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Mar 16, 2009 07:19 PM

What is your favorite hard to find candy?

I'm talking about the candy that you love but cannot find anywhere. But when you do find it you buy it no matter where you are. It could be a candy from another country that you can't find in yours or just a candy that you don't see too often. For me its definitely trying to find Cadbury Yowie's. (Pretty hard in the Bay Area)

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  1. Cadbury's Curly Wurly Bar! Back in the 70's it was called the Marathon Bar. It's like chocolate-covered carmel that's flat and braided. When u bite it the chocolate crumbled and the caramel stretches forever. Delicious! I can only find it at World Market and not all the time.

    Link to Curly Wurly:

    Link to original Marathon Bar:

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    1. re: lynnlato

      what a bummer... if you're in Los Angeles, I know two places that always have Curly Wurly bars, Marathon and Lion bars...

      1. re: Emme

        They no longer make Marathon bars, although, Snickers has some energy bar they call a Marathon Bar but it's nothing like the original of the 70's(it was discontinued in the 80's). Curly Wurly's are the closest thing to the original Marathon. Those things ROCKED! Lucky u. :)

        1. re: lynnlato

          I know two places in LA for curly-wurly bars too! I used to always pick up bag loads for my ex-husband, who missed them from his college days in the UK. They are great.
          If you ever need a fix, send me your address and I'll mail some off to ya! : )

          1. re: hyacinthgirl

            That is so sweet, thank you! Right now I've been lucky to be able to get them at World Market. I don't indulge my Curly Wurly cravings often... but they sure are a blast from my past. :)

            1. re: lynnlato

              I read that they're closing all the World Markets.

              1. re: c oliver

                You scared me there...but I haven't been able to find any confirmation of this anywhere else. They announced in January that they're closing some stores, and pulling out altogether from a few states, but no sign of a total shut-down--unless you saw something I couldn't find?


                1. re: MsMaryMc

                  Sorry. Obviously what I read I didn't pay enough attention to. Be still your heart :)

                  1. re: c oliver

                    S'okay...but I was seriously concerned!

                    As a kid, my visits to the original Cost Plus in San Francisco (five rambling buildings at Fisherman's Wharf, crammed with magical and occasionally even truly unique stuff ) were like holy pilgrimages. World Market stores aren't really the same, but I still love them for what they are, and what they remind me of. I would be in a serious funk here if they were going under!

                    1. re: MsMaryMc

                      Oh, Triple M, me too!!!!!!!!!!! I moved to SF in 1976 and LOVED Cost Plus. I probably still have some of the original things I bought there. And I ALWAYS bought their cocktail napkins. So cheap. And, yes, I loved all the buildings - plants, furniture, general, etc. It's not the same at all and more expensive but it is a visceral sort of memory, isn't it? I'm so glad someone else remembers the exact same thing I do :)

                      1. re: c oliver

                        It's def. not the same as the old days (when we used to take the cable car there!), but they are still one of the better places in CA for imported candy, teas, etc., especially British and Australian stuff.

                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                          I never lived close enough to a cable car line for it to be feasible so it was great that they had parking. More expensive too because I could carry more home in the car :) Love Cost Plus!

                        2. re: c oliver

                          The Southcenter store in Seattle is selling reusable shopping bags with vintage photos of the old stores and the neighborhood--the cable cars, the clutter, the hand-lettered could I not buy one??

                          Oh, yeah, I remember the cocktail napkins...the cool wrapping paper...the funky, cheap jewelry...the Indian print bedspreads...the posters and art prints...the great little inlaid wood stash boxes...(Obligatory Chow Content) the Market Spice Tea...was there a college dorm between San Luis Obispo and Chico that didn't contain something from Cost Plus? Ah, those were the days!

                          1. re: MsMaryMc

                            One of our daughters lives in Seattle. I'll ask her to look for it and get it for me. That's cool.

                            Obligatory Chow Content: many great jarred items too.

                        3. re: MsMaryMc

                          Oh I remember that Cost Plus from my childhood as well! My grandmother lived in North Beach and we went there often. I loved that place! I also used to love all of the cool rides in front of the store. Sometimes my sister and I would ride them over and over while my grandmother shopped.

                          I used to buy these hard candies at Cost Plus that tasted like rose and had an anise seed in the center. I can't remember the name of them but they were so good. I haven't seen them around in a long time :(

                          1. re: MsMaryMc

                            You just really brought back the best memories of visiting San Francisco as a child from the Central Valley. Those 5 rambling buildings that made up Cost aren't kidding about the holy pilgrimages. It really did seem like the next best thing to traveling to an exotic part of the world. We don't have any form of Cost Plus here in Connecticut, and Pier One is a rather meager alternative.

                            1. re: bannarak10

                              Where in the valley? We would drive down from Redding to San Francisco--235 miles--just for the day, and drive back that night. When you live in sticks, you do what you needed to do! Cost Plus was always a stop on the visit, usually followed by a walk down to Ghirardelli square, for ice cream at the Chocolate Factory, or (if we'd been doing a lot of babysitting and we were flush) dinner at the Magic Pan.

                2. re: lynnlato

                  Very strange. In the 70's the UK had a Marathon bar but it was actually what you'd call a Snickers and was rebranded as such in the 90's. Curly Wurly's are still widely on sale here and are fabulous.

              2. re: lynnlato

                In the UK Marathon is what we used to call Snickers. I still remember the ad - MARATHON! Peanuts and chocolate!. In fact Snickers will always be Marathon to me.

