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Favorite all time candies

So now that we are closing in on Halloween let's all talk about our favorite candies of all time. Bring back the nostalgia of your childhood. Obviously we will be able to tell how old you are by your selections! Since I am a real young dude my selections are fairly new. Some of my favorites when I used to go trick or treating (or not lol) are:

Fruity candy- Skittles, Starburst, Air Heads, Sour Patch Kids, Blow Pops, Fun Dip

Chocolate0- Reeses, Peanut Butter M and Ms, Nutrageous, Milky Way, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Kit Kat

Just a few.. ill think of more later

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  1. Pop Rocks- can't think of a more amazing candy when you are a kid.
    Gummy shaped alligatos, dinosaurs, ect. The larger the better.
    Heath Bars- I had to fight my dad for these because he would always try to steal them.
    Good & Plenty- I have a unhealthy love for these..........yummy!

    1. Right now, I can't get enough of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Other favorite candies were Hershey's Krackel bars and Twix!

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      1. re: Chew on That

        Vanilla Bonomo's Turkish Taffy for me (I'm old). Smash the package on a table and eat the smaller pieces. Although a taffy, it was brittle when smashed.

          1. re: Alfred G

            OMG! I forgot all about Bonomo's until I read this post...definitly liked chocolate best!

            1. re: Chew on That

              If you enjoy Reese's, get a hold of Newman's Own Peanut Butter Cups. Same concept, just better!

            2. Im old too. Mary Janes and the candy necklaces(they would mek your neck so sticky).

              1. Almond Roca will always be a sentimental favorite. I remember the first time I tasted one--on a TWA flight when I was a little girl. Wow, that makes me sound REALLY old! After college I moved up to Tacoma for a short while, and discovered the Almond Roca "seconds" warehouse. Heaven!

                Other childhood favorites include Whoppers, Goo Goo Clusters, hard butterscotch candies, and Switzer's Licorice.

                Grown up favorites include Mendiant from Chocolate Springs and La Maison du Chocolat, Salted Caramels from Woodhouse Chocolates, and Butterscotch Squares from See's Candy.

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                1. re: Non Cognomina

                  Oooh! Thanks for reminding me about Almond Roca! That reminds of visiting my Grandma when I was younger.

                  Another nostalgic favorite is Pearson's Salted Nut Roll.

                2. I love Razzles, Whatchamacallits and Heath bars and B.A.Sweeties in Cleveland carries them all.


                  1. When I was a kid, I liked (in the artificially-flavored sugar category) Fun Dip, Pop Rocks, Pixy Sticks and green apple Now and Laters.

                    Chocolate-wise, my favorites were 3 Musketeers, Mounds, Whatchamacallit, Raisinets and Reese's. I especially enjoyed Cadbury's Shortcake Snack, but I don't think they've sold it here in the U.S. since the '70's.

                    I also liked getting Hershey's Special Dark minis on Halloween (I guess I was avant-garde).

                    1. For me there's never been anything better than the original Chunky. Snickers with almonds a close second.

                      1. I'll add in some more favorites I thought of.

                        Pez, jolly ranchers, Mr. Good Bar, Baby Ruth, Charleston Chew, Nerds, Mike and Ikes, Hersheys with almonds, Candy Buttons, Candy Cigarettes, Gobstoppers,

                        1. Another Almond Roca fan here.

                          Kraft Caramels

                          Sugar Daddy sucker

                          Almond Joy

                          Symphony (don't know who manufacturer is)

                          1. Jolly Rancher hard candy. I like the newer flavors but grew up when the only way to get it was in flat bars in apple or watermelon. Watermelon still rules for me.

                            I think they were called Crown or Royal Crown (?)
                            hard individually wrapped in a roll like life savers but alot thicker. Lemon and sour cherry. I dream about the sour cherry. Based on all internet info they are gone for good.

                            Currently the addiction is Nestle's Butterfinger Crisp in snack size. Light crunch, sweet, butterfinger almost caramel sugar taste, plus a nice touch of salt.

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                            1. re: torty

                              Yess!!! Royal Crown Sours....Mom always carried some in her purse when she quit smoking (True Cigarettes; anyone remember THOSE?). Crown Royal is for when you get older...

                            2. Jelly Belly jelly beans, but only the following flavors: green apple, red apple and very cherry. I almost went into withdrawl when I was stationed in Germany and didn't have immediate access. Luckily, I found a random department store that sold them.

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                              1. re: mjhals

                                I could eat Jelly Bellies until I founder! I have a few favorite flavors, but any mixture will do.

                              2. Believe it or not, I can easily pass up chocolate. However, I am a caramel and nuts girl. Milk Duds are my favorite "5 cent" store candy. I once pulled out a crown in a movie theatre eating a box of Milk Duds.

                                My all time favorite candy are fresh, warm pralines from River Street Sweets in Charleston, Savannah or Myrtle Beach. The combination of caramel with pecans is scrumptilicious. My dentist is thankful they are made far, far away from my house!

