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Ayds Review - Does This Weight-Loss Candy Work? Are product unavailability and user complaints deal breakers?

PUBLISHED: 05/03/2016 | BY: SUMMER BANKS, SENIOR REVIEWER
Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0
Ayds Review

If you want the bottom line on Ayds, give me just two minutes of your time. We dug deep and did one of our in-depth reviews, examining the ingredients, side effects, scientific research and level of customer service. We also spent hours sorting through dozens of dieter comments from the internet. Finally, we summed up everything in order to give you the facts you need.

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What You Need To Know

To start with, Ayds is essentially a candy chew for weight-loss. The purpose of this product is to curb hunger so you eat less food. This can in turn lead to weight reduction. Several flavors were made, which include peanut butter, chocolate mint, caramel, chocolate, and butterscotch. You simply eat one when you begin to feel hungry. The key ingredient is Benzocaine, which helps numb the taste buds. It was very popular back in the 1970s and 1980s, but is no longer available.

From what we gathered online, Ayds was initially released back in 1937 and was available to the general public. This diet product was reasonably priced and there are some positive comments about it posted online, but read on…

Product Unavailability – “A Serious Problem?”

The first thing that came up in our research was the fact that Ayds weight-loss chews are no longer available for purchase, which is an obvious concern. “Although this diet product was once readily available to the masses and gained a great deal of popularity for suppressing appetite, it cannot be purchased any longer in stores or online,” says our Research Editor.

One user commented, “Can no longer find Ayds for weight-loss. Not even on eBay.”

According to another individual, “Looked everywhere for Ayds candy, but this diet product is definitely gone.”

User Complaints – “Another Concern”

Some customers complained about the lack of results they got from using Ayds. In fact, one dieter mentioned, “I liked to eat these, but never experienced any actual weight-loss.”

“Not really the best weight-loss product, but they were always affordable and easy to find,” said another user.

The research we’ve conducted has revealed that if there is a certain aspect of a weight-loss product or diet program that is especially annoying or difficult (product unavailability, user complaints, unpleasant taste) the odds of real success are not good. So, if Ayds is not available for purchase any longer, this is certainly a deal breaker.

Any Actual Science?

The key ingredient used in Ayds was proven to help with appetite suppression many years ago. Therefore this candy may be effective for weight-loss to some extent. Naturally results vary from person to person. For us at DietSpotlight, it’s nice to see that there is some solid research supporting Ayds for weight reduction. On the other hand, this diet product is no longer available.

The Bottom Line – Does Ayds Work?

Should we spend our time searching high and low for this one? Well, it’s good to see that Ayds candy contained an actual ingredient that helps suppress hunger and it’s also nice to see some positive customer reviews posted online. Then again, we have reservations about whether or not this is a good choice for weight-loss at this point because this diet product has been discontinued and is no longer available. Furthermore, some people who used Ayds did not experience the results they were after.

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What You Should Know

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Ayds was a candy bar that enjoyed immense success in the US during the early 1970's and early 1980's. Ayds was a different type of candy bar as it was in fact, according to the manufacturers, an appetite suppressing candy bar. However with the emergence of AIDs in the 1980s, the company that manufactured the Ayds candy bar became the target of criticism and mockery and the candy bar became the centre of controversy. The reason being that the name of the candy bar, when pronounced, resembled phonetically the word, 'Aids.' The consequence was a decrease in the sales of Ayds bars, and in 1988 the candy bar was renamed, 'Diet Ayds' in the US and Aydslim in the United Kingdom. However the slump in sales continued despite the change in name and it was eventually withdrawn from the market. Recently, vintage Ayds commercials have enjoyed a resurgence in internet popularity.

Ingredients

The main active ingredient in the Ayds candy bar was Benzocaine.

