Sweet Tooth Contest

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Jessica Prokop

We’re very excited to be teaming up with St. Martin’s Press and author Kate Hopkins to bring you this contest.

Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy is Hopkins’ new book that asks grown-up questions about some of our most established childhood favorites. In a conflicted moment, Kate Hopkins found herself unable to enjoy her candy-fueled memories. They were too clouded with fears like cavities and cholesterol. So she decided to get really indulgent and focus in on candy for years of her life. Sweet Tooth is the fascinating result.

This isn’t your typical candy book. Sweet Tooth reveals the unexpected, even dark reality behind our favorite candies. It also chronicles the evolution of candy on its journey through the centuries and around the world. It’s a ride through the forgotten (or hidden) history of candy, written in a style that’s as fun as its subject matter.

We All Have a Candy Story: Share Yours

We all write our own candy stories in the form of nostalgic anecdotes. It’s only human to assign meaning to the flavors that were present during our most treasured formative moments. Well, you know how much we at CandyFavorites.com like to hear about candy stories. It might be our favorite thing.

So we’re giving away 5 copies of Sweet Tooth, signed by Kate Hopkins. One lucky winner will receive 5 pounds of our Penny Candy Americana Mix, filled with retro candies like Mary Janes, Chick O Sticks, Caramel Creams, Tootsie Rolls, and more.

To enter, just write your candy story in the comments. What’s the most meaningful candy in your life? What memories does it bring back for you? Six winners will be drawn from all those who submit a story. We’ll announce the winners June 27th.

49 Responses to “Sweet Tooth Contest”

  1. Donna Huff says:

    The candy that holds the dearest place in my heart is Fun Size Milky Ways. My nanna was the kindest, most talented lady and she loved me BEST. I was blessed to live across the street from her until I finally moved in with her. As a child, I\’d get off the school bus and she\’d have a Fun Size Milky Way, a small bottled Coke, and a handful of plain Lay\’s potato chips waiting for me in her den so I could sit in her comfy rocker and watch Our Gang, while enjoy my treats, before doing my homework. I cannot have any of these items today without my mind floating back to this memory. Milky Ways were her favorite candy and they remain my favorite today!

  2. Grace says:

    I has to be Ferrero Rocher. This is because it brings back so many wonderful memories of the good times my family and I shared, as everyone will be eating this candy whenever we have family gatherings to celebrate important occasions like Christmas and Birthdays etc. This is a candy our whole family enjoys, for generations to come!

  3. Marianne Tucker says:

    Butter Rum Lifesavers bring tears to my eyes….when I was younger, my grandmother would slip one to me wherever we were as a special treat. She would wait for my siblings and I to walk home from school. After a long day, the site of her, standing with her apron on the front steps of her house, hands in her apron pockets, meant so much to me, especially knowing that those hands in her pockets held Butter Rum Lifesavers. My grandmother passed away in 1999 and a few years before that, her mind started to give in to her old age and thus, gone too were the Butter Rum Lifesavers. Last year, a co-worker of mine gave me a tube of assorted lifesavers for Christmas. Being in a busy office, I would just unroll the roll, take a life saver, and pop it into my mouth. Imagine my surprise when I popped a Butter Rum Lifesaver in my mouth and immediately my eyes welled up with tears. I, too, had forgotten the Butter Rum Lifesavers until my grandmother whispered hello to me that precious day by way of a Butter Rum Lifesaver. It was the only one in the roll! A mistake maybe? No…a precious gift from my grandmother.

  4. Marissa Stapleton says:

    The most meaningful candy in my life would have to be Hershey’s Kisses. When I was a little girl, I would go visit my grandparents everyday after school, and spent all of my weekends, summers, and holidays with them. My grandpa and I were very close. Wr would go fishing together every chance we got, and he always snuck some Kisses out to take with us. We would sit on the tailgate of his truck,joking around, and eating our Kisses. :) After my grandpa got really sick, he was in the hospital most of the time, and when I went to visit him, I made sure to bring him Kisses. He was still pretty sick when we had to move several hours away. Every couple of weeks, I would get a bag of Kisses in the mail and a note from my grandpa telling me that he was giving his pudding pop (that’s what he called me) a Kiss from miles away. After he passed away, I got one more bag in the mail, my last Kisses from my grandpa. To this day, everytime I eat a Kiss, I think of my grandpa.