                                1. I'm another of those people who don't really go ga-ga for chocolate. I like caramel and toffee. As you might imagine, Heath and Skor bars are right up my alley. I also looooooove Riesen. For fruity candy, I like tropical starburst, strawberry Twizzlers, airheads, LOVE Zotz... I like my candy lol

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                                  1. re: spellweaver16

                                    You and I have very similar taste in favorite candy! My all-time favorites are: Zotz, Strawberry Twizzlers or Red Vines (I love 'em both!), Airheads (love Watermelon flavor the best), Candy Cigarettes, Harbibo Sour Cherries and Fizzy Colas, Pez, Chewy Sweet Tarts

                                    Candies I loved as a kid, now not as much: Razzles, Bonkers, Starburst, Milk Duds, Fun Dip, Big League Chew, Circus Peanuts

                                    1. re: EmmaToo

                                      OMG....ZOTZ!!!! Were they the ones w/ the hard candy shell and the fizzy sh*t in the center??? I lurved those things....

                                      1. re: adamshoe

                                        oh oh ! are you talking about Fizz candies? That came in a long strip, all connected???

                                        1. re: im_nomad

                                          No, I think Zots came in a regular M&M's type bag. Oval shaped candies w/ fizzy type powder inside after you sucked the candy shell off. (Sort of like a Tootsie-Pop, but not at all....)

                                          1. re: im_nomad

                                            I ordered Zotz recently and they did come in individually wrapped pieces that were all joined together in one long "string"

                                            1. re: im_nomad

                                              yes, that is exactly what I'm talking about! When I was in 5th and 6th grade, my friends and I would pool all the spare change we had so we could buy Zotz and airheads and share them. 25 cents for a string of five candies was quite a deal to us.

                                              1. re: spellweaver16

                                                My bad, I sort of remember the string O'Candies now that you mention it. Adam

                                                1. re: spellweaver16

                                                  yeah....probably the same thing, but ours were called Fizz.

                                        2. I probably still have more sugar than red blood cells coarsing through my veins right now post-halloween, but i'll still contribute :)

                                          I was a big time sugar hound when I was a kid, but now not so much, nor am i into chocolate like many women it seems. But I bringing Mike and Ike's into my house constitutes a high-risk situation, and poor defenseless peanut butter filled anything doesn't stand a chance. Do Tunnocks tea cakes count? Peeps?

                                          As a kid, we had plenty of candy stores, and some of my favorites were what we used to call "jewel drops"....those little chocolate discs with the sprinkles.....kookoo bars, charleston chew (in the freezer !), those paper sheets with the little dots of pastel flavored stuff, lik-m-aid, lollies, sherbet dips, UFO's, necco wafers, love hearts, sweet tarts, bottle caps (!), circus peanuts, and something we used to call "glass candy"...clear hard candy .

                                          1. Humbugs from a traditional candy maker.

                                            1. Jolly Rancher watermelon on a stick...that was the treat we could buy at summer camp when I was a kid...if I eat that flavor it's like a flashback.
                                              Swedish Fish - favorite is red, second favorite is green (it's not lime!)
                                              mass market candy bar - snickers

                                              1. Sweet/ sour: Pixy-Stix, Smarties, Swee-Tarts and Spree (do they make Spree anymore?)
                                                Choc/ Caramel: Clark Bar!!! Milky way (Frozen, preferably) Baby Ruth, Snickers

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                                                1. re: adamshoe

                                                  WOw forgot bout spree they are awesome.

                                                  1. Adding Push pops and rain blo gum balls.

                                                    1. Heath bars; Three Musketeers (the old ones, not the new ones); Bit O Honey; JuJuBees (my dentist's favorite crown remover!); Chicago version Karmel Korn.

                                                      1. Skor or Heath Bars (but I definitely prefer Skor), Snickers with Almond, Twix, Mike and Ike's (actually eating a small handful as we speak), Hershey with Almonds.

                                                        1. I'm in the 60+ category, so my favorites no longer exist:

                                                          1) Bonomo's Turkish Taffy - both vanilla and chocolate (French Taffy is close, but no cigar)
                                                          2) Royal Crown Sours - lemon flavor (I can find nothing that even remotely resembles this one)

                                                          1. Spree candies
                                                            Nestle Crunch wafer bars (these are newer and yummy)
                                                            Heath Bars and Mallow Cups (I ate these every Sunday at my grandma's when I was a kid)

                                                            1. I heart peas and carrots candy. Delicious. I just ordered some online yesterday, I have been on a search for it in the Boston area with no luck. I bought some in 2006 at Economy Candy in NYC but they don't have it anymore (i am going to NY later this month so I called to see if they still had it, if so I would have have waited).

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                                                              1. re: massgirl

                                                                You just took me back about 35 years. Peas and carrots!

