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Candy Popular In 1958?

My parents are about to celebrate their 50th Anniversary... and I thought it would be great to make gift bags for the party attendees filled with things from 1958.

So I'm trying to find out what candy was popular back then.

I've been to the sites that sell nostalgic candy boxes but the 1950's seem so generic.

Anyone here live through that time and can remember those treats that were well loved?


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  1. I found this website - http://www.candyxpress.com/index.asp?... that says Candy necklaces were invented in 1958

    Also I saw online ads for lifesavers from 1958 and brach's candy corn

    maybe you could include other items, wikipedia says instant noodles were first introduced in 1958 :-


    Here's a site with allkinds of cool stuff http://www.centex.net/~elliott/1958.html they mention wax bottles.

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    1. re: LisaN

      Candy necklaces are great!

      The thing with most of the other candy in those "retro" candy boxes is they were around for years before 1958... like Lifesavers and candy corn.

      I wonder when twinkies etc came around.. hmmmm?

      1. re: Jennalynn

        Good and Plenty
        Charms (square candy like Lifesavers)
        Bonomo turkish taffy (I don't think this is around any more)
        Joya Halvah
        Tootsie Rolls
        Penny candy dots ( on long paper roll)
        Mary Jane
        Chocolate Cigarettes
        chocolate babies
        Sugar Daddy
        To name a few tooth rotting favorites.

        1. re: lucyis

          Right ... Bonomo's Turkish Taffy -- "Just smack it and crack it."

      2. re: LisaN

        I was six in 1958 so that makes me some kind of expert ;-)

        My favorites: Sky Bars, Necco wafers, candy dots (not the thumb-sized jujubes in a box, these were little sugar candy dots in various colors that came on strips of paper sold by the foot), Bonomo's turkish taffy, marshmallow peanuts, Good 'n Plenty, Lik-m-Ade, little wax bottles of syrup, Red Hots, wild cherry flavor Smith Brothers cough drops, Squirrel Nut zippers, wax lips, candy cigarettes, Sugar Daddies, and last but not least a non-candy item that used up a significant bit of my candy budget: Indian pumpkin seeds, covered in a thick coating of baked-on salt!

        You can get most of these items - including the pumpkin seeds! - from Candy You Ate as a Kid, http://www.oldtimecandy.com/ .

        1. re: BobB

          I just sent my five year old grandson a Batman lunchbox packed full of all these kinds of candies so he could taste the stuff that Grandma used to eat. "Grandma, you should have sent me a Thomas the Train toy." <sigh>

          1. re: Caroline1

            What a wonderful, imaginative present! Too bad he would have preferred the toy. These kids today....

            1. re: Catskillgirl

              Well, as he grows, he seems to be more like a Chinese calendar than a kid. First it was The Year of Spiderman. Then The Year of Cars. Now we're in The Year of Thomas the Train. I've been praying for the decade of Dr. Seuss, but after sending him a half dozen of the books I don't think that's going to happen. Next time it's gonna be a lunch pain full of nostalgia candy just for me! Abba Zabba, here I come!

      3. Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Lik-a-made, Dots, Jujubes, Chocolate Babies, and of course, the old standbys, Almond Joy, Snickers, Baby Ruth, etc.

        1. Junior mints, milk duds, liquorice (sp?), jujubees, candy corn, lifesavers, tootsie rolls, tootsie roll pops, all day suckers, peppermints (the rounded disks with red lines in the white), Hershey's kisses, M&Ms, pez, red hots, lemon drops, homemade rock candy, the usual candy bars, and See's candies.

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          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            See's Candy.... ONLY if you lived in California! And back then they used no canned milk, only fresh cream.

            No one has mentioned Hershey bars, or Nestle Crunch. And the Hershey mini-bars; Mr. Goodbar, stuff like that.

          2. Just found this page: http://www.candyfavorites.com/shop/hi...

            And that's my problem... very little really from the 1950's.

            For example:
            Tootsie Rolls - 1896
            Kisses - 1906
            Mounds - 1923
            Candy Corn - 1880s
            Baby Ruth - 1920

            So far Candy Necklaces are my only hit. But I did read that Rice-a-Roni (the San Francisco Treat!) was intro'd in 1958... as was Cocoa Krispies and Puffs and Sweet 'n' Low... and creamy Jif Peanut butter.

