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Buying Candy Online, Retro Candy

Shopping by DECADES is a NEW way to shop for RETRO CANDY

August 4, 2011 by
Shopping by DECADES is a NEW way to shop for Old Fashioned Retro Candy!

Shopping by DECADES is a NEW way to shop for Old Fashioned Retro Candy and our Confectionary Timeline is a great place to learn about the history of candy!

 

There’s something about old fashioned candy that immediately transports everyone with a demanding sweet tooth back to the days of picking out their favorite treat at the corner store.

CandyFavorites.com specializes in reviving sweet memories with the internet’s largest selection of retro candy. In fact, browsing through our site is much like taking a quick lesson in the history of candy.

Most candy connoisseurs have a definite product in mind when they turn to the Internet to find their favorite candy. If that item falls under the retro candy genre, they might even have a specific timeframe in mind especially if they are looking for candy for an anniversary or special birthday!

Instead of forcing shoppers to waste valuable time browsing through page after page of random choices, we have organized our vintage sweets by the original date of manufacturer which we call our Shop by Decades Retro Candy Section.
 
If you’d like a more extensive look at how candy has evolved through the years, don’t forget to click on the confectionary timeline  as you will be amazed at how much candy has stayed the same and changed over the past hundred years!

Take a walk along the candy timeline today for a tasty reminder of your childhood or to introduce your kids to a sweet treat from a past era.

We have long believed that the future of candy is rooted in the past…..

Bubble Gum, Candy Memories

A Taste of Home in Every Bite

May 3, 2011 by

Nude Photo Shoot with GumFor those of you who are keeping up, researching the new guy here, and cyber stalking me, you already know that I once took a trip to Thailand to become a Buddhist monk. It was a heck of an exciting trip to take for many reasons. However, it was not all fun and games, not that you likely expect a lot of fun and games in a Buddhist monastery. I experienced a good bit of loneliness and culture shock there, even though I was among friends and knew a good bit about the culture I was in.

Something that helped me out was chewing gum. No, I am not making this up. I had gum for my plane ride and took to having some from time to time as a reminder of home. It was easy to find in the country, as almost every town had a 7-11, Lotte, or other convenience store. It reminded me of where I came from and gave me a little taste of home, something to savor among the sing-song syllables of a foreign land. It grounded me and made me feel a bit less lost during my stay.

Have you ever had a particular taste that reminded you of home?

Candy Memories, Easter Candy

Peeps: The Taste of Springtime

April 15, 2011 by

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Springtime tastes a bit like marshmallow Peeps, at least in my mind. It’s hard to separate the two, since my childhood Easter memories are permanently intertwined with these little bits of deliciousness.

I love this photo because of the off-center placement of the Peeps, in addition to the combination of colors. Yellow and blue go together when set off by green, at least in this picture. Beautiful Girlfriend would tell me that they complement each other or supplement or something. She’s a real artist and knows this stuff. Plus she brings a whole palette of springtime colors to my day every time I see her. unfortunately, she doesn’t care for Peeps as much as I do, which I guess means more for me. If that’s not complementary, I don’t know what is!

Good job on the photo, Sofia, and enjoy the taste of Springtime!

happy couple

Candy Memories, Gummi Candy

Photo Friday: Gum Drops

April 8, 2011 by

I love gum drops and love how they look.This was a staple flavor of my childhood – gumdrops and other jelly candies, since my father had a special affinity for them. Even today I can count on a candy jar filled with spice drops or gum drops when I make the trek to Pennsylvania for a visit.

What I really like about this picture is the shallow depth of field, including the very intense magnification of the sugar crystals, showing a crust of sweetness – a crystalline exoskeleton –  above the soft jelly interior. This photographer really nailed it in making this picture. other eye-appealing elements include the rule of thirds, diagonal lines and a variety of colors. Good job, Ana G.R.!

Candy

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Candy Memories, chocolate, Easter Candy

Easter Chocolates: Not Just for Easter Breakfast

March 23, 2011 by

Little known fact: Easter candy consumed while no one is looking contains zero calories.When I was a kid my brother and I ate almost nothing but candy, especially the yummy Easter chocolates probably until about mid-afternoon when our mother made us put down the sweet stuff in exchange for a plate of ham or something. Really? Trade chocolate for ham? Who wants to do that? One thing I always wanted to see in my Easter basket was one of those giant chocolate bunnies like the woman in the photo has. I practically dreamt of devouring one of those, eating it feet first so it couldn’t hop away.

