Take a Sweet Stroll down Memory Lane
If you ask anyone about their favourite candy, you'll see that light in their eyes as they sweetly reminisce all about the good old days! That retro, old fashioned candy that still tugs at our heartstrings, the candy we can still taste from so long ago!
The weekly allowance we so eagerly spent at the corner store,down the street. Delighting in that brown paper bag! The grandmother that always happen to have your candy of choice on hand, or gave you a few dollars to go and buy it. Or that favourite aunt, that always had the prettiest crystal dishes full of it!
Maybe you remember Christmas, all that excitement on Christmas morning, racing downstairs to dump your stocking full of treats, and of course stealing all the candy canes that adorned the tree! Perhaps, it's Easter you think of, a basket full of chocolate and jelly beans and half eaten bunny ears. What about Halloween! When you dressed up, proudly screaming "trick or treat" at the top of your lungs. Collecting bags or pillowcases of candy, comparing who got more of what and, "I'll trade ya" this for that. Yes, those were the days, the sweet good old days!
Unfortunately, we grow up and have to become responsible adults, but adults, that still love candy! We all still have that special old fashioned candy we love to remember! Candy that our childhood heart still craves, and takes us all the way back to those sweet memories.Those candy memories, that live on the streets we grew up on, with the kids we played with, in those long summer days that we thought would last forever. You can taste it again
Here are some of the most popular retro candies that we hope you've not forgotten!
A box full of sweetness, and a surprise! What a treat these are! A blend of caramel coated popcorn and crunchy peanuts, of course with a prize in every box! Who could ever forget the anticipation of that prize! Cracker Jack are an old fashion snack. If you're old enough, just looking at the box takes you back to a simpler time. The sailor "Jack" on the front of his box is named after the founder of Cracker Jack's grandson. Who could blame him, he makes for a great mascot with his cute little dog "Bingo" alongside. Cracker Jack came out in 1893. Invented by Frederick William Rueckheim and his brother, Louis. Cracker Jack's first debut took place at he very first Chicago World's Fair and are still popular to this day. I think this tasty old fashioned snack has some staying power!
Who could ever forget these! Pops of delicious candy literally exploding in your mouth! Pop Rocks were once rumoured to explode in your stomach if combined with a can of pop. The rumors have since been dismissed, and there are millions of us still alive after trying this dare! I did, and I live to tell the tale! The biggest rumor about Pop Rocks, was that Mikey from the Life Cereal commercials died because his stomach exploded. This is NOT TRUE! He is alive and well today! There was even a special hotline set up for concerned parents. Pop Rocks have certainly had their share of fame. They are a pretty amazing candy, you don't just taste them, you actually feel them explode. They are fun to eat for the sensation and also really do taste great. Pop Rocks were stumbled upon by an accident, by a chemist that worked for General Foods. William A. Mitchell. He was trying to come up with an instant soft drink but realized what he had created was far better and more interesting than an instant soda. Pop Rocks were patented in 1956, but didn't hit the shelves until two decades later. Better late then never! Grab a pack of your favourite Pop Rocks and drink a pop with them. I dare you!!!
These chewy taffy lollipops have been around since the 1920's, and are still among the most popular retro candies! Strawberry, banana,vanilla or chocolate, I could never choose a favourite. I have always found it helpful to just have all the flavors! BB Bats are an old fashion candy that were popular right from the start. BB Bats are so convenient, because of there size, a handful could easily fit into your pocket. Great for sharing, or eat them all yourself! BB Bats are a great tasting taffy. so easy to eat in the form of a lollipop. BB Bats came onto the shelves in 1924, and are still a favourite retro candy for so many. Just looking at the wrapper will take you back!
A Willy Wonka candy favourite! Cherry, root beer, cola, orange and grape, all your favorite soda flavors in candies! These little fizzy candies are sure to sweetly flood your memory! Bottle Caps debuted in 1971, and won an award for best candy in 1972! They are a delicious retro candy, that are a little too easy to eat. Before you know it, you reach into your pocket and all that's left are bits of the wrapper and some lint. If you haven't eaten these since your childhood, I highly recommend trying them again. Bottle Caps still have that same yummy flavor!
Who could forget these, or that special someone who gave them to you! Still as popular as ever, a sweet and delicious way to flirt without even saying a word! Fruit flavoured candies with even sweeter messages of love! Love Hearts of course, come with that sweet tinge of romance. The production of Love Hearts Candy started in 1954, making them a "romantic" retro candy. They are still around today and they are great for any occasion, not just Valentine's Day. Love Hearts are old fashion, yes, but still so relevant today. In the early 2000's Love Hearts decided to add some new messages, more for this generation. Some include "text me" "skype me" and the older ones even read "page me". Times have changed but Love Hearts never go out of style. To this day there are 1.75 Billion Love Hearts made every year. That's a lot of sweet love!
"First it's a candy, then it's a gum. Little round Razzles are so much fun". They are still fascinating and so fun to eat! An intense tasting candy that magically turns into gum! This one never gets old! A transforming candy, like wow! Razzles really are delicious and amusing. Razzles were intended to just have the flavor of raspberry, hence the cool name Razzles. But after a few years they decided to expand Razzles into other fruity flavors. Now they even come in sour! Razzles have been fascinating us since1966! Tangy, colourful, and sweet. Candy lovers everywhere, young and old alike, will always love this dual purpose candy!
How could you ever forget this gum! Perfectly shredded bubble gum to stuff your cheeks with! Always made the biggest bubbles! Still comes in that cool pouch! Big League Chew is one of the best bubble gum's out there. Not overly sweet, and does not fall apart upon chewing which is very important if you want to achieve those big, juicy bubbles. The packaging of this bubble gum is amazing. No need to fumble with wrappers. Just dig your hand into the resealable pouch and have some for later. Big League Chew-this bubble gum is a home run!
Chewy, stretchy taffy, filled with just the right amount of peanut butter. A fantastic combination of vanilla taffy and delicious peanut butter in the center. Still has that cool yellow and black checkerboard wrapper! Abba Zabba could be "your only friend" if you forget to share! Since it is hard to break into pieces, the slogan for this is perfect "one won't do, you better buy two", one for yourself and one for your friend. Some people like to freeze this old fashioned candy and then break it apart, it makes for the ideal bite size portions. A delectable retro treat that you can either chew or let dissolve in your mouth. Abba Zabba's have some staying power. They've been around since the 1920's and are not going anywhere anytime soon, well maybe into your mouth!
Some like it hot, and if you still do, these are the most amazing blend of heat and sweet. Just when you think you can't take the heat, a delightful sweet rush! Atomic Fireball have the most intense rush of cinnamon flavour you could find. I remember eating them as a child and having competitions to see who could stand the heat the longest. These red little balls certainly pack a huge punch of immense taste. The sting of the hot cinnamon dissipates after a minute or so and you are left with a sweet tasting, faint cinnamon tasting candy. One Atomic Fireball lasts a long time. You can't break them open and chew them. Atomic Fireball are much too hard, They're a special "hot" jawbreaker. Atomic Fireball first came out in 1954, and are made by the Ferrara Candy Company. An exciting old fashioned candy that sure to stir up some memories!
There are so many more old fashioned and nostalgic candies to remember. These are just a few. Tell us about your favourite old fashioned candies and what brings back those sweet memories?