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.
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.
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, 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.