That would have been awesome. Maybe Mom will read this and know what to send me. Despite my age, I would still accept an Easter basket if anyone offered. Yes, that’s a hint. Maybe Jon will send me some candy.

Photo by Theresa Thompson.

Candy Reviews, Nostalgic Candy Favorites

Zotz Shocks Lots

September 7, 2010 by
Zotz Candy

Zotz Candy are a retro favorite and their sour, fizzy center is sure to surprise and delight!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 2

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 9

Overall: 10

I had never heard of this Zotz candy before so I was a bit wary at first glance. The package looks quite generic, each individually wrapped piece of hard candy simply says “Zotz Grape” or lemon, cherry, apple, watermelon or orange. Upon looking it through the technological wizardry of the boundless internet I was surprised to find out that these Zotz weren’t the new school candy I expected, I was about to delve into a retro candy that was enjoyed before my time in the 1980s.

As soon as this little candy hit my tongue I felt a shabam of tang and as I waited patiently I tasted a strange flavor that soon turned sweet and was enhanced as the little sour fizzy sugars began shooting out of the little hole on the side of the candy. I imagined that there was some sort of fan inside the candy blowing the little sugars into my mouth; they continued pouring out for minutes!

I was so pleasantly surprised with this Zotz candy, but I do have a warning for you. Unless you want an explosion of acidic tasting fizz filling your mouth, resist the urge to bite into the candy. There is a lot more fizzy chemical in there than you think and the abundance of it makes the taste overwhelmingly unpleasant and I believe it is a waste of a good piece of candy.

When the chemical mixes with your saliva a reaction takes place and when you bite into the candy you are letting the puddle of that chemical reaction take place on your tongue.

Zotz are a great way to surprise your friends with a candy that creates for an experience that exceeds any and all expectations.

Some people aren’t sure about how they feel about Zotz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoW9Psqur6A

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZotZ_%28Candy%29

Candy News, chocolate, Hard To Find Candy

Hershey Kisses… A Yummy Collection created by Zoe Raucher!

August 19, 2010 by

We are always looking for unusual candy websites and were really impressed with Zo Rauscher's collection of Limited Edtion Hershey's Kisses! Please click the photo to visit her site!

It started in 2005 on Halloween night when I saw that my trick-or-treat bucket was mainly filled up with Hershey kisses. I only knew of one flavor… the original milk chocolate. Then I started thinking of all of the flavors of kisses that the Hershey Company could make.

I discovered that there were Hershey’s kisses with different wrappers as I dug deeper down into my bucket. I had gotten about four kisses with different wrappers. I soon found out that the different wrapper colors stood for different flavors. I decided to start collecting them, so I went down the candy aisle every time I went to the store, and I still do that today.

This is how I now have 59 different varieties of kisses and a website (www.lauracarey.com/kisses) with a photo and information of every kiss I’ve gathered in my collection. I’ve gone from having no idea what different wrappers stood for to being recognized in articles from all around the world! I’ve been in newspaper articles from Israel to Dallas, and many from my hometown. People have emailed me about my website from nearly all over the world, even as far away as Australia!

It’s always a good time to start collecting Hershey’s Kisses because you can find candy from ‘The Sweetest Place on Earth’ almost anywhere in the world and because Hershey’s Corporation manufactures new kisses all the time. What you don’t want to do to start off your collection is run out to the store and buy a bag of every single different kiss you see.

That’s what I did and low and behold five years later I still see those same kisses in stores every day. There are six types of kisses that will probably never be discontinued. These kisses are the Original Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hugs, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Caramel, and Cherry Cordial.

