extremely hard and long-lasting candy. The five flavors include cherry, orange, lemon, apple, and grape.
Jazzles is a candy that is typically made of white or milk chocolate discs with colorful button candies on top.
These candies are often marketed as a sweet treat for children and are popular in the United Kingdom and some other regions. Hannah’s is the brand that makes this treat.
Jelly Babies are a type of soft, chewy candy that is shaped like small, plump, and colorful babies. They are typically made from sugar, gelatin, and various fruit flavors, giving them a sweet and fruity taste. Jelly Babies are often coated in a light layer of powdered sugar or starch to prevent them from sticking together.
These candies are popular in the United Kingdom and some other countries and have been enjoyed for many years. They were first manufactured by Bassett’s, a British confectionery company, in the 1860s.
Jelly Babies are available in a variety of colors, each corresponding to a different fruit flavor, such as blackcurrant, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry, and strawberry.
These are colorful bean shaped candies with a soft exterior shell and a chewy jelly interior. They are typically made from sugar, corn syrup, and a variety of flavorings. Jelly beans come in a wide range of flavors, including fruit, spice, and novelty flavors, and they are often brightly colored to match their flavors.
This candy is particularly popular around Easter. Jelly beans often appear in Easter baskets for kids or are found in candy dishes around the holiday.
They are enjoyed by people of all ages and are often used for various purposes, including snacking, decorating cakes and desserts, or playing games like “BeanBoozled,” where the flavors can range from delicious to unusual or even bizarre.
Popular brands of jelly beans include Just Born, Brach’s, and Jelly Belly.
These are essentially gummies formed into a ring shape. They are usually produced from sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and various fruit flavorings. Flavors include the usual suspects like cherry, lime, lemon, and orange. They are fun for kids because they can be placed on the finger like a real ring, stacked like a castle, or used in other playful ways.
This candy was invented by Bill and Dorothy Harmsen in Golden, Colorado in 1949. It was named “Jolly Rancher” to signify that it was a Western United States brand of candy. It has been owned by Hershey since 1996.
The most notable product of Jolly Rancher is its fruity hard candies. Some of the classic Jolly Rancher flavors include cherry, watermelon, green apple, grape, and blue raspberry, and others.
Jolly Rancher candies are typically individually wrapped in transparent wrappers with yellow coloring where they twist or are sealed at the ends. They are made to be enjoyed slowly as they dissolve in your mouth.
The brand also offers various Jolly Rancher products, such as Jolly Rancher lollipops, gummies, and stix candy for people who prefer something different from the traditional hard candies.
Jordan Almonds are a type of candy that consists of almonds covered in a colorful, hard candy shell. They are often associated with weddings and other special occasions. They are commonly used as a decorative element in candy dishes, party favors, and gift bags. Jordan Almonds have been a traditional confection since the Roman Empire.
Joyva Joys are a candy bar that features a sweet jelly center that is surrounded by a layer of dark chocolate. The company also makes Jell Rings (donut shaped) and Bites.
Joyva has been family-owned since 1907 and produces its candy in Brooklyn, New York where its factory is located. In addition to Jells, the company makes tahini, halvah, sesame crunch, and chocolate covered marshmallows.
Juicy Drop Pop
Juicy Drop Pop is a combination of a lollipop and sour gel. The top part of the Juicy Drop Pop is a flavored lollipop that comes in various fruit flavors like cherry, blue raspberry, and strawberry kiwi. The bottom part of the Juicy Drop Pop is a sour gel dispenser. This sour gel is typically very tangy and sour and comes in a separate compartment.
You can control the amount of sour gel you apply to the lollipop by squeezing it out from the dispenser onto the lollipop. This allows you to control the level of sourness and flavor intensity according to your preference.
This was recently a candy brand of the trading card company Topps under its Bazooka Candy Brands. It has since been sold to Apax Partners.
Image: Tom Magliery/flickr
Juicy Fruit is a brand of gum made by Wrigley, a business of Mars Inc. The gum was first sold in the United States in 1893 and has become one of the most recognizable chewing gum brands ever produced.
The gum is typically yellow in color and is famous for its sweet and fruity taste. However, the specific flavor is not tied to any particular one fruit, including jackfruit which many people believe provides its flavor. The exact ingredients and flavoring are a company secret but the company has stated that the flavors used are lemon, orange, pineapple, and banana.
Jujyfruits is a brand of chewy, fruit-flavored candy that is made by the Ferrara Candy Company. The candy pieces are known for being colorful and shaped like pieces of fruit and vegetables. The shapes include asparagus, tomato, grape, banana, pineapple, raspberry and pea pods.
Don’t worry, the candy doesn’t actually taste like the veggies mentioned. The flavors include raspberry, licorice, lime, orange, and lemon. The candy is sold in bags or theater boxes.
Image: Windell Oskay/flickr
Jujubes are similar to Jujyfruits featured directly above. They are chewy, gummy in texture and bright in color. Its pieces are tiny in that most people chew multiple at a time.
A jujube is a type of date (fruit) that comes from an Asian tree. However, the candy doesn’t typically have the same fruit flavor as the real jujube fruit.
These candies have been a classic favorite for many years and are produced by different candy manufacturers around the world.
Junior Caramels are a brand of chewy caramel candy with an exterior coating of milk chocolate. They are made by Tootsie Roll similar to Junior Mints. They are sold in theater boxes or bags.
This a popular theater box candy that is currently made by Tootsie Roll. It was invented by the James O. Welch Company in Cambridge. Massachusetts.
The candy first landed on store shelves in 1949. The brand was eventually acquired by Nabisco in the late 1970s, sold to Warner Lambert in 1988, and Tootsie took it over in 1993.
Junior Mints are bite sized candies that are made of a creamy mint center and enclosed in a dark chocolate coating. The cool mint and rich dark chocolate flavors provide an enjoyable contrast in both taste and texture