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, 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 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.