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What was your favorite childhood candy?

Mine was banana taffy.

by Anonymousreply 19921 hours ago

I really wasn't into candy in a big way, and I'm still the same. However, a cousin of my mother's used to make sponge candy, and I loved it.

by Anonymousreply 109/16/2020

I loved Marathon Bars. The woven caramel covered in milk chocolate was the perfect proportion of the two, unlike caramels in a box of chocolates or a Rolo where your teeth have that too sticky moment of biting into it and you need to extricate your self from it.

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by Anonymousreply 209/16/2020

Mary Janes

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by Anonymousreply 309/16/2020

I was low maintenance. A few basic M&Ms, Hersheys, Kraft Caramels, and Tootsie Roll Pops suited me fine.

Banana taffy is still available

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by Anonymousreply 409/16/2020

Tutti Fruitti

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by Anonymousreply 509/16/2020

Jolly Rancher watermelon the camp canteen for a nickel

by Anonymousreply 609/16/2020

What is sponge candy, Miss Lucy aka r2?

by Anonymousreply 709/16/2020

The man next door's lollipop with creme filling.

by Anonymousreply 809/16/2020

Here you go. Just follow the link and you'll even get the recipe.

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by Anonymousreply 909/16/2020

^^For R7

by Anonymousreply 1009/16/2020

Sugar Daddies. When I delivered papers as a kid, one of my stops was a wholesale candy and cigarette place. I could get a box of 24 Sugar Daddies(the larger size) for 85 cents. What a deal.

Anything with peanuts: M&M's, Snickers, Planter's Peanut Bar. You could buy, separately, the kind of peanuts you'd only find in a box of Cracker Jacks(the best part, outside of the terrific prize)

Black licorice, which was a lot tastier back then. They also sold the dot candies that were usually stuck to a paper strip, except this type was a wide, flat band of licorice with the aforementioned candy dots.

r9 Hokey Pokey!

by Anonymousreply 1109/16/2020

Sno Caps. When my parents would go to the movies without me, I'd ask my mom to bring me home a box since they were not sold in stores as readily as they are now.

Dots for when I did go to the movies because they were very chewy and they took a long time to eat so they would last the whole movie. (But I hated Jujubees.)

by Anonymousreply 1209/16/2020

When I was 4 or 5, I really the button/dots on paper. Ugh...they were really just hard lumps of sugar.

In the late 1970s / early 1980s, My dad would take me to 7-11, and let me buy "penny candy"; the loose candy on the bottom row of the candy aisle: individually wrapped tootsie rolls, bazooka gum, jolly ranchers, bit-o-hunny, maryjanes, jawbreakers, etc. (7-11 doesn't sell such a thing anymore.)

If I had enough money to buy more substantial candy, I'd buy Lifesavers (the fruity flavors), bubble gum cigarettes (you could blow a puff of powder out the end), Big League Chew gum, Razzlers (?) which foamed when you put them in your mouth, and Fun-dip, which was a candy stick that you dipped into some sugary, artificially powder. At age 4/5, my mother always tried to steer me towards Chunky bars for some reasons, but I resisted when I realized they contained raisins. Chocolate, nuts, and

Now I can see that all of those were disgusting.

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by Anonymousreply 1309/16/2020

Les Fraises or Les Framboises de la Vosgienne. Even as a child, I would indulge my pretentious side.

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by Anonymousreply 1409/16/2020

Sky Bar, Junior Mints, NECCO WAFERS!

by Anonymousreply 1509/16/2020

DinaSour Eggs, the oversized mutant little brother of Everlasting Gobstoppers from Willy Wonka. Between that and drinking Dr. Pepper like it's water, how I got through my childhood without a mouthful of fillings is anyone's guess.

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by Anonymousreply 1709/16/2020

Payday and at 60 its still my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 1809/16/2020

A classic red licorice twist always works with me. Pink with white inside is also lovable.

by Anonymousreply 1909/16/2020

Bit O’ Honey

And orange Smarties (not the Canadian ones) because they reminded me of baby aspirin.

