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Jun 29, 2008 03:08 PM

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 - 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 they mention wax bottles.

    7 Replies
    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, .

        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:

            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!

            2 Replies
            1. re: Jennalynn

              You can buy individual small boxes of Cocoa Krispies and individual packets of sweet n low on

            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.