They say you must take the bitter with the sweet, but what about the toxic? We all have a few candy horror stories, but some people's sweet trauma goes beyond eating a popcorn butter flavored Jelly Belly. Take Kinder Eggs, which have been banned in the US since the 1930s. The plastic toy hidden inside the candy has caused several children to choke (though everyone affected knowingly consumed the toys), and citizens who attempt to smuggle them into the States can be fined up to $2,500 per egg.
While worldy sugar junkies can still pick up Kinder Eggs in other parts of the world, there are some candies you can't buy anymore, as they were discontinued for being too dangerous. Production was halted on the original Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars after it was revealed that they contained high amounts of lead. Once you learn the truth about dangerous discontinued candy, you'll wonder how some of these products ever got approved.
Hippy Sippy was a candy introduced in the late 1960s that looked remarkably similar to a heroin needle. The treat was meant to poke fun at the drug use implicit in hippie culture, and the packaging bore the encouraging motto, "Hippy Sippy says I'll try anything!" The candy caused such offense, it was almost immediately removed from the market.
Candy Dynamics's Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bar wasn't just "hazardously sour," it was actually toxic. When California's Department of Public Health found 0.24 parts per million of lead in the candy line's cherry flavor in 2011, a mass recall was put out to remove the treat from store shelves. Customers were asked to dispose of any remaining Toxic Waste bars they might have been saving for a special occasion. While the Pakistani candy is still available in various iterations, the hazardous ingredients have assumedly been removed from the recipe.
These bears are gut-wrenchingly scary, as is proven by the 53 pages of reviews on Amazon that chronicle customers' gummy-fueled diarrhea terrors. The Haribo candy company used Lycasin (instead of sugar) in their colorful gummies. Lycasin's main incredient is maltitol, which is also used in laxatives. The candies have since been taken off the market.
Lead poisoning has been traced to gasoline, water pipes, lead-glazed pottery, and occasionally, lollipops. In 2001, the FDA told consumers to stay away from Tamarind Bolirindo Lollipops after tests found lead concentrations of 21,000 parts per million (roughly 2%) in the lollipops’ wrappers. Since you can still buy the lollipops in various places, one can assume that the company has since changed their packaging.