            Still looking if anyone has anything!

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            1. re: Jennalynn

              You can buy individual small boxes of Cocoa Krispies and individual packets of sweet n low on http://www.minimus.biz

            2. And one could Abba Zaba, Milky Way, Mars bars, Mountain Bars, Big Hunk, Walnettos, Caramellos, peanut brittle, Cracker Jack, chocolate-peanut clusters and those big hunks of broken milk chocolate.

              1. My previous next door neighbor in New England, widowed and lonely but with acres of manicured gardens and ponds and fountains, surrounded by 8 foot dry-stack flat stone walls, is the heiress to the Tootsie Roll fortune. Whooda thunk little bits of candy could over the years, provide so well? Enjoy a Tootsie Roll.

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                1. re: Veggo

                  Assuming that 1. you have some lead time for the ordering. 2. your defintion of candy incudes it and 3. the atendees still all have good enough teeth You cant go wrong with Blackjack chewing gum. Certainly my dad, (who is in the same rough age group) has fond memories of it. Yes I know its a bit too old if you are looking for thing that first came out in the 1950's (Its the oldest flavored gum in production (since 1876 as I recall) but it certainly was still a commonly avalaible confection in the 1950's. I believe Vermont Country Store carries it.

                  1. re: jumpingmonk

                    Beeman's Beech Nut gum too. Candy drops on paper, was bottles w/ seet sugar water inside, penny candies in general

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      Well, if you're gonna go with Beech Nut, then you can't leave out Black Jack or Teaberry gum! '-)

                      1. re: Caroline1

                        Teaberry, my favorite. We were just looking at wild baybery(the flavor in Teaberry) bushes while visiting mom last week in NJ. Very important to early colonists for candle making.

                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                          Good thing i didn't live in Colonial times or I'd have been chewing up all the candles! Got in BIG trouble with my dad when I was a kid. He had a carton of Teaberry gum hidden under his military pith helmet in the closet, and I helped myself without permissin. Shows how unsmart my father was! How can you "hide" something THAT aromatic under a well vented hat and not expect the world to know it's there! '-)

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            But do you remember doing the Teaberry Shuffle? LOL! The power of advertising - so many years later I still remember the slogans of my favorite things.

                            1. re: Catskillgirl

                              Good & Plenty, Good & Plenty, Good & Plenty, Whoooo, Whooooo!

                  2. My mom was 10 in 1958, and to this day remains a sugar fiend. I know her current favorites are unchanged from her childhood (though unfortunately, the candy formulas themselves, are somewhat changed) so its likely that these were popular back then, as well:
                    Mary Janes
                    Good and Plenty
                    licorice rope

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                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                      La vostra madre è due anni più vecchia di me? Ringraziamenti mólto! Appena che cosa ho dovuto sentire.

                      Seriously, I wonder about the candy favorites of your mother/our different ethnic groups. I didn't mention Tomoe Ame, the Japanese candy we ate that was wrapped in an edible wrapper.

                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                        Mia madre ha sesant'anni ed io ne ho trentadue! Mi immaginavi piu grande?
                        In ogni caso, mia madre e sempre giovanissima ed anche tu, sicuro :) Non ti preoccupare.

                        My mother was actually born in NY, and only moved to Italy as an adult. So she grew up eating good ole American candy.
                        FWIW, you can buy Tomoe Ame here in NYC today, as well as botan ame and umi candy and I've enjoyed them on several occasions.

                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          I grew up in New York in the fifties. I remember Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, Mounds, Chunkies, Chocolate Babies, Mary Janes, Nonpariels, Dots, Snickers and Three Musketeers.

                          1. re: Judith

                            Do you recall the best thing about Bonomo's was that you could freeze it and smack on the sidewalk to have scores of sweet shards that lasted longer. I can still hear the commercial in my mind; Bo-no-mo-o-o-o it's bonomo.

                          2. re: vvvindaloo

                            Realmente, lo immagino sempre per essere più giovane!

                            That is fascinating! Tell me more (by email if necessary). Would that be like if I went back to Japan (shudder!!!!) to live?

                          3. re: Sam Fujisaka

                            When my dad was stationed in Long Beach we lived down the street from what we called,The Japanese Market. I remember the rice candy very well was it Botan back then or Tomoe Ame? I still that by that for myself and at Christmas my kids look so forward to recieving several boxes in their stockings.