  5. Kimi B says:

    Snickers bars are a family favorite …. from one Grandpa. York Peppermint patties from the other. Our whole family has a wicked sweet tooth, so the list is nearly endless : butterscotch disks, peanut m&m’s, gumballs, rock candy, cream taffy, fudge, swedish fish, gummy anything, etc. But my beloved favorite of all is simple chocolate covered caramel.

  6. Marissa says:

    When I was growing up each Friday night was family night. We would play games, watch movies and eat moms homemade pizza and Red Vines. The smell of the red vines conjures up so many wonderful memories. Laughing as a family and growing together.

  7. Kristi Hautman says:

    My favorite memories as a child are when my grandfather would pull out pink wintergreen mints from his pocket. It was always a special treat to visit my grandfather and he never failed to have this old fashioned treat in his pockets to share with me. These hard to find mints always remind me of him and that memory remains with me until this day.

  8. Greg says:

    Snaps, (in the box for a nickel). Sugar babies. Nico Wafers (I was Catholic so we played church with them), Bubb’s Daddy, (kind of a Slim Jim of bubble gum that I paid my friend to help me on my paper route) Licorice records, jujubees. All available at in the wayback days at Hugstead’s Grocery in Caledonia, Minnesota. There wera also some penny candy things I cannot comment on.

  9. Mark Gross says:

    The candy I like yogurt covered raisins.

  10. Mark says:

    The candy I like is Yogurt covered Peanuts.

  11. Dee Macciaro says:

    When I was growing up we lived about 5 blocks from a small neighborhood store. As a treat my mom or dad would put myself and my siblings in the wagon and walk to the little store and we would each get a dime to buy our favorite penny candy. It was very exciting the first time my mom asked me to go to the store on my own. I walked there with a friend, armed with a list from my mom, and a dime. My mom passed away recently and after she died I was looking through her pantry and found a bag of pieces of the same candy we used to get at the store when we were younger.

  12. chris maggs says:

    My favorite time of day was walking to the corner candy store with a few cents, to pick out some penny candies. My first choice was always a small square of chocolate called a grade A.
    Haven’t been able to find them in years! (I aso enjoy my mallow cups)!

  13. chris maggs says:

    My favorite time of day was walking to the corner candy store with a few cents, to pick out some penny candies. My first choice was always a small square of chocolate called a grade A.
    Haven\’t been able to find them in years! (I aso enjoy my mallow cups)!

  14. John D. Elmstedt Jr. says:

    The candy that gives me teh fondest memories of my childhood is NECCO wafers. Everytime that I went to go see my grandmother in the 1960′s/1970′s, she would always give me a roll of NECCO wafers, and I knew that every piece that i would eat, I would know that my grandmother loved me, and thus I would feel the most joyous.

  15. Kristin Garuba says:

    Growing up in Canada, I recall sneaking Cadbury caramilk or aero bars whenever I could! Super gooey caramel and teeny little chocolate bubbles. Just makes my mouth water thinking about them…. We almost always had snow when it was Halloween so even though we wore layers of long underwear under our costumes with jackets, hats and mittens on top, we never missed going out for hours on end. I traded a lot of candy on Halloween in exchange for Aero and caramilks! The frost bite was worth it!

  16. Kristin Garuba says:

    Growing up in Canada, I recall sneaking Cadbury caramilk or aero bars whenever I could! Super gooey caramel and teeny little chocolate bubbles. Just makes my mouth water thinking about them…. Soooo good!

    We almost always had snow when it was Halloween so even though we wore layers of long underwear under our costumes with jackets, hats and mittens on top, we never missed going out for hours on end. I traded a lot of candy on Halloween in exchange for Aero and caramilks! The frost bite was worth it!

