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Ah, Jolly Ranchers. Every person of a certain age who grew up in Colorado has a bit of hometown pride attached to the brand. Started in Golden by two locals in 1949, the company was sold to Hershey in 1996, though the factory that made the glossy candies here stuck around until 2002. What has remained great about Jolly Ranchers is the intensity of flavor jammed into such a small package. Of course, the pointy corners of the candies have dulled into more of a barrel shape over the years, and the line has expanded beyond the simple hardtack candy and into the world of jellybeans and candy canes, so the question remains: How far can the brand stray and still maintain the integrity of the original Jolly Rancher?
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