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Thoughts For Thursday – Candy From The Past

May 19, 2011 · 87 comments

in Thoughts For Thursday

I was at CVS the other day looking at the candy and I suddenly had a flashback of a Marathon Bar.  I loved Marathon Bars.  It was basically chocolate covered caramel, but the caramel was in kind of a braided pattern that was about 8 inches long and flat.

The memory of the Marathon Bar got me thinking of all the candy that was around when I was a kid but I can’t find very easily anymore.  That leads me to…

The Candy I Enjoyed the Most (besides the Marathon Bar) As A Kid

  1. Bub’s Daddy Gum. This wonderful gum came in a foot long (or so) wrapper.  It was one long ‘tube’ of gum, and all this powder would fly off of it when you unwrapped it.  It came in all kinds of great flavors, but watermelon was my favorite.  I think each Bub’s Daddy stick cost a dime.  I would buy grape, watermelon, cinnamon/red hot, and cherry.
  2. Squirrels. This was a penny candy that truly cost  a penny when I was a kid.  I am not sure I know what a Squirrel is actually made of, but I think it involves peanuts and caramel.   To truly enjoy a Squirrel, it needs to be somewhat fresh.  Otherwise, it is just too hard and may eventually pull out all your fillings.
  3. Candy Cigarettes. What kid doesn’t want to kick back, pull out their sugar cigarette, and pretend to be smoking?  Well, I loved the candy cigarette.  It had to be a certain kind though.  (I don’t mean Winston vs. Marlboro.)  One type of candy cigarette was really cheap and the cigarettes would clump together.  I needed quality candy cigarettes.  I also enjoyed cigarette gum.  The bonus of the gum was you could blow out a little puff of sugar that looked like smoke!  Of course, candy cigarettes are no longer the rage, although my kids find them hilarious when we come across them once in awhile.
  4. Licorice Laces. (Or were they called Licorice Whips??)  What’s not to love about really skinny red licorice that can be tied in knots and whipped around?  I used to play what that licorice quite a bit- it was probably loaded all kinds of dirt by the time I actually ate it.  Nobody cared about germs and dirt back then like they do now…  Maybe that is why licorice laces are no longer popular!
  5. Zotz. I have no idea what strange powder lives inside a Zot that causes it to foam up like it does when you eat it.  However, it was always fun to get through the hard candy outer shell to get to the powdery inside.  I don’t know that I even liked the flavor of the center part, but the foaming was just too fun.
  6. Sixlets. Those little chocolate spheres with the candy shell were delicious.  I loved forcing them through the top of the wrapper and eating a ton of them at once.  I once bought a carton of Sixlets, and it just wasn’t the same.  The ease of eating a handful of Sixlets isn’t nearly as satisfying as getting the candy out of the plastic sleeve.
  7. Lemonheads. I liked the small Lemonheads that came in a little box made by Ferrara Pan.  The larger ones that were covered in sugar were ok, but I preferred the extra processed little ones more.  I loved the sour part of Lemonheads, and never wanted the sweet flavor to take over.

Now that I look at this list, it is no wonder I have fillings!

What candy do you miss?  Did you have a favorite candy store you would go to when you were a kid?

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Dianna May 19, 2011 at 6:34 am

You have such a good memory! I loved the candy dots on the paper and the little wax bottles filled with sugar water – that you chewed the wax like gum when you were done…along with licorice laces and candy cigs, of course! My mom’s pharmacy sells a big selection of candy, even some really old stuff although now it’s probably all from China. She sent the kids the wax bottles and they didn’t know what to make of them! Oh, just remembered another one – the flying saucers made out of thin wafers that had the tiny candy balls in them. Loved those!


dianna May 19, 2011 at 7:31 am

Oh, last thing – my Mom carries the Sixlets…I’ll have to bring some back for you the next time we go to PA!


101 Centavos May 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

It’s a sad thing that candy from childhood never tastes the same. Chocolate Easter Eggs were my all time favorite thing.


Nicole May 19, 2011 at 7:53 am

I don’t particularly miss any candy, but when I was little I used to take my allowance (10 cents for every year alive each week) to the drug store. I would get lemonheads and now and laters, and sometimes frozen colored sugar-water thingies (you know, in the thin plastic containers?) and sugar babies. Older and in a different part of the country I would get Mary Janes and spend hours trying to decide between the different candy choices at the local drug store.


Vicky May 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

Love that stuff! My Father-in-law actually has an online candy store that sells the old fashion candy. I never throw out plugs for him, but some of this stuff is hard to find so I will add it. Hit the ‘old time candy’ link at candyattic.com.


Kris May 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Feel free to plug away Vicky! There is also an old-fashioned candy store in Clawson called Doc Sweets. I stop by there before we go on vacation.

I will have to check out the website!


Linda May 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

My boyfriend and I were just looking up old candies this weekend. He was recalling how one of the charity groups who collect donations used to hand out a candy called Slo Pokes as a thank you for the donation. We looked up Slo Pokes and found that it is possible to order boxes of the ones on sticks, or just a bar version. Ah, the power of the Internet!

I used to go to the “little store” (that’s what we called it; a neighborhood shop that seemed really far away, but was really only about four blocks) with my allowance and buy as much candy as I could. I didn’t care for candy cigarettes or wax candies that much (wax lips and the wax bottles of sweet liquid), but I did like the candy dots and those flying saucer things Dianna mentions. I also really liked Now and Laters (watermelon and green apple only).

