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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: http://www.oldtimecandy.com/curly-wur...

    Link to original Marathon Bar: http://www.typetive.com/candyblog/ite...

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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 signs...how 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 Plus...you 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 strip...now 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: http://www.oldtimecandy.com/bonomos.htm

                                              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...

                                            3. Brach's bunny basket eggs. http://www.candywarehouse.com/marshma...

                                              Why oh why have these completely disappeared? Is it just my area? For some reason these are just incredibly addictive to me (it's the textural thing) and I haven't been able to find them for 2 years now.

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                                              1. re: Vetter

                                                I think these are called "hiding eggs" and they are sold in bulk at Central Market, here in Texas. Other than the fact that they are individually wrapped and sold in plastic containers by the pound, they appear to be the large, colorful, eggs with the sweet white interior (a harder type of marshmallow, perhaps) that they always were.

                                                I think the reason these have disappeared is that all candy is now the same when you shop in supermarkets. Chocolate kisses the same, but are just in different foils, Reese's comes in different shapes, Mike and Ikes are shaped into Jelly Beans, etc. I really hate that Jelly Belly has become the defacto standard for Jelly Beans. We have to look hard to find the Brachs originals, which have harmoniously blended flavors including a black licorice. I do miss the large Brach's eggs, and didn't see them for a couple of years until they showed up in CM. I actually have eaten several today.

                                                Oh well, it is probably just what happens over time.

                                                1. re: RGC1982

                                                  after last easter, i was able to get the brach's licorice jelly beans for 25 cents a bag! can't wait till monday to get some reese's peanut butter eggs on sale! ;-).

                                                2. re: Vetter

                                                  I found the exact candies that I responded about on the same Candy Warehouse site:


                                                  They are made by Judson and Atkins, and are very similar to the Brachs. You can get them in five pound bags.

                                                  1. re: Vetter

                                                    I find Brach's Bunny Basket Eggs every year at Walgreen's and Target. I find most people say they don't like them. So I ask -- Why oh why do stores sell out of these every Easter? Who is buying them?

                                                  2. Mountain bars.
                                                    Can't find them anywhere and I'm sad.

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                                                    1. re: latindancer

                                                      They're made by Brown & Haley in Tacoma, Washington. I see them all over up here in Seattle. You can order them from the company's website:


                                                      If you're ever up in these parts, you need to visit to the Brown & Haley outlet store in Fife (between Seattle and Tacoma). They make Almond Roca as well, and they have tons of perfectly edible but not-so-pretty seconds of all their products at great prices.


                                                      1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                        Mountain bars used to be my favorite when I was a kid. I had one a few years ago--the first in a long, long time--and I didn't like it. Don't know if they've changed the recipe or my tastes have changed. But I still love almond roca!

                                                        The candy I have a hard time finding is Planter's peanut bars. Paydays are easier to find, but I prefer Planter's.

                                                        1. re: PAO

                                                          Lance's Peanut Bar - peanuts held together by rockhard candy. No chew, straight nut.

                                                          1. re: TampaAurora

                                                            ...and good stuff. The original peanut brittle. I still see them, mostly in larger sizes, in movie theaters in NYC, and sometimes, in well stocked candy stores or bodegas.

                                                            1. re: TampaAurora

                                                              Snickers Munch, same thing but way better, buttery tasting rockhard/toffee part.

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                              Ipsedixit--Whaaaaat?? Chocolate Bit-o-Honey?? Is that chocolate-covered? Or a chocolate version of the regular Bit? Bit-O-Honey is absolutely impossible to find in Toronto. I'm constantly on the hunt.

                                                              1. re: illy

                                                                Inquiring minds really, really want to know!

                                                                1. re: illy

                                                                  it was chocolate-flavored, not chocolate-covered. they also made peanut butter, licorice, and coconut flavors...but the only one that survived was the original!

                                                                  oh, and illy, you can buy it online, you'll just have to find out what the shipping policies are for Canadian purchases:

                                                              2. Newman's Own Peanut Butter Cups...blows Reese's away!

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                                                                1. re: cavandre

                                                                  Untried but I can't see anything blowing the peanut butter portion of Reese's away.

                                                                  1. re: obsessed with food

                                                                    I can...the sugary stuff in Reese's doesn't even taste like peanut butter to me.

                                                                2. Any blackcurrant flavored candy that is popular in England. I bought some blackcurrant flavord Ricola in Hong Kong and they were great. Why isn't this flavor more popular here?

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                                                                  1. re: dpan

                                                                    My Aussie neighbor sometimes shares the gummies that her mom sends over--the blackcurant pieces are heavenly!

                                                                    1. re: dpan

                                                                      Bassett's All-Sorts can be purchased at Amazon. I just ordered 3 bags not long ago and the 3rd bag is almost gone (Sigh).

                                                                    2. Bassett's All-Sorts, which I can find sometimes in specialty stores at crazy prices, and anyone's Jelly Babies. I used to be able to get them in a local Indian store but no more.

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                                                                      1. re: rockycat

                                                                        Do you mean liquorice all-sorts? I can't believe they're a specialty item - you can get them in every corner store in the UK.

                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                          Very common in the UK, not in the US. Maybe licorice just isn't as popular here.

                                                                          1. re: rockycat

                                                                            What they call licorice in the US is cherry or strawberry twizzlers. Black licorice is pretty rare in the US, but still available in Canada. I miss those black licorice pipes they used to sell at the corner store, and at my mother's bridge parties, there was always a bowl of Bridge Mix, and another bowl of licorice all-sorts, from which we kids were always filching.

