17 Candy-Inspired Baby Names For Kids Born To Unapologetic Sweet Tooths


Everyone searches for inspiration when choosing a name for their baby. Family names, nature-inspired names, names plucked out of literature — all these have been done before. If you want to go in a different direction when considering what to name your bundle-to-be, why not turn to your pregnancy cravings as inspiration? And if it's sugar that's been calling you to the pantry each night, a candy-inspired baby name is the perfect route for a mom with a sweet tooth.

Maybe it's a sign that the child you're carrying is begging you to shovel sugar into your mouth between every meal — that little one deserves a candy-coated name to suit their sweet personality. Bestowing a candy inspired name on you child can be as fun as walking through a candy store. Whether you choose to be more literal, or get a little abstract, these names have fun and vibrant (not to mention delicious) roots.

If every name tells a story, your little sugar baby will tell the tale of the treats you two bonded over when you still shared a body. All those Swedish Fish you ate when pregnant were just the beginning of a lifetime of special moments shared between the two of you while passing a bowl of candy. Use this list of 17 names to inspire your sweet tooth to choose the perfect baby name.

1. Reese

A legit name as well as a delicious candy (Reese's Peanut Butter Cups), this choice is also a gender neutral name that could work for those parents who are not finding out the sex of their baby.

2. Heath

Loving your toffee bars while pregnant? Pay homage to the Heath bar by making it your baby's moniker.

3. Joy

The Almond Joy candy bar may be the inspiration for this name, but the name Joy shares the meaning of the word. Any child whose name is sweet and full of joy will surely be a ray of sunshine.

4. Ruth

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A classic name with Biblical roots, Ruth means "companion, friend, or vision of beauty". No one has to know your little vision of beauty was named after a Baby Ruth candy bar unless you want them to.

5. Tootsie

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Inspired by the Tootsie Roll or Tootsie Pop (whichever your preference) this name is perfect for a spunky little girl with lots of personality.

6. Kit (or Kat)

The Kit Kat Bar offers two cute names for inspiration. If you can't decide between the two, consider their origins for guidance. Kit (gender neutral) is short for Christopher or Katherine, while Kat (traditionally female) is also a nickname for Katherine.

7. Candace

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If you are the ultimate fan of candy, and can't imagine naming your daughter anything but, go right ahead! To give her a more formal option for down the road, go with Candace.

8. Jordan


Jordan almonds are those semi-sweet candy coasted almonds that resemble tiny Easter eggs. The name can be used for a boy or girl and means to flow down.

9. Henry


The vintage candy bar, Oh Henry! is the perfect sweet inspiration for a classic boy name.

10. Godiva


If your love of chocolate runs deep, consider a name that that sounds regal and delicious with Godiva.

11. Dulce

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The name Dulce means "sweet", which makes it a great choice for any candy lover who doesn't have just one favorite type of candy.

12. Cherry


A fun name with a nod to Cherry Head candies, the name Cherry originates from the red juicy fruit.

13. Clark

Not only does this name honor a yummy candy bar, it also conjures up images of the mysterious and duplicitous Clark Kent (aka Superman).

14. Junior


If you are honoring the tradition of passing on a family name, you can still use Junior as a nickname and pay tribute to your sweet tooth.

15. Mary Jane


A classic name with a sugary twist, this combination of names means wished-for child and gracious. Which are two wonderful ways to describe your new baby.

16. Mike or Ike


Those chewy fruit flavored candies are more than just treats, they are a duo of two names that will never go out of style. Mike and Ike are classic names for your little guy that will remind you of your pregnancy sweet tooth.

17. Star

With both a candy inspiration (Starburst) and a celestial feel, Star is considered a gender neutral name and has a literal meaning, like a star in the sky.