This review is for those people who have not heard of or shopped at TheVermont Country Store. The company is operated by the Orton family. Their motto is “Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find Since 1946” They have two country stores in Vermont and a very large mail order business. Their specialty is unusual, hard-to-find, old-fashioned, nostalgic items. The experience is like shopping in a general store of yesteryear.
Seniors will recognize many old-fashioned brands available at the store, that are either impossible or very hard-to-find in stores; brands such as Smith Brothers Cough Drops, Boroleum Nasal Ointment, Lavoris Cinnamon Flavored Mouthwash, Evening in Paris Perfume and the Oh Henry candy bar. Women will remember Camay beauty soap.
Smith Brothers Cough Drops Tasted Like Candy but Soothed Your Throat
As a child, I remember always reaching for Smith Brothers cough drops first. It may have been the pictures of the two brothers sporting their long black beards, which were popular when the company was started in 1847, according to Wikipedia. The Wikipedia account is very interesting. The article quotes a 1934 Time magazine article stating that the company’s two plants could “turn out 60 tons of drops per day.”
I Miss Oh Henry Candy Bars
Remember Oh Henry candy bars? The time-honored combination of fudge, caramel, peanuts and chocolate is once again available
You Could Count on Bit-O-Honey Taffy to Be a Long-Lasting Treat.
I distinctly remember Bit-O-Honey candy. It was honey-flavored taffy with small nut chips. The pieces were separated by slick white paper. Sometimes the paper would adhere to the candy, especially if it had gotten too warm while being carried around in my pocket. The paper would tear and be difficult to get off the candy, but it was worth all the trouble. Being taffy, it would also stick to your teeth, but it was very long-lasting and gave you fine value for your hard-earned money.
How about Walnettos? I remember buying these delicious nutty caramels at the movies and one box would last through most of the movie.
Clark’s Teaberry Gum: quoting the interesting ad, “Clark’s Teaberry Gum became the rage in the 1960s when Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass played “The Teaberry Shuffle.” The mild flavor-between mint and cinnamon, with a subtle kick-is much more refreshing than the hordes of extra-strong or fruity gums available nowadays.”
They have the first candy-coated chewing gum, Chiclets.
Raisin Bread in a Can?
Do you remember buying B & M brown raisin bread in a can? As a child, I remember vividly, opening the can, cutting off a slice and covering it with real cow’s butter. Umm boy!
How about Junket Rennet tablets to make ice cream, custards or cheese?
Did you like the original “Moon Pie,” in chocolate or vanilla?
They have their own line of 117 kinds of different baked goods:perfect for a unique Christmas gift.
Are you tired of crawling in bed on a cold winter’s night between cold sheets? The Vermont Country Store has cozy and snuggly, warm flannel sheets and blankets.
Tired of the flimsy plastic vacuum cleaners? They have a rugged, canister type, all-metal vacuum cleaner.
These items and many more similar items for the home and family can be ordered by mail. Recreate a visit to the old-time general store named The Vermont Country Store.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to be taken as professional advice. It is written for informational purposes only and is correct to the best of my knowledge, but I cannot guarantee the accuracy. I do not accept any responsibility for the results of actions on your part taken or not taken as a result of reading this article. All actions are taken at your own risk. I am just relating my own opinions and experiences and my opinions could be wrong. Photo is for illustration purposes only and is not the exact candy sold by The Vermont Country Store.
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