Dum Dums Flavor History
Dum Dums® were invented in 1924.
Dum Dums were purchased by Spangler Candy in 1953. There were 7 original flavors: lemon, lime, orange, coconut-pineapple, cherry, grape, and butterscotch.
8th flavor was added - root beer.
9th flavor was added - strawberry.
10th flavor was added - chocolate.
Chocolate was dropped and banana was added.
Root beer was dropped and raspberry was added.
Chocolate was added and banana dropped.
The flavor mix was: lemon, coconut-pineapple, butterscotch, lime, strawberry, grape, chocolate, orange, cherry, and raspberry.
Black cherry, cream soda, and root beer added and raspberry was dropped.
Coconut-pineapple was dropped and pineapple was added. Black cherry was dropped.
Chocolate was dropped and raspberry was added.
Raspberry was dropped and watermelon added.
Peach was added.
Lime was dropped and Sour Apple added.
Raspberry was dropped and Blu raspberry was added.
In October 2000 Lemon, Orange, and Sour Apple was dropped and Orange Cream, Fruit Punch, and Buttered Popcorn was added.
The flavor mix is: Blu Raspberry, Butterscotch, Cherry, Cream Soda, Grape, Peach, Root Beer, Strawberry, Watermelon, Buttered Popcorn, Fruit Punch, Orange Cream, and the Mystery Flavor™.
In June 2001 Buttered Popcorn is sent "on vacation" and Sour Apple returns by popular demand.
In October 2002 Chocolate, Bubble Gum, and Cotton Candy are added to the assortment. Orange Cream, Fruit Punch, and Peach will go on vacation. Consumers may not see the new flavors in the bags for a few months.
In October 2005 Dum Dums expand to 16 flavors! We have added new flavors Cherry Cola and Pink Lemonade! We have also brought back for our 100th anniversary some flavors from our long history. We have added Coconut-Pineapple (first introduced in 1953) and Banana (first introduced in 1960).
In February 2008 the Dum Dums assortment changes! We have added new flavors Mango and Tangerine! We have also added Ashlynn Coconut - the flavor chosen by our Pop Star 2007 Grand Prize Winner Ashlynn from N. Carolina. Chocolate, along with our 100th anniversary flavors Banana and Coconut-Pineapple will go on vacation from the assortment.
In February 2009 the Dum Dums assortment changes! We have added new flavors Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Split - choices from our Pop Vote '08 promotion. Cherry Cola and Pink Lemonade will go on vacation from the assortment.
In April 2010, Savannah Blueberry replaced Ashlynn Coconut. Savannah Blueberry was our Pop Star 2009 Winner. In late 2010 it was determined Blueberry would remain in the assortment.
Orange replaces Tangerine in early 2011. Three new Mystery Mania™ flavors replace Banana Split, Strawberry Shortcake, and Mango during the Mystery Mania™ promotion in mid-2011. Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Split go on vacation and are replaced by Fruit Punch and Dulce de Leche (Creamy Caramel).