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LifeSavers – “A Hole Lot of Fun”

May 19, 2017 by

 “Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks.”

Did you ever wish you could have just one special day back from your childhood? A day where you could be in a certain place, with a specific person, at a particular time? A day you could freeze and thaw anytime you wanted? I think memories work like that.

I have many ”wish days” but there’s one that I’d love to relive. That certain place would be at our family store, Davidek’s Market, the specific person would be my dad, and that particular time would be after school.

When I was in junior high, the bus left me off 2 blocks from our little neighborhood store.  I’d walk there after school. Wednesdays were one of my favorite days to come through that swinging glass front door. I knew my dad would be waiting for me. In his crisp white starched apron, standing behind the wooden meat block cutting pork chops, probably for our next door neighbor’s dinner. I see him smile and hear him say, “There she is,” as I dropped my books near the black metal, manual adding machine.

Wednesday. It was the day our candy order was delivered. My dad knew to leave it for me to stock. It’s the day I got to open orange boxes of Clark Bars; brown and green boxes of Milky Ways; red, white and blue boxes of 3 Musketeers and cellophane wrapped boxes of Wrigley’s, Juicy Fruit, Double Mint and Teaberry gum. But my favorite candy treasure to open was the little packs of Life Savers.

Did you know LifeSavers were first made in 1912 by chocolate maker Clarence Crane because he wanted a sweet treat that wouldn’t melt in the summer heat? They got their name because they looked like life preservers.

Right in the middle of my dad’s long, white, porcelain meat counter sat a long metal LifeSavers holder. That holder held that same spot for as long as I could remember. I loved filling in each spot with the different colored rolls. I’d unwrap my favorite flavor first –Wild Cherry, which always seemed to be the first ones to go (hmmm . . . I think I had something to do with that). Then the multi-colored 5 Flavor rolls. The green Wint-O-Green. Next the blue Pep-O-Mint. Each little roll fitting snuggly in their designated spot.

Then when I was all through with my candy duties, I’d grab my roll of Wild Cherry LifeSavers, pull that little green string through the foil and plop one in my mouth. Just like it was yesterday, a burst of that sweet cherry delight swirling across my taste buds can bring it all back to me.

Memories of that one special day sneaking into my eyes. Just me and my dad, in the store after school, laughing and talking behind that white porcelain meat counter. With a roll of cherry LifeSavers in my pocket as I catch a tear rolling down my cheeks.

Candy Memories, Nostalgic Candy Favorites, Retro Candy

Lik-m-aid, Candy Necklaces and Tootsie Pops – Oh My!

April 28, 2017 by

“Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.”

–Dylan Lauren

retro candy adThe sun teases me as I sit in my fourth grade classroom. I’d squirm at my desk and anxiously wait for that 3:30 dismissal bell to ring.  3:25, 3:26, 3:27. Come on bell. Gees! Can’t that minute hand move any faster? Oh man, I hope Mrs. Daugherty doesn’t give us math homework today. Doesn’t she know it’s a beautiful spring day? Doesn’t she know children need to get outside and play after school? You know, jump rope. Play dodge ball. Roller skate up and down my street, and best of all – hop on our bikes and ride to the neighborhood candy store. Ring bell . . . RRRIIIIIIING!!!

One of my most favorite after school childhood memories is walking into that little store. I’d  run home from school, fly through the house to change into my play clothes, then grab a dollar out of my piggy bank and jump on my old pink bike. I’d head to Cindy’s house (my best friend), who lived just across the street. She knows the plan, as I drop my bike near her back porch and fly up her back steps. In a matter of minutes we’re zooming off to the neighborhood candy store for all kinds of sweet candy treats.

Cindy and I pedal down the back alley and onto the street that leads back to our school. We take the short cut through the old baseball field, our bikes rattling through the dirt path as we get closer to our destination. Down Penn Street and we’ll be there! Some days we’d try to beat our brothers there so we’d have first dibs. Older sisters rule sometimes you know. No matter what those silly boys say.

Finally our bikes jump the cement curb in front of the store, and come to a halt. Eagerly we grasp the handle of the store’s weathered, crayon green, screen door. BANG!