                                                                            1. re: FrankD

                                                                              "pretty rare in the US, but still available in Canada"

                                                                              What?? I see it everywhere. Strawberry Twizzlers, as part of the Hersey's brand, have better advertising, but black licorice, either Twizzlers or other brands, are widely available.

                                                                              I dislike the fakey flavor of Strawberry Twizzlers and do not think of them as "true" licorice.

                                                                              1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                I think of Twizzlers as Twizzlers, not licorice. And black licorice is certainly widely available in the US as bwg notes...but I haven't seen the pipes and cigars with red sprinkles "fire" and licorice plugs (flat pieces about 2" x 4" x 1/8" thick with ridges on top) that I used to get when I was a kid in Canada here.

                                                                                1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                  There is a specific flavor to red "licorice," and Twizzlers doesn't resemble it, with their, as you say, fakey fruit flavor. In the Eastern US, you can find real red licorice flavor (which is a thing unto itself, not a fruit flavor) when you buy those skinny red laces and such at candy stores. In the Western states, Red Vines.

                                                                                  In addition to hating the artificial fruit flavors of Twizzlers, I also seriously dislike its waxy texture, completely different than the soft chewiness of Red Vines (and its black licorice counterpart, which American Licorice also makes).

                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                    In Canada we used to get red licorice shoestrings, which were a couple of feet long and tasted different yet again from Red Vines. That's the red licorice flavor I crave.

                                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                      At the risk of the cheese standing alone, I'd like to cast my vote for chocolate Twizzlers. I don't think they're very hard to find, but one summer at camp (I know, I know), there was a run on Twizzlers in the camp store when we discovered it was a fun kind of dare/trust game to eat a Twizzler with a partner of the opposite sex and see how close you could get to the middle. AH HA HA HA!

                                                                                  2. re: FrankD

                                                                                    FrankD, YES to the black licorice pipes! I posted about that too.

                                                                                    1. re: FrankD

                                                                                      Now that you reminded me, a Google revealed the black licorice pipes still exist. http://www.licoriceinternational.com/...

                                                                                      1. re: Island

                                                                                        ooh, black taffy! yum! thanks for the site link, island.

                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                          Kookaburra is apparently real licorice, Twizzlers and their ilk are not.

                                                                                        2. re: Island

                                                                                          The ones I remember weren't as detailed and had red hundreds and thousands for the "lit" end. But it's nice to know they still exist in some form!

                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                            Back in the UK there were other options for liqorice...

                                                                                            Katherine Wheels. A long strand of liquorice spooled round a speckle-encrusted jelly liquorice all-sort.

                                                                                            A square cross-section eight-inch stick which was soft.

                                                                                            A round but very hard stick, flattened at one end.

                                                                                            A small hollow stick used with a sherbet fountain

                                                                                            A pair of laces

                                                                                            A one inch wide strip wrapped round a liquorice comfit

                                                                                            Liquorice toffee (my favourite)

                                                                                            Spiralled sticks

                                                                                            That's all I can remember at the moment.

                                                                                            1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                              We had the spiral ones but w/o allsort, the pipes (about 4" long), cigars about 5" long and 3/4" in diameter with the red hundreds and thousands, "plugs" (flat pieces maybe 4" x 1/12" and 1/8 in thick, ridged in one side, a less tender licorice than the pipes and cigars which were almost bready - I'd like to get my hands on them again), laces, toffee, allsorts (my dad loved them, I only liked the plain ones really), sherbet fountains (printing on the colored paper wrappers looked unchanged since the 1890's), licorice comfits aka blackballs (were 3 for a penny, good value), twizzler-style sticks (but somewhat bigger in diameter), and the wretchedly-named "black babies" , jujube-type licorice candy in the shape of swaddled babies. All excellent of course!

                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                was licorice named after liquorish named after (anise) liquor?

                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                  Straight from the dctionary's mouth..

                                                                                                  1175–1225; ME lycorys < AF < VL *liquiritia for L glycyrrhiza < Gk glykýrriza sweetroot (plant), equiv. to glyký ( s ) sweet + rhíza root1 ; see -ia

                                                                                                  So it means sweet root. We used to buy plain liquorice roots from the chemists in the UK. I've see what I think is liquorice root in Chinese health stores.

                                                                                                  Liquorish / Lickerish are from 1300–50; ME liker ( ous ) pleasing to the taste, lit., to a licker ( see lick, -er1 ) + -ish1

                                                                                                  Anis is of a completely different origin...
                                                                                                  1350–1400; ME anis < OF < L anīsum < Gk ánīson

                                                                                                  1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                    heck yeah! give me some o' that "sweet root licker."

                                                                                2. This should count as candy: dark chocolate coated Milano cookies. They used to appear only around Christmas in Target stores, but last year I didn't see them at all.

                                                                                  1. Ethel M's Lemon Satin Cremes--but only available in Vegas, baby, Vegas...and now Chicago, according to their site. So we bribe friends to bring some back for us when they go to LV. :)

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                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                      Ethel M happily ships to you (I really like being able to choose what I get in my assortment box). Get on their website & request a catalogue.

                                                                                      1. re: Michelly

                                                                                        Thank you--we just got several boxes of lemon satin cremes from one of my mom's friends who goes to LV with her husband for conferences. I am better off not ordering any more frequently than this lady traveles to Vegas. ;) But I do thank you.

