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The Best Candy is Old Style Candy
Old fashion candy can still bring back memories of the 50s and 60s, especially since so many of them are still around to be enjoyed today.
On the downside, a lot of the candy that's being made nowadays is actually laced with preservatives and artificial flavorings, some of which are not good for the body or the soul. The taste simply cannot compare to the old fashion candy which used real sugar, corn syrup, honey, nuts and natural flavorings.
Whether you are simply wanting to take a journey down memory lane, or are looking forward to creating new memories with friends and family, old style candy is still a great way to get started.
You are Such a Lemonhead
Are Lemonheads the Best Candy Ever?
Lemonheads, You Make My Lips Pucker and My Eyes Go Squinty
Chewy Lemonheads and Gobstoppers are true retro candies that can still be purchased today. You can get them in any candy shop from the company that had been producing candy since 1908 in Chicago: the Ferrara Pan Candy. Many of the recipes have changed somewhat through the years, but the same nostalgic selections continue to be available.
Black Forest Gummies, Atomic Fireball, RedHots and Boston Baked Beans are among the old-fashioned candies that one can still enjoy to this day. The Italian tradition of making sugar coated candies in a pan continues to be used to this day, as evident in the name of the company producing these tasty treats.
Lemonheads were invented by Ferrara Pan Candy Company. This formula was made in 1962 using the same method as Red Hots, yet another Ferrara Pan candy product.
Both these candies are made using the cold panned process.
This method involves building candy pieces from candy centers and tossing them into revolving pans while adding flavor, color, and other candy ingredients. The process continues until the pieces become the desired size. The Lemonhead was made in an attempt to make a round sour candy by using a similar process as the Red Hot.
One of the first and most popular of the sour candies, Lemonheads are small panned candies with a tart lemon flavor.
Whether you are sneaking them into the theater or enjoying them at home, at 6 ounces each a dozen boxes will last for several hours of sour power.
Get Baked with Boston Baked Beans
Video Review of Boston Baked Beans
Boston Baked Beans, the Misnamed Peanut Treat
Gone are the days when going to the movies was a real delight that everyone looked forward to. When TV only offered 3 networks of news and sitcoms in the 1960s, folks flocked to the movie theaters for some escape from reality.
Getting a box of Boston Baked Beans seemed to be a must at the concession counter. But these candy coated peanuts tasted nothing like the baked beans found at picnics and potlucks.
It didn't make a difference if the show was a comedy, thriller, or tear-jerker. The convenient little boxes were perfect for putting in your shirt pocket and grabbing when the climax of the show came along.
The "Boston Baked Bean" is really a generic name used throughout the candy industry for sugar coated peanuts. The Ferrara Pan Candy Company made their line of Boston Baked Beans in the early 1930s, around the same time that Red Hots were introduced.
Boston Baked Beans are made using the cold panned candy process. This method involves building candy pieces from single units, such as peanuts, and tossing them in revolving pans while adding flavor and color along with other candy ingredients. This method continues until the pieces become the size desired.
Bringing Taffy to the Masses
Bit-O-Honey Blast From the Past
A Little Bit-O-Honey History
Bit-O-Honey had been a favorite since it first introduced in 1924 and was made by Schutter-Johnson Company of Chicago. It was a new type of candy bar made up of six pieces of candy wrapped in wax paper and then packaged in another outside wrapper. Almond pieces embedded in a honey-flavored taffy made for a long-lasting candy.
Taffy that had been only available at county fairs could now be easily bought and carried, not to mention the individual chewy pieces were often better tasting! The flavor of honey with small bits of almonds gives a tinge of mouth-watering delight which lasts for several minutes. This particular old fashion candy continues to be a favorite discovery inside a Halloween treat bag, and it is still packed with the same great taste as it was years ago.
Today, Bit-O-Honey is manufactured by the Nestle Company.
Popular TV jingle from the 1960s:
"It's the chewy candy you don't have to chew
Just put it in your mouth 'til the nuts pop through
Bit-O-Honey goes a long, long way."
If you are looking for a snack that is low in fat and sugar and high in chewy fun, give this tasty treat a try.
Watch Mike and Holly Down Some Atomic Fireballs
Get Bombed with Atomic Fireballs
Atomic Fireballs aren't just fun and unique, but they will also open up your sinuses in a hurry.
Many may remember trying to win a game of trying to keep this fireball candy inside your mouth longer than anyone in your group.
Capsaicin is the ingredient responsible for the cinnamon flavored, hot jawbreaker which will last and last.
1954 was the year when Ferrara Pan Candy first introduced this particular old fashion candy which provided long-time fun for years to come.
Atomic Fireballs, the original super intense cinnamon candy! They don't call them "fireballs" for nothing! They're individually wrapped and approximately 3/4" in diameter with a hot cinnamon taste. Have I mentioned that they're hot? I personally still cannot eat one without taking it out of my mouth a few times. We're convinced that Atomic Fireballs are the "cure" for almost anything... head colds, sinus infections, being overweight, etc. (only kidding of course).
Nello Ferrara, the son of Salvatore Ferrara, came up with the famous Atomic Fireball in 1954. At this time, he had the idea to develop a spicy candy. When the product had been presented to the candy industry, the capacity at Ferrara Pan had been limited to 200 cases a day. In just three weeks of sending samples to Ferrara Pan brokers, orders were rolling in at a rate well over 50,000 cases a day, which was beyond the capacity Ferrara Pan could possibly manage at that time.
The Atomic Fireball was developed using the hot panned candy process. This process involves building candy pieces from single grains of sugar and tossing them into revolving pans while adding flavor, color, and other candy ingredients. This process continues until the pieces become the desired size.
The Atomic Fireball gained worldwide recognition shortly after the product was introduced. The round, spicy, hard candy that was once a dream had become a huge success.
Getting My Hands on a Chick-O-Stick
Checking Out Some Chick-O-Sticks
Chick-O-Sticks (or originally Chicken Bones) are a honeycombed candy stick filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut.
Its orange-colored honeycomb exterior is rolled with fine coconut and gives an awesome taste of sweet peanut buttery and crunchy goodness.
Around 1938, a new confectionery company started in Lufkin, Texas. Atkinson Candy widely used the Lone Star of Texas and put their name throughout the middle of the star, thus creating the company logo.
It had been originally introduced under the name "Chicken Bones". The particular name changed to Chick-O-Sticks in 1955 mainly because another company already owned the first name.
This old fashion candy hit the streets during the depression, yet they still have the very same ingredients today. World War II soldiers would certainly look forward to packages from home which almost always had these handy treats inside. Soldiers these days inside Afghanistan and Iran keep this tradition high as this old fashion candy is seen making a comeback.
Chick-O-Sticks - The Original Chicken Bones
These are one of my favorite coconut treats of all time.
If you are having a hard time finding these in local stores, grab some from Amazon and relive the past with some peanut butter and toasted coconut heaven.
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