  17. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    What a coincidence–Most of my fond memories include candy! I grew up in a rural area far from any shopping center. I remember walking to the country store and buying penny candy (which I don’t think is available any more!) and Hershey bars for a nickel. I felt like I had done something really special when I brought home a piece of black licorice for my Mom, too. I remember the big jars of candy and the tubs of Red Vines. Seeing such a variety of candy bars displayed inside a glass case was just hard for a kid who was limited in how much they could buy! Shamefully, I was a little bit envious of friends who, seemingly, could buy whatever they wanted whenever they wanted (although I think I probably appreciated my goodies more because of it!) Jolly Rancher sticks and Pixie Stix were pretty popular. I get nostalgic for candy that isn’t easy to find these days. Some of my favorites are Bit O’Honey, Chic-O-Stick, AbbaZabba, and Fire Balls.
    My sweetest memory is probably of the goodies my folks provided. We didn’t have much money (so, I guess it was a good thing treats were available for a penny!); however, when my parents traveled to Sacramento (which was 100 miles away), they always stopped at the See’s candy store and brought us home lollipops/suckers (chocolate and butterscotch were the only flavors available at that time). We thought it was really something special to get a treat from a store like See’s. Of course, unbeknownst to us, my parents bought a box of chocolates for themselves that was “hidden” in my Mom’s nightstand drawer. They doled out those treasures carefully ;)
    My Mom is 82 now and one of the things we can still enjoy together is candy. And, almost 50 years later, I am still friends with the girl whose Dad owned the country store.
    The history of chocolate may be bittersweet…but, I’m very glad it is such a big part of my life. Thanks for the memories <3

  18. kate daly says:

    When I was a school age child my friends and I would bike about 3 miles up a very long hill to the best penny candy store in the world! This store was ran by a grandmother and was amazing! In the store had over a hundred jars of every penny candy from all over the world. She had also 5or 6 glass showcases with other candies and some she had made. We would save or money from chores for weeks and go and each would fill these beautifully decorated paper bags with penny candies. I believe she decorated the bags her self. My favorites were root beer barrels, squirrels, lemon drops. These trips were some of my best memories if friendship, commerce and independence!

  19. Sue Scates says:

    Memories of coke bottle shaped candies are so nostalgic to me. For a penny, and that is all we kids had in the 40′s, we loved to get them. Sometimes the owner of the candy shop gave me chocolate candies with little white candies on top as a special treat and smiled like all grandfathers do. Today I love Good N Plenties cause of the sweet licorice taste and pretty pink and white colors. We lived on the east coast which can be freezing in winter and they warmed me up!

  20. Steven DeJoy says:

    In 1974 I loved chewing Big Buddy Bubble Gum. This was a foot-long flat piece of awesome bubble gum that cost a nickel. The flavors were intense: apple, watermelon, cinnamon, etc. I remembering annoying my 4th grade teacher by bringing a Big Buddy for each of my classmates on my 10th birthday as a treat. Soon after, a rule was created that we were not allowed to bring bubble gum as a birthday treat. My grandpa always told me, it’s better to live like a lion for a day, than like a lamb your entire life. That was one of those days…BIG BUDDY for ALL!

  21. Dietmar says:

    A few years ago I was in the Dominican Republic, where she discovered that there are sweets that bear my name, and also taste great. Since then I have tried everything, “Brach’s Candy” to buy here in Germany, unfortunately in vain.
    But my next visit to the States, I’ll be taking a larger stock
    Greetings from Germany D.Brach

  22. Jimmy Wilson says:

    As a child I loved to go to the movies. And one of my favorite treats was a milky way candy bar. I always carried at least two bars when I went to the local movie house. One to eat while watching the movie, which was usually a science fiction, or horror movie, and one on the way home. Well, on one particular occasion a lady stopped me as I was in the lobby of the theater and noticed I had my milky ways in my hand and politely said ” You can’t bring that candy in here young man”. And I replied, Yes I can, I’ve done it lots of time”. Standing back she said, Well, you have to go outside and eat the candy, and then you can come back in and enjoy the movie. Well, I was always told to respect grown ups, so I did exactly as she said. I sheepishly went outside as I was told, leaned against the building and ate my milky way candy bars. Of course I was upset because I knew I would miss the beginning of the movie. Buts I did as she told me to. Fifteen minutes later, stomach ache and all, I walked into the movie with no milky ways to enjoy as I watched Godzilla eat up Japan. As I left the theater after the movie, that same lady approached me and said, “Now that wasn’t too bad was it?’I replied not really. And then said next you come to the theater, put your candy in your pockets or a purse like I do, I like milky way candy bars too. Somehow I was to learn from this experience, but it escapes me, but at the same time I love my milky way candy bars, stomach ache and all.