                                                                                    2. for years it was the brach's fiesta malted eggs. this year, i found big, huge bags at rite-aid, and bought 3 at once! brach's listened to us whiners about never being able to get them! yay!

                                                                                      the other beef i have is that you cannot find fun-size nutrageous except at halloween.

                                                                                      1. I now take to making long drives to find Smarties (aka Lentilky when I lived in Prague) because I like them so much more than m+ms. And I still have a hard time finding kinder suprises (which, to be honest, I like for the little prize more than the chocolate).
                                                                                        I also used to trek for 45 minutes to find root beer salt water taffy and then buy in BULK!
                                                                                        Still, living in LA has made my candy-ing much easier. I still don't come across licorice all sorts all that much. And do they even still make Necco wafers? I may be the only person to ever like them, but they just make me happy.

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                                                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                          Necco Wafers are still around. check with some of the candy suppliers/warehouses in & around LA...and always keep your eyes open at the checkout counter of drugstores & convenience stores - i've spotted them there occasionally.

                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                            I always look in the checkout lines since that's where I used to grab them growing up. Good call on the suppliers : )

                                                                                          2. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                            Re Necco wafers--believe so. Here's a link. My grandmother (Nanny) used to carry these in her pocketbook.

                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                              Also check those little candy stores, like Candy Baron, located in malls, where you grab a plastic bag, and go around the store filling it up then pay by the pound. I've seen necco, smarties, and any number of candies not normally found at the local check-out stand. But beware: these places are not cheap.

                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                Alas, the Necco factory that used to be in Cambridge, Massachusetts, closed a few years ago. They used to give tours, even! I think they opened somewhere else, but the delicious candy smell is gone from our air.

                                                                                                1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                  They are in Revere now. The factory store moves with them for a while, but now it's closed- too much of a security risk, I was told.

                                                                                                  I recently learned NECCO has reformulated their products (not sure if all of them, but the NECCO wafers and Clark bars for sure) to use sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

                                                                                                  They sell them direct at http://www.neccostore.com/

                                                                                                  1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                    I like all the Necco flavors except the GROSS purple ones and the green ones. Our CVS stores here in CT sell them, as well as other stores. You can even choose all cola flavored if you want. Additoinaly, you can buy a bag of small packs.

                                                                                                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                      i agree that the green necco is just gross. what IS that flavor supposed to be?

                                                                                                      on the other hand, what are most of their flavors supposed to be? ;-).

                                                                                                      i like black necco. (saying that made me think of the great film "black orpheus." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Or... now i guess i could free associate to black adder, quite a different concept. ).

                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                        You guys can send all the green wafers my way, but by all means take all my purples and whites, yech!

                                                                                                        1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                          necco "cap and trade" regime emerging....watch this site!

                                                                                                2. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                  i swear i have seen kinder surprises at cost plus/world market.
                                                                                                  and i used to see necco wafers all.the.time in boston, but given that necco is there, it actually makes sense.
                                                                                                  i never used to like the taste of necco wafers-- we used them as candy pills when we were playing make believe as kids.

                                                                                                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                    i never liked the assorted/fruity Necco flavors, just the "chocolate" ones....which tasted *nothing* like chocolate, but still...

                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                      we used to joke that the flavor was the color.
                                                                                                      you liked the brown flavor!

                                                                                                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                        Oh yeah, I only liked about half of the colors. And my brother and I almost fought over brown... and green.

                                                                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                          Ew, remember the nasty pink Pepto Bismol flavor ones?

                                                                                                          I loved the orange ones best :)

                                                                                                          1. re: wildehare

                                                                                                            Those pink ones are my fave! It was the purple I gave to the dog. Yuck. They sell Necco wafers at CVS and they also have rolls w/just chocolate.

                                                                                                        1. re: Chris VR

                                                                                                          actually the all-chocolate has been around for years. i got right on that when i discovered it :)

                                                                                                    2. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                      I saw Necco Wafers just yesterday at Dollar Tree.

                                                                                                      1. re: Babyducks

                                                                                                        Our local (in California) Longs Drug Store always has Necco wafers.

                                                                                                      2. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                        I hate necco wafers with a passion....lol...and they are readily available wherever i go. Gimme ur addy and I will send u some....lol. Less I have to see them the better.

                                                                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                                                          Necco wafers are on Amazon (did I mention I LOVE Amazon, haha!):


                                                                                                          I stocked up on bags of Smarties this past Halloween. There were loads of bags left after the holiday was over. Guess they weren't popular...oh well, more for me!

                                                                                                          1. re: greeneyedgirly

                                                                                                            Ever try the bubble gum Smarties? An obsession. They change state from candy to gum in your mouth. Very fun to eat.

                                                                                                        2. Cadbury's Violet Crumble, Rowntree's Blackcurrent Pastilles, and all the crazy weird Kinder chocolates: Kinder Eggs, Happy Hippo, Delice, etc. If presented with all of these at once, I think I'd go crazy picking which to eat first.

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                                                                                                          1. re: smrits

                                                                                                            Love the Violet Crumble. I only find them at Cost Plus these days.

                                                                                                            Has anyone ever heard of Michigan Mints? They were little blue and colorless hard candy wrapped in cellophane. Very pretty and very delicately flavored.
                                                                                                            Bcakes, I know what you mean about the Wintergreen pink candy. Another one of my favorites. Like Pepto but better. Here in LA, one bag is a dollar.