                            wax bottles with juice
                            dill pickles in wax -these was the best! Chewing the wax with the pickle juice. Yum!
                            And I would buy these red wax lips that when chewed were sweet, chewed the wax until the flavor was gone. Guess where the wax ended up...
                            Double Bubble and Bazooka Bubble Gum
                            Red Hot jaw breakers - still love these.
                            Dots & Red Licorice
                            Oh and always JuJuBees and Nonpaiels when we went to the movies!

                          4. re: vvvindaloo

                            Speaking of advertising, anyone remember, "Open wide for Chunkys" ???

                              1. re: Thefoodczar

                                Nope. Only Chunky, what a chunk of chocolate!!

                            1. So far, no one has mentioned my favorite - U-No bars. They still exist, but aren't easy to find. For a special treat, we would freeze them.

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                              1. re: Sharuf

                                Milk Duds, Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies, Brach's chocalate covered peanuts, Whitman's Samplers at Valentine's Day, Babe Ruth, Butterfingers, PayDay, Hershey Bars male or female, Clark Bar.

                              2. I don't think anyone has mentioned Mint Juleps, those teeth destroying chewy spearmint squares. And what about SkyBars? I have been to the Vermont Country Store and they sell Mint Juleps by the pound. I don't know why this stuff is so hard to find if it is still being produced. I was born in '53 and ate most of the candies that other posters have mentioned. But even though it was popular with kids, I don't think my parents ate this kind of candy. They would have been into the Whitman's Chocolates or something like that.

                                1. I have no specific candies to add--I remember them all!-- but wanted to add that many of the "nostalgia" candies are sold at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York and online: http://www.dylanscandybar.com/ It's a great place for the true candy-holic.

                                  1. Two or three that I haven't seen here so far: Walnettos (revived by constant mention on "Laugh-In", then killed for good when the fad died), Bit-O-Honey, and 7-Up Bar. That last was a big favorite of mine - it was a collection of seven different fillings with dark chocolate poured over the whole group to hold it together in a bar shape. All of'em good, but my favorite was the orange jelly, which I would always save for last.

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                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                      Ah, Will, you're in luck. Walnettos are still with us, they're just not ten cents a pack any more! http://www.candywarehouse.com/walnett...

                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                        I remember singing our neighborhood's version of the Bit-O-Honey commercial. It went something like, "Bit-O-Honey goes a long, long way... If you have one tooth, it'll rot away!"

                                      2. I think I lack the chocolate gene. But I do remember Forever Yours bars. Also, one of life's mysteries.... I only ate Necco Wafers at the movies and I never could correlate the flavors with the colors as there seemed little correlation.

                                        1. Cost Plus World Market carries several retro candies - it is one of my favortie places to browse for candy!

                                          1. Root beer barrels. Nibs. I remember Chunky's were a penny about then (or maybe '56)

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                                            1. re: howboy

                                              Maybe I missed it, but nobody mentioned two of my favorites: Good'n'Plenty and Sen-Sen. Does anyone else remember the commercial for Good'n"Plenty with the two kids making a train sound with the Good'n'Plenty Box? I think Sen-Sen is a very old product - very strong licorice taste.

                                              1. re: lattelover

                                                I used to love Sen-Sen as a kid. Where else could you get that much flavor (hours and hours!) for that price? Though the formula is secret, I'm certain it also has lavendar in it in addition to licorice. You and I are pretty much a minority when it comes to liking it though...

                                                While we're talking licorice, no one has mentioned licorice pipes! I loved 'em! My grandfather smoked a pipe and licorice was the closest I could come. Guess I wasn't a very bright kid. I didn't connect pipe smoking with gender. Consequently, while I was in college, I smoked a real pipe. Turqoise with pearls and crystals imbedded in the bowl. Never could find licorice tobacco though. '-)

                                                1. re: lattelover

                                                  I remember "Choo-Choo Charley in the Good & Plenty commercials. I also remember blowing the open end of an empty Good & Plenty box to make a squeaky noise.

                                                  1. re: lattelover

                                                    LL, sen was used in the sixties and still is by kid to help cover the oder after smoking pot. Goood Luck!