And Brach’s caramels.

by Anonymousreply 2009/16/2020

Fun Dip

The challenge was not eating the vanilla stick before I was done with the dipping powders.

by Anonymousreply 2109/16/2020

Fun Dip, POP Rocks and Coca Cola gummies

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by Anonymousreply 2209/16/2020

I used to love candy necklaces and bracelets. I'd wear them for while to look fabulous and then eat them.

by Anonymousreply 2309/16/2020

This is my partner's choice:

Circus Peanuts - that horrible orange peanut candy that tastes like marshmallow. Who invented those and why are they still in production? Obviously, there's a market for them - ughh!

by Anonymousreply 2409/16/2020

Root beer "barrels."

by Anonymousreply 2509/16/2020

All the "chewy" candies already mentioned (mary janes, banana taffy, marathon bar, bit o honey) and adding:

Now and Later

Lemon Heads

Mallo Cups

The little wax bottles you bit off the top and drank the sickeningly sweet syrup inside, lol

by Anonymousreply 2609/16/2020

R26, and you’d chew the wax like chewing gum.

Or at least we did. Same with the wax lips and mustaches.

by Anonymousreply 2709/16/2020

Don't shoot me but it was necco wafers.

by Anonymousreply 2809/16/2020

I also like necco candy hearts and I liked spiced jelly beans.

by Anonymousreply 2909/16/2020

Licorice pipes, Buterfinger, those wax lips filled with indefinable sugar water, straws filled with some kind of tart powder, Ice Cubes, and Necco wafers.

by Anonymousreply 3009/16/2020

OP - you mean the kinds of candy that if they turned up in your Halloween Pumpkin Pail, you wouldn't consider yourself gypped?

Atkinson's Peanut Butter Bars were pretty good.

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by Anonymousreply 3109/16/2020

I was a weird kid. Luden's Honey-Licorice cough drops were my candy of choice.

by Anonymousreply 3209/16/2020

Clark Bars

Bit O Honey

Smoothee (peanut butter cups made by the people that did Mallo Cups)

Candy Cigarettes

by Anonymousreply 3309/16/2020

Fun Dip

Now and Later


Brach’s Milk Maid Royals (that had the shiny foil and were sold from a bin at the grocery store).

by Anonymousreply 3409/16/2020

[quote] if they turned up in your Halloween Pumpkin Pail, you wouldn't consider yourself gypped?

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by Anonymousreply 3509/16/2020

Loving your replies! Thank you!

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by Anonymousreply 3709/16/2020

At the movies—Milk Duds

by Anonymousreply 3809/16/2020

Whatchamacallit. Sour Heads. Nutrageous.

by Anonymousreply 3909/16/2020

Heath bars. They still are. I also loved Callard & Bowser butterscotch candy.

by Anonymousreply 4009/16/2020

I loved these big sweet and sour Charm pops.

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by Anonymousreply 4109/16/2020

I can't remember what mine was, but evidently glue was quite popular in Hicksville in the 1960s. I used to build model airplanes. I needed a note from my mother to buy the glue. Remember Billy Joel's song that had the lyric, "Remember those days hangin out at the Village Green"? That's where I used to buy model airplanes and the glue...

by Anonymousreply 4209/16/2020

Smarties, Violet Crumble, Lemonheads.

I grew up in Hawaii and there was this candy called Tomoe Ami Rice candy. It was a sweet and chewy and had an edible plastic wrap that was actually clear rice paper. And it came with a toy like Crackerjacks

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by Anonymousreply 4309/16/2020

Swedish fish and Mounds Bars. Mounds Bars are too sweet for me now and Swedish fish aren't the same any more. Now I'm into Albanese Gummi Bears.

by Anonymousreply 4409/16/2020

The swedish fish from the bulk bins at The Fresh Market are the best swedish fish and taste like the good old days. The prepackaged ones are crap.

Albanese brand gummi bears are very good, way better than the Haribo.

by Anonymousreply 4509/16/2020

R24, I love those orange marshmallow "circus peanuts". I liked the variety pack, which includes the flavors lemon, orange, and strawberry. I liked to eat them with chocolate. It tasted just like the Russell Stover lemon, orange, and strawberry cream chocolate-covered candy.

by Anonymousreply 4609/16/2020

Brach's Milk Maid Royals. Oh how I loved to go to the bin at Vons and get some to eat while I walked through the store with my bag.

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by Anonymousreply 4709/16/2020

Bit O Honey. Fucken loved it is a kid.

Now it would rip every last tooth out of my head.

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by Anonymousreply 4809/16/2020

Chick-o-sticks, but only the full size. The party size and the nuggets don't have the same texture. Second place: Zero bars.