                                                                                                            1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                              I have been looking for Michigan Mints for years. They looked like small blue tinged ice cubes.

                                                                                                              1. re: Shrinksjp

                                                                                                                First time I've been on Chowhound for a while. Have you ever found our Michigan Mints? I'm desperate! I may have to experiment and make them myself!

                                                                                                              2. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                Who manufactured the Michigan Mints? I am in dire need. ;-)

                                                                                                                1. re: GuyBMeredith

                                                                                                                  I have no idea who made Michigan Mints but I've given up all hope of finding them. As I replied above, I may experiment with candy making and try to duplicate them. Stay tuned for further developments!

                                                                                                            2. Pink Losanges...or at least that's what we called them. I believe the real name is Wintergreen Losanges. They taste kinda like Pepto Bismol and they are usually found in the generic bagged section, where you get two bags for $1 (or whatever). Harder and harder to find these days.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Bcakes

                                                                                                                i loved those, and rolls of canada mints, which i haven't seen in years...

                                                                                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                                  Thank you...I couldn't remember what they were called, but you're right--Canada Mints--and Nanny used to have those on hand, too. :) Funny that you used Necco wafers as candy pills. Kind of big pills to swallow, as it were. HA HA!

                                                                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                    well, we would also drop them in water to melt, to make fake cough syrup, etc.
                                                                                                                    same thing with candy buttons (which i now find repulsive, because the paper is always stuck to the dots!).

                                                                                                                    sometimes the lion club has a donation stand at restaurants, where you put some coins in for a pack of mints.
                                                                                                                    they are similar to the canada mints.
                                                                                                                    i totally loved those things!

                                                                                                              2. Seconding the Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, I would also add real, old-fashioned Salt Water Taffy, not the garbage you get nowadays.

                                                                                                                1. There was a limited edition Cadbury Caramilk that I'd really like them to start making again. I can't remember what they called it but it had a flowing chocolate filling.

                                                                                                                  Caramilk Maple is getting harder to find as well.

                                                                                                                  1. Candy from England (sold a lot in Canada) can be ordered online from wholesale jobbers in the US---you don't have to pay overseas shipping. Cadbury products are all over the place. Same thing with US vintage candy remembered from childhood---google "vintage candy" or the name of the candy. AHOY: I read the other day that a new tariff will soon go into effect on certain foodstuffs from Europe, one of which is chocolate, so order now and don't delay as they are saying prices will go up noticeably.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                      My wife goes along with the Brit candies...Aero bars and smarties (although you can get them for an arm and a leg at British and Irish import stores and some obscure supermarkets).

                                                                                                                      I miss just about everything. Diabetes, you knows. (Don't tell my glucose meter but I cheat once in a while...but not much). I used to love the Bonomo Turkish Taffy individually wrapped pieces that came in a variety bag available in movie theaters...not the flat bars you smashed to crack into little pieces.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                        Interesting that English candy (or sweets as we call them) is popular on the other side of the pond but the opposite isn't really the case. We do get Reese's Peanut Butter cups (yum) but Hershey's etc doesn't really cut it in the UK. I remember the first time I went to the States a friend asked me to bring him back a Twinkie bar (which he'd heard of on the telly) and he was really disappointed!

                                                                                                                        1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                          Cadbury's recipe in the U.S. is different from the recipe in the U.K. If you buy a fruit and nut at World Market that's imported from England, and a Fruit and Nut from a U.S. grocery store, check out the ingredient panel and do a taste test. The U.K. version is vastly superior.

                                                                                                                          1. re: wildehare

                                                                                                                            My British husband certainly agrees!

                                                                                                                        2. The old Jolly Rancher red hots the way they made them in the '70's and before. You could never get all the wrapping off. Not as enjoyable without having to spit out a little peice of cellophane wrapper after a few minutes.

                                                                                                                          1. My mom used to get big boxes of theses single peanut butter cups that had a bee on the package and had a few different flavours. I can only remember the bee on the shiny foil package and there was a coffee flavoured one. This was in Canada about 15 years ago.

                                                                                                                            Does anybody know what this would be?

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Bryn

                                                                                                                              So this question is over 2 years old, but for those just reading for the 1st time (like me), I think it's Natural Nectar Nugget Peanut Butter Cup. Yes, it's on Amazon:


                                                                                                                            2. Sugar-free turron de Alicante. I know of only 2 stores in the entirety of NYC that sell it, one of which only carries it at Christmastime.

                                                                                                                              1. Cherry Mash, I have a hard time finding them where I live.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: swamp

                                                                                                                                  Yet again, Amazon. I don't work for them, I just buy lots of stuff from that site, lol.


                                                                                                                                2. I would love to find Richardson's chocolate covered after dinner mint. I used to buy them in BJ's, but they no longer carry them. Anyone have any ideas where I can get them?

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Fran0219

                                                                                                                                    did u ever find a place that sold these? I have been looking for them also. I bought some online, but would rather find them here.

                                                                                                                                  2. Marks & Spencer Wine Gums. No other brand will do (I've tried them all). I stagger through the "Simply Food" aisles with 10 bags in a basket and get the strangest looks from the clerks. I also love Smarties, but have been able to find them recently where I live.

