Ayds Review

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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 However the slump in sales continued despite the change in name and it was eventually withdrawn from the market.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.


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

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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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  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

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54 User Reviews about Ayds

  • 1

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


  • 2
    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.


  • 3

    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


  • 4
    Helen Allen

    I would love to see this again


  • 5

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


  • 6

    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.


  • 7

    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.


  • 8

    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!!


  • 9

    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 !!!!!


  • 10

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


  • 11
    sarah kindersley

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


    Delores matthewd

    I do to


    Delores matthews

    It worked for me back then good it worked


  • 12
    jackie jackels

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


  • 13

    My mother used these to lose weight after she had me, her seventh child. She continued to use them for many years to maintain, I remember the square boxes she would pull out of a drawer in the dining room cabinet before meals. They definitely worked for her. She was pretty upset when they were discontinued. She stocked up on boxes and boxes of them when she read that they would soon disappear from stores. She did gain weight once her stash of them was gone and she could no longer find them.

    The posted article is incorrect in one instance though. Ayds candies were NOT a “candy bar”. They were very small individually foil-wrapped squares that were stacked on top of each other in the lift-top boxes. Each piece about the size of the smallest Tootsie Roll candies, except that they were perfectly square instead of rounded. But nothing that could remotely be called a “candy bar”.


  • 14
    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.


  • 15
    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


  • 16

    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.


  • 17
    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.


  • 18
    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


  • 19

    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.


  • 20

    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.


  • 21

    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.


  • 22

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


  • 23
    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.


  • 24

    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.


  • 25

    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.


  • 26
    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!


  • 27

    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…..


  • 28

    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.


  • 29
    Katia Ruby

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


  • 30

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



    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.


  • 31

    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.


  • 32

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


  • 33
    F. Despain

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


  • 34

    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.


  • 35
    Brooks Burnett

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


  • 36

    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.


  • 37
    carol johnson

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


  • 38

    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.


  • 39

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


  • 40
    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!!


  • 41
    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.


  • 42
    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.


  • 43

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


  • 44

    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.


  • 45

    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.



    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!



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


    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


  • 46

    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


  • 47

    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



    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.