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Candy You Ate as a Kid Makes Great Party Favors!

Updated on February 21, 2013

Old Time Candy

Do you remember your favorite candies as a kid? Old time candies like BB Bats taffies, Mary Janes, Candy Cigarettes, Candy Buttons, Whacky Wafers? Flying Saucers? Bubblegum cigars, Chewy, Lemon Heads?

Thanks to online candy stores and places like Dylan's Candy Bar you can relive a little of your sweet past. Stock up on some candy you ate as a kid and pull it out for party favors or to add to a special candy gift basket for a friend's birthday. Introduce your kids to some of the old candy treats such as wax juice bottles, pop rocks and zotz!


Buy Old Fashioned Bubblegum Cigar Candy

Bubble Gum Cigars are now Baby Shower Favors

I loved bubble gum cigars as a kid and still do today! Every summer we hit the candy store in Sea Isle City, NJ and I stock up on the sweet treats. I buy some to take to the beach and a good supply to take home. 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. The new parents can proudly pass them around once the baby is born, or they make a great favor for a baby shower.

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

Have you ever tried counting how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

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

Have you every tried to count how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? According to the website,, 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 Lukas R. "Luke" Weisgram, an employee of The Sweets Company of America. In 1969 the company changed its name to Tootsie Roll Indistries. Tootsie Pop flavors are chocolate, cherry, orange, grape, raspberry, strawberry, watermellon, 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. Twenty million Tootsie Pops are produced every day.

Retro Candy Makes a Great Birthday Gift

Bring back a little nostalgia and happy memories by sending an old time candy gift basket as a special birthday gift. Online you can buy ready-made old time candy gift baskets filled with favorites such as Chuckles, JuJubes and other candy treats. You can even pick the decade – 1960’s candy, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s!

It’s a fun gift and great idea especially for special birthday parties like a 40th, 50th, 60th or higher!

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

  • Pez
  • Candy Lipstick
  • Candy Buttons - Here's a recipe to make your own homemade candy buttons
  • Bottlecaps
  • Zotz
  • Rootbeer Barrels
  • Red Hot Dollars
  • Fireballs
  • Pop Rocks
  • Chick-O-Sticks
  • Teaberry Gum
  • Necco Wafers
  • BB Bat taffies
  • Bazooka gum
  • Chunky
  • Ring Pops
  • Fun Dip
  • Sugar Babies
  • Sugar Daddy
  • Razzles
  • Rock Candy
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Lemonheads
  • Spree
  • Smarties
  • Hot Tamales
  • Jaw Breakers
  • Bottle Caps
  • Charms
  • Fruit Stripe Gum
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Chuckles

Fun Facts you Probably didn’t know about Candy Land the Game

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

Candy History

Before the Industrial Revolution, candy making was done by the homemaker. She would make a variety of sweets such as rock candy, 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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BB Bats Taffy Banana Chocolate Strawberry

A to Z List of Candy Brands

  1. American Licorice Company
  2. Brach's Candy Company
  3. Cadbury Adams Candy
  4. Dubble Bubble
  5. Elmer Candy Corporation
  6. Ferrara Candy Company
  7. Ghirardelli Chocolates
  8. Hershey's
  9. Island Delights Candies
  10. Jelly Belly
  11. Keebler
  12. Lindt & Sprungli
  13. M&M Mars
  14. Nestle Candy Company
  15. Osmanium Candy Company
  16. Palmer's Candies
  17. Quality Candy Company
  18. Russell Stover Candies
  19. Sees Candies
  20. Tootsie Roll Industries
  21. UltimateCandyCompany
  22. Vidal Candies USA
  23. Wrigley
  24. XCandies
  25. York Peppermint Patties
  26. Zachary Confections

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting hub! I remember the Candy Cigarette, Pez and the rich smell of the Bazooka Bubble Gum, but I think I missed out on all the other goodies. Seems that Tootsie Pops has some kind of record. Thanks for the memories.

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      bizzymom 4 years ago from New York

      What a great hub! It is well written and very informative. It also made me hungry! I remember most of this candy from when I was a child. We just visited Dylan's in New York City and they had a lot of the candy you mention in the hub. Thanks!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Candy, candy, my oh my! I love it all! My parents called me the candy monster when I was little. I seem to remember the research for this one in the forums! : ) I often ate giant pixie stix as a kid and would start giggling so much with my girlfriends that I'd choke myself on the powder when I unintentionally inhaled it. Great hub! I may have to order some of this retro candy. Thanks for a walk down memory lane! Voted up and shared.

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      KevinC9998 4 years ago

      This was a great hub which made me think of my other old time and long gone favorites- like Fudgetown cookies! Voted up and awesome! Kevin

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I can still get Charleston Chews. I love them. I never counted the number of licks on a Tootsie Roll Pop, because I ended up chewing the thing before I got that far.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      When I was a kid I always chose a Sugar Daddy from a candy basket as a reward every time I completed my piano lessons (though I wasn't able to have them when I had to wear a retainer in my mouth- the kind that you aren't able to take out).

      Great hub and memories!

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome! Me and my husband enjoying remembering these candies. Can't make him remember pez though. Love the hub!

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      Ladybird33 4 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Very creative and great memories you brought back to me. Thanks, I enjoyed the hub!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      This was so fun to read. Just went to my high school reunion and somebody mentioned Boston Baked Beans. I have never heard of them. But remember most of the rest of them.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      My favorite was candy cigarettes. My friend and I would push our baby buggies down the street smoking our candy cigarettes.

      I was looking all over for French Burnt Peanuts to mix in with a chex type mix at Christmas. I finally found them in of all places a Menards.

      Enjoyed your hub voted uP!

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      MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

      Thanks moonlake, I like the bubblegum cigarettes as well, the fun part was blowing the powder out of the paper. Hope the French Burnt Peanuts were as good as you remembered.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Of course! Brilliant idea, momstresurechest! Voting up and shared.

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