                                                                                                                                    1. Chuckles. These are not easy to find anymore.

                                                                                                                                      Bit o' Honey too, but my dental restorations don't really need these.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: RGC1982

                                                                                                                                        I haven't seen Chuckles in years. I'm sure they were bought out by one of the big candy companies who maybe eventually did away with them. Back in the 80's I toured the Chuckles factory in Danville, IL. It was a little privately owned company back then and pretty much all they made was Chuckles and jelly beans.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: RGC1982

                                                                                                                                          Funny...I just bought 2 packs of Chuckles last Friday at Harmon Discount Cosmetics for my kids' Easter baskets. They didn't know what they were!!

                                                                                                                                        2. Jelly Bellies.

                                                                                                                                          I know, they're EVERYWHERE, but I rarely find a vendor with a good selection of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                          I recently stumbled upon (what must be ancient, but absolutely edible) jalapeno Jelly Bellies, and I'm hoarding them.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamaciita

                                                                                                                                            Mamacita- I feel your pain, and you're right, they seem to be everyhwere, but they're not. Always missing some flavors in the assortment. And if you're like me, you must have all three of "your" flavors (green apple, red apple, and very cherry for me), because they must be eaten in the right ratio to one another. Oh, and they have to be fresh, not stale. Yup, I have a problem. Luckily, problem solved by their website (jellybelly.com). Only problem is, have to buy fairly large amounts (which isn't really a problem for me...)

                                                                                                                                          2. Paper thin ribbon candy - the kind sold only at Christmas. A few years ago, I was able to find some ribbon candy - it was being sold in December at Michael's Craft Stores, but it was thick, not at all the type I remember from my childhood.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: critter101

                                                                                                                                              I loved the paper thin ribbon candy! My grandmother used to have it at her house and I remember that it was very thin and delicate, glass-like. The colors were beautiful, and I loved staring in the box of the stuff. That was probably 40 years ago, though.
                                                                                                                                              I have seen ribbon candy from time to time over the years, but it is the thick stuff, which completely defeats the point. My grandmother lived in Portsmouth, NH. Was it a regional thing?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: pcdarnell

                                                                                                                                                I actually tried to look this up for you (critter101) last week, and now that there are two of you looking for it, I'll tell you what I know.

                                                                                                                                                Thompson Candy in Meriden, CT sold it for years (so maybe it IS regional, pcdarnell, I couldn't tell ya for sure). Looking at their website, seems they are all about chocolate now. But if you're missing the stuff badly enough, you may want to send an inquiry and let them know you're after some ribbon candy. It's good stuff!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                  Thompson's most likely makes the peppermint flavored red white and green ribbon candy version around the holidays, least that's what I remember about them.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: pcdarnell

                                                                                                                                                  I'm originally from Boston, so maybe it's an East Coast thing. And I'm talking about 50 to 60 years ago. But it was was delicious, and beautiful to look at. Hard to compete with a taste memory.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: critter101

                                                                                                                                                    Did you try calling Thompson Candy? If they still make it, this could seriously make your day.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the lead...plan to call them on Monday.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: critter101

                                                                                                                                                        I do hope they still make it and you can get some! :)

                                                                                                                                              2. Hard to find, but Kinder Bueno bars are fabulous.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                                  odd, they are plentiful here in Canada (every corner store has them).
                                                                                                                                                  and yes, they are fabulous.

                                                                                                                                                2. Meiji chocolate covered almonds.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bkhuna

                                                                                                                                                    Love these. They're available at all the Asian markets I frequent, thank God. There's really nothing like them when it comes to choc-covered almonds.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Russell Stover Rosebud Mints

                                                                                                                                                    And I 5th the Peanut Chews

                                                                                                                                                    1. Fazer's Dumle Soft Toffees and their Fazermints. Fell in love with them on a trip to Finland years ago. Had a friend in Sweden send me a nice big bag of a mix of the two a few years back, but I've since fallen out of contact with her, more' the pity

                                                                                                                                                      It used to be that I could find the Fazermints here now and then, but then they disappeared. Never have found a logal source for the Dumles though.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: DarkRose

                                                                                                                                                        Oooh, it's been a long time, but I used to love Fazermints! Talk about sweet memories. :)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                          Soo good :) I hate the grainy texture of the mint filling in, say, peppermint patties. That's part of what made the Fazer Mints so appealing - nice, creamy, liquid center. Good, strong mint flavor, good dark chocolate... my mouth is watering just thinking of them.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: DarkRose

                                                                                                                                                          Dumle - I love! Thanks for reminding me. Love the soft, goey texture. When I lived in Sweden you could get them in other flavours too like apple and liquorice. I do prefer the original though.

                                                                                                                                                          You can buy them online you know :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. I'm a long-time lurker and this thread inspired me to finally join and post. Hi everyone! I don't have much hope that this Canadian gum still exists but it's my reason for posting. I started vacationing at Pinery Provencial Park in Ontario near Grand Bend when I was a little kid (1970's and I still do). There was a little store named "Variety" between the park and town that sold penny candy (sadly they are long gone).

                                                                                                                                                            I used to buy individually wrapped squares of gum (like Bazooka) that came in different colored wrappers (green, pink, yellow, orange, etc). I think it all tasted the same, regardless the color, but I have never tasted anything like it since the last time I got them (maybe the early 80's?). Does anyone know this gum, the name and if it's still available?

                                                                                                                                                            I have three others that I find almost impossible to get anywhere, one's my Grandmother used to have.

