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Earth Day Candy Giveaway

April 21, 2012 by

Earth Day is all about saving, and we think it’s important to save your favorite candies from extinction. Over the years, so many delicious, ingenious candies have gone the way of the dinosaurs. We can’t take our favorite candy for granted, or we may never see it again.

In the spirit of conservation, we’re giving away some great nostalgic candy prizes. It’s our way of spreading the love of retro candies and making sure that future generations get to enjoy the same flavors we savor today.

To enter, share your favorite memory of an already extinct candy. Or tell us about the candy you believe should be saved for posterity. Just leave your story in the comments on this post to enter. We’ll announce the winners early next week!

Don’t forget to do your part for the planet. Buy online to save gas. And always dispose of your wrappers responsibly.

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  • Reply Todd Arky April 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    A delicious and refreshing gum became extinct a few years back. I say “Bring back GatorGum”. I need it in my life, even if the flavor last less than 3 minutes.

  • Reply Mary April 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I am not sure if it is actually extinct, but my very favorite candy as a child was Brachs watermelon flavored hard candy. It was oval, with a lovely pinkish red color and it had a bit of concavity. For me that was a taste I will always treasure. If you know where I can find them lease let me know.

  • Reply Joyce Pogue April 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

    When I was a child, my delight in life was a UNO candy bar. My sister, cousin, and I never had enough money to buy each of us one, so we would split one three ways. I always dreamed of the day when I could buy as many UNOs as I wanted and eat them all. When I finally could afford them, however, I found that chocolate caused my migraines. Now that I am old, my chocolate sensitivity has faded, so once in awhile, I buy a UNO and eat only a third of it.

  • Reply Kerry Kapaun April 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hi, I’n not sure if a candy is endangered if it is already gone, but I’d love to see the 7up candy bar back from Perarsons candy co. I was an indecisive little kid, and could never make up my mind of what to get. More often than not, I chose the 7up bar. First of all it was dark chocolate, which I love. Second was that it had seven choices which I also loved. Lastly, one of the seven flavors of candy was the Jelly candy. I always saved the Jelly for last because it was my favorite, and you could only get that type of candy from a high end candy counter. Thanks for the memories. KK

  • Reply Paul Fortunato April 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Mary Janes – the best molassess peanut butter chewy candy in the world

  • Reply Katherine April 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I loved the little packets of tiny tiny chicklets haven’t seen them in years

    We still have them!

  • Reply Jennifer Vuksinich April 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I remember Anabel’s Rocky Road. I don’t know if if it’s still available or not. I definately think it should be saved.

  • Reply Tiffany Lowe April 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

    In the 70’s there was lipstick candy that was the texture of real lipstick and had gold foil and celophane wrapper. It was amazing! Would love to hear if anyone knows if it’s still available 🙂

  • Reply Jim April 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Ment to say (save all candy made before 1960)
    I love all of them

  • Reply Diane Eudy April 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Bring back Brach’s Milk Chocolate Stars to the stores! My father always loves those and they are not available in the stores anymore! He keeps them in a tiny tin can next to his desk at his home and his grandchildren love to come over and get one of “Poppy’s chocloate stars”! It’s a memory he is building with them! They are also great as a topper to the “Peanut Butter Blossom” cookies instead of chocolate “kisses” because they are softier on the mouth to eat than the sharp point of the kiss…(and you don’t have to unwrap all those kisses, Brach’ milk chocolate stars are already unwrapped!)

  • Reply Sue Harrison April 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    My favorite were weird little penny candies called Squirrel Nut Zippers. They were sweet and chewy and nutty — and lasted longer than any other candy, which was my number one criterion.

    We still have those, too!

  • Reply marianne April 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    i miss pearson 7 up bar. every layer was different.

  • Reply EmBee April 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Altoids peppermint gum. For some reason unknown to me
    This gum has been discontinued. I wish I had a known they were going to stoP making it, I would’ve bought a bunch in bulk!!

  • Reply Scarlet Corine April 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    This candy isn’t extinct, but it has been changed. Brach’s Neapolitans. It used to have a layer of caramel, now it is white, pink and dark brown coconut only. The caramel added a certain lasting quality. It was also fun to bite off the different layers to get to that golden caramel.

  • Reply Byrle Moore April 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Fifty or sixty years ago there was a form of Chocolate Licorice that was sold at the Roxy Theater in St. Anthony Idaho. The consistency was similar to what is available now, except in those days the sticks were about five inches long and about an inch wide. Fresh from the box they cost 2 cents apiece which in those days was a lot for penny candy? The best thing, other than the flavor, was when you folded them in two and bit into them, the rush of air and flavor over your tongue, added to the enjoyment. The movie cost 14 cents for the Saturday Matinee and a quarter got you the ticket and a half dozen chocolate licorice sticks with a penny left over toward next weeks movie/licorice costs. Someone need to talk to Farr Candy Company in South Eastern Idaho and see if they were the manufactures and if they are then get them to bring them back and CandyFavorites can then distribute them world wide!