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by Anonymousreply 4909/16/2020

M&Ms were my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 5009/16/2020

R47 = shoplifter

by Anonymousreply 5109/16/2020

R46 I'll tell my partner that you like to eat them with chocolate. I must admit, I'm intrigued at you claim they taste like the Russell Stover lemon, orange, and strawberry chocolates because I do enjoy RS chocolates from time to time.

by Anonymousreply 5209/16/2020

Also, as a kid, I liked ring pops. I also remember a whistle lollipop that would make different noises when you covered various holes. And I liked astro pops, which were designed by rocket scientists.

by Anonymousreply 5309/16/2020

I can’t be unique in that I do like the chalky mouth feel of those Peppermint Puffs that slowly dissolve in your mouth and that seem to intensify the refreshing cooling of the mint taste.

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by Anonymousreply 5409/16/2020

R54, did you like the equally chalky, pastel butter mints?

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by Anonymousreply 5509/16/2020

R55 I like the ones that have nonpareils, they also have a unique mouth feel that I’m attracted to. I think an underrated aspect of candy that isn’t talked about enough is the mouth feel of it as an important component to what is liked or not.

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by Anonymousreply 5609/16/2020

Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.

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by Anonymousreply 5709/16/2020

Bit O' Honey goes a long, long way

It's the chewy candy you don't have to chew

Just pop it in your mouth til the nuts pop through

Bit O' Honey goes a long, long, way

Even as 12-year-olds we were making up obscene lyrics to this commercial ditty.

BTW, Bit O'Honey is a ripoff of Mary Jane.

by Anonymousreply 5809/16/2020

My favorite candy was See's bonbons. These were the pastel colored, non-chocolate candies. They were sold all year, but were all that was available (other than caramels) during the summer when it was too hot to ship chocolate. Pastel colors in pink, yellow, and orange; fruit or coconut flavors; could I have been any more Gay?

I also liked marzipan in fruit shapes and licorice allsorts.

by Anonymousreply 5909/16/2020

Bonomo Vanilla Turkish Taffy. I would chill it until it became hard, then crack it on the outside steps.

I wouldn’t attempt to eat it now, as I’m afraid that I would lose half of my dental work.

by Anonymousreply 6009/16/2020

Sugar Daddy. How I didn't yank all my teeth out between this and the Slo Poke and Black Cow Pops I'll never know.

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by Anonymousreply 6109/16/2020

Bless his heart, R24. I’m sure he has many redeeming qualities.

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100% agree, R18, and close to what I was going to write (not quite 60 yet). Paydays now and forever. As a kid, though, the go to candy to bring to your class when celebrating your birthday (did any of you do that too? take candy to school for your birthday or "fake" birthday like me since mine was in the summer?) was Spree. They were little sour discus-shaped candies with a hard color outer shell. I don't know if they still exist or not.

by Anonymousreply 6409/16/2020

Not really candy, but an ice cream, chocolate chips meringue cake that the baker in the little town I grew up made.

by Anonymousreply 6509/16/2020

I remember liking these Nestlé $100,000 bars a lot. Caramel & crispy bits were involved.

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by Anonymousreply 6609/16/2020

I loved Bit O'Honey too, but also Maple Nut Goodies. Still my favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 6709/16/2020

R67 Those are my mother’s favorites, and I can enjoy them as an occasional treat.

by Anonymousreply 6809/16/2020

Sugar Daddies were my least favorite Halloween candy. But I did like Sugar Babies, esp. as a "mixer" for movie popcorn.

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by Anonymousreply 6909/16/2020

When I was a kid, I was at the local soda fountain (yes, I grew up in small town middle America), and there was an older guy sitting at the counter eating a Bit-O-Honey. It caused him to lose a tooth and he pulled it out and handed it to the woman behind the counter!

by Anonymousreply 7009/16/2020

My mom and I would share one--just our way of staying slender! lol

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by Anonymousreply 7109/16/2020

Goldenberg's Peanut Chews. Yums.

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by Anonymousreply 7209/16/2020

I loved Chuckles, except for the yellow and green ones.

I also loved and still love gumdrops, except for the yellow and green ones.

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by Anonymousreply 7309/16/2020

One other oldies remember Cherry Clan? Deliciously tart if a wee bit racist.

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by Anonymousreply 7409/16/2020

*Any other oldies remember...

by Anonymousreply 7509/16/2020

I could go for these right now.

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by Anonymousreply 7609/16/2020

Does anyone remember these? I swallowed them after chewing for a bit.

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by Anonymousreply 7709/16/2020

Here, kid, now shut up. (my dad)

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by Anonymousreply 7809/16/2020

Kudos to whoever mentioned Chuckles (loved the black one!) and Peanut Chews.