                                                                                                                                                            The first is a soft gumdrop that is either raspberry or blackberry flavored and coated with those same colored, round, hard "sprinkles". Usually Gramma had a mix of both.

                                                                                                                                                            The second is a hard candy that was raspberry, red, disk shaped with raised "bumps" on either side and had a miniscule soft raspberry filling.

                                                                                                                                                            The third (I don't think I can describe this correctly!) is a rectangular, white, thin tube of hard candy that has a peanut butter filling. It was very brittle and didn't have much peanut butter at all.

                                                                                                                                                            Anyone who knows any of these I've described and can point me to a source, I bow before you!!

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                Okay, no bowing, but a hearty THANK YOU!! That's them exactly! My sister and I will be so happy to have them again. I used the term "gumdrop" because that was all I could think of, didn't know that's what they're actually called. I also didn't know they're made by Jelly Belly. Thanks again!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                  Gimbals rasberies and blackberries.
                                                                                                                                                                  I never knew Jelly Belly also made these.
                                                                                                                                                                  The grocery stores in Canada sell the Gimbals berries and their jelly beans are also very good!

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                You can get the raspberry hard candies from a number of sellers, for instance:


                                                                                                                                                                Or Google filled raspberry candy. I've always liked those.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                  Holy cr*p, you guys are awesome. Why I lurked instead of joining for so long I don't know! Thanks so much Caitlin, those are the EXACT hard raspberry candies!

                                                                                                                                                                  You and alkapal found two of mine so quickly I feel stupid for not just plugging things into Google and seeing what came up. I've even perused Vermont Country Stores site but didn't see these. I'm off to google peanut butter hard candies.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                    alicat, i'm happy to oblige. remember the "yellow pages" where your fingers did the walking? wow, just think how far we've come!

                                                                                                                                                                    "...and knowledge will be increased."

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                  > The third (I don't think I can describe this correctly!) is a rectangular, white, thin tube of
                                                                                                                                                                  > hard candy that has a peanut butter filling. It was very brittle and didn't have much
                                                                                                                                                                  > peanut butter at all.

                                                                                                                                                                  Tom's Peanut Butter Logs? They used to come in penny-candy size pieces and larger, the size of a candy bar. My grandfather had a little gas station and store in rural Alabama when I was a kid, and he sold them there. I Googled the name just now, and I found a lot of links to sites with descriptions and even pictures, but none of them were selling them--what a tease! But I think that's what you're describing--or else it's something very similar.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MsMaryMc

                                                                                                                                                                    i love peanut butter logs!!!! they have caramel brown stripes on their cream-colored surface. there was also a different one with coconut-kinda coating. reminds me of chick-o-stix.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                      MsMaryMc: No, they weren't Tom's unless they came in much smaller pieces. These were about and inch and a half long and maybe just a bit over 1/4" wide. You can get Tom's online. I can't for the life of me remember what search terms I used last night but I definately saw them for sale, keep looking!

                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal: I found chick-o-sticks here (and Jordan almonds, I'll post it down below also).


                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, never thought I'd see the Pinery mentioned here - my family had a cottage in Port Franks down the Ausable river from there from the 60's to the mid-90s. I used to buy penny candy on my way up there in the 5 and dime in Thedford...my favorite (and seldom seen since) the hard sugar coated chewy jelly inside sour cherry ones about the size and shape of the end of a finger. Like a jelly bean on steroids.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                      I know the peanut candy you're talking about! I remember when the local supermarket would have a bin of all sorts of bulk candy near the produce department (if memory serves me correctly, this was also back when you could buy dried beans by the pound in the produce section as well - how I loved to run my hands through the bins of beans when I was a kid!).
                                                                                                                                                                      I found a candy almost identical to the wafer thin hard handy with just a little bit of peanut butter inside, once, at Munchie's Paradise in Chinatown (NYC) and I haven't found it there since.

                                                                                                                                                                      I did find a couple of close ones here:

                                                                                                                                                                      One of my favorite candies, which has been discontinued by See's Candies, is the Peanut Butter lollipop. I've written to them twice, begging for them to make these little nuggets of heaven again. I think more people need to get proactive about it though.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I miss the old UK sweet shops, where along the wall would be these glass containers, each with a different candy. Pineapple chunks, peanut brittle, sour apples, the lemon ones with sherbet inside, Everton mints, licquorice and lime toffees, blackcurrant and licquorice, bull's eyes - somtimes hundreds of types that lead to the downfall of British Teeth.

                                                                                                                                                                      I could kill for some lime toffee now. And maybe a sherbet fountain.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                                        Still many wee sweet shops and cafes in Glasgow that sell all the old favourites out of jars. Kola Cubes, Pineapple Chunks, Pear Drops, Soor Plooms, Midget Gems, Floral Drops. But sadly there are a lot fewer than there was when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Milo "energy" bars. Discovered them in Hong Kong but they're not available in the U.S. unless I try to ship them from some Aussie stores. I've heard, though, that they have a new formulation that is a pale imitation of the original. That makes me very sad because it means I'll *never* be able to get the original taste ever again!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Marshmallow gummy bears. I used to eat them in college and have not been able to find them since.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. I am craving a delicious rhubarb/caramel brittle, once bought in Iceland and never found again. Perhaps there is a similar product here?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Come to think of it, I haven't seen Jordan Almonds anywhere since 1984 (when I last remember spotting them at the movie theatre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                  i had them at my wedding in 1994 -- but they were from lebanon.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                    Are we talking about the same thing? Pastel, candy-coated almonds that came in a long, thin cardboard box.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Lebanese almonds hunh? Wikipedia has the US as the top global producer...how did the Lebanese almonds differ in flavor?