  • Reply Petie Sturre April 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I honestly have a trio that I want saved…can hardly find them anymore…usually have to order them…Abba Zabba (taffy filled with peanut butter–oh yum), Look (nougat covered with dark chocolate) and Big Hunk (nougat with peanuts in it)…why can’t they be in every store with 3 Musketeers and Snickers??? I also miss the 7-Up Bars (they had both dark chocolate and a milk chocolate bar–can anyone name all 7 compartments?)… 😛 I also loved Fizzies (candy?). I loved Brach’s jelly nougats too. And also one of my favorites was the Jolly Rancher Fire Stick…you can still get the hard candy but not the stick. 🙁 Cup O’Gold candy bar is good too (a chocolate cup filled with marshmallow creme, another sadly almost extinct) and a closely related cousin…Cherry Mountain…oh yummmmm…Can you tell I love candy??? Hahaha…I hope I win… Well good memories all…

  • Reply Suzanne April 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    What happened to the wax harmonicas at halloween

  • Reply christi woods April 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I remember before I left to move 1200 miles from my grammie, she gave me a candy bar and said that if I missed her i could eat the candy bar and it would put a smile on my face an remind me of her…and once i got to Mississippi and realized i couldnt just go see her, i opened that candy bar an cried for hours…..

    the closest thing i have found to it is now the Hersheys Airdelight……but back then it was called Chocolite………….


  • Reply Margo April 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Bring back Brach’s A & W root beer barrells. There aren’t any good substitutes.

  • Reply Jacelle April 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I really miss the original chocolate Now & Later. Not this new soft chewy one though. I LOVED the original and I have absolutely no idea why they stopped making it. If they brought it back I’d buy it by the case. I miss you Orginial Cholocate Now & Later….Please come back….. 🙁

  • Reply Gillian April 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    When I was a child, the neighborhood ice cream man, Mike, would always come by and instead of ice cream I would buy candy (on Friday’s he would give us free Jolly Ranchers!!! Best Ice Cream Man EVER!!!). My favorite candy he sold was Tropical Tangy Taffy, I could never find it anywhere else. It wasn’t as sticky as most taffies are, they had a ton of different flavors (I loved them all, but tropical was my all-time favorite) and they were topped with crystal sugar. Mike was such a nice guy that he sometimes had a “sale” and the candy would be buy one get one free and whenever you were short on money, he would let you pay him back the next day. Writing this made me think of 2 great memories, one of course being the Tropical Tangy Taffy and more importantly a kind person who always went out of his way to make a kid’s day. Wherever he is, I hope he is well.

  • Reply Pat April 22, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Kraft Fifties. EXTINCT FOR DECADES

  • Reply Pat April 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

    As a child in the 1950s my favorite candies was spearmint licorice. We would buy it at our local corner store. I have tried to find some of this candy for years. I would love the chance to taste it once again!!!

  • Reply Renee April 23, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Recently I was searching all over the internet for a candy that both my husband and I remember as kids. I thought it was called “Juicy Fruits”. They were sold in a box and available at the candy store. They were also very popular at the drive-in and movie theaters. They came in different colors and were a chewy/gummy candy. The texture was almost that of the Dots or Swedish Fish gummy candies. The only thing that kept coming up in my search was Juicy Fruit gum. We both remember the box so well with the picture of the candy on it, but can’t be positive if we have the name right. We are a happily married old couple. I guess you not only think alike after many years together, but forget alike too!

    Are they Jujy Fruits?

  • Reply Evelynn April 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Every Christmas Eve my family would go to church services and at the end of the evening all of the children would receive a bag of candy. They were chocolate covered creams and my favorite’s were the orange ones. They were shaped kind of like a chocolate covered cherry. I think they still have the vanilla cream ones but I can’t ever find any others.

  • Reply Pat April 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    During Christmas there are so many wonderful candies that come out only during the holidays. One of these is the peppermint chew. It’s not the Brach’s nougat, but a harder, chewy (not crunchy) peppermint candy made by a completely different candy manufacturer. For the past two years, I’ve been unable to find it locally in ANY store. This past Christmas season, I scoured the internet, but alas, no peppermint chews. I would love to find that these delightful treats are still made somewhere by somebody, but I fear that they’re gone forever!! Save the peppermint chews!

  • Reply Cindy Claplanhoo April 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    My Dad loves A&W Root Beer Barrels. He says the new ones are not the same as the old ones. He and our Uncles would go to the Store at low tide (On the Beach) and have a brown paper bag full of treats. As young children, we caught on right away, if we saw our Uncles walking on the beach without a shovel-they were going to the Store. So we would follow them and wait for our treats-when they discovered us. Tar Babies, Root beer barrels, chocolate stars and gum drops filled our bags for a nickle. Tar babies gave away the fact that my Uncle had a treat before dinner. Aunty asked, “Did you go to the Store?” “Oh no.” Then he smiled with teeth full of black licorice!
    Please bring back A&W Root Beer Barrels-for my Dad.

  • Reply Pat April 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    To Renee- Look under Movie Theater Candies. As kids we called them Juicy Fruits but they were actually Jujy Fruits. They are still available and still wonderful!

  • Reply Diane April 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I love the chocolate stars by Brachs. I can’t find them in any stores in Washington state anymore and they were always my favorite candy. I remember as a child going to the store with my Mom that had a candy counter and my choice was always the chocolate stars. They were so good and melted in your mouth with so much chocolate goodness! My Mom is gone now, but eating those candies always brings back such wonderful memories of her and the fun we had shopping at that store and enjoying our candy.

  • Reply Renee May 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Yes! That is the one we were thinking of… Jujy Fruits. No wonder I couldn’t find them.

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