Saturday, May 20, 2017

Remembering Candies and Goodies from my Childhood


One of the fondest memories of my childhood years (1950's-1960's)are memories of the sweet treats. We used to spend an entire day picking up pop bottles in ditches around our town. We then made our way to the corner grocery store, Jordan's, to turn them in for money. Not a lot of money. We are talking about pennies. But those pennies were then turned into CANDY! Mr. Jordon had a large counter filled with penny candy. I walked in with a huge bag filled with glass pop bottles and walked out with a small bag packed with candy.

One of my favorites was a Sugar Daddy!! Probably why I have horrible teeth today. But I would suck on that thing until it was beyond soft and then chew it right off the paper stick. Yum!!


A second love was Fire Stix! I think they are called Jolly Ranchers now. But this was a flat shaped piece of fire hot cinnamon candy. And it was super hot. And I loved them.

We also loved cinnamon toothpicks. Did you ever buy any? They came in a little wax envelope. Or the little bottle of cinnamon to make your own? We had a local place that sold 'cinnamon cokes' and it was a real treat to get one of those.


Jawbreakers! Yeah man! Loved me a big fat jawbreaker. I never chomped on them. I sucked on them. They would make my cheeks puff out like a squirrel until they shrank in size. Pure sugar, I'm sure.


My favorite candy bar, still to this day, is a Bit-O-Honey. I don't eat it anymore because of my teeth. But I loved those things. And probably ate more than my share!! Did you have a favorite candy bar when you were a kid?

Speaking of favorite candy bars, my mom loved the Cherry Mash. Me, not so much. But whenever I see a Cherry Mash I think of my mom.


Another favorite was Necco Wafers. I especially loved the black ones. Scoring these candies meant you could stretch out the joy for much longer because you got an entire roll of them for pennies. 

Whenever we would go to the ballpark we would beg and beg until mom would give us each a nickel and I would race to the concession stand to buy a Chick-O-Stick. Crunchy peanut butter and toasted coconut! Loved these! Or if they didn't have those on hand I would get a Big Hunk. Nougat filled with nuts. Can you think of anything better?

Always when we visited the local five and dime I would make sure I got some wax lips. I remember wearing them for a bit of time. And pretending I had on the most beautiful colored lipstick. But eventually they got chewed into a huge ball of wax. Ha! Ha! What a sales gimmick.

I don't know if they make these any longer (probably not) but the most sophisticated candy of the time was a box of candy cigarettes. And we all pretended to smoke. Yep, no one talked about cancer back in those days. And EVERYONE smoked!! I liked to get the Lucky Strike ones. Don't know why!! Did you pretend with candy cigarettes? (edited to say, yes, you can still buy these).


What about you guys....any favorite candies from your childhood? Please share with us!!


24 comments:

  1. Oh, yum, bit'o honey! I still occasionally have one, though they now taste a lot more like gasoline.

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    1. I have one once in a bit!! But mainly I just suck on it. Don't want to destroy anymore teeth!

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  2. Fun post. I recognized most everything but the Big Hunk, Chick-O-Stick, and the Fire Stix. We hunted for pop bottles and turned them into candy too! We had something similar to your Cherry Mash. it was the Twin Bing. In fact...I bought a bag of them and added them to my May Day baskets and took a bunch to work. They were the first candies that disappeared. My favorite childhood candy was Flying Saucers (or Satelite Wafers depending on where you lived.)

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    1. Twin Bing is not one I have ever heard of. And I'll have to Google Flying Saucers. Isn't it fun to go back to our childhood and dredge up some memories!

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  3. I didn't get much candy as a child. A candy bar was a big deal. I liked a Milky Way or a Snickers! A Sugar Daddy was great...remember the Black Cow? I also liked a Mallo Cup...marshmallow in a chocolate cup. Old fashioned licorice pipes were a favorite too!
    My Dad used to drive us around on a Sunday afternoon and he would stop when we saw bottles in the ditch, we would run out and get them and turn them in for a cold pop! :)

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    1. We only go candy if we found enough pop bottles. I can't imagine my mom ever driving us to look for them though. Much of my childhood I can't remember her driving us much of anywhere.

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  4. I recognized (and tasted) a lot of the candies you mentioned here. We were so cool "smoking." Never smoked later in life, so these obviously didn't have a negative affect on me :) Great childhood memories!

    betty

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    1. I don't know if the candy cigarettes are the reason I grew up and smoked or if it was because everyone I knew smoked. I loved smoking and I still miss them after more than 17 years of not smoking.

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  5. Hi Paula - that's a good range ... I remember gobstoppers and aniseed balls, and then liquorice sticks, sherbert ... and of course somewhere along the line some chocolate and some fruit drops ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Liquorice sticks are my favorites still. And of course chocolate!

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  6. Taffy, sold at the local swimming pool. I almost never got any, and then usually because I was with a friend who got some.
    In high school - boarding school - my roommate and I would sit in our room eating reese's pieces or mini cups by the BAG! (the big bag) Peanut butter is still my favorite flavor, but I have a bit more restraint now.

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    1. My grandkids love Reeces' pieces too!

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  7. When I went to visit my Aunt Doris and Great Grandma every summer for a week or two - my cousin Jimmy and I would wander around - picking up pop bottles - and then cashing them in and going to buy ice cream! I love sugar daddies! But no way I could eat them now - I have teeth issues.... We did "pretend smoke" with the candy cigarettes... so fun... I liked the black and the chocolate Necco wafers. I love black jelly beans too... We used to eat a candy called "The Bun".. did you ever have that? It was my Mom's favorite. I think you can still find them back in my home town. I love teaberry gum and can still find that now and then....

    Linda in VA

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    1. I love black jelly beans too!!! Yum! I haven't ever heard of the Bun. But I will check it out on google. And yes, teaberry gum!!!!

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  8. I love this blast from the past! I loved Sugar Daddy, Fire Stix, Bit-O-Honey, and Chick-O-Sticks, I don't remember Cherry Mash so I looked it up. Still don't remember it lol, but it looks really good and I bet I would like it. Didn't really like the others.

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    1. There wasn't a candy I didn't love when I was a kid!

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  9. I remember walking home from grade school and buying a Big Time candy bar at a local shop on the way. While a Hershey bar was ten cents, a Big Time was only five. Those were the days.

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  10. I was much more of a chocolate bar fan. Just give me some M&M's or a Hershey bar, Nestles Crunch and I was good to go. Those chocolate bars were way bigger and thicker than they are now. I liked the wax lips too, and candy cigarettes. You can't find the candy cigarettes in California any more. The powers that be, said they were bad influences.

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    1. I loved chocolate too Debby! Especially Hershey Bars. I think candy cigarettes are probably gone from most states but you can still buy them on line!

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  11. Those are a bit before my time. I can't think of any candy that I was all that into as a kid.

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    1. I will admit that I thought it was cute when you said "a bit before my time". Probably so. We WERE really into candy when we were younger.

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  12. How this makes me smile! We neighbor kids used to take turns crawling into the municipal 'demster-dumpsters' for pop bottles to redeem for candy. My go-to was mallow cups or mint patties. Loved the candy cigarettes, too, imagining myself soooo sophisticated. LOL.

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    1. Oh yeah how I loved those mint patties. Wasn't a fan of the mallow cup. I am not into marshmallows. But, yes those candy cigarettes made up feel so grown up!!

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