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Updated on January 6, 2017
Bulk Retro Candy Assortment
Bulk Retro Candy Assortment | Source

Old Style Retro Candies From Days Gone By

It seems like folks have always had a sweet tooth for sugary confections of one kind or another. Some things never change.

Vintage candy that was popular in the 1960s and earlier may have been replaced by newer products with eye-catching wrappers and fancy TV commercials, but the fond memories of the originals will never die.

The world was a different place half a century ago and wrappers didn't include things like nutritional value, warnings, and every single ingredient that was in the candy.

Everyone simply knew they were eating pure sugar.

Wrapped Sugar Daddy
Wrapped Sugar Daddy | Source

Be My Sugar Daddy

The Sugar Daddy was a melt-in-your-mouth caramel confection which lasted for what seemed like hours. You could suck on the lollipop while you're watching a new Disney movie then put it back inside the wrapper to enjoy later on.

Movie theaters had Sugar Babies, which are the smaller version of the suckers that were made in drops and easy to toss in your mouth while you're watching a show.

Initially developed in 1935 by the James O. Welch Company, Sugar Daddies inspired the creation of Sugar Mamas, Sugar Babies, and Junior Mints. The Sugar Mamas had been bigger than Sugar Babies and were put in individual wrappers.

These were first placed on the market in 1965 and ended up being discontinued in the 1980s. Junior Mints were a milk chocolate round bite-sized candy filled with a creamy mint center.

Sugar Daddies are milk caramel suckers which last a loooooong time.

This particular well-liked sucker had been created by Robert Welch in 1925 and was first known as the Papa Sucker. A variety of slogans were tried for the new caramel sucker and the one decided on had been "Of all the pop family, this is the Papa."

The particular name changed around 1932 to Sugar Daddy which had been a popular phrase at the time. It suggested loads of sweetness. Below is a magazine advertisement from 1976 which includes the Sugar Mama (1965) and Sugar Baby (1935).

Sugar Babies are still available today, although Sugar Mamas (chocolate covered Sugar Daddies) were discontinued in the 80s.

Many of you might remember Giant Sugar Daddies made as a promotion for the Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs tennis match. They weighed a pound each. The manufacturers of Sugar Daddies sponsored this tennis match billed as the "Battle of the Sexes" on Sept. 20, 1973.

The Giant Sugar Daddies were discontinued following the match and briefly brought back in 2009. Sadly, they're no longer being produced.

Circus Peanut
Circus Peanut | Source

Circus Peanuts

Banana Flavored Marshmallow Treats.

Do you remember Circus Peanuts, those large orange candies filled with marshmallow? They tasted nothing like peanuts, rather having a unique banana-type flavor. Well known in the 1940s as penny candy, they were invented in the 1800s as a yummy springtime candy treat.

The flavor was unforgettable, and either you loved them or couldn't stand them. You are able to still buy these unique vintage candies through various manufacturers which include Spangler Candy, Melster Candies, or Brachs.

Occasionally, you will find these vintage candies in department stores or convenience stores. A number of the original producers continue to be in business, while others have sold to the larger candy manufacturers. In addition to Pearson's (that still makes vintage chocolate candies using the original recipe), most companies have redesigned the ingredients using fillers along with preservatives for extended shelf life. In spite of that, the memories these vintage candies trigger memories of a simpler life and will always have a special meaning to those that remember.

Marshmallow Circus Peanuts were originally invented in the 1800s. These peanuts have been made by several different confectionery manufacturers through the years. They were originally introduced as candy items in the dominant 5 and 10 cent variety stores of the time.

A number of other unwrapped penny candies were also available. This product of the time was considered a spring seasonal item. Nevertheless, with the development of polyethylene film in the late 1940s, it made it possible to provide Circus Peanuts on a year-round basis.

Spangler Circus Marshmallow Peanuts, 12-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Spangler Circus Marshmallow Peanuts, 12-Ounce (Pack of 6)

6 individually packaged bundles of banana flavored marshmallow heaven.