The door slams behind us and suddenly we’re in front of the huge glass case that contains countless candy confectioneries. Mmmmmmm. We press our noses against the glass as the store owner greets us with her sweet smile. She reaches for a little brown paper bag and asks what we’d like today.

tootsie pops

I go first since Cindy is still undecided. “I’d like four packs of Lik-m-aid, one bag of Indian pumpkin seeds, five satellite wafers, two candy necklaces, five Ice Cubes, five Smarties and two cherry Toostie Pops.” My fingers leave prints on the front of the glass case as I point out each treasure. Then Cindy chooses her brown paper bag of goodies and we say good bye as more kids rush through the door.

Sometime we sat on the cement steps outside the candy store and enjoyed our treats and sometime we rode to the playground and ate them on the swings. And sometime we rode back home, sat on my front porch and listened to my mom say, “You’re going to spoil your dinner!” Haha. We didn’t care.

What could be better than a mouthful of purple Lik-m-aid sugar, or chocolate Ice Cubes that I swear felt cold as I bit into them, or wearing a pink, blue, yellow and white candy necklace?

Maybe it’s a lazy summer afternoon of roller skating, or laughing with my best friend on my front porch, or not waiting for that school bell to ring, or having no math homework after school.

Or maybe it’s finding just one more cherry Tootsie Pop in the bottom of a little brown paper bag.

Candy History, Candy Memories, Easter Candy

It’s a Marshmallow “Peep” World

April 14, 2017 by

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” ~From the television show The Wonder Years

marshmallow peepsWith a Peep Peep here, and a Peep Peep there, here a Peep, there a Peep, everywhere a Peep Peep!

Easter baskets loaded with all kinds of goodies. Jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and lambs and of course yellow Peeps peeking out of the plastic green and pink straw that lined my brother’s and my Easter basket! Mmmmmm. . . Delicious memories.

I remember my dad searching for that big plastic bag in our basement that held our Easter baskets captive. It was time to get out the coffee cups and the bottle of white vinegar out as my mom cooled the dozen of hard boiled eggs. Then my younger brother and I would sit at the kitchen table, plop the color tablets into the cups and see how long it would take to make the darkest purple, blue, pink, yellow and orange egg you’ve ever seen!

Yellow, pink and white were the only color Peeps I can remember way back then (I am old you know) but still young at heart. But the other day, I walked into a super store and was flabbergasted to see a myriad of Peeps in every color and flavor imaginable.

I saw orange creme, vanilla delight, strawberry, chocolate mousse, raspberry, cherry limeade, cotton candy, fruit punch, limeade, blue raspberry, triple chocolate, vanilla caramel brownie, bubble gum, party cake, sour lemon-lime, sour watermelon, and even sugar free Peeps! My eyes as well as my taste buds were thrown into a sugary, rainbow, marshmallow world!

Did you know that Sam Born founded Just Born, Inc. in 1923 in New York, and this family-owned candy manufacturer then moved its headquarters to Bethlehem, PA. in 1932?

It used to take 27 hours to make the Peeps but Born created a way to automate the cooling process and make them in 6 minutes from start to finish. About 5.5 million Peeps are made each day. And now you can find green trees at Christmas, orange pumpkins at Halloween and red hearts for Valentine’s Day in addition to chicks and bunnies.

If you love Peeps, you’re not alone. Justin Bieber, Miranda Cosgrove and even Joe Jonas love this sugary treat. More than 1.5 billion will be consumed this spring!

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a box or two for Easter and remember how fun they are to eat, and eat and eat. And now if you’ll excuse me those triple chocolate Peeps, oh and those vanilla caramel brownie Peeps are calling my name! And wait! Maybe just one box of the chocolate covered marshmallow ones. . .

Happy Easter Peepsters!

Candy Memories, Candy News, Retro Candy

Just a Small Town Girl Sharing Her Sweet Memories…

April 7, 2017 by

 

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anais Nin

First of all, let me tell you that I am honored to be a blogger. My name is Mary Lynn Davidek Alpino. When I broke the news to my 20 year old daughter, Ashley, she was pleasantly surprised that her mom even had an inkling of an idea just what a blogger is and my 25 year old son, Ryan said quite simply, “That’s cool mom!”

And since this is a blog for CandyFavorites, it is my intention “to taste life twice.” Did you know memories can affect taste! Recalling a positive memory about eating a certain food will make a present experience with it more enjoyable (Health World). That’s what I want to focus on in my upcoming articles, recalling a memory, a feeling, a place, a moment in your life that you’ll never forget.