                                                                                                                                                                                    A co-worker has relatives in Iran, when they made a recent visit they brought fresh pistachios and they had a stronger flavor than the ones from the supermarkets.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                      those almonds are famous in the mid-east, syria, lebanon, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                      in fact, my almonds may've come from damascus (my former law partner's family friends). they were dee-licious!

                                                                                                                                                                                      the shell is thin and crisp, not hard and tooth-breaking, the nut is naturally sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                        I always thought it was just a movie thing. Wow...who knew? :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                      I found Jordan Almonds available here!


                                                                                                                                                                                      Amazing the forgotten candies I'm seeing by searching for old fashioned and retro candy. I'd completely forgotten about Burnt Peanuts and Boston Baked Beans!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                                        i can get large bags of boston baked beans (dangerous!) from the harris teeter candy zone (regular aisles.) i think they're the ferrara pan brand, too (like the little boxes). http://www.ferrarapan.com/html/beans....

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Alicat24

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks Alicat24, I just might have to get me some of those with the silver coating!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                            then if one breaks your tooth, it'll look like you've gotten a "fancy" hip-hop tooth cap. smile, cuccu!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                              Eat enough/break enough and I'll look like "Jaws" from the James Bond movies. :-(B)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                i know what ya mean! http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tmz.com/me...
                                                                                                                                                                                                maybe you could spit silver dragees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                seiously, though, the "jordan almonds" from damascus are renowned in the mid-east, and are (i believe) the standard for the world. try a mid-east shop next time you come over to arlington or fairfax area. i'll keep an eye out.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                        I ordered some a couple of weeks ago from Williams Sonoma. They were in pastel colors for Easter.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                          Jordon Almonds are pretty easy to find in the "Bulk Foods" Dept. at most Grocery stores....

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sly72

                                                                                                                                                                                              Jorden almonds are also plentiful at any iparty store (or anywhere they have wedding items).

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Sixlets. Especially the tiny ones. I've seen the larger variety, but it's just not the same...

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Some might not call this a candy but I'm addicted to Altoid's mango and tangerine sours. They're only medium hard to find (well, the tangerines anyway) but I try to buy several tins at once. I've seen them at online sites so can turn there if I need to.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not sure what part of NorCal you're in, but I'm pretty sure I've seen them consistently at Trader Joe's in the East Bay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: adrienne156

                                                                                                                                                                                                  We're up at Tahoe and I haven't seen them recently in Reno. WalMart used to have. No to Safeway, maybe a yes at Raleys. The search is half the fun :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I used to eat a German candy called Softi. Soft chewy fruit-flavored sticks. I once asked a friend going to Germany to bring me back some, but she couldn't find it. Ironically I found it in a local five and dime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Salted nut rolls. I think they were Pearson's. There are a few like that out there, but they just aren't the same as the ones I remember from my childhood. I loved the combination of salty-sweet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Though looking at their site, they still have them. Maybe I can order some. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Morganna

                                                                                                                                                                                                    hahaha My dad eats at least one of those a week. We have them all over here in the Midwest. Ahh...yum...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Morganna

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh yeah saltier than nutragious perfect bars with great white nougat I buy them at the candy factory on Hwy 11 just south of webers on my way to huntsville ontario great call Morganna!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. An excellent hard candy from Japan. The only time I ordered it I was caught up in credit card fraud and have been afraid to order it from that company again. But oh it was such good candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Powers Fruit Slices, now called Boston Fruit Slices. Shaped like slices of fruit with a chewy "rind" on them, available in variety of artificial fruit flavors. They even come chocolate dipped if you can find them..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                          They're still around. One of our local stores even had the rejects in bags from the factory in Lynn, Mass., I think. Some slices were very thin, some are very thick etc. Tasty and fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Pulparindo--a sweet, tart, spicy Mexican candy. I haven't eaten them in years, however, because I can't find any information more recent than the bans on the candy due to high lead content. Even before the lead ban (issued by CA, not the FDA), they were hard to find. Oh so yummy, though--might be worth killing a few brain cells. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: modthyrth

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds like the tamarind candy I see around southern California. I've had it from a stand in Olvera Street. Good stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                              If that is it, I've seen it in Mexican groceries around the Tampa Bay area in Florida as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, it is a tamarind based candy. I can occasionally find it in S. California or here in AZ, but I haven't bought it because of the lead content. It wasn't officially recalled or banned, but warnings were put out by the state of CA that the lead content is dangerously high, and I haven't been able to find anything saying that the situation was rectified, so I've been abstaining. So sad. I'd order a bulk package online if I could read any sort of reassuring report!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Sponge toffee. A staple candy of the 1970's southern Ontario hockey arena snack bar. I do not see this any more. It is the inside of the Crunchie bar that is readily available in Canada, but I love a nice pure hunk of the toffee w/o any chocolate on it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looks pretty easy to make (recipes on web, basically cook sugar then throw baking soda in it) so I might do that but I'm not sure I really want that much on hand!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maple99

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I see this all the time at Bulk Barn! Also, have you tried the seafoam at Rocky Mountain (locations at Vaughan Mills, FCP, Eaton Centre, etc.)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pinkprimp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                thanks for the info, I do not frequent any of those places, but now that I know I may stop by