  23. Steve Looney says:

    The sweet taste of a Chase’s Cherry Mash takes me back when I was a young kid in the 60s and early 70s in Southwest Missouri when life was so much less complicated and time moved at a much slower pace. Still made today in St. Joseph, Missouri, it’s not easy to find outside the Midwest. So whenever I return, I always try to pick up a number of Cherry Mash candy bars. One bite, and it takes me back to fond memories of hot summer days, riding bikes in the neighborhood I grew up in, and all of my childhood friends. I wish I had a Cherry Mash right now!

  24. P. Bancroft says:

    Turkish Taffy is my favorite. Brings to mind summers spend on the shores of Sparkle Lake, NY. Use to be so crowded there, now hardly anyone swims in that little lake, most opting for the nearby pool. But I remember the lake filled with people, kids upon kids with the membership ankle tags swatting my leg with every paddle. Then when we could swim no more, we’d beg and beg my mom for a few cents to get that ‘smack to break it’ turkish taffy. Sometimes getting the really big ones that were at least a food long. We’d buy those and the bottle caps which we would then patiently hit with a rock ‘tap tap tap BANG!’ Haven’t seen those in years either. Loved the smell of them when they went off. I guess they were outlawed or something.. Thanks for the memories. Turkish Taffy pulled off a cap, but hey, it was totally worth it! :)

  25. diane tellier says:

    Being one of ten children I have numerous stories to share about candy. I have many memories about Halloween, the days when it was actually okay to go out and knock on every door of the neighborhood. Going home and trading with my sisters and brothers.
    Now my candies have been instrumental in helping me quit a 40 year habit of cigarette smoking. I don’t think I could have done it without my Tootsie Rolls.

  26. Al Pittman says:

    I was a young boy when WWII was consuming a lot of the goods we were use to getting, my mom would send me down to this little tiny grocery store that use to be someone’s home, walls were knocked out, there was a tiny meat counter in back, shelves just crammed with cans and bags, vegetables too, the store had the most wonderful smell, it always made me hungry. It’s in this store I found the most wonderful candy bar ever!, it was called “milk shake”, it had the most creamy chocolate I ever tasted and that soft , luscious nougat center, it would melt in your mouth!, delicious!, they cost a nickle, Milky Ways never came close to the taste of it, if I didn’t have a nickle to buy one after getting every item my mom wanted, the kindly old gentleman that owned the store would slip me one and say, “now don’t you tell the other kids I did this, I’ll get swamped” but I know he did it for other kids too, they told me so, that old man stood tall in my eyes with all the “Milk Shake” candy I got from him.

  27. beth says:

    The most memorable candy for me is not a specific kind, but whatever I used to buy when I would sneak to the little market on my bike, since my parents wouldn’t buy candy for us!

  28. Sue Jones says:

    Has to be Peppermint Patties! When I was in grade school (a LONG time ago), my mother would take my brother & me to the local diner for lunch on the weekend. I vividly remember the peppermint patty box next to the register where, if I was very good and ate everything on my plate, my mom would buy me one for five cents. There was a waitress at the diner that was my particular favorite, and I was hers. My mom would let me buy my peppermint patty, and, if this waitress was ringing me up, she would sneak me an extra one with a wink and smile. I can only hope that I have created that kind of fond memory with my friends’ kids as this woman had done for me.

  29. Mary says:

    The most meaningful candy in my life are lollipops. Lollipops bring back such wonderful memories of my grandparents. Whenever I got to visit them, they had a glass jar filled with Fanny Farmer or Cinderella’s (a local candy shop) lollipops & my sisters and I got to pick out the flavor we would want during each visit. Some of the flavors were Cherry, Clove, Butterscotch, Lime, Orange, Grape and Lemon. The clove lollipops were my favorite…a crystal clear pop with ribbons of red running thru them. Whenever I have a lollipop to this day, I think of my grandparents and those cherished visits. I miss them very much.

  30. Dianna Yearout says:

    The candy I most remember I loved when I was a young girl was the wax lips and wax soda bottles. I use to pretend that I had these beautiful lips and was going to go out on my first date. I imagined my first date to be at a soda shop. There I would get a soda in one of them fancy bottles and we would share some french fries and listen to the juke box. My favorite song would play on the juke box and back then it was Puppy Love by Donny Osmond. I remember having these big beautiful lips as I recieved my very first kiss. Yes it was make believe but heck I was a young girl. I must say though , they were the best tasting lips and best soda i ever had even though they were wax. I would chew on that wax half the day. I so loved them wax llips and wax soda bottles.

