Life Savers were created in 1912 by Clarence Crane, a Cleveland, Ohio, chocolate maker. Originally released as a peppermint candy, Life Savers are now available in more than 40 flavors. Crane created Life Savers as a way to offer his customers a summer treat able to withstand hot temperatures without melting. Deviating from the usual pillow-shaped mints of the time, Live Savers got their name from their resemblance to the safety flotation device found on boats. Clarence Crane's Life Savers have since become a household name.
Along with lemon and lime, orange appeared in the original three-flavor fruit roll created in 1924 and the classic five-fruit roll introduced in 1935. In 2003 the flavors found in the classic five-flavor roll were altered. Blackberry initially replaced orange, but the change didn't last long and orange came back to the pack.
Pineapple joined lemon, lime and orange in the classic five-flavor roll of Life Savers candy released in 1935. In 2003 the flavors found in the classic five-flavor roll were altered, but pineapple was still included.
Cherry joined pineapple and the lemon, orange and lime flavors of the original fruit roll in 1935 to create the classic five-flavor roll of Life Savers candy. In 2003 the flavors found in the classic five-flavor roll were altered, but cherry remained.
In 2003, raspberry and watermelon became part of the five-flavor roll. Lemon and lime, original flavors that carried over into the classic five-flavor roll introduced in 1935, were both removed during the 2003 flavor changes. Thus, a five-flavor roll of Life Savers in 2011 contains pineapple, cherry, raspberry, watermelon and orange.