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Retro Candy From the 40's, 50's, 60's and so on

Updated on June 11, 2015
What a wonderful collection of retro candy.
What a wonderful collection of retro candy. | Source

Childhood Candy Memories

One of my fondest childhood memories is the memory of eating candy while out playing with my friends or relaxing under a tree with a the gentle breeze ruffling our hair. I wonder why candy tasted so much better then than now. And I wonder just what happened to the candy we all loved so much while growing up.

My clearest memory is not of candy, but rather a drink. Fizzies. I can remember dropping a tablet into a glass of water and watching it bubble and fizz, creating a wonderfully delicious drink. Back then ( somewhere in the 50's ) it came in grape, cherry, orange, punch, berry, lemon-lime and rootbeer and was really, really good. They took it off the market for a while and recently brought it back. I haven't tried it but I have heard it's not as delicious as it was back then. Go figure.

Another good memory is hot cinnamon toothpicks ( that was sometime in the 60's ). You could buy them but most of the kids I knew made them by soaking toothpicks in cinnamon oil and then wrapped them in foil. Teachers hated them. I got in trouble one day because I had one, I got detention. But they were sooooo good. Another candy I remember as being a favor is the small wax bottles that were filled with a flavored syrup. You bit the top off, sucked out the syrup ( it was so nice and sweet ) and then chewed the wax like gum. And who can forget hot dog bubble gum, it was cinnamon flavored. Or chocolate ice cubes - little squares of bit size chocolate candy.

Sattelite wafers were also a favorite treat. They were shaped like a satellite. After you let the wafer melt you would be left with a hard piece of candy that had been tucked inside the wafer. The marathon bar had to be my all time favorite candy bar. It was a piece of braided caramel covered in milk chocolate. For those who liked hard candy there was always a Zotz ( great name, isn't it? ). They had a fizzy center. For those who were truly choc-a-holics there was Skybars. They were divided into 4 sections with 4 different centers - caramel, cvanilla, peanut, and fudge all covered in milk cholate.

Whatever your favorite was when you were growing up I have found it difficult to find the candy to purchase for my grandchildren to show them what we used to eat. After I started looking I found there were other people also looking for this candy of our childhood. I have found some really good websites to order from - in bulk, individually and as gift bags or baskets. I hope some of them make your lists of favorite spots.

Top 25 Favorite Retro Candies

  1. Atomic Fire Balls
  2. Bazooka Bubble Gum
  3. Bit-O-Honey
  4. Black Jack Gum
  5. Bubble Gum Cigarettes
  6. Candy Buttons on Paper Tape
  7. Candy Cigarettes
  8. Curly Wurly - Marathon Bar
  9. Charms Pops
  10. Chick-O-Sticks
  11. Chuckles
  12. French Chews - Bonomo's Turkish Taffy
  13. Fruit Stripe Gum
  14. Indian Brand Pumpkin Seeds
  15. Jaw Breakers
  16. Mary Janes
  17. Now and Laters
  18. Peanut Pattys
  19. Root Barrels
  20. Satellite Wafers
  21. Sugar Daddy
  22. Teaberry Gum
  23. Wax Bottles
  24. Wax Lips
  25. Zotz


Where to buy online

Great selection of retro and today's candy. Buy in bulk, individually or gift bags. Includes favorites such as: hot dog bubble gum, war heads, cloves gum, candy lipstick, squirrel nut chews and many more.

Wonderful selection of gift bags and boxes, along with bulk and individual ordering. Includes these favorites, among others: fizzies, hed hot dollars, jujyfruits,, Beeman's chewing gum, bubblegum cigarettes, and clove chewing gum.

Great candy grabbags and bulk and individual ordering. Offers a good selection of favorites: candy buttons, hot cinnamon toothpicks, wax bottles, fizzies, zotz, rock candy, swizzle sticks, baby bottle pop candy, bottle caps candy, C. Howard violet gum, and more.


Great website for buying individual candies and bulk. They offer a good variety including: chocolate ice cubes, Bun Bars, fizzies, tootsie pop drops, Horlicks Malted Milk, satellite wafers, hot dog bubble gum, Wonka bottle caps, and more.