  31. Nancy says:

    My favorite penny candy memory was getting my allowance every THursday and then then giving it to Linda’s mom. She worked in a store that had penny candy (wax teeth, buttons, bit o honey, lipsticks, root beer bottles, wax lips, snaps etc) I would given her half of my hard earned allowance 50 cents and come Friday she would deliver to me my bag of bounty, each week being different and a cornucopia of colors and culinary delights. she bought for about 7 kids and we would gather to share and swap our treasures.

  32. fran walters says:

    Please excuse the typos…darn self correction on my kindle! Was to say from my kiddos days and bubble gum cigarettes. Thanks!

  33. Bill Forwood says:

    I have fond memories of several candies from my childhood that are no longer with us, Dinosaur eggs, GatorGum, and others, fortunately one remains (tho only in a limited and restricted bass now-a-days). Hershey-etes. So much better than the other small round chocolates! When Christmas rolls around my entire family gets excited for them, especially my mother as she loves these more than anything and SHE’S the one who made me the chocoholic I am today! Needless to say she gets a bag under the tree every year direct from Hersheys, and I always stash away another couple bags for emergencies as well of course. I know everyone has some favorite candies and memories to go along with them, but this is more of a multi-generational craving and will continue to be as long as Hershey’s makes them.

  34. Bill Forwood says:

    I have fond memories of several candies from my childhood that are no longer with us, Dinosaur eggs, GatorGum, and others, fortunately one remains (tho only in a limited and restricted bass now-a-days). Hershey-etes. So much better than the other small round chocolates! When Christmas rolls around my entire family gets excited for them, especially my mother as she loves these more than anything and SHE’S the one who made me the chocoholic I am today! Needless to say she gets a bag under the tree every year direct from Hersheys, and I always stash away another couple bags for emergencies as well of course. I know everyone has some favorite candies and memories to go along with them, but this is more of a multi-generational craving and will continue to be as long as Hershey’s makes them as my kids now get to enjoy them every year with the entire family.

  35. Liz says:

    Nostalgic candy is the best candy available. It fills our needs in several ways: the wonderful taste and the memories. Growing up I remember digging under the couch cushions for pennies. On the way to school, if we were lucky, we would stop for gas and I would be able to run in and buy all the penny candy I could afford. My favorite is the caramel bullseyes. The sweet caramel with the vanilla cream is the best. I remember the 45 minute drive to school daily enjoying the caramel first and saving the vanilla cream for the treat at the end.

  36. Susan says:

    My sweet bites would have to be Mounds bars….When I was a girl, and worked in my fathers store, Old Nick the Greek would come by to talk to my father every afternoon, he brought all the clerks a candy bar…sweet gentle, hearted, and probably lonely man..

  37. Pat Berry Fraze says:

    Christmas and candy memories go hand-in-hand: LifeSaver Books wrapped and under the tree each Christmas morn to be saved and savored just for me; the best candy dishes, arranged with Chocolate Covered Cherries in their brown paper cups and the Thin Mints to be offered to visitors– both friends and relatives; and the “new adventure” of Pecan-Carmel Chocolate Turtles which had been bought and wrapped for my Mommy’s Christmas present. These were, year after year, traditions while I was growing up. Joy, Christmas, and Candy belong together — especially after “giving up” candy for Advent.

  38. laura fiorenza says:

    It was summer vacation. I was nine. I remember sitting in my parents bed reading ‘
    ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. I was craving chocolate so much, i couldn’t think
    about anything else. we didn’t have candy regularly in our house so there was nothing
    that could curb my sweet tooth. I couldn’t tell my mom that she needed to take me to
    a candy store because i knew she wouldn’t do it. I began a money hunt under every
    cushion, piece of furniture, and finally struck gold in my big sisters’ room. Then i walked
    about a mile to the Stop and Go store and bought a chocolate Turkish Taffy and a large
    Hershey Bar. Nothing since has ever tasted that good.