Product Features

Before the controversy of the 1980's that had an unintentionally disastrous effect on this weight loss candy bar, the Ayds bar enjoyed enormous success. It was available in a number of flavours such a Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Butter Scotch, Caramel and Peanut Butter. The main active ingredient in Ayds was Benzocaine. Benzocaine is, in fact, a local anaesthetic that provides topical pain relief. As a result of the anaesthetic's effect on the taste buds it was said to have appetite suppressing properties. It was available for sale in drug stores and it was directed to be eaten just before a meal. A number of weight loss websites mention this candy bar and there are some nostalgic musings on a number of comment pages of these websites from those who remember the bar and who used to buy it. Old television commercials for the Ayds Candy bar are also enjoying a resurgence on the web. One can only wonder if Ayds bars would still be popular (or even legal!) today if they had picked another name back in the 70's.

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Advantages

  • Ayds candy bars were reasonably priced.
  • Apparently they had a pleasant taste.
  • Benzocaine which was one of the major active ingredients in Ayds, and is known to have appetite suppressing qualities.

Disadvantages

  • The Ayds candy bar is no longer available for sale.
  • We do not have any proof that it did actually procure weight loss.
  • There is no proof that it was actually superior to other weight loss products on the market today.
  • The name of the bar phonetically resembled the word "Aids" and a number of people found this in bad taste, even if it was unintentional.

Conclusion

Of course, even if you would like to give the Ayds bar a try this will not be possible as it is no longer for sale. It seems, however, that many women who actually used this bar are lamenting the fact that it was withdrawn from the market. A sign perhaps that many prefer simple weight loss products such as an appetite suppressing candy bar rather than the range of complicated weight loss programs and diets on the market today.

Ayds Questions & Answers:

We boiled down hundreds of user comments about Ayds into this helpful FAQ.

What are the side effects of Ayds?

We didn’t see reports of Ayds side effects, but it’s hard to say since the product has clearly been discontinued.

What are the ingredients in Ayds?

We are not clear on all of the Ayds ingredients, but we do know the main ingredient was benzocaine, which helped numb the taste buds.

Does Ayds work?

The numbing ingredient in the formula was shown to help people eat less.

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How much does Ayds cost?

The exact price is unknown, but back when the candy was popular in the 70s and 80s, it was reasonably priced, according to the information we were able to find.

What is Ayds’s BBB rating?

This company does not have a BBB rating.

How should I take Ayds?

Break off a piece of the candy and eat it.

Can I take Ayds if I have a health condition?

If you manage to find this stuff available for sale somewhere, definitely talk to your doctor first.

What do users like about Ayds?

They liked that it was available in many flavors, such as peanut butter, chocolate mint, butterscotch, chocolate, and caramel.

What do users NOT like about Ayds?

Users don’t like that you cannot find the product anywhere online. Some users said they didn’t lose weight when using the candy.

How do I contact the Ayds customer service department?

It appears this product is no longer made, so there is not a customer service department to contact.

Does Ayds come with a guarantee?

No, since the product is no longer available, if you find it, it’s not going to be backed by a guarantee.

Do you know of any special deals or discounts on Ayds?

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73 User Reviews About Ayds

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  • 1
    Bob the Builder

    My mother used them. The cookies were great. It’s not made any more. The same effect can be had by rinsing your mouth with Chloraseptic or sucking on a sugar free lozenge.

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    Devon (Editor)

    Very interesting, Bob!

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    Your Name

    I really would like to pit this back on the market it really work it better than any diet u eat one drink warm water u dont be hungy i love this it keep me weight off .me for year

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    Stephen (Editor)

    Thanks for your review. This was a rare case where a product was pulled from the market simply because of its name.

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    sandra slade

    after having 2 babies in 2 separate pregnancies in 1 year and 3 months I gained alot of weight. I got the candy, followed the directions,eating 1 with a hot cup of tea or what ever you want that is hot, no dieting or exercise in 3 months I lost 28 lbs. I wish I could find it to buy. No side affects. This was in 191972.