Choose Between Original or Maple Flavored - I am hooked on the Maple flavored Buns

Maple Bun Bar - Retro Candy Bars
Maple Bun Bar - Retro Candy Bars

Made with real Virginia peanuts surrounded by a creamy maple center and covered in chocolate.


The Nut Goodie and Bun Bar

The Nut Goodie and Bun Bar has always had the most amazing flavor. These vintage candies made using chocolate, nuts, and caramel just seem to taste fresher. One reason is that Pearson's, the company which makes Nut Goodies, Buns, as well as Nut Rolls. have never sacrificed quality ingredients for profit.

The Nut Goodie Bar became a great hit in 1912 when it first became available and folks were eager to pay the five cents that the candy costs.

Pearson's Original Nut Goodie contains a rich and creamy maple center covered with real milk chocolate along with fresh unsalted Virginia peanuts.

Pearson Candy Company was created in 1909 by P. Edward Pearson along with the assistance of his two brothers, John Albert and Oscar F. Pearson. Several years later, two more brothers, Waldemar and C. Fritz, joined the Minneapolis-based company which started as a candy distribution firm that did a bit of manufacturing on the side.

Willy Wonka: The Candy Man

Is Willy Wonka for Real?

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a delightful movie, but the Willy Wonka Candy Company truly does exist and has since 1971.

If you're looking for the Wonka Bar, though, it doesn't exist. There have been a number of promotions of the Wonka Bar to coincide with the movie, but they were short lived. In 2010, Wonka introduced four different bars taken from the best parts of the movie, including Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Bar, Waterfall Chocolate Bar, Triple Dazzle Caramel Bar, and Fantabulous Fudge Bar.

All-time favorite candies like Nerds, Pixy Stix, Bottle Caps, Laffy Taffy, and Sweetarts are just some of the Willy Wonka Candy Company names you might recognize today.

Pixy Stix contents had been originally sold as a drink mix in the 1940s. However, the manufacturer discovered that kids had been eating this sweet and sour powder right out of the package rather than mixing it with water. In the 1950s, this tasty powder was repackaged as Pixy Stix.

How to Eat Pixie Sticks

Chuckles (Pack of 24)
Chuckles (Pack of 24)

These sticky, chewy jelly candies will put a smile on your face and gooey stuff between your teeth..


Give Me the Chuckles

Chuckles candy is a type of jelly confection with sugary sprinkles on the outside. Fred W. Amend started out as a marshmallow manufacturer in 1921. That year he developed a formula for jelly candies that solved the problem of "sweat" that would form on the surface of the treats. On the suggestion of his wife. they were named Chuckles, and they laughed all the way to the bank.

Hand wrapped in a rolled package which was twisted on both end to keep them from falling out, today they are packaged in a strip containing 5 flavors: lemon, lime, orange, cherry, and licorice. Currently manufactured by Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, prior ownership included Nabisco, Leaf and Hershey's.

Advertising campaigns associated with Chuckles candy include a World War II billboard, newspaper and radio blitz. Slogans used for the promotion were "Purest candy tastes just dandy, keep it handy", "5 flavors - 5 cents, America's favorite jelly candy", and "Best candy buy in town."

1974 saw Evel Knievel endorsing Chuckles in his not so successful jump of the Snake River Canyon. No one knows for sure if he had a couple of Chuckles in his pocket which may have weighed him down.

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    • LouisaDembul profile image

      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Vintage candy just goes to show that we really can't survive without something sweet!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just love the look of this candy, yum!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Oh, now you've made me crave a Cherry Mash. I used to love those!

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      I may have gained a pound or two, just reminiscing. Three Musketeers were my favorites. And Reese's Cups.

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      justmelucy 4 years ago

      I love all the old candy styles. My favorite is licorice. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love all these vintage candies, thanks for sharing!

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @BelleBanks: I know the feeling. I lost some dental work last year due to a frozen Baby Ruth. The things we do for candy!

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      BelleBanks 5 years ago

      I like Sugar Daddys but would be afraid they would pull out my teeth now :)