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Candy You Ate as a Kid Makes Great Party Favors

Updated on October 1, 2017
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Do you remember some of your favorite candies you ate when you were a kid? Did you enjoy BB Bats taffies, Mary Janes, Candy Cigarettes, Candy Buttons, Wacky Wafers? Flying Saucers? Bubblegum cigars, Lemon Heads, Pez?

Thanks to online stores you can relive a little of your sweet past. Old time treats are new again; and here are some fun ways to share your favorites as party favors:


Wedding Shower or Engagement

Swedish fish make a cute favor for a wedding shower or engagement party; just fill a cellophane bag with red Swedish fish, add two fish of another color, and top with sticker or paper that says "two less fish in the sea"; cute and delicious! You can pick up the cellophane bags at your local Michael or AC Moore store using a discount coupon.

Retro Candy for 50th Birthday

Bring back a little nostalgia and happy memories with a gift basket or party favors for special birthdays such as, 21,30, 50,60,75, etc. Include old favorites such as Chuckles, Jujubes, Baby Ruths, and Nerds for a fun and nostalgic treat. Other candies that bring back great memories to include with your birthday party favors are Fun Dip, Candy Buttons, Bottle Caps, Pixie Sticks, Razzles, Pop Rocks, Red Vines, Root-beer Barrels, Caramel Creams, and Charleston Chews.

Stock up on those fun candies you ate as a kid and place them in bowls at your next birthday party, create a sweet centerpiece using your favorites or fill treat bags with take home goodies. This is a great way to introduce your kids to some of the fun old fashioned sweets such as pop rocks, wax juice bottles and Zotz. Add to the party fun with a party game that uses licorice laces...have a fun licorice eating contest with the older kids - everyone hangs a lace from their mouth holding it with their teeth - hands behind your backs, see who can finish their licorice lace first without using their hands.

DIY Candy Button Favors

Here's a recipe to make your own homemade candy buttons

Do you remember candy buttons? You can buy these to fill your party favor bags, or even better you can make your own candy buttons in special color, pink or blue for a baby shower, holiday colors such as Orange for Halloween or red and green for Christmas, school colors, or the birthday child's favorite colors. This is an inexpensive birthday party favor that you can make with your kids before the party.

Bubblegum Cigars Baby Shower Favors

I loved bubblegum cigars as a kid and still do today! Yellow is my favorite. These fun bubblegum treats have been re-invented as a play on the old tradition of giving away cigars when a baby is born, they now come in pink for a girl and blue for a boy. These make a great baby shower favor. If you know if the baby is a boy or girl you can select pink or blue as the favor, if you don't know you can put both a pink and blue bubblegum cigar in a cellophane bag with a white ribbon as the party favor. These candies are also cute favors for the new parents, grandparents, and siblings to proudly pass around once the baby is born in pink or blue.

Tootsie Pop Halloween Party Favors

Tootsie pops are a classic old time candy, and they make such a cute Halloween party favor especially for a kids classroom party and they're so easy to make. To make these cute take home treats all you need is Tootsie pops, tissues, ribbon and a Sharpie marker.

Have you every tried to count how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? According to the folks at the Toootsie company, it depends on a variety of factors such as the size of your mouth, the amount of saliva, etc. Basically, the world may never know.

Tootsie Pops were invented in 1930 by Luke Weisgram, an employee of The Sweets Company of America. In 1969 the company changed its name to Tootsie Roll Industries. Current Tootsie Pop flavors are chocolate, cherry, orange, grape, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, blue raspberry, peppermint, pomegranate, banana and green apple as well as six swirl flavors: orange pineapple, lemon lime, strawberry banana, apple blueberry, berry berry punch and citrus punch. Fun Fact - Twenty million Tootsie Pops are produced every day.

How Many Licks Does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

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Sweet Memories

Take a trip down memory lane; here are some oldies but goodies that will make you smile when you think of them:

  • Pez
  • Candy Lipstick
  • Buttons
  • Zotz
  • Root-beer Barrels
  • Red Hot Dollars
  • Fireballs
  • Pop Rocks
  • Chick-O-Sticks
  • Tea-berry Gum
  • Necco Wafers
  • BB Bat taffies
  • Bazooka gum
  • Chunky
  • Ring Pops
  • Fun Dip
  • Sugar Babies
  • Sugar Daddy
  • Razzles
  • Rock Candy
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Lemon-heads
  • Spree
  • Smarties
  • Hot Tamales
  • Jaw Breakers
  • Bottle Caps
  • Charms
  • Fruit Stripe Gum
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Chuckles

Speaking of candy, how fun is this old time favorite children's board game... Candy Land. Complete your party with this fun candy themed game. Nowadays we have Candy Crush on all our electronic devices to play - for some old-time fun have a family game night with fun old time sweet treats and fun board game with all kinds of sweet surprises along the way as you race to the castle.

Fun Game Facts:

  • Candy Land was involved in one of the first internet domain name disputes. An online adult content site registered before Hasbro. Hasbro was able to obtain an injunction and eventually gained ownership of the domain name.
  • In 2005 the game was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.
  • This children's favorite was designed by Eleanor Abbott in 1945 while she was recovering from polio and it was first published in 1949.

Early History

Before the Industrial Revolution, candy making was done by the homemaker. She would make a variety of sweets such as taffy, brittle and candied fruit, flowers or herbs. Some were used to calm an upset stomach or sore throat. Such medicinal candies included horehound drops, peppermint drops, candied violet root, candied ginger and licorice.

Vote for Your Favorite Old Time Candy

Of the choices below, what is your favorite old time candy?

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Top 10 Confectionery Companies in the World

According to the Candy Industry statistics, currently the top ten top grossing companies are:

  1. Mars
  2. Mondelez
  3. Ferrero
  4. Meiji
  5. Nestle
  6. Hershey
  7. Pladis
  8. Lindt
  9. Ezaki Glico
  10. Haribo

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