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    Tammy Feb 15, 2016

    This is the best product on the market for weight loss. All I had to do is take two candy Ayds with a hot cup (8oz.)water twice a day and exercise 30 minutes a day also. I lost over 60 pounds. This was in the 70’s and 80’s. I stop to have my babies. Once I was sure of not having any more babies I wanted to lose my weight again. Went to the drug store to buy. No longer on the market because of the name and the virus out break. I would love to come across this wonderful product again. WONDERFUL PRODUCT

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    Tammy

    It worked for me. How can I find it again? It was safe I ate 2 Ayds squares with 8 ozs. of hot water 30 minutes before meals twice a day. Meal would be what ever I wanted in which was portion sized and worked out 30 minutes before going to work in the mornings. I lost over 60 pounds. I stop using this producefor a while. I was having my babies. Once I decided not to have any more I wanted to lose my weight again. By that time it was taken off the shelf. The aids virus had broke out and that was the last I saw this wonderful product.

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    Cameron (Editor)

    Sorry, Tammy it is no longer available.

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    Paula

    I used them during summer vacation between 9th & 10th grade. I lost 45 lbs. and I wish they would be sold again today.

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    Judith Conner

    I too used the supplement in the 70’s lost 35 lbs. would love to see it back or equal replacement!

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    moonlightlady339

    I also bought and used the AYDS reducing plan candies and lost weight. I loved them. It is a shame that the unintentional name caused a problem. They were great appretite suppressants. And the candies tasted good, which is important in suppressing the appetite. Some company should be reading this and GET ON IT and remanufacture those amazing chewies. You are wasting time and losing money everyday you wait because people WILL buy them.

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    Lori Hager

    where can I buy the Ayds appetite suppressant ? I had really good luck losing weight with this.

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    Your Name

    Actually you are half right. It has been so long memory gets a little fuzzy some times. They came in a rectangular not square box a little bigger than a box bank checks would come in. They were wax paper wrapped just like a bullion cube is wrapped but those bullion cubes are what come wrapped in a foil backed paper not the Ayds. My mom used to get them for my older sister in the mid to late 70’s.

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    Bonnie

    omg soooo bummed they don’t sell it anymore! It worked great for me, any chance it will come back?

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    Ellie Curry

    I LOVE, LOVE the Ayds product. After giving birth to my first child, I needed to lose weight, a lot of weight! I lost the 45 lbs I gained during my pregnancy plus another 20 lbs. I am so bumbed this product was taken off the market. The product is reasonably priced, and it really works without any side effects. Wish it would come back on the market!!!

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    Butch Peterson

    I was over weight for sports… I lost weight with Ayds I ate meals and exercised. Got into sports and kept my box of Ayds close by. BRING IT BACK Maybe we could get in touch with Slim Fast another excellent product. All they need is the formula and we will be back in business.

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    JEAN CROSSON

    I used them along with a good diet. I lost from 183 lbs to 132 lbs. Im so sorry that they arent available Can you bring them back

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    Helen Allen

    I would love to see this again

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    Anita Ferrara

    This was the only supplement that helped my husband and myself curb our appetites. With the same formula of the original nothing beats this product. Can you bring it back?

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    Your Name

    i used Ayds caramels in the 70’s and again in the 80’s and was able to take off 20lbs using one candy with coffee in the AM and PM. I’m disappointed that it is no longer made as I need to lose some weight again.

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    Lisa

    By far the best product for weight loss EVER!!! I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN 1000X OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!

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    CF

    Usedbitnin the 70s and 80s and felt like it worked.

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    banshee

    As far as I know there was no Benzocaine in Ayds, at least not in the early 70s when I was using them. I really doubt the veracity of that claim. I think the active ingredient was plain old sugar.

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    Inman

    I use the caramels ( ayds)with a cup of coffee, it worked for me. I lista 35 pounds in a month. With diet , and exercise. That was in the 60s. I want them back!

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    banshee

    Ayds weren’t candy bars. They were individually wrapped bite-sized fudgelike chocolate candies that you took with a glass of warm or hot water, about 45 minutes before a meal. They weren’t miracle-workers but they did take the edge off my appetite without any side effects. If they were still around, I would definitely buy them.

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    Your Name

    Yes! I used Ayds candies in high school and lost 30 lbs in 4 months!

