Why do sixlets have 8 candies


Small round multicolored malted chocolates

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A cellophane pack with sixlets

Sixlets are small, candy-coated, chocolate-flavored round candies made by Oak Leaf Confections, a Chocolat Frey company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The chocolate flavored centers are made from a mixture of cocoa and carob, which gives them a "malted" taste. They are often sold in thin cellophane wrappers that hold them in a tube-like formation. The spherical candies are available in red, brown, yellow, green, blue and orange. An Easter variation of the candy adds white, pink, and blue pieces while removing red and brown ones from the mix. A Christmas variant only has red, green and white; and the Valentine's Day variant has red, pink, and white. Halloween versions are also sold that contain only orange and black candies. In some confectionery shops, sixlets are sold sorted by weight in individually assorted colors that are not found in the typical variety of lime green, black, pink, etc., just as M & Ms popularize the designer color selection. They are also packaged for sale as decorations for baked goods.


Sixlets have existed since at least 1960 and were originally made by Leaf Brands. A confectionery brand with a similar name that was also manufactured by Leaf in the 1960s was called Fivesomes. Fivesomes were a miniature version of Whoppers that, like sixlets, were also supplied in cellophane packaging. In 2003, Hershey Foods Corporation sublicensed its rights to the Sixlets brand name to SweetWorks Confections LLC.

One hypothesis as to the origin of the name is that when the candy was originally made, it sold six for a dime in a gum-like machine. Although the candies are currently sold in a variety of packaging, the most comparable to the original is an 8-ball cellophane pack, which is sold in multi-serving pouches. A six-ball tube was introduced in 2017.


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