Who Are Mike and Ike?

It’s one of the candy industry’s most enduring mysteries

Dreamstime

Mike and Ike has been a candy shop staple since 1940, when it was introduced by Just Born, the same company that created Hot Tamales and Peeps. Ever since first encountering these candies as children, we’ve had a nagging question in our minds: Who exactly are Mike and Ike?

The answer is not cut and dry, unfortunately, but there are a few competing theories; in all likelihood, the name is a (now obscure) cultural reference of some sort. Some claim that it was a reference to a Rube Goldberg comic strip called “Mike and Ike (They Look Alike),” but that strip reached peak popularity in the 1920s and was gone by 1940. It might also have been a nod to the three Matina Brothers, two of whom were known as “Mike and Ike” after they relocated to the U.S. from Hungary; all three were cast as munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, and some have suggested they were popular enough performers to have a candy brand named after them. There was also a popular vaudeville song of the era called “Mike and Ike (The Twins).”


We reached out to JustBorn for comment, and in lieu of a quote a representative pointed us to the company website, which states, “There have been varying theories over the years, but according to our company historian, Mike and Ike are the founders of the MIKE AND IKE® candy brand. The candy is named after them.” This sadly seems just a bit improbable.

So in all actuality, it appears as if the term “Mike and Ike” was simply floating around in the collective consciousness of the day, and Just Born’s marketing folks picked up on that and named their candy after it. It’s not a truly fascinating tale, but then again, few candy name origins are.


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


The Mike and Ike brand was first introduced in 1938 by Just Born, Inc., which is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [1] Its origin uncertain, the name may have come from the comic strip Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), which, however, had ended by the 1940s. Or the name may have referred to the Matina Brothers, two of whom, nicknamed "Mike" & "Ike," were billed as circus midgets and had roles as Munchkins in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz the author Dean Jensen wrote without cited evidence that the two became so popular in America that a boxed candy was named after them. [2] Other proposals include a company-wide contest, the creator's names being Mike and Ike, a vaudeville song titled “Mike and Ike”, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nickname was "Ike." [3] Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company in 1953 and produced new flavors of the candy, such as cotton candy. Additional flavors such as Root Beer came in the 1960s, and others have been introduced on and off since. [4]

Mike and Ikes are oblong fruit-flavored chewy candies that come in several colors and varieties, including cherry, strawberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Popular varieties are Tropical Typhoon, Berry Blast and Jolly Joes. Each candy has 7 calories, 0 grams of fat, and approximately 1 gram of sugar. The candy is kosher and gluten-free. [5]

They are similar to Hot Tamales, another candy introduced by the same manufacturer in 1950, though they are not spicy. [6]

Just Born produces several varieties of Mike and Ikes, including: [7] [8]

Name Package color First available Package type
Butter Popcorn Yellow 2004 Box or Bag
Cherry Cola Red 2004 Box or Bag
Original Fruits Green 1940 Box, bag, or freezer pop
Berry Blast Blue 1987 Box or bag
Tangy Twister Orange 2005 Box or bag
Tropical Typhoon Pink 1977 Box or bag
Italian Ice Light blue 2008 Box or bag
Lemonade Blends Yellow 2007 Box or bag
Jolly Joes Purple 1973 Box
Zours Yellow 1999 Box or bag
Red Rageous Red 2009 Box or bag
Strawberry Reunion [9] Black and pink 2013 Box
Sweet Paradise Light Purple 2014 Box
Mega Mix Light Blue with rainbow 2016 Box or bag
Mega Mix Sour Light Green with rainbow 2018 Box or bag

Retro/limited varieties include: [8] [10]

  • Lem and Mel (Lemon and watermelon) flavor (launched 1991 reissued 2013)
  • Cherri and Bubb (Cherry and bubble gum) flavor (launched 1989 reissued 2013)
  • Strawbana (launched 1991)
  • Mike and Ike – Strawberries n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Mike and Ike – Oranges n' Cream (launched 2000)
  • Cherry Cola (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Buttered Popcorn (launched 2004, reissued 2016)
  • Mike and Ike Minion Mix – Blueberry and Banana flavors (launched 2014)
  • Mike and Ike Valentines Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Mummy's Mix (Seasonal)
  • Mike and Ike Merry Mix (Seasonal) (launched 2015)
  • Mike and Ike Sundae Sweets (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Cotton Candy (Limited edition)
  • Mike and Ike Rootbeer Float (Limited edition)

There are also seasonal packages for Easter in which the Mike and Ike flavors are formed as jelly beans. [11]

In April 2012, the company ran an ad campaign based on the premise that Mike and Ike were "breaking up" due to "creative differences" the packaging showed one or the other name scratched out. The campaign was intended to capture the interest of younger consumers. [12] [13] [14] In 2013 the company announced Mike and Ike would reunite. In addition to a re-designed packaging and juicier tasting candy, a trailer for a movie was released, entitled, The Return of Mike and Ike. [15]


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