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Top 16 Retro Candies

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Boston Baked Beans
Another hit from the Ferrara Pan Company, introduced in the 1930s, Boston Baked Beans are peanuts coated with a mollasses-flavored candy coating. Whoever thought of candy mimicking baked beans was very…creative.

Candy Buttons
Dots! Paper strips with pastel candy dots on them. No matter how carefully you pried them off, there was always a bit of paper still attached. Candy buttons are now made by Necco company.

Candy Cigarettes
Candy Cigarettes, can you imagine?!  Now called candy sticks, these relics from the 1950s are still on the market, and are still the red-tipped, white chalky stick with a unique taste. Many kids weren’t so crazy about the flavor, but pretending to be grown-up was the draw there. Trainer cigarettes, ew.

Flipsticks/Lipstick Candy
These old time nostalgic candy favorites from the 1950s, originally made by Flipsticks, are comprised of cherry roll with a foil wrapper. Today’s product is somewhat different then the originals, now they are a softer chewy candy similar to a taffy. This candy was super popular with girls in the 1950s, candy and make-up rolled up in one, genius!

Jr. Mints
First introduced in 1949, Jr. Mints are a favorite retro candy with their creamy cool mint center covered with a rich milk chocolate. Junior mints are the only mints of its kind.

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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


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!

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