National Sour Candy Day | July 18
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


July 18th is National Sour Candy Day! Adults and children alike will enjoy lip-puckering, eye-watering flavors. Choose your favorite sour candy and celebrate!


In the candy world, sour candy is the young, energetic, and fun member of the candy family. It awakens the taste buds and adds a punch of youthful energy. Every flavor combination out there creates a dazzling taste sensation. Surprisingly, sometimes a sweet candy delivers a walloping tear-jerking zap in a bite-sized lozenge or sucker that lasts for several minutes. Other times, it delivers the punch in a chewy form. These fun sour candies come in a variety of entertaining shapes and sizes. From chewy twists and ropes to sweet bite-sized pieces and straws, each one creates a unique juicy tang, indeed.

On this sweet holiday, instead of trying regular old candy, celebrate by trying sour candy. It’s like having a birthday and not getting any older!  If you’ve tasted sour candy before, try a new flavor and discover which one makes your mouth pucker the most! Will it be Cherry or Watermelon or maybe a combination of Tangerine-Lemonade? Without a doubt, July 18th is the perfect day to share any of the variety of flavors the American Licorice Company has to offer.


Brighten up your day with some sour candy. As a matter of fact, consider visiting a sweet shop and pick up a bagful. Share with your friends or coworkers. See who makes the best pucker and share your sour combinations using #NationalSourCandyDay on social media.


American Licorice Company founded National Sour Candy Day in 2015 to celebrate all the tasty varieties of sour candies and to encourage everyone to give them a try. To learn more about the Sour Punch® brand, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Sour Candy Day to be observed on July 18th annually. 


July 18th Celebrated History


Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is published.


Gordon E. Moore and Robert Noyce founded the Intel Corporation.


Judges at the Montreal Olympics awarded Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics history. The perfect 10 came during the team compulsory competition and her routine on the uneven bars.


Tim Berners posts the first photograph on the World Wide Web. The image was of the band Les Horribles Cernettes at a CERN event.

July 18th Celebrated Birthdays

Kelly Miller – 1863

The first African American graduate student admitted to Johns Hopkins University, Kelly Miller had a brilliant mind for mathematics. Despite these strengths, tuition increases and civil rights barriers prevented him from attaining his Masters’ Degree from Johns Hopkins. Kelly returned to Howard University and earned a Master of Arts in Mathematics and a law degree. He turned his attention to the social sciences quickly became a central figure at Howard University for his entire career as Dean of the College of Arts and Science and wrote prolifically on his views of race.

Margaret Brown – 1867

The American socialite who survived the sinking of the Titanic became known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Nelson Mandela – 1918

The anti-apartheid revolutionary became South Africa’s first Black head of state and was elected to the presidency from 1994-1999.

John Glenn – 1921

In 1962, the astronaut became the first American to orbit the Earth aboard the Friendship7 spacecraft.

Charles Richard Branson – 1950

In 1972, Richard Branson founded Virgin Records. Today he is the billionaire founder of Virgin Group. On July 11, 2021, he became the first billionaire in space when he flew aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two Unity.

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