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Updated on January 9, 2017

Visit an Old Fashioned Candy Store

Candy Store, Columbus, Nebraska
Candy Store, Columbus, Nebraska | Source

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

Lemonhead Boxes
Lemonhead Boxes | Source

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.

Lemonhead Hard Candy, Lemon, 6 Ounce, Pack of 12
Lemonhead Hard Candy, Lemon, 6 Ounce, Pack of 12

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

Original Boston Baked Beans
Original Boston Baked Beans | Source

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 | Source

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.

Nestle Bit O Honey Peg Bag, 4.2-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)
Nestle Bit O Honey Peg Bag, 4.2-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

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

Chick-O-Stick | Source

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

Chick o Stick 24 pack of 1oz Bars
Chick o Stick 24 pack of 1oz Bars

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.


Old Fashioned Candy Poll

Which of the Above Featured Old Fashioned Candy is Your Favorite?

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© 2012 Hal Gall

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      Hal Gall 3 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @Redneck Lady Luck: Try and find penny candy these days! I remember what a travesty it was when a the price went up on a 5 cent chocolate bar.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I had not seen the Boston Baked Beans but I am Canadian so perhaps they were not offered here. A few of my favorites were the black licorice pipes and of course the penny candy that we were given a small paper bag to purchase our chosen items into. We had a newspaper store near our local theatre which sold the penny candy and with a quarter you could really load up on it.

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      Brings back wonderful childhood memories.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great lens. I could eat Boston Baked Beans every day of the week!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I still buy Boston baked beans. ....yummy

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      These are great nostalgia gifts.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Chico sticks! Don't know if I spelled it right, but I can remember how awesome they were! Thanks for the memories! B : )

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Bit-o-Honey and it is still probably my favorite candy. It was fun to see these Old Fashioned Candy Favorites.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All I can say is...yummy! I definitely have a sweet tooth. I don't remember any of this candy though, but I am not vintage enough ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have to admit I used to eat very large amounts of those candies.

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      Love old-fashioned candy!

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      bigmedicine 4 years ago

      Old fashioned candy is so much tastier!

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      OrganicMom247 4 years ago

      Brings back memories.

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      Oh this brings back memories.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @Wednesday-Elf: Went "back home" this summer and went into what used to be a small family owned drugstore. The creaky old wooden floor were still there, as well as the counter where real sodas and malted were once served up. They also had penny candy back then, but it was more like you better bring a nickel if you wanted to get a few things. Try that today! Anyway, the drugstore is now a liquor store. At least they had my flavor of beer nice and cold. Cheers!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My memories of old fashioned candies goes back further than yours of the 50s and 60s. In the late 1940s I lived in a small town in upstate New York and we had an old fashioned candy store with jar after jar of 'penny candy' run by a couple who must have been in their 80s at the time. We 'kids' would go several times a week with nothing but literally 'pennies' in our hands and spend an enormous amount of time choosing 2-of-this for a penny, one-of-those for another penny. We'd then troop homeward again with a little white paper bag filled with our latest 'goodies'. It's a great memory.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      I really like your list. I think you've done a great job on compiling all these. My favorites are the Atomic Fireballs and Bit-O-Honey. I wish I could find some of these here!