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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.

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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!

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It’s Time to Sip Some Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate

January 13, 2017 by

Heads Up, Candy Lovers! Candy Flavored Coffee and Hot Chocolate Is Coming To You

sugar babies hot chocolateWhen you think of CandyFavorites, we’re willing to bet that you probably think of us as straight up candy people. And, it makes sense. After all, we were founded on the principle of great, accessible candy. However, nothing maintains greatness like innovation. So, it should come as no surprise that, in this new year, we’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeves.

One such development involves candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate! You read that correctly. We’re excited to announce that we now carry a variety of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate from 2 Rivers.

The flavors come in pods that have 12 to an order and are ready to go in your instant beverage machine, so you’re never far away from some great tasting drinks. But what exactly will you be getting yourself into?

andes creme de menthe coffeeSatisfy Your Endless Sweet Tooth Cravings

Well, if you’re a coffee lover, then Ande’s Crème de Menthe may be calling your name. Think: all the chocolate-minty goodness of Ande’s combined with the invigorating taste of coffee.

Or, if you’d rather something a little fruitier, Cella Chocolate Cherry Coffee might be right up your alley. After all, what could be better than chocolate covered cherries, in liquid form?

junior mints hot cocoaOh, but don’t worry hot chocolate fans. We didn’t forget about you! To get your own minty goodness, we’d recommend the Junior Mints Hot Chocolate. It’s the perfect combination of soothing and bright. And if you’re in the mood for something a little bit richer, then the Tootsie Rolls Hot Chocolate may be the one for you. Think chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

But this is just the beginning! We have a vast and tasty selection of candy flavored coffee and hot chocolate. So, you’ll want to take a look around. Who knows? Your favorite candy may now become your favorite cup of Jo.

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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.

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Halloween Costumes Inspired By Our Favorite Retro Candies

October 24, 2016 by

Nothing says “it’s time to eat candy” quite like Halloween. While we tend to think that any time of year is a good time for a sweet treat, the celebration of Halloween practically requires it! After all, the night would just not be as fun if it didn’t end with a sugar high!

But before you can even begin the trick-or-treating, you’ll have to decide on a costume, right? That is definitely the most important part. And, as a result, there’s a chance you may be at a loss for what to do.

Around here, when we have a question we can’t seem to answer, we get inspiration from our favorite retro candies! And you can, too.

A vintage Baby Ruth Candy Bar advertisement from when the company was owned by Curtis Candy Company

Try Baby Ruth on For Size

One of the most popular candy bars over the years has always been Baby Ruth. The origin of the name is a little bit disputed, which means that it may inspire more costume options! While some claim that the bar was named after the famed baseball star, Babe Ruth, others claim that it was named after the daughter of President Grover Cleveland.

So whether you like sports or children, this may give you just the boost of inspiration that you need! And it will certainly make for a great option to hand out to all of your trick or treaters.

No One Can Resist a Gummy Bear

Another fantastic retro Halloween candy is the Haribo Gummy Bear! These little cuties were first invented all the way back in 1920! Thanks to their convenient gummy nature, they won’t melt if your Halloween happens to be a little hotter or rainier than expected.

As for costume inspiration, there’s really nothing cuter than a toddler dressed as a bear, right? It’s a look that’s sure to get lots of oohs and ahhs as you go door-to-door, calling, “trick or treat!”

And, Of Course, Candy Corn

It would be remiss of us to write about Halloween without mentioning candy corn! Easily the most beloved and polarizing candy of the holiday, candy corn is a staple of October 31st, and has been for quite some time!

This sweet tooth satisfier first came into existence in the 1880’s! So if that’s not a retro candy, we don’t know what is.

We also appreciate the fact that candy corn can be so easily transformed into a cute and recognizable costume for all ages! So whether it’s your first year out on the trick or treating trail, or your 75th, you’ll be well received by everyone on your path.

So, as Halloween draws near and the scent of candy fills the air, we recommend looking to a few of your favorite retro treats to get you in the costume-making mood!

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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!

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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!

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Remember Licorice Snaps?

January 16, 2014 by

Snap From The Past

retro-candy-covered-licorice-snapsBlack licorice. Some people love it. Some people hate it. But no matter where you stand on the licorice spectrum, wouldn’t licorice be better if it was coated in something sweet?  Like candy? We think so, and apparently we’re not alone. You see, the good people at the American Licorice Company are one step ahead of you, and have been for quite a few decades.

An Instant Classic

The American Licorice Company started in 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. Back then, their very first candy was licorice twists. Next came licorice cigarettes and cigars, during the Great Depression. As it turns out, when times were tough, people seemed to need a candy fix even more than when the living was easy. It wasn’t until the 1930s that The Original Snaps Classic Chewy Candy appeared on the main stage.

Snaps, with their licorice center and pastel candy coating, became an instant classic. Originally, they were sold in distinctive red boxes for only 2 cents each. That’s a bargain you won’t see anymore! Even the packaging boasted of the Snaps success, deeming them the “Classic Chewy Candy.” There’s no doubt that these were a fantastic hit.

Original Licorice Snaps PictureLong Live the Snappy Memories

Over the years, Snaps have had a somewhat turbulent history culminating in their recently being discontinued. But they’ve had a long run, developing a cult-like following in the process.

