Runts are small candies in the shape of fruits and hearts. If you are looking for banana only, try Bananarama.
Runts Candy History
Runts candy is a popular confectionery known for its small, fruit-shaped and fruit-flavored candies. Here's a brief history of Runts candy:
Runts candy was introduced by the Willy Wonka Candy Factory, a division of Nestlé, in 1982. The candy was inspired by the whimsical and imaginative world of Roald Dahl's famous children's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which was later adapted into the beloved film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."
The name "Runts" refers to the small size and playful nature of the candy, resembling small, young animals. Each candy piece is shaped like a miniature fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, grapes, oranges, and apples. The distinctive shapes and vibrant colors add to the visual appeal of the candy.
Runts candy is made from a compressed dextrose (a form of sugar) powder mixed with other ingredients, such as artificial flavors, colors, and citric acid. The resulting candy is crunchy, similar to a tart, fruit-flavored tablet.
The flavors of Runts candy are designed to replicate the taste of different fruits. Each fruit-shaped candy has its own unique flavor, creating a variety of taste experiences in a single package.
Over the years, Runts candy has gained popularity among candy lovers, particularly children. The small, colorful candies and fruity flavors make them appealing to young consumers. The candy is often enjoyed as a sweet treat and can be eaten one by one or in handfuls.
Runts candy is typically sold in small, individual packages or larger theater-sized boxes. It can be found in various retail stores, including supermarkets, convenience stores, and candy shops.
While Runts candy is primarily associated with the Willy Wonka brand, it has become a recognizable candy in its own right. The combination of fun shapes, vibrant colors, and fruity flavors has made Runts a favorite among candy enthusiasts of all ages.
When I was a child, in Wisconsin. I used to stay up late and eat nothing but runts . Anytime that the snow in Madison was too deep to go to school I would just sit at home and eat runts, my favorite kind was the banana flavor.
One time, near Christmas my mother and father asked me what I wanted for Christmas. So I responded, Runts, mamma I only want are runts for Christmas. SO guess what they did they got me 35 bags of runts and told me that's all I get because that's what I asked for. Well I found out it was just one major joke and it wound up being the best Christmas ever... I got a bike. ~ Joe from Pennsylvania
My brother and I always loved enjoying candy together. We would save our change and buy as much as we could! Runts is one of the candies that we enjoyed the most. We both favored the orange and strawberry flavors the most, so when we bought Runts by the pound, we would try to weed out all the banana so that we only had orange and strawberry to choose from. Then after we got them home, we'd get busy separating them by flavor. Once the task was complete, we would literally take a mortar and pestle and powder them into dust. We would then eat them by the spoonful from a big bowl... It's a wonder that we still have any teeth left at all. ~Daniel from Virginia