Since we're talking about candy that kills your dental work, what about Jawbreakers?

by Anonymousreply 7909/16/2020

SweeTarts, Spree, Hot Tamales, Junior Mints.

by Anonymousreply 8009/16/2020

R15 I still love NECCO Wafers. My favorite flavors are Cinnamon, Lime, Clove, and Anise.

by Anonymousreply 8109/16/2020

Ghirardelli Flicks! Mmmmmm.

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by Anonymousreply 8209/16/2020

Baby Ruth candy bar

You Necco wafer fans are nuts

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by Anonymousreply 8309/16/2020

My grandma’s maple fudge with walnuts on top.

by Anonymousreply 8409/16/2020

Three Musketeers but I loved most chocolate bars. Still do.

by Anonymousreply 8509/16/2020

Three Musketeers but I loved most chocolate bars. Still do.

by Anonymousreply 8609/16/2020

Brach's Chocolate Stars. I never bought them myself but my mom used to be them to nibble on when she wanted something sweet. I haven't thought about them in so many years, but this question bnrought up that old memory.

Also Chuckle's assorted fruit jellies.

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by Anonymousreply 8709/16/2020

Milky Way.

by Anonymousreply 8809/16/2020

Chocolate Stars tasted a little waxy, but that's what made them special. Now I have to find them!

by Anonymousreply 8909/16/2020

Andes candies (chocolate mint) made me feel classy, as a youngster. The wrapper, the layers, the small size. Felt luxurious. Chocolate, IIRC, was nice and smooth.

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by Anonymousreply 9009/16/2020

Turkish Delight

by Anonymousreply 9109/16/2020

Seeing that sponge candy reminded me. Does anyone remember those little ice cream cones? The cone part was just like a a regular cone, but the "ice cream" part was some spongy sort of thing. Oh those were so good.

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I loved plain old Brach’s jelly beans, especially the black and yellow ones. They were only available at Easter when I was a kid, so I couldn’t wait for the Easter Bunny. I would get up before my sisters and search for my basket. I would also find theirs and grab a handful of beans from each of their baskets.

by Anonymousreply 9409/16/2020

Malted Milk Balls. Crunchy shell, airy center.

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by Anonymousreply 9509/16/2020

Dipsticks. Pure sugar. Child of the seventies.

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by Anonymousreply 9609/16/2020

Snicker's bars (still my fave), Starbursts, especially the strawberry ones, followed by lemon, orange, and cherry. Still my other fave.

by Anonymousreply 9709/16/2020

Thin Mints!

Malt Balls!

Rock Candy!!

Cinnamon Gummy Bears!

100,000 Bars

Marathon Bars!!!

by Anonymousreply 9809/16/2020

Dammit, r47, I forgot all about those!

I placed an order for some immediately after reading your post. I love the orange ones.

by Anonymousreply 9909/16/2020

My absolute favorite was the Welch's Frappe Bar. No longer made, unfortunately.

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by Anonymousreply 10009/16/2020

Those plastic wrapped sesame crunch candies you'd grab out of a jar at the penny candy store along with the Mary Janes and Bit o' Honeys.

Also, Charleston Chew - especially vanilla and strawberry. My Dad used to freeze them then whack them against something and dole out the broken pieces to me and my brother. However, I preferred them soft.

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by Anonymousreply 10109/16/2020

My Father lived for these. They would not go over well today.

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by Anonymousreply 10209/16/2020

I think they originally had an even more offensive name, R102.

by Anonymousreply 10309/16/2020

On the chocolate front, I loved those Chunky candies, but only the ones without nuts. I've never liked peanuts or any other nut in my candy, unless it's in the form of peanut butter inside a Reese's cup.

Spree, Bottle Caps, Fun Dip, and Atomic Fire Balls were my go-to candies for frequent eating, though. Basically anything that was pure sugar and food coloring.

by Anonymousreply 104Last Friday at 6:26 AM

Lemon heads, Hubba Bubba gum, watermelon jolly ranchers (the flat 4" sticks not the individually wrapped rectangles), fizzing ZOTZ and Pop Rocks!!

My mom loved Halloween because I didn't want any of the chocolate just the fruity candies.

by Anonymousreply 105Last Friday at 6:29 AM

Didn't Chunky have nasty raisins in it? Hard no for me.

by Anonymousreply 106Last Friday at 6:30 AM

I had forgotten about the Charms sweet and sour pops. I loved them.