  39. Melissa Fiscus says:

    It’s amazing to me how something as simple as candy can bring people together. I have many good memories associated with a variety of different sweets, but of them all, I cherish Chupa Chup suckers. It brings back memories of my best friend (who now lives in Colorado) and the days of summer when we would ride our bikes to the Komo’s in Lansing, IL just for a handful. It was a ritual we had. It was always an adventure. So every time I see a Chupa Chup, it reminds me of my dear friend who lives so far away. I took the liberty of sending her an entire canister of our favorite sucker a few years ago and the sheer delight in her voice when I got the phone call was all I needed to reminisce about the good old days.

  40. Pam says:

    Wow, this is a tough one. I have so many “favorites” with penny candy. We used to go to a penny candy store in Maryland and we could buy whatever we wanted up to $5.00 and that was absolutely wonderful! I would get the root beer barrels because my mom and dad loved them. Caramel bullseyes, zotz, now and laters, razzle bubble gum and pixie styx were some of my favorites.

    It was one of the best parts about the trip. When we moved to Florida, we went to the same penny candy store and would buy our special goodies for the remainder of the trip. Oh how I loved those days! Every now and then I buy the bullseyes for my mom, root beer barrels for dad and mary janes for both when I am going to visit them. It’s always a fun time to reminisce about the fun times we had and we always talk about that special store.

    I love the good ole days and the special treats we had.

  41. Mark says:

    Jolly Ranchers is one my favorites to buy.

  42. Annie W says:

    When I was a kid–really, it wasn’t THAT long ago–we had one of those tiny neighborhood grocers and they had a case with penny candy. We were able to fill our own itty bitty tiny brown sacks (remember those?) whenever our parents could spare a dime or quarter. The elderly gentleman that worked there always was warm and kind–we were poor little urchins and a bit of a minority in this Ozarks town (mom is Asian). He even had a nickname for me; he’d greet me with “There’s my little Wart!” and I loved it! No one else had a nickname. Perhaps he saw I was the runt of the pack and treated me special (I would get an extra piece of candy now and then). I can smell that store and old glass-front candy case . . . I loved Cherry Mash, Sixlets, Pixy Sticks, and Chik-O-Stix!!! Thank you for bringing back those old, innocent, sweet memories.

  43. karin wrape says:

    i grew up in foster homes and needless to say we didn’t get much candy,but on halloween, it was on!!! i remember one in particular, when i had gotten in some kind of trouble, and had to paint a fence before i was allowed to go trick or treating. i was getting the paint everywhere trying to paint it fast before the night was done,and when i finally finished it, it was well after dark,and i couldn’t get the paint off, so i grabbed a paint bucket and ran from house to house as fast as i could to get all i could on that one special night when, foster kids were no different than other children,and all you had to do to get the candy was ring a doorbell!!! i especially remember it being after midnight and that almost all the porchlights were turned off, but i knocked on the few that WERE lit on my way back home and most all that answered would empty the rest of the candy intomy bucket, then go to bed-, by the time i got back to my fosterhome, i had almost filled a 5 gallon paint bucket with candy- much more than my other fostersisters got and they started before dark, i remember them being so mad that i had gotten almost a full 5 gallon bucket of candy, that they complained to the lady that was our fostermother, wanting me to share mine with them-and that i was allowedto keep it all, as i had completed my punishment after dark, and even with no costume, i made the best of my situation by improvising a last minute costume,and used every minute i had running from house to house as fast as i could. I was tired the next day and my arms hurt from carrying my bucket full of candy, but that was one of the best halloweens i ever had! memories from 40 years ago, karin wrape, fraser, Co.

  44. Matt Cunliffe says:

    My favorite candy memory was when I was about 12 years old living in a home with 9 sisters and my parents. We would have been classified as poor but at the time we didn’t know it as we always had food and a home full of love, not many extra treats around. My Dad would take me fishing and he’d always have a snack for us, usually chocolate Hersey kisses, Malo Cups, Necco Wafers to name a few. We had a big freezer in the basement that we kept frozen food for the week. One night my Mom asked one of my sisters to run down and get a roast. She came up with my Dad’s jacket and said “Look, why is Dad’s jacket in the freezer?’ Mom just said, “If your father put it there he must have had a good reason. Put it back and get the roast.’ When Dad came home Miom asked him about the jacket. Dad said, “Oh I forgot about it!”, ran down to the basement and brought up the jacket and put his hand in the pocket and pulled out a bunch of Hersey kisses and declares, “I saved them! I saved them!” He looked so happy I’ll never forget it. He had left the jacket in the truck while fishing and they had melted and he loved them so much he just had to try and save them and he did. My God rest his soul, he was the best father we could have hoped for and we miss him.

