It might seem as though the sugar-free candy craze started recently, you can date sugar-free candies back decades. In the mid 80s Moru Industries Company, which produced lemon-flavored hard candies, changed its name to GoLightly and started selling sugar-free candies to health-conscious consumers. While the parent company, Hillside Candies, produces organic and sugar-based candies, GoLightly is laser focused on the sugar-free niche. It includes not only hard candies in dozens of flavors, but also fruit chews. They sweeten their confections with sugar alcohols (which contain neither sugar nor alcohol) and Splenda (sucralose).