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Candy Fun Facts

The Sweetest Candies in the World, Ranked

We all get sweet tooth cravings from time to time, and there is no better way to get your sugar fix than by grabbing your favorite candy. Sometimes, just grabbing your favorite candy bar isn’t enough, though, and you want something extra sweet. If you want to get your hands on the sweetest candy you can find, you’ve come to the right place. Here we rank the sweetest candy in the world, from those with the least amount of sugar to the most. But please, enjoy in moderation! Your dentist will thank you!

Candies that are less than 50% sugar, by weight: Twix, Laffy Taffy, Butterfingers, or Twizzlers

We all love candy, and we all love sugary treats. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be here! But sometimes, you want a sweet treat with a reasonable amount of sugar–nothing that will give you cavities or a crazy sugar crash. Twix, Laffy Taffy, Butterfingers, or Twizzlers are all made up of less than half sugar. If you’re craving candy, but you’re cautious about your sugar intake, you can’t go wrong with one of these candies.

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Candy that is about half sugar: Reese’s Pieces or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination. Some would even argue they’re better paired than peanut butter and jelly. Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups clock in at over 50% sugar, by weight. Reese’s Pieces sugary candy coating means they’re a little sweeter than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but they are both pretty close as far as sugar content goes. If you’re looking for something pretty sweet, but not the absolute sweetest, grab Reese’s Pieces or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Even better, grab both!

The sweetest chocolate: Three Musketeers and York Peppermint Patties are 70% sugar by weight.

There isn’t anything better for a sweet, sugar craving than a chocolate bar. If you want something sticky, gooey, and sweet, Three Musketeers chocolate bars and York Peppermint Patties are chock full of sugar. Three Musketeers are filled with fluffy, sweet nougat, and Peppermint Patties are filled with peppermint, so whether you want something super sweet or refreshing and minty, there’s a chocolate bar for you.

Taste the Rainbow, and the sugar! Skittles are over 70% sugar.

As it turns out, the rainbow is mostly made up of sugar, at least according to Skittles. If you’re looking for a fruity, delicious, and sweet treat, Skittles will surely hit the spot! They are about 70% sugar by weight, but every bite is sure to be 100% delicious. Although Skittles aren’t the sweetest candy in the world, they sure come close.

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It’s a tie! Nerds, Pixie Sticks, and Fun-Dip are all over 90% sugar by weight!

If you really think about it, Pixie Sticks and Fun-Dip being ranked as the sweetest candy in the world is no surprise. They are both bags of sugar; one comes with a dip stick to assist in the sugar-to-mouth process, and the other involves pouring fruity flavored sugar directly into your mouth.

What about Nerds, however? How did they end up at the top of this list? Though Mr. Wonka is typically pretty tight-lipped with his candy recipes, it turns out that Nerds are similar to rock candy. Nerds are basically just crystalized versions of sugar with fun fruit flavors, plus a little bit of Oompa Loompa magic.

When it comes to candy, there are no wrong answers, no matter how much or little sugar there is. All candies fit somewhere on this spectrum of sugary deliciousness. So the next time you get hit with a craving for something super sweet, we’re here to help!