                                                                I'll add:
                                                                mallowcreme pumpkins
                                                                Hot Tamales
                                                                salt-water taffy, just about any flavor
                                                                Reese's Pieces
                                                                butterscotch disks
                                                                those Brach's cube-shaped things layered like Neapolitan flavors (weird, I know)
                                                                Chiclets, but only because of the name and tiny little box

                                                                1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                  Faves: milk duds, dark milky ways, 100 grand bars, marathon bars (don;t think they are around anymore), bit o honey, charleston chews (I remember they had 6 flavors at one point - vanilla, choc, straw, pb, grape - can't remember last one), loved those royal crown sour cherries, carmello - I think basically anything chewy - and bonus points if it also has chocolate.

                                                                  1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                    OK...I'll bite. What the heck are Peas & Carrots (the candy, that is....)? Adam

                                                                    1. re: adamshoe

                                                                      Peas and carrots candy look like peas and carrots--the peas are mints and the carrots are pieces of taffy. This is a picture from the site I ordered it from.

                                                                2. Needham Bars- a chocolate covered coconut bar made in Maine which has mashed potatoes as an ingredient.

                                                                  1. The maple cream BUN. Maple cream coated in chocolate with nuts. I've only seen these in the midwest. Just looked them up and apparently Pearson's is now making them again. I'm willing to pay the outrageous price.

                                                                    The SweeTarts 25 years ago that were an inch thick and hard as chalk. Don't really care for the modern chewy ones, alas.

                                                                    And although it's not candy (but it is a sweet), Aunt Wick's Sugar Cream Pie.

                                                                    Oh, and Mallow Cups.

                                                                    1. Payday, 3 Musketeers, M&Ms, Zero bars(in the freezer), Snickers, Krackle, Jolly Ranchers, Gummy Bears, Starburst, Sugar Babies, Jujy Fruits, FireballsCharleston Chew, Sugar Daddy, Maple Nut Goodies...I could go on and on and on and on...

                                                                      1. For "off the shelf" candy, 5th Avenue rocks in quality and worth-every-calorie. Many compare these flaky peanuty bars to Butterfinger but oh in a side by side shootout it would be quite evident that the Butterfinger is merely a sugary cavity filling pulling device with cheap ingredients and waxy-ish chocolate. Whereas the 5th Avenue for years is infused with semi-real peanut butter filling in a more delicately flaky crunch.

                                                                        OK I have to go get one now.

                                                                        1. Ice Cubes ( small cube of chocolate that tasted cold as it melted in your mouth) Heath Bars and Almond Joy.

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                                                                          1. re: dragonchowmein

                                                                            OMG yes,, icy squares and icy cups !!! Zero bars sort of similar on the inside....mmm

                                                                          2. My wife: Peppermint Patties! (Pink ones!) She even liked NECO Wafers (A strict mother.).

                                                                            1. My favorites seem to be the things no longer available...
                                                                              Pine Brothers cough drops
                                                                              Marathon bars
                                                                              Astro pops
                                                                              and one I remember as my all time favorite--Chum Gum. There were two regular sized sticks of gum in a pack--"One for you and one for your chum". I don't think they've been made for close to 40 years but I remember them having a distinct fruit flavor unlike any other gum.

                                                                              I guess it's human nature to wax nostalgic for the things we can't have any longer.

                                                                              1. My favorite candy bar of all time is still the Alpine White bar. None of the other quasi-white chocolate bars that have come and gone since were even close to matching the creamy goodness of Alpine White. What are honest, hard-working Americans supposed to do in this white chocolate-hating society we live in?

                                                                                If I had to pick my second place winner, it'd have to be a tie between Jordan almonds and Reese's peanut butter cups. The kid I used to be, however, really went crazy for Snicker's and polvoron, however I now find the former too sweet and the latter too hard to find.

                                                                                1. Good and Plenty - my addiction
                                                                                  Peach Rings
                                                                                  Swedish Fish

                                                                                  1. Skor bars
                                                                                    The little gummy coke bottles
                                                                                    sour balls
                                                                                    And just about anything from See's

                                                                                    1. In 69 days I will be gorging on all manner of chocolate and nut covered toffee and chocolate covered orange rind.

                                                                                      My mouth is watering.

                                                                                      1. Mallo cups, marathon bar, laffy taffy, charleston chew, and cheddar fries all need mentioning here in this thread. And throw in some pretzel rods too with Goldenberg peanut chews.

                                                                                        1. Laffy taffy with the sugar crystals embedded inside. I remember eating them at the pier whenever I followed my dad on his fishing trips.

                                                                                          1. Turkish Taffy (banana)
                                                                                            The flat gum that came with 1950s era baseball cards
                                                                                            Candy Raisins (not made from raisins, its a Wisconsin regional candy)
                                                                                            Cotton Candy

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                                                                                              1. The thin version of the Cadbury min chocolate bars. Usually thing version of anything sucks but this one it fabulous! I love the mint candy pieces they put in their.

                                                                                                Wunderbar, crunchy and chewy and peanutbuttery, what's more to ask for?