                                                    1. re: lattelover

                                                      I too am a lover of Sen Sen and all black licorice. As a child of the 50's, I remember my favorite candy of all; a mild Sen Sen flavored, pillow shaped, loose candy purchased by the pound. This delicious little tid bit had kind of a grooved shaped pattern on top. It was the same size and would melt in your mouth like an after dinner mint. I would love to locate this candy if it can still be had.

                                                  2. Don't forget Nickel Nips -- five small wax bottles in a little carton, each bottle containing a different flavor of disgusting syrup. We'd chew the whole thing, wax and all. And speaking of wax -- there was wax lips, wax mustaches, and wax teeth.

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                                                    1. re: CindyJ

                                                      Yes indeed on the nickle nips and for sure you sucked out the sugar water and then ate the wax. And I ate the wax lips too. Go figure.
                                                      Not candy but we used to buy these little tubes (like small toothpaste tubes) of red plastic goo that you blew into bubbles with a straw.....seriously toxic stuff.....yep, we ate that too. Probably explains much.

                                                      I don't think anyone has mentioned pixie sticks.

                                                      1. re: JonL

                                                        Geez Louise! I totally forgot about that plastic goo and the straws. We used to blow the bubbles (so much effort) and then chew on the bubble, which tasted totally gross. Between that and the liquid in the wax tubes, it's a wonder I can put two thoughts together today. I'm sure they were toxic.

                                                        1. re: JonL

                                                          I absolutely remember that bubble stuff -- "Plastic Bubbles" in a 10-cent tube. I think it was also called "Super Elastic Bubble Plastic." And yes, when the bubbles deflated, we'd chew the stuff. It HAD to be toxic! :)

                                                          And Pixie Stix -- that was somethink like Lik-M-Ade, wasn't it? They were both like Kool-Aid powder. Pixie Stix had the powder in a straw, and Lik-m-ade had it in an envelope, and you'd lick your finger, stick your wet finger into the powder, and then lick the powder off your finger. Of course, that was best done after your hands were good and dirty from playing on the streets of Brooklyn. In fact, you probably found the penny you needed to buy the Lik-m-ade right on the sidewalk, (maybe left behind from someone's game of "hit the penny"), and ran straight to the corner candy store to buy it.

                                                          1. re: CindyJ

                                                            I was struggling with the Lik-M-Ade references above.....totally rolls off the tongue, was def a part of my childhood but I couldn't place it until what you said. Yes, I do believe you are correct---pretty much the same colored sugar, just a different delivery system. In my mind I want to remember this and the Pixies as a bit sour-----like powdered sweet tarts---but I truly doubt that I had enough sophistication (me, the wax eater) to appreciate citric acid flavored candy and I expect that it was nothing but pure sweet. Sweet Tarts and a sour cherry hard candy (Royal something?) did become a fave later on.
                                                            Sure could go for a wad of red plastic goo.....

                                                            1. re: JonL

                                                              I saw those wax lips at a country fair some years ago, and bought a small bagful, thinking my kids, who were fairly young at the time, would get a kick out of them. The kids thought they were gross. That left the whole bag of wax lips for... ME! :)

                                                      2. I discovered Reese's peanut butter cups in around 1952, and have been addicted to them ever since. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned them previously.

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                                                        1. re: Tony Miller

                                                          Everybody has mentioned just about every candy I can recall. I did like milk duds, but I remember at one point I discovered Rolo, a roll candy. The thing was it seemed to have a more sophisticated taste (good quality milk chocolate and carmel) than the Milk Dud. One that they quit making years ago was candy cigarettes (not the chocolate ones mentioned above), but a white candy stick colored red at one end to mimic the glowing end of a cigarette. As I recall they were pretty much ended because they were considered a precursor to creating smokers. Do they still make the Brown & Haley "Mountain Bar"? I vaguely recall liking those when I was a child, but were considered a bit more luxurious than most other candies so I only ate a couple.

                                                            1. re: Feed_me

                                                              Re: Mountain Bars...still around. "Brown & Haley Makes Them Daily"!

                                                          1. Candy and gum cigarettes. Hard to believe, but they were really popular.

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                                                            1. re: RGC1982

                                                              I remember well those candy and gum cigarettes, as well as fake cigarettes made of a slim white cardboard tube with a foil end. You'd puff on them and a powdery substance that was supposed to be smoke would come out the foil end. Go figure!