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    Sandy

    I loved this product. I was very effective for me. If it would ever come out again I would recommend it to all my friends. Please bring it back!!

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    Jacki

    Please help bring Ayds candy back .I hate being overweight. And it “Does ” wirk for me, It did!!!Mm. IT DIES WORK PLEASE BRING IT BACK . .WITH ORIGNAL FORMULA…PLEASE !!!!!

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    Jacki

    Please help bring Ayds candy back .I hate being overweight. And it “Does ” wirk for me, It did!!!

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    sarah kindersley

    best diet pill ever. wish i could buy some again.

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    Delores matthewd

    I do to

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    Delores matthews

    It worked for me back then good it worked

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    jackie jackels

    My Motherused Ayds………it WAS NOT a candy bar! They were caramel shapes. Little squares.

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    Barbara DeDen

    My best friend from high school took this back in the early 1970’s and it worked for her and she was able to keep the weight off.

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    cherie carlson

    PLEASE BRING IT BACK. It worked for me. (I was afraid the disease would scare buyers.) Sorry that happened.
    I hope you get enough requests to bring it back as it was originally, not with any changes.
    Thx, CC

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    sylvia

    I remember taking this candy by accident when I was still in high-school. I was super fat then. I love candies especially caramel and chocolate flavored. I saw a box of this inside our refrigerator. I ate them all. When my elder sister learned about this, she laughed a lot and told me what this candy can do. Believe it or not, from waist line of 34 to 22 inches after 6 months. I wish this will be available again.

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    Theda McDaniel

    I used it during the 1960’s and lost 50lb, I wish I could get the written diet plan that was in the box. It was a seven day plan,and how much you should eat at a meal.it really worked for me.

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    Julie Grant

    Hi I took the Aydscandy I lost a lot of weight . Many people wondered where the Aydscandy went. I had my daughter in 79 I was heavy after her birth, my husband and I followed the instructions an walked we lost much weight. We are now 25 ,30 years older. We would like to find ayds agian thank you l

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    Rose

    Took ayds after each of my 3 children in the 70’s. They work. I have been trying to find an equivalent but, nothing. Bring them back. I miss them and need them. That was 40 years ago and I am in excellent health except an extra 20 lbs. They work, bring them back.

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    Dianna

    Back in 1974-1975 I used ayds to help me lose a lot of weight. It really worked for me better than anything else I have used since. Sure wish they would come back soon. I could sure use them now. Ayds sure did make losing weight a lot easier.

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    Maria

    Used this product back in the 70’s and lost over 100lbs. within 9 months. Would take them with a hot cup of tea every morning. Wish I could buy them again since I am now over 50 and is very hard to loose weight. This was a great product.

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    Susan

    I wish the product was still available. Used as directed, it worked very well for me.

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    Gwen Murphy

    I purchased Ayds caramel back in the 1970’s and it truly suppressed my appetite I remember losing around 20 lbs of post pregnancy baby weight. I would love to purchase some of the products again.

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    PAM

    I used the little square caramel Aydes candies in the 70s and 80s and loved them. I would relax with one and a cup of coffee or water just before a meal and not only lost weight but they helped me to maintain my weight as well. I wish they would bring Aydes back but with the same ingredients. I have not been able to find a product that contains benzocaine and I strongly believe that is what made this product so successful.

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    STELLA

    I as many others here, wish you would bring back the ayds candies. I used them & was able to control my weight.along with exercise, they were really great to lose the extra pounds. please let me know if you consider a new name for them. I will be the first to buy them.

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    kay knudtson

    I used Aydes candie lost weight also I liked the chocolet ment chewes two of them and a cup water or coffee worked great no side effects and knocked out those hunger pains I walked a lot and the weight droped off they did work great!

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    meyetta

    so why not bring the ayds candy back I really wouldnt care if it was the same name I know it worked because my mother used it and she stayed a size 5. I vote someone brings it back…..

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    Susan

    I also used the Ayds diet program, back in the 80’s. Really liked them, I realize that they quit making them because of the name, but couldn’t they bring them back using a different name. Wish they would.