“Well I was born in a small town”

The song “Small Town” by John Mellencamp reminds me of where I grew up and who I am today. Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, is where I called home. A small town about 22 miles from Pittsburgh. The kind of town where you could walk to the bank, barber shop, post office, dry cleaners, town news, drug store, shoe store and church all in a matter of 2 long blocks. My father owned a neighborhood meat and grocery store, one of 4 in that 2 block area. A store that my grandfather started.

“Oh, those small communities”

My two brothers and one sister all grew up working in the store. And as I grew older, I realized our store kept us close as a family, taught us core values, and gave us tons of great memories. I started my “store career” in grade school when my dad taught me how to make change so I could wait on kids that came in for candy and pop after school. The prestigious job of sweeping the tile floor and washing the meat case windows was bestowed on me as I longed to be there helping my dad any way I could.

“Used to daydream in that small town”

My day dreams used to be of being a nurse just like my mom. But one day in my college English 101 class, Sister Teresa asked me if I ever thought of writing as my major. She said, “just think about it.” So I did and I decided to be a journalism major. The rest they say is history. I’ve worked in public relations and enjoy freelance writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

So come and taste life (and candy) twice with me for “nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” –L.M. Montgomery

Bonne Vie!

Candy Memories, Christmas Candy

Christmas Candies In Your Kitchen

December 12, 2016 by

Christmas is on its way! And if you’re like many people, that means holiday baking is in full swing. There is something so magical about baking during the most wonderful time of the year. The sights and smells are just too good! And the temptation to eat everything before it gets out the door to your nearest and dearest is challenging, indeed.

While candy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of holiday baking, it very well could be! After all, nothing takes a treat from good to great quite like the addition of a few candy pieces! Around here, we’re partial to the ones that have been gracing our tables for a few decades, and we have a feeling that you might be, too.

While the latest and greatest treats are fun for enjoying on their own, when it comes to holiday baking, we put our faith in only the most tried and tested candies we can get our hands on. What can we say? We’re big fans of tradition. And if that sounds like you, too, then you’ll want to keep reading. Because we’re about to serve up some of our favorite classic candies, and the many ways you can enjoy them, this holiday season.

candy canes.jpgA blog post about Christmas candy that did not mention the beloved candy cane should not be trusted! But, joking aside, this is one treat that has been gracing Christmas-loving taste buds for centuries. While you can always take the traditional route and hang them on your tree, we like to be a little more inventive.

You can crush them up into your peppermint bark, use them as a stirrer for your hot chocolate, or stick them into a cut lemon for a sweet and sour treat. The candy cane is one ingredient that keeps on giving, so get creative!

Because everyone knows and loves the power of the Hershey’s Kiss, it only makes sense to bring it out in full force during the holiday season. We especially enjoy using Hershey’s kisses in our cookies, for an added chocolatey boost. But, you can also use them to adorn your gingerbread houses, or melt them down into rich, homemade hot chocolate. The possibilities are endless!

And while we won’t recommend trying your hand at a fruitcake, we can highly recommend chocolate covered raisins, cranberry chocolate clusters, and chocolate cherry cordials, if you’re looking for a few chocolate-fruit combinations to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth.

So go ahead and fire up those ovens! We’re willing to bet that there’s a candy for every recipe on your list.

Candy Memories, Christmas Candy

A Gingerbread Home For the Holidays

December 9, 2016 by

gingerbread houseWhen Christmas time rolls around, there’s one major food-related item that’s always on our minds. Have any guesses? We’ll give you some hints. It’s spicy, sweet, and although it is completely edible, we don’t usually end up eating it. Have a hunch? Well, if you thought ‘gingerbread houses’ then you’re entirely correct!

This time of year, families and friends come together to decorate adorable and tantalizing gingerbread homes for the holidays. Whether they’re big or small, they’re always a fun way to occupy a few hours and fill the house with lots of holiday cheer.

But this tradition didn’t just pop up overnight. On the contrary, it’s been around for quite a while. Food history is always a treasure trove of information, as most food traditions have some winding and unexpected pasts. If you’re looking to uncover the very beginning of gingerbread, you’ll have to go back quite a few years.

Gingerbread was baked in Europe for the first time in the 11th century. However, the crusaders, who brought the idea back with them, first came across this treat in the Middle East, where it is said to have been enjoyed, long before the Crusaders arrived.

Luckily, we don’t need to go back quite so far to understand the origins of the gingerbread house. This confection came onto the holiday scene in Germany in the early 1800’s. Many food historians agree that the gingerbread house was inspired by Hansel and Gretel; the famed fairy tale from the Brother’s Grimm, where two children stumble upon an abandoned candy house.