HATED chuckles, razzles and any of that waxy stuff, including candy corn (bleh)

by Anonymousreply 107Last Friday at 6:35 AM

Same R106. But I had to try them when they first came out, there was something about the solid square shape. I ate around the nasty mf-ing raisins. I swear they made ones without raisins that came in a gold wrapper for awhile....

by Anonymousreply 108Last Friday at 6:51 AM

Ahhh. Yes, there were several variations in the gold wrapper, all were discontinued.

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by Anonymousreply 109Last Friday at 7:37 AM

While searching for the gold wrapper Chunky bars, I stumbled across this. Now I'm intrigued. It's pricey but oh man...anybody ever tried these?

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by Anonymousreply 110Last Friday at 7:39 AM

French Burnt Peanuts.

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by Anonymousreply 111Last Friday at 7:53 AM

I also liked Three Musketeers, but I was a little literary snob.

by Anonymousreply 112Last Friday at 8:21 AM

[quote]Didn't Chunky have nasty raisins in it? Hard no for me.

My fave, the Welch's Frappe Bar, also had raisins.

by Anonymousreply 113Last Friday at 8:50 AM

Red Hots

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by Anonymousreply 115Last Friday at 8:56 AM

Howdy Doody shills for Three Musketeers.

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by Anonymousreply 116Last Friday at 10:05 AM

To my recollection, there were originally three kinds of 'Chunky' bars - plain milk chocolate, and with chopped pecans, both of which came in silver wrapping. The third one, with raisins, came in a gold wrapper, and I suppose that every one of us, as kids, saw that gold wrapper for the first time and thought, "ooh! that must be delicious," only to discover the raisins on our first bite and realize we'd been screwed. :D

(Image - Topps 'Wacky Packages,' "Clunky Candy")

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by Anonymousreply 117Last Saturday at 8:09 AM

They were a little on the rare side, as in most chain stores didn't carry it, but I was pretty fond of Chase's Cherry Mash.

They're still around, if you can find them.

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by Anonymousreply 118Last Saturday at 8:13 AM

R74 more racist than this?

When I got older I realized that Cherry Clan/Chan, Lemonheads, Alexander the Grape, and Johnny Apple Treats, we're pretty much the same candy base, with variations on the colors and flavors

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by Anonymousreply 119Last Saturday at 2:47 PM

Cadbury's Fruit & Nut Bar.

by Anonymousreply 120Last Saturday at 3:22 PM

Never saw "Cherry Chan" but oof. Love Lemonheads too.

by Anonymousreply 121Last Saturday at 3:32 PM

As a child, I would favour the imported, European elegance and rich flavour of a Cadbury bar with it's cocoa brown colour.

I would puourchase one weekly with my allowance at the Cost Plus Imports store downtown.

I also dialed the phone with a pencil.

by Anonymousreply 122Last Saturday at 7:39 PM

[quote]I also dialed the phone with a pencil.

So as not to mar your manicure?

by Anonymousreply 123Last Saturday at 7:42 PM

[r123] no, it was because I felt glamourous.

by Anonymousreply 124Last Saturday at 7:46 PM

I know, R124, but I think the ladies who did that originally back in the era of rotary phones were trying to protect their manicures.

by Anonymousreply 125Last Saturday at 7:50 PM

I was making a reference to a classic DL thread from the 1990's in which someone said that as a young boy, he used to dial the phone with a pencil because he thought it was glamorous. Yes, I'm an eldergay.

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by Anonymousreply 127Last Saturday at 7:59 PM

I love Cherry Mash, R118. Which is weird because I don't normally like cherry flavored things.

As a kid in the 70s, I liked anything chocolate - M&Ms, Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Baby Ruth, Nestle Crunch, etc.

The snack bar at our city pool sold candy bars made by the Hollywood company. My favorites were Butter Nuts and Milk Shakes. Butter Nuts were kind of like Snickers without the nougat. Milk Shakes were like Milky Way but with malt flavor. Hollywood also made Zero and Payday. Alas, Butter Nut and Milk Shake are no more. But I would love to have either of those again.

by Anonymousreply 128Last Saturday at 8:13 PM

I remember those Hollywood candy bars, R128, which I don't think I've seen since my childhood. (Pay Day is still around but made by a different company.) I liked Milk Shake and Zero, but my favorite Hollywood candy bar was called Big Time. It was similar to Snickers.

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by Anonymousreply 129Last Saturday at 8:29 PM

An orange once a year at Christmas.

