If you are like me, some of your fondest childhood memories are related to candy and the candy store. The candy types I am thinking of are now referred to as nostalgic candy, because they were from a time period so long ago. For you, that time would probably be from the 60s on. Due to my age, I am thinking of the 30s and 40s. Although some of my childhood favorites are no longer made, surprisingly, many kinds are still available. but are very hard to find at the store. A lot of brands of nostalgic candy for kids are still available on line. I would certainly want to buy these candies for my kids.
My first candy memory is related to a traumatic event which happened when I was five. I tripped and hit my head on the edge of our concrete porch step, causing a small cut. I remember riding in the car with a washcloth held on my forehead to stop the bleeding. Being five I was crying quite vociferously during the whole procedure. After closing the wound with two stitches, our old family doctor gave me some sugar covered, jelly Orange Slices which stopped my crying. You might think that since they were associated with a traumatic event, I might not have liked them later, but I have liked them ever since.
Other favorite candies are:
Licorice Sticks ( Pronounced Lik-or-ish) were unique. They were long, black, flexible and twisted pieces of candy. They were very chewy with the unique taste of licorice, which is extracted from the root of the licorice plant.
Sugar Daddy is a very large, 5 inch long, caramel lollipop, When I was small, I had to eat it in several sessions. I loved caramels but they stuck to my teeth when I chewed them. You don’t have to chew the Sugar Daddy, only lick it.
I ate the Zagnut candy bar when I wanted something besides chocolate. I loved its marvelous taste of peanut butter combined with coconut. The outside of the bar was covered with toasted coconut. According to Wikipedia it has been sold since 1930 but is very hard to buy now “since it has only a niche market.”
I remember fondly, Bit-O-Honey. Although wrapped like a candy bar, it was actually six pieces of honey-flavored taffy, with almond bits for added flavor. It stuck to your teeth, but had the endearing quality of being very long lasting.
The Oh Henry! candy bar was scrumptious. According to Wikipedia, “Oh Henry! is a chocolate bar containing peanuts, caramel, and fudge coated in chocolate. It was first introduced in 1920.”
Last but not least, is the incomparable GooGoo Cluster. Words cannot do it justice. You must taste one to appreciate its marvelous taste. According to Wikipedia, “GooGoo Cluster is considered the first combination candy bar,” because it “contains marshmallow, caramel and roasted peanuts covered in milk chocolate.” It was invented in 1912.
We had the 5 & 10 cent store with candy displayed in glass bins. I spent a lot of time viewing the gum drops, peanut clusters, orange slices, hardtack, cinnamon drops, peppermint drops and paper-wrapped taffywith tiny bits of peanut butter. It was excruciatingly difficult to make the final decision to part with my hard-earned quarter, but I always did.
Ihave found a company online aptly named Nostalgic Candy.com, that has over 150 kinds of nostalgic candy. It is like a trip back in time to your childhood. I would certainly buy these candies for my children.
Disclaimer: This article is written for informational purposes only. The purpose is not to give advice. Any action taken or not taken as a result of reading this article, is taken at your own risk. I am relating my experiences and opinions and my opinions could be wrong.
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