The name says it all. It is probably the best spot to shop for retro candy. They offer many of the old favorites: candy buttons, candy cigarettes, candy lipsticks, candy necklaces, chick-o-stick, hot dog gum, long boy, mary jane, mike & ike, necco mini roll, pez refill, pumpkin seeds, rootbeer barrels, sweetarts, tootsie pops, and walnetto.

retro candy - sold by the piece or pound
retro candy - sold by the piece or pound | Source


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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Chantelle Porter I can remember getting them for my daughter years ago. Cracker Barrel has a wonderful collection of vintage candy.

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      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      I loved the Charms Pops because they only cost a nickel and they had a sticker inside where you could win a free Pop. The best. Shared to my vintage board.

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      jeanneV 4 years ago

      I remember the wax figures with the chocolate inside at Easter time. The challenge was to dig the chocoate out of the middle of it without breaking the cute wax figure. It was so fun. My mother would buy them at Stop and Shop on Randolph Street here in Chicago. Never saw them again after the 60s. Also the candy cigarettes we'd get were chocolate. No wonder I'm a chocohalic now.

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      janliz 4 years ago

      My siblings and I are trying to find mints that our mother served at her club meetings. They came in a rectangle box with a see thru top. The mints were round, maybe the size of a silver dollar from back in the day. They were in colors of yellow, orange, white, pink, and green, They were smooth 0n the top and ridged on the bottom. They were so good and sugary and melted in your mouth. Don't remember the name. They stood on end in the box like cookies.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, I remember eating the candy cigarettes also. I have a feeling that they are probably still tasty but not as good as we remember. They have a whole new generation to think they are delicious, fortunately.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a great nostalgic look at candy. I well remember those candy cigarettes, little wax bottles with the liquid inside, wax lips and a few of the others. I did not eat that much candy back then...more homemade cookies rather than candy. Nice that some of these old ones are still available by ordering online. Wonder if they taste as good? Up, interesting and useful votes.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Shlomo, It's fun to remember the old days and the goodies we had as a child. I wonder if they would taste as good to us today as they did back then. I wish I could find more about the Wax Figures filled with chocolate. Oh well, maybe someday.

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      Shlomo 6 years ago

      Yes I remember The Wax Figures that had chocolate inside. As of this writing I'm 62. Nobody I have known remembers those. Your the first. For me that was back in 1953-54. And my dad gave me a butter knife to get the wax off as well. But I remember I would bite off the wax to get the chocolate. Sure wish I knew more about those.


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Andrea, this hub came to being because of a conversation my husband and I had about the candy of our youth. I loved the ribbon candy and the fireballs. I can remember collecting soda bottles, turning them in and buying panny candy with the money. Those were the days.

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      Andrea Vega 6 years ago

      A friend of mine and I were talking about the special treats as children and we began naming them. Along with the ones everyone has mentioned, I remember grasshoppers, firecrackers, longbots, stage planks, ribbon candy at Christmas, coin candy( which actually had coins ranging from a nickle to a 50 cent piece that you had to lick your way to), the 12 inch candy canes that were only a nickle when I was growing up. And the corner drugstore had two for a penny candy and cookies, awesome sundaes and ice cream floats. Those were the days my friends. My favorites were peco bars and peanut patties. I decided to see if I could fine some of these wonderful confections and foud you. I love it!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Janet, I'm sorry I don't remember any wax figure covered in chocolate. I asked my husband and he only remembers the wax igures with the liquid inside. Sorry.

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      Janet Stewart 6 years ago

      My brother & I grew up in the Bronx in the 50's - moved to Yonkers in 64. I remember buying wax figures that were covered in chocolate & our parents would give us a butter knife to peel off the wax so we could eat the chocolate inside. Does ANYONE else remember these?????

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kellyabobbycI love to woander through the CrackerBarrel Old Country Store when I go to eat at the restaurant. They do have a nice collection of retro candies. The hub came about becuse my husband was looking for fizzies and they were none there at that time. So I found out where I could get them and decided to write a hub about all of the old time candy that can be had out there online. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comment.

