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Lemonheads were created by the Ferrara Pan Candy Company in 1962 when the company aimed to make a sour candy that was made similar to their Red Hots. Both of these candies are made using the cold panned process. This process involves building candy pieces from candy centers and tossing them into revolving pans while adding flavor, color and other candy ingredients. The process continues until the pieces become the desired size. About 500 million Lemonheads are produced each year and it is one of the most successful candies of the 1960s.

Mary Janes
Mary Janes, the peanut butter and molasses taffy, were originally introduced by the Miller Company in 1914, and later purchased by the Necco Company.

Nik L Nips/Wax Soda Bottles
Wildly popular in the 1950s, each wax soda bottle is filled with a colorful, sugar-ful liquid. Drink the juice then chew the wax! Nik L Nips got their name because at one time the little wax bottles cost only a nickel.

Red Hots
Red Hots are the brandname, created by Ferrara Pan Company in the 1930s, for the the candy known generically as cinnamon imperials–Ferrara Pan Company, however, is the only company to use the cold panned processing method. Red Hots are hot–and have been known to sneak into any number of recipes, including hot chocolate, hot tea, and all things baked with apples.

Still so popular it seems strange to call it a retro candy, but Starburst candy was introduced to the market by the Mars Corporation in 1960, originally called Opal Fruits. The name was changed to Starburst in 1967 when the candy was introduced to the US market. The original flavors are lemon, cherry, strawberry, and orange–now there are many flavors and themes to choose from.

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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!

5:51PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

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

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