Maple syrup poured onto new-fallen snow.

by Anonymousreply 130Last Saturday at 8:37 PM

Through a series of mergers and purchases, Hollywood eventually became part of Hershey's, which still makes Zero and Pay Day. I wish they would bring back some of the other Hollywood brands like Butter Nut and Milk Shake. Hershey's also acquired Peter Paul. I wish they would bring back some of their candy bars too, specifically the Caravelle bar.

by Anonymousreply 131Last Saturday at 8:38 PM

I didn't know Zero was still being made.

by Anonymousreply 132Last Saturday at 8:41 PM

In addition to Zero, Hollywood also made a couple of other candy bars with white coatings, Sno-King and Polar. Apparently the white coating prevented them from melting (God knows what was in it), which was a big plus for candy sales in the summer back when A/C wasn't commonplace.

by Anonymousreply 133Last Saturday at 8:45 PM

Chocolate Malt balls. But not the chewy ones.

by Anonymousreply 134Last Saturday at 9:09 PM

Candy corn, around Halloween time. I know, I know, a thousand apologies, but the heart wants what it wants.

Sweet Tarts, especially the softer ones.

Hated Almond Joy and Mounds, never liked coconut.

by Anonymousreply 135Last Saturday at 9:13 PM

During the summer, my brother, sisters and I would walk to the public swimming pool where they sold these at the concession stand.

by Anonymousreply 136Last Saturday at 9:26 PM

Rollos and those hot gumballs the size of a large marble.

by Anonymousreply 137Last Saturday at 9:28 PM

Sorry, posted too soon at R136.

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by Anonymousreply 138Last Saturday at 9:33 PM

I never actually had candy until I was in college, cake on Sundays, but that was it.

by Anonymousreply 139Last Saturday at 9:47 PM

Nobody remembers Fifth Avenue and O Henry?

by Anonymousreply 140Last Sunday at 5:29 PM

Whore Hound, candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars, wax lips.

by Anonymousreply 141Last Sunday at 5:31 PM

Goldenberg's Peanut Chews are still the best - and so are Sno Caps. And wow, R77, I'd forgotten about that stuff and loved it as a kid! Just keep any form of malted milk garbage away from me!

by Anonymousreply 142Last Sunday at 5:47 PM

[quote]Nobody remembers Fifth Avenue and O Henry?

I remember them. Also Clark bar, which was similar to Fifth Avenue.

by Anonymousreply 143Last Sunday at 5:49 PM

I loved those, R111, wow. I wonder if you can still get them.

by Anonymousreply 144Last Sunday at 5:53 PM

I loved most of the candy already mentioned, especially chocolate bars, but when I was at the pharmacy - the only place within walking distance that had candy and MAD magazine - with my own allowance to spend, it was usually going to be Bubble Yum bubble gum. Original and grape. A candy bar was one and done, whereas with bubble gum you could enjoy a pack over several days, for the same price as a candy bar.

Hubba Bubba would not stick to your face after blowing a big bubble, but the flavor was inferior, IMO, so that was a rare purchase. Bubblicious came in third - I think they had more unusual flavors that you had to at least try.

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by Anonymousreply 145Last Sunday at 5:56 PM

I loved most of the candies mentioned here, except the hard ones! But what I really loved was Tastykake Chocolate Eclair pie and their French Apple pie (especially for the raisins). They came in the little boxes. I now have diabetes, completely under control and am as thin as I was in high-school, but even up to five years ago around once a year if I was in a store and saw one of those I would have to buy it. I have no desire for sweets now except writing this has made me want one of those pies. I think it's partly that they were among the first things I bought "with my own money" and represent that point in childhood when you gain just a little independence.

by Anonymousreply 146Last Sunday at 6:06 PM

Big Hunk Look Bar Rocky Road Hot Tamales Rootbeer Barrels Reed Cinnamon Candy (like Lifesavers without a hole) Bit O' Honey

by Anonymousreply 147Last Sunday at 6:12 PM

Big Hunk

Look Bar

Rocky Road

Hot Tamales

Rootbeer Barrels

Reed Cinnamon Candy (like Lifesavers without a hole)

Bit O' Honey

Heath Bar

by Anonymousreply 148Last Sunday at 6:13 PM

Baby Ruth bars


Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Those little caramel squares in cellophane

by Anonymousreply 149Last Sunday at 6:15 PM

Lemon Heads, and NECCO wafers. I also loved the NECCO large candy hearts that everybody else says they hate.

by Anonymousreply 150Last Sunday at 6:20 PM

Heath bar



by Anonymousreply 151Last Sunday at 6:22 PM

What were those perfect little cubes of caramel in cellophane called?

by Anonymousreply 152Last Sunday at 6:22 PM

Kraft Caramels, R152?