                Curly Wurlies are good - living in the UK they're pretty easy to get hold of. Never heard of a Cadbury Yowie though.

                1. re: lynnlato

                  Swizzer's black licorice bars. It was a soft, moist licorice, easy to eat and just delicious. I haven't seen it on the shelves for 12-15 years now, really miss it. There's just nothing else around that's as good.

                  Also Vernell's butter mints. They were soft of an almost-soft, lovely butter mint, commpletely unlike anything that's available today.

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    "Suga" lollies and hard candy (rocks) from Melbourne, Aus. Standing 2 ft away, watching it be formed, rolled, stretched and cut makes it twice as tasty!


                  2. that's so funny.. both yours (Cadbury Yowies) and lynnlato's (Curly Wurly) are available at every corner store and supermarket here in OZ!!!

                    However, I can't find a Lion Bar (UK) or Reese's peanut Butter cups ANYWHERE.

                    Ah, the grass is always greener!

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                    1. re: purple goddess

                      I'll trade ya a box load of Reeses for a box Curly Wurlys! :)

                      1. re: purple goddess

                        not only are the reese's all over the place in the US, but there are seasonal variations, too, like christmas trees and easter eggs.
                        i actually don't like chocolate, but i love reese's cups-- maybe because of the slightly salty, gritty PB.
                        the easter egg is my fave because the chocolate layer is much thinner than the regular, fluted cup.

                        1. re: dinaofdoom

                          yes, reese's easter egg is the best ratio of chocolate to filling.

                            1. re: lynnlato

                              I am already stocking up on them

                              1. re: catrn

                                The Easter eggs are by far the best. I eat way too many of them when I can find them.

                            2. re: alkapal

                              yay, it's reese's easter egg time!

                              1. re: alkapal

                                those scary looking bunnies they put out now do nothing for me.
                                it's all about the egg: the slightly salty peanut butter with the thin shell of chocolate.

                          1. re: purple goddess

                            Living in Bermuda (UK) we have Lion Bars and Reese's - heck all the good English candy and chocolate bars

                          2. Vergani citrus nougat covered in chocolate from Italy. I can only find them around Christmas. This year I bought the entire store stock (well, all 12 they had), but they've thankfully replaced them. Maybe they'll keep them as a regular item.

                            1. authentic Goldberg's Peanut Chews...which sadly, no longer exist in the original recipe :(

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                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                GHG, It was Goldenbergs P-nut chews and I know, I miss them, too. adam

                                1. re: adamshoe

                                  Just Born, the company that makes Peeps, makes a peanut chew that the package claims is the successor to Goldenbergs. I didn't think the recipe was exactly the same but it was close enough for rock and roll. I found them at Food Lion in NC, of all places.

                                  1. re: rockycat

                                    thanks for the correction adam - i knew that didn't look right after typed it.

                                    and rockycat, i know about the Just Born Chew-Ets, but they're really not the same. they changed the recipe...and created a milk chocolate variety as well, which is just so wrong!

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Goldenberg's had a milk choc version, too - I know because I learned I had to double check and make sure I grabbed the original. I discovered Peanut Chews while living in NY (like cuccubear, I bought them for the movies), and missed them when I moved out of distribution range. Then they disappeared altogether...

                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                        really? i could swear i *never* saw a Goldenberg's milk version. maybe i just ignored it because it wouldn't have interested me ;)

                                        they WERE the best snack to take to the movies!

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          One time I grabbed a pack, and luckily noticed it said milk before it hit the counter. After, I always double-checked. I figured they were trying to widen their appeal to all the milk choc lovers.

                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  I fell your pain! I miss them too. They were the best to take to the movies...

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    had to sign up just for this!
                                    just want to let you know that goldberg's peanut chews still do exist in the original recipe (dark chocolate).they have never stopped making them, just had a pack the other day. the brown rapper is gone and has been replaced by a red white and blue one. never did go for the milk chocolate chew-its, though! most of the supermarkets and convenient stores around here still have them. peanut chews and saturday morning cartoons.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Ah, I used to know the Goldenberg's heir, in Philadelphia.

                                      1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                        I also know one of the Goldbergs (friend of a friend). According to her, "heir" might be a stretch. She said her parents (or grandparents?) had been offered a buy out by M &M Mars many decades ago to which they declined. She saw it as a big mistake since their distribution now is very limited.

                                        I don't know where "around here" is but I think you would be hard pressed to find PC's in regular supermarkets out west. They are gettable online with a different wrapper. I remember them to be black with a red they are red or blue. I even saw them on ebay although I hesitate to buy food there.

                                        They sure are missed. Especially now since I don't have to worry about them getting stuck in my braces as I did back then.

                                        1. re: MSK

                                          Those new wrappers are what happened after they were sold to Just Born. They're said to be not the same quality at all.

                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                            the new ones are nasty. i found one while standing in the checkout line at a Shop-Rite in NJ a couple of years ago, and i was so excited! unfortunately the waxy texture and insipid flavor were a HUGE disappointment.

                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                        I was just in Philadelphia, which is where they originated, and got something that seemed like the real thing.

                                      3. Its gotta be Bonomo's Turkish Taffy

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                                        1. re: Bbqstu

                                          Hard to find because its been out of production for years now.

                                            1. re: al b. darned

                                              You can find it on Amazon and here:

                                              Sometimes Amazon has the better price (watch for the shipping!) and sometimes it's the other site. I found a free shipping code when I placed an order to the latter.

                                            2. re: Bbqstu

                                              Oh, oh, oh, that Bonamo! They claim that French Chew is the same, but I don't agree...