My sister’s boyfriend works at Ferrara Pan and I can get all the Lemon Heads I want. 🙂


Kris May 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I always wondered where Ferrara Pan was, it is such an interesting name. You should have a Lemonhead giveaway on your site!

Now and Laters were delicious, and I should have included them in my list. My two favorites were watermelon and cherry.


retirebyforty May 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I had lemon heads! 🙂
These days the only sweet snacks we buy are the girl scout cookies. Mrs. RB40 is still a girl scout at heart.


Kris May 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Oh my, you guys are much better than me. I wish Girl Scout Cookies were my only sweet treat. I have to eat a little chocolate every single day!


krantcents May 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Although I don’t remember a favorite candy, I remember a news stand at my bus stop. I waited there for my mother to pick me up. I would read comic books while I waited.


Kris May 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Can you believe I never saw a real-life news stand anywhere except the movies and TV?


krantcents May 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm

It was in South River, NJ (roughly 35 miles outside NYC). You would consider it the suburbs, because many residents commuted into the city. Present day, I see them in Los Angeles although I no longer frequent them.


First Gen American May 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

As soon as I saw squirrels, I thought of my fillings. The only gum I remember liking was Hubba Bubba but the boys would always get big league chew. I also loved candy cigarettes. I LOVED the jolly rancher sticks. They looked like a 6 inch ruler(watermelon or sour apple.)


Kris May 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

My tongue waters just thinking about the jolly rancher sticks. I loved those too, even though they would cut my tongue once in awhile.

I much preferred Bubble Yum over Hubba Bubba, and I also liked Big League Chew.


Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager May 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Dots, the sugar candy on the slips of paper and licorice pipes, like old fashion smoking pipes.


Kris May 19, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Oh I loved those dots, I still see them once in awhile. Pure sugar on slippery paper!

I don’t think I ever saw licorice pipes, and now I probably never will!


Moneycone May 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Candy Cigarettes. The only kind I prefer!!


Car Negotiation Coach May 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

Hey Kris, it’s been a while!

I used to love going candy shopping at the Jersey shore…i have no idea what the stores were called, but it was so cheap compared to today’s prices (and I don’t just mean inflation). I think I would have to spend $100 to get the same amount of candy I used to be able to get for a few bucks….and there’s no way my parents had the equivalent of a $100 to give their son back in the day :).


Squirrelers May 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I remember being a baseball fan a little kid (still am – fan, that is, but kid at heart!), and wanting to buy these “Reggie” bars that came out for a while. They were named after Reggie Jackson. Somehow, that’s a memory of mine as a little kid.

Also remember this gum that was in a pouch, with some baseball branding. The gum was “shredded”, and this texture plus the pouch was seemingly intended to simulate baseball players who chewed tobacco. It was cool for kids then, but WOW that would be so non-PC today – and rightfully so. A totally different era back then, even though it seems like just yesterday!


Kris May 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Squirrel, I think you are referring to ‘Big League Chew’, which is still sold all over the place. As a matter of fact, my son’s high school team chews it on the bench! So, you can easily pick some up when you are looking to impress the ladies with your ‘chew’. 🙂

By the way, I love my baseball too. Nothing better than watching a live Tiger game in the sun.

I had to look up what the Reggie Bar was made of. I remember them briefly as a kid. How can you go wrong with peanuts, caramel and chocolate? I wish I had one now…


Deidre May 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Your posts are so fun Kris 🙂 One of my favorites was the Brown Cow toffee sticks…I don’t think they make them any more. Now that Cracker Barrel carries alot of the old-tyme candy some of it is easier to get but the really nice stand-bys are still hard to find. I was glad to see that one commenter had that link to the candy store online. Defintely checking that one out!! 🙂


Kris May 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I remember the Brown Cow too!

My kids love to go into Cracker Barrel and get the flavored candy sticks. I think I ate a million of those as a kid!


Linda May 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I so miss Reggie bars! They were my favorite! How about Whatchamacallits? Does anyone remember those? Poprocks and the sugar rocks on a string and the dots. Oh, the memories!


Kris May 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Oh my gosh, I completely forgot about the Reggie Bar. I don’t know if I ever ate one, I am going to have to think about that.

I actually saw a Whatchamacallit at CVS the other day, so you can get one there (at least in Michigan) if you are having a craving.


No Debt MBA May 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

My SO and I were talking about candy cigarettes the other day. Those sugar clump ones were super gross, but I had a lot of fun with the bubble gum ones. I think that “smoke” was a pretty naughty thrill when you’re eight years old. I haven’t seen them recently and would not be surprised at all if they were discontinued.


Dave May 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

I too loved the Marathon Bar because it was HUGE and it seemed like you got the most candy bar for your money. Of course it was very flat and had big holes in it. I also enjoyed the 3 Muskateers Bar because it also seemed huge. Marathon Bars are still out there but they don’t look like that anymore and they are infused with vitamins. I also liked small red fish for a penny.


Kris May 31, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I love that Swedish Fish are readily available, I could eat those all day.

I would love to track down a Marathon Bar, I just loved them. Birthday present for me perhaps?


Khaleef @ KNS Financial May 31, 2011 at 12:31 am

I used to eat my Sixlets the same way!!! I also loved Big Blo candy/gum. They were a penny, and it was a hard candy shell (in the flavor of bubble gum), with bubble gum on the inside.


Kris May 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Oh I loved Big Blo gum, even though it lost its flavor so quick. (Just like Fruit Stripe gum.)


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