Mike and Ike vs Good & Plenty – What’s the Difference?

Here we lay out a comparison of Mike and Ike vs Good & Plenty. They are unmistakenly two different candies as you will read below.


Mike and Ike and Good & Plenty share similar capsule shapes, however, they taste nothing alike. Here is the difference:

Mike and Ike Original Fruits come in five flavors. These flavors are cherry, lemon, strawberry, lime, and orange. Unlike a candy such as Skittles where it is difficult to distinguish each flavor, the flavors of Mike and Ike candies taste like their intended fruits. The outside of the candies have a slightly hard sugary coating with chewy interiors

Good & Plenty candies contain a hard outer shell that is either white or pink. The inside contains chewy black licorice. In other words, Good & Plenty are a completely different candy compared to Mike and Ike.


Mike and Ikes (pictured left) come in the colors of red, yellow, pink, green, and orange. Each color represents a different flavor. If you look at the featured image on the top of the article, the Mike and Ike box shows the different flavors for each color.

Good & Plenty candies (pictured right) feature hard outside shells that come in white or pink.


Mike and Ike and Good & Plenty come in the following varieties:

Mike and Ike

  • Original Fruits
  • Mega Mix (10 flavors)
  • Mega Mix Sour (10 flavors, sour candies)
  • Tropical Typhoon
  • Jolly Joes
  • Berry Blast

Good & Plenty

  • Good & Plenty


Mike and Ike – This is candy is made by Just Born Quality Confections. It is a family-owned manufacturer of several popular candies including Peeps, Hot Tamales, Just Born Jelly Beans, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, and Mike and Ike. Mike and Ike is the company’s largest brand based on dollar sales. The candy was first introduced in 1940

Good & Plenty – The candy giant, Hershey, manufactures these candies. The candy was introduced in 1893 by the Quaker City Chocolate and Confectionery. According to Taste of Home, Good & Plenty is thought to be the oldest candy brand in the United States.


Most people are not wildly concerned about the ingredients of candies since they know they aren’t eating something that is exactly that healthy for them. However, here are the ingredients for the people who like to know what’s in the food they eat.

Mike and Ike – Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, Contains Less Than 0.5% Of The Following: Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Dextrin, Confectioners Glaze, Carnauba Wax, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Red #40, Yellow #6, Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), Blue #1.

Good & Plenty – Sugar, Corn Syrup, Enriched Wheat Flour [flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Contains 2% Or Less Of: Licorice Extract, Gum Acacia, Cornstarch, Salt, Natural Flavor And Artificial Flavor, Rice Starch, Artificial Color [k-carmine, Red 40 Lake], Caramel Color, Confectioners Glaze, Carnauba Wax.

Poll: Mike and Ike vs Good & Plenty

Please vote for your favorite candy between Mike and Ike and Good & Plenty if you have tasted these candies and prefer one over the other.