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      kellyabobbyc 7 years ago from New Jersey

      Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, part of the restaurant, it's a gift shop/store which sells bottled old fashioned soda pop and tons of nostalgic candy music, audiobooks, movies, décor for your home, etc.. Even carries fudge and salt water taffys at certain times of the year. Mallo cups are my absolute fave!!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing Storytellerus. I'm with you on the brittle without the peanuts - the brittle part was always my favorite. I never did make it but it sounds like fun. Maybe it's a good thing, I would porbably have no teeth left in my head from all the sugar. Thanks for stopping in and thank you for your comment.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I loved candy, too! I wrote a hub on my favorite, licorice. But I remember fizzies and those wax bottles of sweetness. I also loved candy necklaces and sucked the string when all the candies were gone. I think it was the novelty, lol. Those candy dots on wax paper were also good. Could be my favorite candy was actually peanut brittle without the peanuts! I made it myself, which increased the anticipation. I would stir and stir sugar in a pot that I had placed in boiling water, cooking it until it got all melty and brown. Then, I would pour it into a well buttered pan and could not WAIT for it to harden. I sucked that stuff for hours. Maybe that is why my teeth have so many cavities, haha. Fun hub, Thanks!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Lady Libris. I do miss the penny candy days. Thanks for the comment.

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      Lady Libris 7 years ago from Independence MO

      Great hub! Loved those wax bottles. I remember the little corner store that had big jars of penny candy, that really did only cost a penny. Those days are gone...those kinds of stores are gone too.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sounds like you'rre related to my brother. It's funny how food can bring up great memories. Thanks for your comment.

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      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      This is really a fun Hub! My memories of Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum include being up late at night at our friends' house, chewing the gum partially, and then whipping it at each other! Ugh, boys!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, Property-Invest, years ago there seemed to be such a great variety of candy to choose from.

      Delores Monet, how could I forget how it made your mouth so tingly when you let a fizzie dissolve in your mouth? Kids today don't know what they are missing.

      Sally's Trove, I too, can remember going to the local store and gazing into a display of candy that all looked so good it was hard to decide just what you wanted. I can remember buying it by the piece. Oh dear, how that dates me.

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a wonderful assortment of memories you presented! Where once we could walk to the corner store and buy each piece for a penny out of a huge glass display case, now we get to shop online for the same candies at much higher prices. Twenty-five cents used to mean 25 pieces of candy. Progress!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      You've brought back some memories - how about when you stuck the Fizzie right in your mouth for a real thrill? Or those little colored sugar dots all lined up on a strip of paper. Or wax lips, which kids would drag around, like candy necklaces, till they were so dirty, ugh!

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      Property-Invest 7 years ago from London

      Great Hub with such a variety of choice!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You are so right, I forgot about the mallo cups, red shoe string licorice and the gold rush nuggets. There was so many good candies I guess it is impossible to name them all. Thanks for reminding me DREAM ON and thanks for your comment.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      My mouth started to water.I could name so many.I use to love the mallo cups,red shoe string licorice,gold rush little gold nuggets in a bag,the powdered sweet fruits in different plastic fruit shapes like strawberries or grapes.Thanks for the memories.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It's nice to have happy memories of your childhood, Pamela99. Candy for a lot of people seems to be a part of those memories. It's nice hearing from you again, thanks for your comment.

      Rochelle Frank, Junior mints and necco wafers were an important part of the retro candy. As you said they were one of the top picks to eat while watching a movie. Thanks for your comment, it is much appreciated.

      It is a shame that it is so hard to find some of the old favorites, MaryRenne. But I guess as they say "all good things must come to an end". But why does it have to be our childhood candy?

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      MaryRenee 7 years ago

      wow! what a fun hub! it's a shame it's so tricky to find some of these great candies today. They're so fun! great hub! :)

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Yes, I do remember a lot of them, too, the fizzy tablets and the wax "soda" bottles, especially.

      Tere were also the "junior mints"or necco wafers you could get for a dime at the movie theater.

      I was reminded of the red wax lips a couple of weeks ago. We had those little mini-red wax coated mini cheeses-- and they were using the wax to fashion their own red lips and noses.

      Thanks for sweet memories.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I think I remember all of those so I guess that ages me. It brings back happy memories for me. Excellent hub and I loved seeing all the old candies that I remember so well.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you so much Rebecca E., I appreciate your comment. I actually used to love candy, I rarely gained weight when I was growing up so I could eat to my heart's content. However, now I try not to go near it. I sort of live vicariously through hubs, so to speak.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      okay so you like candy I see! (a great way of showing some one how to do a prduct review correctly... you are my guru on product reviews you know!)


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