Mountain Bars

Cup O'Gold

Rocky Road

Big Hunk

by Anonymousreply 153Last Sunday at 6:23 PM

Zero bars, root beer barrels, candy cigarettes, coconut slices, now & laters, Boston baked beans by Fererra Pan, Good & Plenties.

by Anonymousreply 154Last Sunday at 8:31 PM

In honor of this thread I bought a box of Bottlecaps the other day. It's weird, they taste just like I remember them from childhood, but since I no longer have the sweet tooth of a kid my reaction is more "oh, that's nice" rather than ecstatically gulping them down and wanting to buy more. Apparently only Cadbury creme eggs have retained their ability to motivate me after all these years—put those up in a display by the grocery store counter and I'll scoop a few into my cart by reflex without consciously deciding to.

by Anonymousreply 155Last Sunday at 9:56 PM

Reese's Cups, but the newer Big Cup's are my current favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 156Last Sunday at 10:04 PM

Like where did nonperils come from and whoever thought them up and decided it was great to add to random candies?

by Anonymousreply 157Last Sunday at 10:06 PM

Butterfinger then. Butterfinger now.

by Anonymousreply 158Last Sunday at 10:07 PM

Why did Willy Wonka inspire candy and not Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? I don’t think Wonka even had songs directly about any candy and they could have also branched out into candy for dogs?

by Anonymousreply 159Last Sunday at 10:09 PM

Speaking of nonperils, I don’t think anyone’s mentioned those flying saucers that were made out of that starchy material that dissolved in your mouth and had those little sugar balls inside that made them rattle.

by Anonymousreply 160Last Sunday at 10:11 PM

Haw flakes. Our neighbors were Chinese, they would bring back a bunch of candies for me when they visited their relatives abroad. They're made from hawthorn berries, and are actually quite good for you, but I believe they are illegal in the US due to some restriction on the type of red food coloring used in them.

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by Anonymousreply 161Last Sunday at 10:14 PM

I was afraid of Pop Rocks because of what happened to Mikey and all.

by Anonymousreply 162Last Sunday at 10:18 PM

My elementary school had a gas station on the same block that carried the Jolly Rancher bars in every flavor for 5 cents a piece. A lot of the parents would give us money on Fridays, which turned into a raid with lines out the door when school was out for the week. They always kept spare boxes in the back to replace their stock, and sometimes you would have to wait for your favorite flavor to be brought out.

Similarly, another gas station in town had the full line of Hush Puppy syrups for slushies, and it was a popular place in the summer.

by Anonymousreply 163Last Sunday at 10:18 PM

Torrone nougat/almond candies. My grandparents, Italian immigrants, always had these around.

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by Anonymousreply 164Last Sunday at 10:18 PM

My favorite childhood candy was Tootsie Pops. I loved sucking on things even as a child ;).

by Anonymousreply 165Last Sunday at 10:22 PM

I have to echo the already mentioned Snickers, Lemonheads, and Fun Dip. I also loved Red Hots. In the Midwest, at least, sugar cookies with Red Hots baked in were an infrequent Christmas cookie in some family's mixes. I haven't seen those in a long time.

Speaking of Christmas, my grandparents would sometimes hang cherry candy canes on their Christmas tree, which was always a nice treat.

by Anonymousreply 166Last Sunday at 10:24 PM

R163 I meant Slush Puppies, not Hush.

by Anonymousreply 167Last Sunday at 10:29 PM

Oh god, speaking of red dye, for those of you of a certain age remember when red M&Ms disappeared and everyone was terrified that they would give you cancer?

by Anonymousreply 168Last Sunday at 10:33 PM

GooGoo Cluster. It is also Dolly Parton's favorite candy bar.

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by Anonymousreply 169Last Sunday at 10:34 PM

R166 Funny, on the east coast those cookies with the red hots were made for Valentine’s Day not Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 170Last Sunday at 10:38 PM

I remember fondly those fake books at Christmas time that were made up of various rolls of life savers. They were so good and we always got them in our stocking.

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by Anonymousreply 171Last Sunday at 10:41 PM

R170, I remember the Red Hot cookies for Valentine's Day as well, but they were usually also frosted for Valentine's Day but not for Christmas? I'm not sure what the logic was behind that.

by Anonymousreply 172Last Sunday at 10:46 PM

I shoplifted a 3 Musketeers candy bar in grade school from the grocery when Mom wasn’t looking. I loved the nougat on the inside so much. I never felt guilty for it and it was surprising easy.

by Anonymousreply 173Last Monday at 3:51 AM

Goatse! If I found a nickel, I could go to the corner store and get 5 of the vanilla center caramels and be in heaven for like 30 seconds.

