Nips were invented by the Pearson Candy Company in the 1960s and were originally called Pearson Nips. It was created as a candy that people would eat during a work break, such as on a coffee break. Today Nips are made by Nestle' Company.
The Pearson Candy Company of Culver City, California was founded in 1928 by Barney Pearson. The company manufactured over 30 candy products during its 42 years in business with Coffee Nips being it's most famous product.