Friday, December 10, 2010

A Tribute To Some Great Candy :D

So today when I was in the local Rexall buying Toblerone chocolate that was on sale I discovered these packs of candy which you see above, and upon looking at it thoroughly was delighted to see that it held many old favorites of mine and even some old fashioned sweets I'd never tried before but had heard of.  It cost me $2.99 so I bought it.

The discovery prompted me to do a little picture taking and internet scouring to give you all some insight into the world of candy that anyone from my generation ('89) and older would definitely remember and recognize, along with some personal faves of mine.. If you want to comment about this post feel free to, I'd also love to know what candy (chocolate included) everyone else is fond of (past or presently) so don't hesitate to mention your personal faves and share your memories...

The inner workings of the "70's Funky Candy" package I bought

LeMoNHeaD Candy
Lemonhead's were named and formulated by Ferrara Pan Candy Company.  The formula was developed in 1962  using the cold panned process.  The Lemonhead was created in an attempt to make a round sour candy and is the most successful candy of its time. Currently, Ferrara Pan produces approximately 500 million Lemonheads per year.  Millions of people around the world are bridged together as they enjoy eating the round sour candy known as the Lemonhead.
The famous Atomic FireBall candy was created in 1954.  Nello, the son of owner Salvatore Ferrara had the idea to develop a spicy candy. The "Atomic Fire Ball" gained world-wide recognition shortly after the product was introduced.  The round, spicy, hard candy that was once a dream, had become a success. An estimated 15 million fireballs are consumed per week by people all over the world and the number continues to grow.

POPEYE CANDY STICKS (Formerly Popeye Cigarettes)
Popeye Cigarettes marketed using the Popeye character and were sold for a while with red tips (to look like a lit cigarette) before being renamed candy sticks and being manufactured without the red tip. World Candies Inc.  produced Popeye-branded "candy cigarettes", which were small sugar sticks with red dye at the end to simulate a flame. They were sold in a small box, similar to a cigarette pack. The company still produces the item, but has since changed the name to "Popeye Candy Sticks" and has ceased putting the red dye at the end.
Dubble Bubble  was created in 1928 by Fleer Candy Company accountant Walter Diemer (he claims he stumbled upon the recipe by accident), the gum featured comic strip featuring brothers Dub and Bub (replaced in 1950 by Pud). It grew in popularity, and was even distributed as part of military rations during World War II. It also was part of the first-ever gum five-pack (1957).
RAIN-BLO- Bubble Gum
Rain-Blo is a brand of bubble gum that come in a variety of fruit flavors, introduced by Leaf Confectionery in 1940, and acquired from Hershey Foods by Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. They are bubble gum balls containing an internal fruit flavoring that is colored to match the coating on the outside.
SweeTarts  (SweeTARTS) are sweet and sour candies invented by J. Fish Smith, the owner of Sunline. The tablets were created using the same basic recipe as the already popular Pixy Stix and Lik-M-Aid products, in response to parents' requests for a less-messy candy. In 1963, SweeTarts were introduced with the same flavors as the popular Pixy Stix: cherry, grape, lemon, lime, and orange. The Sunline company was later bought by Rowntree Mackintosh, of the UK, which was, in turn, taken over by Nestlé who rolled the SweeTarts family of candies into the already-existing Willy Wonka Candy Company family of brands. The current flavors in the SweeTarts roll are: blue raspberry (blue), cherry (pink), grape (purple), green apple (green), lemon (yellow), and orange (orange). In 2001, Nestlé replaced the original lime with green apple. In 2009, Nestlé stopped making lemon (yellow). Also, the flavors are more tart now than in the past.
BOTTLE CAPS -The Soda Pop Candy
Bottle Caps are tart candies made to look like metal soda bottle caps in grape, cola, orange, root beer, and cherry flavors. They are sold by Nestlé under their Willy Wonka Candy Company brand. Bottle Caps have a sweet but slightly sour taste to them, but with soda flavors and altered shapes. In the past, Bottle Caps contained a lemon-lime flavor instead of the current cherry flavor. There was also a time when Willy Wonka Co. made Fizzy Bottle Caps (called Fizzy Jerks in the UK). These were like the original but contained ingredients to make them fizz when eaten.In early 2009, each individual piece of Bottle Caps candy was made much smaller than they had been in the past.
PEZ- Candy
Pez (trademarked PEZ, in capitals) is the brand name of an Austrian confectionery and the mechanical pocket dispensers for the same. The confectionery itself takes the shape of pressed, dry, straight-edged blocks, with Pez dispensers holding 12 Pez pieces. The name Pez was derived from the letters at the start, the middle and the end of the German word for peppermint, Pfefferminz, the first Pez flavor. Pez was originally introduced in Austria, later exported, notably to the U.S., and eventually became available worldwide.Pez was first marketed as a compressed peppermint sweet or candy in Vienna, Austria.It was invented in 1927 in Vienna by a confectioner named Eduard Haas III. Haas invented peppermints using family owned baking powders, and decided to serve the mints in small, hand-size containers. He manufactured a small tin to hold the mints. The first Pez mint dispensers, known as "regulars," were similar in shape to a cigarette lighter, and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking. They were invented by Oscar Uxa. Haas Food Manufacturing Corporation of Vienna, Austria, was the first to sell Pez products.
Traditional old-fashioned southern treats, Long Boy's originally are chewy caramels blended with flakes of real coconut and rolled. Originating in New Orleans more than 50 years ago, they are now made using the same recipe and cooking techniques perfected all those years ago. Long Boys are made out of chocolate more recently.
Maple syrup, this candy dates back to a time in north American history before European settlers.  Candy has been made out of the syrup since post-colonial days and continues to be a large tradition and sweet favourite all over Canada and the US.
'Mary Jane' is a peanut butter and molasses flavored taffy-type candy with peanut butter in the center, originally made in 1914 by The Charles N. Miller Co., later by Stark Candy Co., and now manufactured by Necco. It is similar in style and packaging to Bit-O-Honey.
B-B-BATS Flavoured Taffy- Chocolate
BB Bats Assorted candy is a delicious taffy lollipop and an old-time classic candy. They were first manufactured in the 1920's, and though very hard to find, continue to be a chewy sweet treat today!
Salt water taffy is a soft taffy originally produced and marketed in the Atlantic City, New Jersey, area beginning in the late 19th century. Despite the name, it does not contain sea water.


