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Apr 26, 2007 11:15 AM


They are filled with white grape juice and flavoring. Who knew?

Even as a kid, long before the term 'junk food' was coined, I always suspected there was nothing natural in them. Loved them though.

Looking to see if I could confirm this (it was in a retro candy segment on The View), I never did find the company that made them or the ingrediant list. I did find a ton of companies selling old-fashioned penny candies.

Do you have a favorite on-line source of retro candy?

This company with a picture of Nik-L-Nips has a rather cool idea. If you look at the links on the side of the page, they have candy by decade ... 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's. They will put together a basket. Seems like it would be a really fun birthday gift to get a basket of candy you ate as a kid.

Fire Balls and candy necklaces and zagnuts ... oh, my.

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  1. I'm laughing...only YOU, rworange, would post that you want an ingredient list for Nik-L-Nips!

    Cost Plus seems to rotate their retro candy selection (I recently saw striped gum and Blackjack), and from time to time, although usually not all at once, you can find quite a few of the "stuff of our fondest memories." I have also noticed that Bristol Farms in Southern Cal also has a section of Clark bars and other oldies. Additionally, there used to be a store at Universal City in Hollywood that carried a huge selection of necklaces and fire balls; I don't know if they are still there.

    Online, I love your old-time candy find for occasions. Thanks!

    1. What a great website. Thanks. Will definitely use this for birthday gifts. Brought back memories. Though- I will admit- I still buy fire balls. Buy them in bulk at BJ's, and include them in the candy dish on my desk. People love em!