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Top 16 Retro Candies

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Top 16 Retro Candies

Not long ago a revival of comfort food exploded on the dining scene, with mac n’ cheese and mashed potatoes splayed across upscale menus and the kitchens of home cooks alike. In the world of sweets, it was cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes, followed by donuts, and then more cupcakes. And not far behind, retro candy! Most major cities boast a nostalgic candy shop, while websites dedicated to the sale of old-time candy have become a dime a dozen.

In the realm of healthy living, we don’t advocate much for sugary, food-colored empty calories–but just for kicks it’s fun to take a walk down memory lane and revel in the fun comfort of nostalgia, by way of lipstick candy and wax lips!

Do you have fond memories of candy from your childhood? Here’s a round-up of some of the good ol’ standbys. Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite candy was.

Abba Zaba
A chewy white taffy bar filled with a creamy peanut butter center, Abba Zaba bars have been around since 1922! According to Annebelle Candy Company, the secret ingredient that imparts the taffy part with its unique taste is vanilla.

Atomic FireBall
Nello Ferrara, the son of Salvatore Ferrara, created the famous Atomic FireBall in 1954, armed with the idea to develop a spicy candy. At the time the product was presented to the candy industry, the capacity at Ferrara Pan was limited to 200 cases per day. Within three weeks of sending samples to Ferrara Pan brokers, orders were rolling in at a rate of over 50,000 cases per day, far beyond the capacity Ferrara Pan could handle at that time!

Bit-O-Honey
Bit-O-Honey, honey-flavored taffy studded with almond bits, first appeared in 1924 and was made by the Schutter-Johnson Company of Chicago. This candy was a new kind of candy bar consisting of six pieces of candy wrapped in wax paper and then packaged in a wrapper.

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10:37AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

I remember most of these. Recently saw a California Gold show that had a very neat store called Galco's Soda Pop Stop. They still carry all the old candies and sodas. Would love to check it out with my brother and our kids someday :) Thanks for sharing.

7:58PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

thank you.

3:34AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Thank you

12:38AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:46AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thankyou.....

10:09PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Zero candy bars, zagnuts and definitely B-O-N-O-M-O Bonomo Turkish Taffy! Great stuff in different flavors.

1:02PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

I miss horehound drops.

11:31PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

To my shame, I remember liking candy cigarettes and licorice pipes. If I'd twigged then about what we were really being groomed for (nicotine addiction)... thankfully, I never started smoking. I remember SweeTarts fondly; at 5 cents a roll, they were easily affordable when I was 6 years old!

5:51PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

love Bit o' Honey. What about Now & Laters?

9:50AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

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