1950's Retro Candy
Remembering the Tastes of Yesteryear With 1950's Candy
It's hard to fathom that over six decades have passed since baby boomers first arrived on the scene.
The country was at peace, prosperity was on the rise, and life was good for most.
Fast forward 60 years.
The world has evolved into a technological behemoth and the pace is significantly faster.
The candies of the 1950's can take all of us back to a time in which everything was simpler, and the days seemed to stretch on forever.
A Peek at Peeps
Peeps celebrates over 60 years of existence.
In 1953 the Just Born Candy Company bought out the Rodda Candy Company, who at the time were making handmade marshmallow chicks covered in a sweet shell.
Bob Born really liked the marshmallow treats and devised a way to produce them on a much larger scale. After a year in development, he slapped the Peeps trademark on them, and the rest is history.
The Peeps line of products has since expanded to include bunnies, ducks, snowmen, scary cats, Christmas trees and pink hearts to cover all the major candy holidays.
Take My Hearts, Please
Valentine's Day took a heartfelt turn for the better when The New England Confectionery Company redesigned NECCO wafers into little heart shaped candies.
What really set the treats apart was the stamping of cute little mushy sayings on one side.
Kids would make sure to hold back ones like "Be Mine" for that special person they had feelings for. Valentine's Day was suddenly right up there with Sadie Hawkins' Day for finding out who may or may not feel the same way about you!
The same drama is still being played out today, with both children and adults testing the romantic waters by handing out little candy hearts. And what the heck, if you get rebuffed, you still have some tasty candy to fall back on!
Kiss Me With Those Big Wax Lips
A classic Halloween candy, Wax Lips are a paraffin wax chewing gum with cherry flavoring. Created by The American Candy Company on a whim, they are part candy and part costume.
Don a half mask or funny glasses and gently bite down on the built-in holder that runs along the inside, and all of the sudden you look either very cute or very silly. Either way, it's a great way to spread some cheer around.
These are highly recommended for your next meeting with the boss, or if you want to really impress that cute guy or gal you have an eye on, bring them along on your first date!
Candy Cigarettes and Controversy
Trust Me, They Don't Stay Lit Very Long!
The 1950's movies glorified the tough guy image. John Wayne was the standard bearer, and all the boys worshiped him. There was one problem with this, and that was the fact that he was a heavy smoker and was seen smoking a cigarette quite often. This was unfortunate for him, and all those that took up smoking because of this.
60 years later it has become obvious that this was a ploy to get people to smoke. Candy cigarettes certainly added fuel to the fire.
Candy cigarettes today come as both chewing gum and sugar sticks. While the controversy surrounding candy cigarettes has not died down, at least now we know about the dangers of tobacco use.
Getting to the Center of a Tootsie Pop
Is it the Journey or the Destination?
Tootsie Pops are flavored suckers with a Tootsie Roll in the middle. Packaged as both miniatures and regular size, over 20 million of these lollipops are made each and every day. Hard on the outside and chewy in the center, Tootsie Pops have been a cult favorite of hardcore candy lovers everywhere.
The first Tootsie Pops entered the market in the 1930s. They gained a lot of popularity in the 1950's, and although never reaching the same status as the Tootsie Roll, there is an Urban Legend attached to the treat. Apparently, the rumor was that if you found a Tootsie Pop wrapper showing a Native American shooting an arrow towards a star you could redeem it for a free bag of candy. Like a lot of Urban Legends, this turned not to be accurate. Around 30% of the wrappers had this image, and to hand out a bag of candy for every wrapper doesn't sound like a very good marketing campaign!
How many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? For most, this will never be known, as it is just too tempting to crunch down on the outer shell to get to the chocolaty heaven in the middle. Below is a very scientific video on the subject.
Tootsie Pop Poll
What's the Best Part of Eating a Tootsie Pop?
© 2012 Hal Gall