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Ayds Review - Does This Weight-Loss Candy Work?

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  • Rating: 4.4. From 49 votes.
By Summer Banks Mar 28, 2017

If you want the bottom line on Ayds, give me just two minutes of your time. Our in-depth review focused on ingredients, side effects, scientific research and customer service quality. Furthermore, hundreds of customer comments and reviews were scrutinized. Then, we summarized and condensed to give you the info you need.

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What You Need To Know About Ayds

First off, Ayds ingredients include phenylpropanolamine and benzocaine. It promotes weight-loss by suppressing appetite. The recommended serving was one candy bar per day. One of the benefits was that it was available in a variety of flavors.

Ayds was first marketed in the late 1970’s as a “reducing plan” candy; basically an appetite suppressant. The company behind it is the Campana Company’’; which was founded in 1927. The product is no longer sold online. We do like that it was relatively inexpensive and that we found a few natural ingredients, but read on…

Ayds Ineffectiveness – “Losing Weight?”

The first negative wasn’t Ayds side effects; it was the ineffectiveness of the ingredients. “This was promoted as one of the best ways to lose weight in the late 70’s and early 80’s,” said our Research Editor. “Unfortunately, not everyone noticed results.”

One user commented, “I remember those. They really had one giant flaw – they didn’t work.”

According to another individual, “My grandma tried those – they didn’t work.”

While some users didn’t have any success while using Ayds, others did notice some changes. “Used this in back in the day. I did lose some weight,” stated a user.

User Complaints – “Another Concern?”

We found several customer complaints online relating to Ayds ingredients. mentioned, “I tried them once or twice. They tasted odd.”

“As soon as I was able to buy them, it wasn’t available anymore,” commented a consumer.

While some customers complained about Ayds, others didn’t have the same things to say. “They were always affordable and easy to find,” said another user.

“Tasted more like candy than a “diet” pill,” mentioned another.

We’ve done the research and have found that any particular part of a supplement thought of as concerning, such as negative comments posted by customers, long-term success could be limited. So, if dieters have not so good things to say about Ayds, this could lead to bigger concerns.

Any Actual Science Behind Ayds?

The key ingredient used in Ayds, phenylpropanolamine, has been shown to work as a decongestant. While the other is used as a pain reliever. While both are proven effective, there’s no connection to this profile and weight-loss. Published clinical research is critical to us at DietSpotlight. Without the evidence a product works, we become skeptical.

The Bottom Line – Does Ayds Work?

So here it is: our final thoughts on Ayds. Well, we like that we found some positive customer comments and that it seemed reasonably priced, but the lack of research connecting this formula to weight-loss leaves us hesitant about suggesting this one. We’re also hesitant about it because customers are complaining about it not working.

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Previous Ayds Review (Updated February 7, 2014):

Ayds - What You Should Know

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 in Ayds

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.

Advantages of Ayds

  • 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 of Ayds

  • 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 About Ayds

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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Ayds Ingredients and Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 bar
Serving Per Container: 24 oz
Amount per Serving % DV
Phenylpropanolamine * *
Benzocaine * *

Other Ingredients: None

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Summer Banks, a content strategist at Leptigen, has researched over 5000 products in the past 10 years. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

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Your Name

I used the chocolate flavored chews in the 70s and loved it because it really worked for me. I’ve gained a few pounds now in my 70s and wish they were still on the market. It was the only diet help that ever worked for me. I wish they woul bring back the product.

sandy difiore Name

I used ayds loved them lost weight carmel was the best wish they still were on the market

latricia richoux

I loss over 50 lbs with the ayds diet candy 1 with a hot cup of coffee and I would no longer be hungry

lorraine decellYour Name

I used Ayds until they were taken off the market.Lost a lot of weight. would love to buy them again.Wish i could find them again

Karen Radcliff

I Loved It!!!! I wish so much, they would put it back on the market!!!!!


I think the “active ingredient” that actually worked was the instructions: Have a cup of hot liquid an hour (I think it was an hour) before the meal.

ramata Holston

Where can I find this adys candy

Ramata – We get this question about Ayds diet candy all the time. We’ve searched high and low and it looks like Ayds candy is no longer available for purchase. Sorry.


where can I fine this candy adds at. What store


My Mom used these from like early seventies up til she passed away in ’75 from unrelated causes, I remember me and my friend used to sneak and eat them all the time, but I also remember that she did lose weight with these, maybe those were the ingredients but for some reason and somehow, they worked. Other women in neighborhood used them with success as well, you’re saying it was the water and not the Ayds but it had to be more than that, whether mind over matter or what, it worked, I knew too many women where I grew up that used them and they worked, where I lived back then consisted of at least twenty small close knit communities and we all knew each other, very small area, and many women used them up through there, I never knew anyone who used them that didn’t have some amount of success. I had been going to use them and as stated by someone else above had found out that they were no longer being marketed, sadly. It’s stupid to pull them just because of the aids virus. Wonder if there is someway to try to get them into production again, that is with the original recipes and not some weird revamped product that’s no good. But seriously, wonder if there is a way to get them back?


I bought Ayds candy and loved them so much I ate the whole box in two days. They didn’t work for me, lol.

Mike H

My Mom used to buy these in the 70s. We kids would frequently snatch them. ;^) (When Mom was on a diet, everyone was on a diet. These were the only candy in the house!)
Say what you will about the ingredients, but if you read the instructions, you were to eat the candy while drinking a hot cup of water before a meal. It was mostly the hot water that made people feel full. We don’t really need candy for that. (But they were pretty good!)

Marjorie Neal-Austin

I used Ayds candies when I was a teen and they worked, I kept the pounds off, now since I am older I would like to use them again and see if it still work which it probably will, the flavor I did enjoy.


I used these in mid-morning with coffee at work or at lunch to curb my appetite, and wow did they work!!! Bring back the caramel!!!!

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.

Devon (Editor)

Very interesting, Bob!

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

Your Namejudy

My sister and I lost over 20 lbs. Each with the Carmel Ayds..We drank a cup of hot water with one or two each meal..Best diet we ever lost weight on
Way Better then Weight Watchers

Stephen (Editor)

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

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.

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


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.

Cameron (Editor)

Sorry, Tammy it is no longer available.


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

Judith Conner

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


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.