                                                              1. re: CindyJ

                                                                Wow -- I don't remember seeing those while growing up in New York! They would puff? Were they candy, or just fake cigs?

                                                                1. re: RGC1982

                                                                  Not candy, just fake cigarettes. And yes, they'd puff out "smoke." They were sold in little boxes -- maybe 5 to a box. I guess you didn't grow up in East Flatbush in the 50's, eh?

                                                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                                                    I did, and I bought those cigarettes at Zuker's on Church Ave.

                                                                    1. re: howboy

                                                                      Zucker's... sounds familiar, but I can't place it. Where, exactly was that?

                                                                      1. re: CindyJ

                                                                        on a corner somewhere around nostrand avenue and linden blvd

                                                                        1. re: howboy

                                                                          Hey, we had dose cigs in Joisey too.

                                                            2. My Ddad was born in '42 (probably close in age to your parents) and he has fond memories of Black Jack gum. I think it's gross, but then again I'm not big on black licorice.

                                                              1. http://www.oldtimecandy.com/50th-birt...

                                                                My sister was born this year so I too have been looking for candy. I found this site and a few others that actually have the sets/boxes prepared. I just did a search for 50th birthday candy. Good Luck!

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                                                                1. re: leach1011

                                                                  Thank you so much...

                                                                  But it's boxes like that, that are frustrating.

                                                                  If you look, they include Pop Rocks... in a 50th birthday box. Pop Rocks were invented in the mid 70's.

                                                                  I was so hoping to find some candies that people who live through the late 50's would see and say: "Wow I remember that candy... haven't seen it for a long time!".

                                                                  1. re: Jennalynn

                                                                    One that's still around that I remember is Bit O'Honey.

                                                                    1. re: applehome

                                                                      I fondly remember two items I don't see around anymore. A little wax soda bottle filled with colored sugar water and Fizzies, sort of a Alka-Seltzer for kids. They came in different flavors. Oh and one more pixie sticks - a straw filled with a cocaine like substance in different flavors and colors

                                                                      1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                                        I remember Fizzies ("...They're FIZZLING!!!") There were so many different ways a kid could get a sugar fix!

                                                                        1. re: CindyJ

                                                                          Sugar fix as in Cotton candy or remember rock candy, it looked like a sugar fossil.

                                                                          1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                                            Sure, came in a little red and white box.

                                                                            1. re: BobB

                                                                              The rock candy I remember were huge crystals that were formed on strands of string

                                                                            2. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                                              I remember that rock candy was sold loose, by the pound, or maybe by the piece. Large crystals of sugar on a string.

                                                                              1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                Yup, thats the stuff.
                                                                                Do you remember the ice cream man?
                                                                                Good Humor, Mr. Softy or Bungalow Bar? This was way back before Ben and Jerry's, man I used to love this stuff.

                                                                                1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                                                  Sounds like you grew up in the same neighborhood as I did.

                                                                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                    Flatbush section of Brooklyn. And you?

                                                                                    1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                                                      East Flatbush (very close to Brownsville).

                                                                                  2. re: GodfatherofLunch

                                                                                    jfood was a stoop monkey for Good Humor who drove by and stopped right in front every night at ~730-8pm. he loved the chocolate sundae $0.35 but was too expensive. He could only get the regular on a stick $0.15-20 and not the one with the chocolate candy inside, since the latter was $0.05 more expensive.

                                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                                      its funny as a kid I thought that the chocolate bar inside the pop was the best tasting thing in the world. A couple of years ago I had one again to remember.
                                                                                      Let me say it is no Dove bar!

                                                                                      1. re: jfood

                                                                                        I can't remember anything from the ice cream truck costing more than 15 cents. Or maybe, since that's the most I ever had to spend on ice cream, those more expensive options never even crossed my mind. On our street, I think Bungalow Bar was a more popular choice than Good Humor.

                                                                                        1. re: jfood

                                                                                          'Stoop monkey" made me laugh out loud! They still sell the Good Humor Chocolate Eclair and Strawberry Shortcake in my rural Maine high school cafeteria. What a temptation, but they are now a buck and a quarter!
                                                                                          The Friendly Man Who Sells Good Humor