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Retro Christmas Candy : Holiday Candy to Make or Buy

Updated on September 12, 2016

Retro Hard Candy

Hard, Ribbon Candy
Hard, Ribbon Candy | Source

Your Retro Christmas Candy Store

Are you shopping for retro candy for Christmas celebrations or for the winter holidays? You'll find some suggestions on this page that may appeal to you.

Do you have special memories of Christmas candy when you were a child? I certainly do.

Every December, my father would drive me to a tiny village about fifteen miles from where we lived,. This village was known for a little grocery store that sold hard Christmas candy from bulk bins. My mother refused to touch the candy, saying that the bulk bins had mouse droppings in them. I don't know if that was true or not. If it was true, it didn't seem to do me any harm! LOL

The candy, as I recall, was not particularly delicious, but it was very, very pretty and colorful. The trip with my dad and the purchase of the candy became a valued ritual that I still remember with nostalgia.

Thinking back, I believe it was the ribbon candy that is made by boiling syrup to a hard ball stage and adding color and flavorings. I may be wrong.

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Retro candy is so cool. For many of us, it brings back memories of childhood holidays, complete with snowmen, trees with an angel on the top and such wonderful food!

I believe this candy shown to the right is the equivalent of the hard candy that brings back such nostalgic memories from my youth.

What's Your View on Retro Candy

Why do you like Retro Candy for the Holidays?

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Shop eBay for Retro Christmas Candy Items

You never know what will show up on eBay. It could be an apron, a candy dish, a rubber stamp, or almost anything else featuring old fashioned holiday candy.

If you search, you may also find hard candy that suits special diets. Perhaps artificially sweetened, as per diabetic diets or for those who are counting calories, or gluten free for those who are watching their gluten intake. It goes without saying that retro candy is vegetarian and in many cases, is also vegan.

Hard Candy in a Jar
Hard Candy in a Jar | Source

Make Your Own Retro Candy for the Holidays

You can make your own hard candy that closely resembles the hard Christmas candy of my youth. You will need a candy thermometer, OR the ability to test for the hard ball stage when boiling the sugar and water syrup together.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: several


  • 3 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon oil or peppermint oil
  • 1 teaspoon red or green food coloring


  1. Oil a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. Using a large saucepan, mix together the sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring this to a boil and continue boiling until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage, which is 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If you know how to test for this yourself, do so,l but if not, you will want to use a candy thermometer. The candy will not harden unless the mixture boils to the correct temperature.
  3. When your mixture is at the hard crack stage, remove it from the stove. Stir in the peppermint or cinnamon oil and the food coloring.
  4. Promptly pour this onto the prepared cookie sheet. Allow it to cool and then break it into pieces.
  5. Store your retro candy in an airtight container.
  6. Tip: Alternatively, instead of using a cookie sheet, you could use candy molds or sucker molds to shape your candy.
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How to Give Christmas Candy as Gifts

This woman in the video has some wonderful ideas for creating eyecatching gifts of Christmas or holiday candy. Edible food gifts are always welcomed.

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      6 years ago

      those candy canes look fantastic! would love to try to make them, but buying a tub looks a lot easier!

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      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I may have to take a shot at making some home made hard candy this year!

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Retro is other word for evergreen:)

    • squidoopets profile image

      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Totally sweet trip down memory lane

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      6 years ago

      Memories, Sweet memories!!

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @hlkljgk: Yes, I would think so. I didn't locate any ribbon candy for sale, though, and I don't know how to make it.

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      8 years ago from Western Mass

      is ribbon candy considered retro?

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ShariBerry: Glad to hear it. Thanks for commenting.

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      Sharon Berry 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I've been looking for an easy recipe for hard candy, thank you. Loved the lens.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: Nostalgic memories are the best. Thanks for visiting.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the hard candy recipe! I do always enjoy the walk down memory lane :)

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      Steve and Annette 

      8 years ago

      What about Ribbon candy? I don't really like eating it but it reminds me of my childhood Christmases.

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @SofiaMann: Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Sweet, sweet, sweet. Nice lens. Congratulations.

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @pkmcruk: Many, many thanks for the blessing.

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      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Gosh what a selection and the treats of our childhood were always so much more interesting weren't they! Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @WindyWintersHubs: Three for a penny! Those were the days, alright.

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      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I remember the retro candy from the 60s. For 10 cents I could fill up a little brown paper bag with penny candies. Most candies were 3 for 1 cent. :)


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