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by Anonymousreply 174Last Monday at 4:54 AM

Caramel creams for me. But no doubt banana taffy would take be back...more so because I haven’t had it since I was a child.

by Anonymousreply 175Last Monday at 4:57 AM

R146, I also love Tastykake French apple pies but not for the raisins (which I didn’t hate but hated IN things as a child), for the frosting! Pie with frosting, what could be better?

by Anonymousreply 176Last Monday at 6:29 AM

I shoplifted a 3 Musketeers candy bar in grade school from the grocery when Mom wasn’t looking. I loved the nougat on the inside so much. I never felt guilty for it and it was surprising easy.

Thereby starting you off on a life of crime that eventually landed you in the state pen, where, upon your release, they kept your file "active," knowing you'd be back.

by Anonymousreply 177Last Monday at 8:31 AM

R176. Yes the frosting was great. You had to be careful however to leave as little as possible on the plastic cover on the top of box.

by Anonymousreply 178Last Monday at 8:36 AM

Snickers and Sixlets.

You can get a pound of Sixlets for $5.99 at Economy Candy.

by Anonymousreply 179Last Monday at 8:36 AM

I'd forgotten about those cookies, R166. I think we mostly had them for Valentine's Day. Oh man, now I want one.

by Anonymousreply 180Last Monday at 8:44 AM

Reese’s cups, Kit Kat, and $100,000 Bar

by Anonymousreply 181Last Monday at 8:47 AM

R162 That was an urban legend.

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by Anonymousreply 182Last Monday at 8:58 AM

I only recognise a few because I’m not American. My favourite was a sherbet dip. A liquorice stick that you used to scoop fizzy sherbet into your mouth. It came in a paper tube shaped packet.

by Anonymousreply 183Last Monday at 9:01 AM

Lik-M-Aid, R183, some quick shops still sell them! They're basically Kool-Aid powder with a sugar stick to dip them in. Fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 184Last Monday at 9:08 AM

Bun Bars. Spanish peanuts covering vanilla cream disk, then covered with milk chocolate.


Have actually found some occasionally sold at Big Lots.

by Anonymousreply 185Last Monday at 9:18 AM

[quote]R162 That was an urban legend.

As was the oft-repeated rumor about Beaver Cleaver having bought it in Nam.

by Anonymousreply 186Last Monday at 9:30 AM

R182 and R186, I think R162 knew it was an urban legend - he was just joking.

by Anonymousreply 187Last Monday at 9:59 AM

Jaw Breakers, the small ones.

by Anonymousreply 188Last Monday at 2:55 PM

I liked Pixy Stix but sometimes, I'd choke on the powder going down my throat. I liked Milk Duds, Dots, and Junior Mints.

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by Anonymousreply 189Yesterday at 1:58 AM

Ah, Junior Mints. A lifesaver on movie dates if you discover that your breath doesn't pass muster.

Even more so if it's your date's that doesn't!

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by Anonymousreply 190Yesterday at 6:26 AM

I remember the little bottle of cinnamon red hots in the baking cupboard but I only remember some of the Christmas cookies having them - perfect as decorations on the tree or wreath cookie covered in green-colored sugar.

by Anonymousreply 191Yesterday at 5:01 PM

Clark Bars Regal Crown Sour Cherry hard candies Sno-Caps Fruit Slices

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by Anonymousreply 192Yesterday at 5:11 PM

[quote]Clark Bars Regal Crown Sour Cherry hard candies Sno-Caps Fruit Slices

I initially read this as the name of one product.

by Anonymousreply 193Yesterday at 5:30 PM

R192 suffers from Tourettes.

by Anonymousreply 194Yesterday at 5:46 PM

Sorry! Years of posting on this site and I still forget the formatting peculiarities.

by Anonymousreply 195Yesterday at 5:48 PM

My third-grade hunky Italian-guy gym teacher. YAZZ, gurl!

Not Mary Janes. If neighbors handed those out at their doors when we went trick-or-treating on Halloween, I'd make a gross face and drop those right on the ground in front of them before turning on my heel(s) and leaving!

by Anonymousreply 196a day ago

^^ MARY! ^^

by Anonymousreply 197a day ago

R196 I need more details to complete the picture, what were some of the costumes during various years you exhibited this behavior?

by Anonymousreply 198a day ago

Junior Mints and Thin Mints.

The coconut candy made to look like little watermelon slices, those were amazing.

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