The types of kisses you want to look out for are the ones for sale around the holidays. These are almost always Limited Edition and don’t always come back the next year. Here’s a list of the holiday Limited Edition kisses that I’ve seen in the past…

Christmas: Irish Crème, Hot Cocoa, Candy Cane

Halloween: Candy Corn, Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple

Birthdays: Champagne Truffles, Confetti

Easter: Butter Crème, Vanilla Yogurt Crème, Lemon Crème, Orange Crème, Vanilla Crème, Valentines Day: Raspberry Hugs

The best part of a Hershey Kiss collection is… if you get tired of it, you can always eat it! Yum!!! (I don’t recommend that, though

Candy Reviews, Nostalgic Candy Favorites

Chill Out with Angel Mints

August 9, 2010 by
Chill Out With Angel Mints

Chill Out With Angel Mints

Sharability: 2

Denture Danger: 2

Convenience: 9

Novelty: 10

Overall: 10

These Angel Mints really do seem to come from heaven. Not only does the smooth peppermint taste complement the airy melt in your mouth consistency of this chalky cylinder, but it has also been categorized as providing palliative therapy.

Palliative therapy is not a way to provide a cure for any diseases or disorders, but instead is used to enhance the quality of life and to provide comfort to patients. Other forms of palliative therapy are humor, massages, aromatherapy, and anything that helps to smooth out the mental energies, which in turn makes smooth the physical.

If Angel Mints can provide palliative therapy, then why wouldn’t all candy do the same? Peppermint oil is the answer. Studies have proven that peppermint oil is not only a calming agent but it reduces muscle spasms, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea and indigestion. These Angel Mints have been known to be very helpful for people undergoing chemotherapy treatment because the Angel Mints helps to them with a pleasant taste their mouths. These mints “treat the person, not the disease.”

Angel Mints were first distributed on the New Jersey Boardwalk in 1919. The K-H Machines used to cut the candy and wrap each piece in cellophane date back to 1915. As World War I raged, Angel Mints were first hitting the market and have now been calming people down for over 90 years.

Sources:

http://www.angelmint.com

Bulk Candy Reviews, Candy Reviews, Retro Candy

Black Taffy Is the Black Jack Throwback

July 30, 2010 by
Black Taffy Is the Black Jack Throwback

Black Taffy Is the Black Jack Throwback

Sharability: 9

Denture Danger: 10

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 9

Overall: 9

 Primrose Candy Company’s Black Taffy is not what you might expect. For starters, the candy itself has only an accent of black color. This is a salt water taffy type candy, but every pieces holds the unmistakable flavor of black licorice. The candy itself is aesthetically pleasing, a peach colored ring around a black center and dash of red coloring on the side.

 Some might see this black taffy and think, “Oh, Black Jack! I remember that classic candy!”  The original Black Jack (that you can now get in Beedies gum form) is no longer made in candy form, but at least you have this Black Taffy to bring nostalgia to the tip of your tongue.

Bulk Candy Reviews, Candy Reviews, Hard To Find Candy, Holiday Candy

These Tootsie Roll Vanilla Flavored Midgees Will Only Be Around For A Brief Moment of Existence

July 26, 2010 by
Limited Edition Vanilla Tootsie Rolls

Vanilla Tootsie Rolls are a "Limited Edition" yet are one of the most sought after candies!

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 9

Convenience: 10

Novelty: 8

Overall: 8

 In a world where communities strive to represent diversity, candy companies seem to do the same. These Tootsie Rolls are what one might call the Caucasian candy of the community.

This limited edition candy receives a thumbs up and a cheesy smile from me, as it succeeds in being sweet and vanillay. As in most situations, where there is chocolate, there is also vanilla, and Tootsie Roll wouldn’t be the one to put its foot down to this norm.

 What confuses me is that this candy is marketed heavily as a “Limited Edition!” candy, so heavily that a good portion of the small wrapper is taken up with this exclamation. Though this exclusively vanilla bag is limited edition, the vanilla flavored Tootsie Roll is a regular candidate in the multi-flavored Tootsie Roll bags.

 On that same note, limited is a relative word. All candies are technically a limited edition in the world of time, as they will not exist forever. This candy is only around for a brief moment of existence, as are our lives. Limited could mean this candy is available only for one week, or one year, or a limited one hundred years.

Calling all vanilla lovers! This is your chance to purchase and enjoy the one of a kind, “Limited Edition!” Vanilla Tootsie Rolls, get them while they are still in existence!