Now all of those candies we use to decorate our ginger bread houses make sense, right? And if you’re decorating an edible home for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure you bring only the best of the best.

Luckily, we’re here to make sure all of your gingerbread house-decorating needs are satisfied.

If you’re anything like us, then you know that a bulk order is the only way you’re going to have enough candy for everyone and their gingerbread houses, too! Fruit slices will add a pop of color, while cinnamon imperials will turn up the heat! And everyone knows that a gingerbread house wouldn’t be complete without gum drops, right? M&Ms are always a welcome addition. And Nonpareils are a great way to add a little more glitz to your edible home.

We have all of your favorite festive candies to help make this year’s gingerbread house even more attractive and delicious than last year’s! So what are you waiting for? When you check out our bulk section, you can see for yourself.

Candy Memories, Retro Candy

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving With Your Favorite Retro Candy

November 11, 2016 by

When Thanksgiving comes around, there’s bound to be plenty of discussion about food. Especially if you’re the one tasked with hosting the event, we’re willing to bet that you are already up to your ears with ingredient lists and potential food ideas that will please the many varied taste buds that you’ll be welcoming around the dinner table.

While most people tend to stop their checklists at dessert, we feel that isn’t quite fair to the most important food group: candy, of course. Sure, pumpkin pie and turkey are Thanksgiving staples, but has anyone ever complained about a little bit of candy on the side? We don’t think so. And, if you’re as much of a candy lover as we are, then we would definitely support your motion to bring candy to the Thanksgiving table.

In fact, we’re so enthusiastic about this that we want to help you celebrate with your favorite retro candies. Sound like a plan? Then read on!

cherry-slices-unwrappedIf you fancy something that’s fruity and gummi, we highly recommend our Cherry Jelly Slices. These treats will give you a little taste of yesteryear with their endearing cherry flavor and their irresistible chewy-ness.

Your relatives may remember when these came onto the scene in the 1950’s, which will add an extra nostalgic boost. But even the ones too young to remember will definitely be able to satisfy their sweet tooth.

candy-buttons-neccoFor something a little more interactive, we’d recommend our Necco Candy House Candy Buttons. Once you get going on these, they can be quite addicting!

So whether you favor the pink or the blue buttons, we think everyone will agree that these are a great addition to your Thanksgiving table. The fact that they’re share-able makes them just that much better. Talk about a candy that gets the spirit of the holiday, right?

milkmaidcaramelsforwebOr, for a more classic taste, our Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels will go perfectly with your other holiday flavors. Plus, since they come in bulk, you really will have more than enough to go around.

These are just a few delicious retro treats that would be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving spread. We have plenty of candies from days gone by, so feel free to take a look around! When you bring one of these sweet treats with you to Thanksgiving, you’ll have just one more reason to be thankful.

Candy History, Candy Memories, Retro Candy

Candies from the 80’s That Are Still Going Strong

September 21, 2016 by

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and cooler, the leaves are beginning to fall, and football season is back! And if there’s one thing that goes hand-in-hand with football season, it’s tailgating.

From a food perspective, some of the greatest tailgating took place in the 80’s, when sloppy joes and pasta salad reigned supreme. But, of course, no sports-watching experience would be complete without a sweet treat to finish things off.

Luckily, the 80’s were full of great candy debuts that we still love today! So while Waldorf Salad and dips in bread bowls may not be quite as much of a hit as they used to be, you can rest assured that the candies from the 80’s have not even begun to lose their charm.

cow-tails-bulk1Classic Cow Tales

Like something that’s all sweet and all fun to eat? Then Cow Tales may be your go-to, blast from the past snack. Created by Goetze’s Candy Company, this perennial favorite was launched in 1984.

The cream center is covered in chewy caramel, so you get just the right amount of creaminess and caramel goodness in each bite.

skittlesTaste the Rainbow with Skittles

But maybe Cow Tales aren’t quite your cup of tea? If that’s the case, then we think that Skittles are another great tailgating snack that we can thank the 80’s for providing! Although technically introduced to the US in 1979, it wasn’t until 1982 that we started producing these sugary treats on our own soil. But as soon as we did, they took off!

They’re the perfect size for throwing in a big bowl and eating by the handful! And since we have a variety of flavors from which you can choose, there’s bound to be at least a few that strike your fancy, and sound like a nice way to finish off that saucy, heavy, and oh-so delicious tailgating meal.

sour-patch-kids-bulkSour Patch Kids for the Win

 If you want something to make your lips pucker, however, Sour Patch Kids are the 80’s treats you’ll want to get ahold of.

