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Top 16 Retro Candies

Sugar Daddy
They just don’t make them like they used to–as in a 17-inch, one-pound caramel taffy sucker on a wooden stick! These monsters are a favorite from the 1950s, fortunately, they are offered in junior size as well.

SweeTarts is a sweet and sour tablet shaped candy. Created in 1963, the candies flavors were grape, cherry, lemon, lime, and orange. Today, the candy is a lot sourer and the flavors are cherry, grape, green apple, and blue raspberry.

Wax Lips
Invented by the American Candy Company in the early 20th century, wax lips have been adored by kids for decades for the fun of giant red lips–they were intended to be used as an ersatz chewing gum after the fun of the lips wore off. The lips are now produced under the Wack-O-Wax brand name. Other incorporations of the theme include wax fangs, wax moustaches, and lips with protruding teeth.

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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?

9:50AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

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