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!!