Until very recently, Snaps enjoyed a beloved treat by baby boomers and many more. For those who enjoy the bite of black licorice mixed with a sweet sheen of candy, this has been the treat of choice since its debut in the 30s. It will go down as one of the most iconic late candies of our era. But when you need a candy-coated-licorice fix, former Snaps lovers will have to resort to Licorice Pastilles and Good ‘N Plenty like everyone else.

Sources: Text and Images

  • http://www.americanlicorice.com/about/companyhistory/
  • https://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/licorice-snaps-the-new-formula/
  • https://www.candyfavorites.com/blog/claps-for-licorice-snaps/
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Candy History: Necco Peach Blossoms

December 7, 2013 by

A Peach Blossom A Day

Peach Blossoms are a candy that tastes as sweet as it sounds. A truly American treat, they also happen to be made by an American company with a history that stretches far longer than you may have expected.

It all started back in 1847. It was in this fateful year that a man by the name of Oliver Chase invented the lozenge cutter. Chase was a pharmacist, so he wasn’t necessarily in the candy-making business. But, as it turns out, the creation of this machine, which allowed long ropes of sugar to be cut into manageable pieces, was just what the confectionary doctor had ordered.

retro-necco-peach-blossomsIn fact, the machine was first used to slice up what we know today as NECCO Wafers. Originally used as cough drops, or a way to soothe the stomach, these wafers were yet to come into their candy prime. Alas, who would have known that a simple little machine, similar to a pasta maker, would have such an impact on U.S. candy production?

Peach Blossoms Blossom

In 1901, Chase & Company, Hayward & Company, and Wright & Moody – three pre-Civil-War-era candy companies – joined forces to become NECCO: the New England Confectionary Company that we know and love today.

Four years later, in 1905, NECCO introduced Peach Blossoms. And the smooth peanut butter, wrapped in a crunchy candy coating has been delighting sweet tooths ever since.

But, don’t expect Peach Blossoms to actually taste like peaches. The candy is more reminiscent of the flower than the fruit, as there’s no peach flavoring inside. Somehow, the misleading name has never been a turnoff, as generations have been enjoying the candy ever since.

buy-necco-peach-blossoms-onlinePeachy Keen

Today, Peach Blossoms are manufactured in Revere, Massachusetts. The factory still uses many machines that have been around since before World War II and relies on real live workers to add food coloring and whisk mixtures – no fully automated candy production, here! So the Peach Blossoms you buy today are made with the same personal touch that has been sweetening every batch for decades.

Source Material:

  • http://boston1905.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-england-confectionary-company-necco.html
  • http://www.necco.com/About.aspx
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peach_Blossoms
  • http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/2/15/necco-factory-tour/#
  • http://candyprofessor.com/2009/10/02/olive-chase-necco-wafers/

Image Sources:

  • http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Vintage-Tin-Can-Necco-Sweets-Hard-Candies-Peach-Blossoms-/121221448652
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Candy History: Abba Zaba

November 8, 2013 by

The Early Days of a Retro Candy Bar

abba-zabba-unwrapped-candy-bar The history of the Abba-Zaba bar goes way back, all the way to 1922, to be exact. It was a different time, then. The first radio had just arrived at the White House, Egypt received independence from Great Britain, and a little candy company called Colby and McDermott was manufacturing a new kind of candy bar in Los Angeles, California.

What made this candy so special, you might ask? Well, it consisted of a white taffy exterior with a creamy peanut butter center. Known as the Abba-Zaba bar, this stick-to-your-teeth confection became a huge hit out west, where they still carry the biggest clout, today.

In The Spotlight

Anyone who loves the Abba-Zaba bar will recognize that black and yellow Taxi-cab-esque exterior. But are you familiar with the original wrapper scandal? Early Abba-Zaba wrappers from Colby & McDermott depict what appear to be African tribesmen in a jungle, sitting beside a taffy tree. And while this racially taboo packaging would never fly today, it didn’t do the brand any damage when the candy first came out.

The Abba-Zaba bar has also made numerous TV and movie appearances in its sweet history, racking up quite a few screen creds- the most famous of which may be from its mention in the movie Half Baked.

abba-zaba-cartoon

So Famous!

Abba-Zaba Today

abba-zabba-candy-bar-taffyOver the years, manufacturing of the candy passed first to Cardinet Candy and then to Annabelle Candy Company in 1978. But despite frequent company changes, the original Abba-Zaba taste has remained the same.

Today, Annabelle Candy Company manufactures the Abba-Zaba bar in Hayward, California. The candy is Kosher pareve and is even available in new flavors. You can now get your Abba-Zaba fix with green-apple flavored taffy, or a chocolate, instead of peanut butter, filling.

And once you’ve gotten your hands on one, the choice is yours on how you want to enjoy it. Some say freezing them is the best way. Others say leaving them in a hot car does the trick. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

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Sources

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba-Zaba
  • http://www.candywrappermuseum.com/abbazaba.html
  • http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/08/abba-zaba-candy-taffy-peanut-butter-you-my-only-friend.html
  • https://www.facebook.com/ABBAZABA