Runts (candy)

Runts (candy)

About Runts (candy)

Runts (also known as Fruit Runts) are hard candies sold by Nestle under their Willy Wonka Candy Company brand. First seen on the market in 1982, the candies are in the shape, color and flavor of a selection of fruits. Original Runts have a hard candy shell with a somewhat powdery center (the center being the consistency of the more-familiar Sweet Tarts). The current flavor lineup of Runts includes orange, banana, strawberry, grape, and green apple. Banana, orange and strawberry have been included in Runts since the candy's debut lineup, which also included cherry, and lime. In the late nineties, watermelon and blue raspberry were added, and lime was removed. In 2007, the two newest flavors, as well as cherry, were removed and replaced by mango and pineapple. In 2009, the two newest flavors were again replaced by grape and green apple. To date, every newly-added flavor has been discontinued upon the subsequent lineup change.