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Nov 30, 2007 10:43 PM

Mad hunt for vintage candy

My wife, for years, has raved about a holiday candy she enjoyed when she was a young girl back in the late seventies, early eighties. She calls them "mint puffs" which she's sure is not the technical name for them. She describes them as round or oval shaped candies, maybe slightly smaller than a golf ball, that has the familiar candy cane striping. She says they are mint flavored, but these are not to be confused with the very hard, glossy, holiday mint candy of the same size and appearance that I think most of us are familiar with. These have a much softer texture. The best way I can describe them, based upon how she's described them to me, is that when biting into them, they have a little less "give" than a malt ball, and she says they just disintegrate and melt in your mouth instantaneously.

I would love to find these damn things and surprise her for Christmas. She hunts for them every year and never is able to find them. Any help out there???

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  1. Sees candy sells a mint like that. They are fun to crunch then they melt in your mouth. White with red stripes, I believe.

    They are called peppermint twists.

    1. If it is/was a packaged item sold in stores, you might find it here. But it's best to know a brand name.

      In perusing the site, I found something called King Leo Soft Peppermint Puffs. Could that be it?

      Good luck. Great idea for a Xmas present BTW.

      1. Sounds like the consistency you're speaking of is similar to that of mints with a jellied center -- the kind you get on your way out of a diner for instance. The mint shell resembles white porous chalk. It dissolves almost immediately in your mouth. Maybe this will help others in identifying what you want.

        Johnb might be right on target with the Peppermint puffs ...
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        1. That's probably Bob's peppermints. They're inexpensive and you may be able to find a huge tub of them at a local Walgreen's store or or other websites. They are an oldtime favorite and they do melt in your mouth.
          Don't even think of going upscale if this is what she remembers from her childhood. My father adored these and I used to give him an enormous wholesale tub of them several times a year. Then I got hooked on them too...

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          1. re: MakingSense

            WalMart also carries them, both in the regular candy isle and in a larger container in the holiday candy isle, along with peppermint sticks that are also from Bob's for Christmas. I always stock up on them after Christmas at 50% off, since they are one of the few commercial candies made with sugar, since I'm allergic to corn. I also recently found cinnamon ones made by Bob's at Big Lots and Strawberry Cream, Key Lime & Pepermint ones made by King Leo- needless to say, I was in heaven.

            Cracker Barrel also carries some of the Bob's 100% sugar peppermints Soft Candy, as they call it, but it may only be the peppermint sticks- I can't remember off the top of my head.