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    Katia Ruby

    Can I still buy them? They worked for me big time!!

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    Dee

    If the main ingredient was benzocaine wouldn’t your mouth be numb as you chewed them. Which was not the case.

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    Delilah

    Back in 1976 , my mother used the Ayds candy to lose weight…and boy did she !!! It is a shame we can not get this product anymore….or something comparable.

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    Chris

    Ayds was NOT a candy bar. Ayds appetite supressants were small individually wrapped candies the size of a caramel. They absolutely worked and if I could find them again or if someone would offer them for sale I would buy them without hesitation. Good product, reasonably priced and worked perfectly.

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    betty

    I had great success with Ayds also….Anyone know of anything similar to try..

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    F. Despain

    I used the diet and found it a good one.
    Does anyone know what the diet was? I am looking for it.

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    Wanda

    I also used Ayds back in the 70’s. I lost a lot of weight with the product. Wish they would come back on the market.

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    Brooks Burnett

    I remember this diet candy. Is it possible to get some in Alabama?

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    liz

    i used the ayds candy bar in the 1970s and lost weight. I have been looking for it everywhere. now that i got online and looked for it i know what happened. i just wish it was still on the market. it really worked.

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    carol johnson

    ayds was delicous. It also helped me to lose weight. Please bring them back.

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    Peggy

    I, too, miss the AYDS squares. They really did suppress my appetite. And I don’t understand why they can’t just come back on the market with a different name. Bet it’d make some company a whole lot of money.

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    dave

    please bring back the aydes candy.I dont care what u name the product.I just know it works.

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    Barbara Caldwell

    Ayds during the 70’s was an amazing weight loss supplement. I lost weight easily and was able to maintain my weight. Getting older I’ve gained a few pounds and wish Ayds were around to help!!

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    Christine McGreevy

    I liked the Ayds candy so much that I became addicted and couldn’t stop eating them. As a result I gained weight.

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    Your Name

    I, too, loved the taste of Ayds – so much so that I devoured them. I can’t remember whether or not I lost any weight though. I wish someone would hunt up the original recipe and manufacture them again. I would buy them – and try, this time, to take them as they were meant to be taken.

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    Diana Monday

    I too would like to see AYDS candy brought back. I lost weight with AYDS – the product really worked. I am not trying “Satisfy” by Quick Trim but it’s not as good as AYDS.

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    Gladys

    I used Ayds candy, it taught me HOW to eat right and I lost the weight, AND kept it off

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    Karen

    Ayds Best Stuff for Weight Loss, Too Bad, I lost 50 lbs with it back in the 70’s and now I am back to that weight loss need and can’t find anything that works. I have wondered what happen to it. Moved south and thought it was only available in the north.

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    Gayle

    My mom used Ayds candies to help supress her appitite when she worked. I used to sneak them from her purse myself as a teenager. I loved the carmel ones. I would like to see them come back under a different name too. I think if there were more nutrients in them as well it could be marketed as a supplement like the calcium chews are. they could even help overweight children.

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    Lisa

    Aydes candy did indeed control my weight in HS. I bet a lot of kids today would not be obese if that product was on the market. It definitely worked.Simply to use, good taste just change the name and bring it back please!

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    Jules

    I did the same thing Gayle. Wish they were around today!

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    Your Name

    i also lost weight eaten the ayds diet candy…went from 190 to 105 in less then 3 months …wish they would bring them back just change the name a bit

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    nancy

    Ayds was around before Aids which has no relationship. People should not be offended of the name. I would like to see Ayds candy product come back I had lost 50lbs with them and then it helped me to maintain the weight loss. I would love to have them available again. Bring them back if not under the same name so nobody gets offended. Thanks

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    Rml

    I used Ayds back in the 70’s and it really help me lose weight. I wish they still had it. It was the best thing for me

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    kinlee

    My mom used these and she says the same thing….best supplement she ever used…I came across this looking to see if I could find the active ingredient and find a similar product.

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