Twizzlers are a popular brand of fruit-flavored candy in the United States and Canada (often called a licorice candy). Twizzlers is the product of Y&S Candies, Inc., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, now a subsidiary of The Hershey Company.  Y&S Candies, the manufactures of TWIZZLERS candy, is one of the oldest confectionery firms in the United States. The company was established in 1845 as Young and Smylie, and adopted Y&S as its trademark in 1870. National Licorice Company was created in 1902 through the merger of three small firms: Young & Smylie, S.V. & F.P. Schudder and H.W. Petherbridge. The company changed its name to Y&S candies Inc. in 1968 and was acquired by Hershey Foods in 1977.

Nerds are a form of candy currently sold by Nestlé under their Willy Wonka Candy Company brand.
Nerds were first created and then launched in 1983 by Kevin Ruby Deering, Nerds became the "Candy of the Year" in 1985 by NCWA. Nerds are small irregularly-shaped sweets that come in a variety of flavors and are usually sold in a box that has two separate flavors, each with a separate opening mechanism. Nerds are anthropomorphized on the cover of its distinctive box package. The separation of two distinct flavors in one commodity has generated success for Nerds, likely because consumers can control their experiences.Nerds are of varied flavors and varied colors, ranging from extremely sweet to extremely sour; often the two flavors in one box will contrast, and a single flavor may even exhibit both extremes. They are thickly glazed with carnauba wax, which gives them a hard bite and a gloss. The nucleus of each candy is composed of one or more complete sucrose crystals.


Wax Stix  are another childhood fave of mine, but I was unable to find a history about it.  Anyway, they are made out of wax and contain a syrup type  fruity flavored liquid that I remember fondly as a child and still enjoy today (right now actually :D )

       Well there's a blast from the past.. I hope you all enjoyed taking that trip down candy memory lane with me and maybe you learned something you didn't know about the candy we all know and love..

Remember to comment, or e-mail, or at least smile when you come to the end of this post.. It's supposed to be fun! and I hope it brought back all the good memories for you that it did for me :)Please let me know your favorite candy too!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! A post long before the stroke of midnight. Not a shabby price for all of that. I should have checked at my Rexall when I went for Toblerones. Cool stuff. I must admit, I've never had a Lemonhead, although I've always had a thing for sour type candies... I should try one. And I think this posting is so fitting for you. If any of you knew Cristina as a child, you'd know she was a candy fiend! I don't know Long Boys Chocolate or Mary Jane's. Good? I was never a fan of wax sticks. Kind of gross, wouldn't you think? I mean, the idea that liquid is stuck in there is neat, but if I recall, they aren't that tasty. Waxy, really!