  45. Jennie Carter says:

    Zotz, even the name makes kids want try it. Yes I was one of those kids. It was a science experiment in my mouth, who could resist? So sour on the outside only a true kid could love it. That touch of sweet. Then there is the center, the sweet and sour fizziness that always takes you by surprise and makes your mouth pucker. How could your mouth foam like this? How could it taste so good? Thank heavens for so many flavors!

    You can tell these are my favorites as a child, but what surprised me was my kids reactions. They loved them so much they request them for party favors for all birthdays, all party days at schools, pretty much anything that would involve bringing candy.

    I now buy Zotz in the fabulous multi flavor boxes of 48 strips. Yes that is a total of 192 pieces of sweet and sour and fizzy goodness! Thank heavens form my kids as there is always one Zotz strip hiding somewhere so that I can indulge in my childhood memories!

  46. Janice Bowen says:

    i came from a large family with 7 children, all of whom had a sweet tooth. Even penny candy was hard to come by for us, but when we were able to go to Mr. Bud’s corner grocery store & pick out something with our hard-to-come by pennies, it was really difficult to pick out just ONE piece. I remember always looking from row to row & from shelf to shelf at the Goetz’s caramel creams, lollipops, Bazooka bubble gum, wax bottles filled with fruity liquids, Tootsie Rolls and so many more luscious looking & tempting candies. But, low & behold, I usually ended up selecting my favorite of all, the tiny ice cream cones with the dollop of marshmallow candy on top. They resembled a real ice cream cone which would cost far more than the items we were allowed to chose from & offered the double treat of a crispy waffle-textured candy & a sugary, multi-flavored marshmallow all in one. To me, this seemed to make the treat last longer than one with a single flavor & texture, like a Tootsie Roll. It wasn’t until years later when the sad news reached our home that the store’s owner, Mr. Bud, had passed that I discovered that the cones I always selected were NOT amongst the penny candies for sale. Mr. Bud would always allow me to get my candy & reach into his own pocket & add the extra penny that the cone actually cost to his till ( in order to keep his inventory & accounting matters correct ) rather than add those pennies to the “book” of credit that he kept for my Mom until my Dad, a truck driver, was back in town with his pay. For this kind deed & for these fond memories of eating those marshmallow topped ice cream cones, I thank you, Mr. Bud. To this very day, I buy this same candy whenever I see it & ship them to my own grandkids, all of whom have been told about Mr. Bud.

  47. JoAnne says:

    My favorite memory is when my mother would give me 5 cents so I could walk to the drugstore that had a candy store in it. We were allowed to go behind the counter and get our own candy and I always got Mexican Hats because they were 2 for a penny. Leaving that store with 10 Mexican Hats was the best feeling. I still love Mexican Hats to this day.

  48. SherriParks says:

    When my family moved to a small town in Nothern California I was able to get the dream of my life – a pony that I kept in our huge back yard. Every Saturday I would ride “Mercury” into what passed for downtown, hitch him at the rack in front of Mercado’s General Store, and go in to buy my day’s supply of penny candy. My favorites were chocolate covered malt balls, Rainblo gum balls, and the very first Spree. The taste of those can still bring back memories of long rides in the beautiful Marble Mountain Wilderness and the wonder of discovering how fantastic a friend, companion, and escape a horse can be.

  49. Natalie U says:

    Some of my best memories are of our family sunday night at our local pizza joint, it was literally our entire family including aunts, uncles, grandma, grandpa, and lots of cousins. This was back in the seventies so it was a little safer and my grandparents would always give us change to walk to the liquor store next to the pizza place to get our fill of penny candy. All my cousins would pick from little bite sizes of the candy and we would all get little paper sacks to put our candy in. My bittersweet memory is that one of my cousins had cystic fibrosis that was incurable, but she loved her Chick O Sticks, and it would be her go to candy at the liquor store. I couldn’t stand that candy and we would always tease her on why would she get those and not pixy sticks or something else. She passed away when she was 9 years old…I started eating Chick O Sticks and, to this day, 35 years later, I love them

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