We are sad to announce that Jujubes have been discontinued by the manufacturer. We are disappointed too.
Jujubes candy has a history that spans over a century, delighting candy lovers with its chewy texture and fruity flavors. The origins of Jujubes can be traced back to the late 19th century, making it one of the oldest and enduring candy brands in the United States.
Jujubes were first introduced by the Heide Candy Company in 1890. The company, founded by German immigrant Henry Heide, initially specialized in producing hard candies. However, Heide recognized the growing popularity of gummy and chewy candies and sought to create his own unique confectionery treat.
The name "Jujubes" is derived from the jujube fruit, a small and sweet fruit native to China. While Jujubes candy does not contain actual jujube fruit, it was named after it due to its similar size and shape.
The original Jujubes candy had a different texture and composition from the Jujubes we know today. They were originally made with a starch-based formula, giving them a firmer and more gummy texture. These early Jujubes were often sold in individually wrapped packets and became a hit among candy enthusiasts.
In the 1920s, Jujubes underwent a transformation in both flavor and texture. The candy was reformulated to have a softer and chewier consistency, making it more enjoyable to eat. Additionally, the flavors were enhanced, resulting in a variety of fruity tastes that became the hallmark of Jujubes.
Jujubes candies typically come in an assortment of colors and flavors, including cherry, lime, lemon, orange, and raspberry. Each small candy is coated with a sugary exterior and has a dense and chewy center. This combination of textures and flavors has made Jujubes a beloved treat for generations.
Over the years, Jujubes candies have remained popular and have become a staple in movie theaters, candy stores, and households. They are often enjoyed as a nostalgic snack, evoking memories of childhood and simpler times.
Today, Jujubes are still produced by the Ferrara Candy Company, which acquired the Heide Candy Company in 2002. The candy continues to be manufactured using a similar recipe to the reformulated version from the 1920s, ensuring that the classic Jujubes experience is preserved.
Jujubes candy's enduring appeal lies in its chewy texture, vibrant colors, and fruity flavors. It has stood the test of time, captivating candy lovers with its nostalgic charm and unique taste. Whether enjoyed as a movie snack or a sweet treat, Jujubes candies continue to bring joy to those who savor their chewy goodness.
I was raised in Hollywood, California. My mom was a movie reviewer on radio KMPC and used to take me to movie premiers on the Boulevard 2 or 3 times a week from 1953 until 1959. Although I enjoyed Charms candy drops and the occasional Big Hunk, 9 times out of 10 I got a box of Jujubes.
Mom liked them because they would keep me occupied for most of the feature (we usually had 2 features, a cartoon and newsreel most of the time) and also it was not messy to eat. The flavors of Jujubes were also very neat. The grape and the lime were my very favorites because they tasted so rich in flavor.
If I was very good, and took out the trash or something else particularly good, mom would come home with a box of Jujubes as a treat. I kept them in my "secret cigar box" with my picture postcard collection, cowboy sheriff badge, and toy cars. ~ Christian from California