Another late 70’s creation, these gems didn’t really catch on until the mid 80’s when they were re-named as a result of the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, whose popularity was sweeping the country during that decade.

These gummy treats are the perfect size for snacking all through the big game, and will leave you reaching back for “just one more,” when overtime comes around. So you’ll want to make sure you have plenty on hand.

The 80’s:  A Decade of Delicious

As it turns out, the treats of the 80’s are alive and well around here! We have countless snacks to make your game day a whole lot sweeter. So if these options didn’t tempt you, feel free to take a look at everything we have to offer!

Candy Memories, Retro Candy

Candy Movie Night Redux

February 2, 2015 by

By Susan Amerikaner
Contents of Casablanca Party Bags
We recently celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary. We are not big entertainers: not party-goers or party-givers. But my husband felt we ought to somehow mark this milestone in style. And thanks to CandyFavorites—and my own planning–our party was a wild success.

People have been asking me how I did it. So I decided to write and share. This was a decidedly adult affair, but you can easily adapt for children’s birthdays. We used candy, creativity and the film Casablanca. For children, you could easily use a film such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! (I prefer the original with Gene Wilder, but the newer one with Johnny Depp would do also.)

We have long loved the classic film Casablanca. We’ve seen it so many times, we can quote lines to each other. Casablanca has special significance for us, because the first time I met my husband he impressed me with his Bogie imitation of “Here’s looking at you, kid.” I was a goner!

We live in a community with a choice of party rooms, and we got one with a projector and sound system. I made the place look as much as “Rick’s Café” as I could. Inexpensive Moroccan style candle lanterns for each table worked well, plus movie posters and a six-foot-stand-up of Humphrey Bogart. We would serve Greek food—and then show the film while serving candy, popcorn and cake.

Then I came up with ways to make the movie “interactive.” If you have ever been to a Sound of Music Sing-a-Long or a Grease Sing-a-Long, you know what I mean. The audience gets a small bag of “props” to use at certain moments in the film. It’s great fun. These films also have song captions on the screen. Casablanca isn’t a musical, but it still has memorable moments to “play!” This is what we put in our party bags:

We instructed our guests that whenever they hear the line, “Here’s looking at you, Kid,” they take a sip of champagne. Whenever a film character smokes a cigarette, enjoy your chocolate ciggies or gum cigars. When Rick and Ilsa kiss, blow the lip whistles! When you see and hear the propellers of the “plane to Lisbon,” use your Biplane Whizzers. When Rick goes to the Roulette Table, throw your Chocolate Coins on the table. And during the famous scene in the café when they all drown out the Nazis by singing Les Marseilles, wave your French flag!

The purpose of the Junior Mints? I can’t stand to watch a movie without them. Since the room had to be darkened to show the film, we also included little flashlights in each bag. I found these online for a buck a piece, including the batteries. I got the flags from a flag company and the whistles and whizzers from Oriental Trading.

We sent out invitations asking people to come in forties attire if they desire. Our party was a major success. Guests keep calling and saying how much they loved the candy and the props. I was sure to order quality candy from CandyFavorites. Inside the candy bags, I had a little instruction sheet and also some trivia about the film itself. Believe it or not, some people were seeing this gem for the first time!

Candy Memories, Candy News, Nostalgic Candy Favorites

Discontinued Candy Therapy Blog

April 23, 2014 by

clipart-crying-smiley-emoticon-512x512-0f4f copyIf you have reached this page, chances are, you searched for a candy that has been discontinued…

Discovering that a favorite candy is being discontinued is akin to loosing someone close to you.   You’ve shared lots of very special memories that will always be cherished.   It has comforted you in times of need, or helped celebrate a special occasion.  At CandyFavorites.com, we feel your pain and would like to assist in your candy therapy.

It is never easy to let go, but we hope that by sharing your memories on our blog, you can memorialize that sweet treat with the respect it deserves.  Many candy manufacturers read our site, so there is a possibility of resurrecting your lost candy if enough comments are generated .

Since our company was founded in 1927, many of your favorite sweets have come and gone through our doors and we have provided a list of them here.  Please let us know if we have missed any and share your special memories with friends who understand.

You can reminisce about past candies, or click here to shop the thousands of candies we do have.