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: maple99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am right there with you on this one. I remember my dad buying it in logs about 1/2 the size of a loaf of bread. Bliss. The only place I've ever seen it in the States is covered with chocolate - and that's fairly rare as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: maple99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm a little late on this, but try Watson's sponge candy. It's from the same part of the world (Kenmore, NY) and it is SO GOOD. We order every Christmas after moving to Texas. http://www.watsonschocolates.com/ Seafoam is too dense and a Crunchie bar is sort of too brittle if you ask me. I just re-read and see you do not like the chocolate part... Well i usually eat that off first then have my chunk of sponge!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. HOPJES coffee candy was always a favorite. They were (and apparently still are) made in Holland and used to be pretty easy to find but I haven't seen them lately.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mmmm...I love Hopjes. I get my fix from my local Cost Plus World Market. If you have one of them near you, check out their candy aisles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Turkish delights, without a doubt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They were brought once to me by my father and I cannot find them anywhere. Just once I got something alike, but not quite as delightful... :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Tacopedia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tacopedia, if you're feeling handy, here's a recipe: http://mideastfood.about.com/od/desse...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and here's a mail order source (but i've not tried them): http://www.turkish-delight.com/v2/ind... the prices don't seem unreasonable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      here's a thread on turkish delight, with plenty of links: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/354916

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tacopedia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have you tried Applets & Cotlets, made in Washington State? It seems like they ship everywhere, but I may be wrong. On a factory tour, they told us that they started with a Turkish Delight recipe. They've got tons of flavors now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Haven't seen this mentioned here but it's been mentioned on the Manhattan board a few times...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Located on Rivington st on the lower east side of NYC... not sure where everyone is located but they do ship and have a really nice selection of hard to find candies, novelty items etc. They carry Jordan Almonds and Chuckles, chick-o-stick, C Howard's Violet candy and gum, some UK Cadbury items, Valomilk... it's a really cool place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: iluvcookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Economy Candy is outstanding. Whenever I visit NYC I get down there and fill up a bag. Sometimes I'll try a candy just based on how interesting the wrapper looks. Valomilk was in that category!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Regal Crown Sour Cherry flavor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ritter Sport yoghurt bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Necco Candy Raisins. They JUST stopped making 'em...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And I used to the love old black licorice pipes. Mmmm.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: almond3xtract

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Remember the shorter, flat, and fat chocolate licorice?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also dug spearment penny licorice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And what ever happened to Collard & Bowsers black licorice toffee?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I LOVED that in it's silver box.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: imnokid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes! Callard and Bowsers! It was the best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: almond3xtract

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  almond3xtract: WHAT!??! (by the way, I take it you know where the bubbler is :) )
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was reading this thread and was going to reply "candy raisins", when i read your reply! I have not had them in 10 yrs - the last time I saw them was when I was back in Milwaukee and went to summerfest. I of course bought a huge badg on my way out to take back to NC and share with my family. Truth be told, I am not a non-chocolate candy eater but I will eat these and Swedish Fish (very similar, don't you think?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Val-o-Milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gummy cherry coke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  those tri-flavored coconut cubes (plain/chocolate/strawberry)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lime coconut patties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grape bubble gum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rock candy crystals (the box)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  large chewy sweet tarts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pink grapefruit chupa chups (lollipop)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Luckily, I can take he train into the City from Connecticut every once in a while to Dylans Candy Bar for some of these. Others I have to go to Cracker Barrel for (Yee-Haw!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    just saw some of those lovely coconut "neapolitans" candy on a brach's bulk candy display down at sweet bay grocery in florida. http://www.amazon.com/Brachs-Neopolit...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know-I used to buy them when they sold them in those plastic bulk bins in the "Brach" (sic?) section of our grocery. But now they don't have them! Maybe I'll go visit my parents in Naples, FL, and see it FL just is luckier than CT!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        well, they were in a n. ft. myers sweet bay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Shockers (formerly Shocktarts) seem to be harder to find these days, so after I located them in theater size boxes at Target, I've been picking up a few at a time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Similar to Shocktarts (I think they may be made by the same company?), original Spree is nowhere to be found here on the West Coast. I see the chewy Spree all the time, but it's just not the same! Luckily, I did find some on Amazon (of course).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I was ecstatic when Mars brought back Forever Yours as Milky Way Dark and then Milky Way Midnight, but they're a bit hard to find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can only buy Coffe Crisp bars in Canada, so any time someone goes I give them the assignment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And I haven't seen Charms hard candies and suckers in decades.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Parrotgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Charms are sold on hometownfavorites.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. it's not quite candy, but i always thought they were as a kid...Smith Brothers cough drops..they were chewy, almost gummy, a little tougher though. came in cherry, honey and i think licorice. please help me find.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: babbabooey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oh my goodness, i loved the honey ones so much.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the licorice ones were my second favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            y'all remember horehound cough drops? was that luden's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            horehound (named for horus, supposedly) is in the mint family, and recognized for respiratory ailments. http://health.learninginfo.org/herbs/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i remember i liked it as a stick candy. http://www.foodservicedirect.com/prod...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh yuck! Are you remembering those brown/amber colored Ludens? They were VILE!!! Sheeesh, the cherry ones were soooo good, though. I also can't take the taste of those Ricola cough drops. I know lots of people who buy the cherry Ludens as sucking candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't find Brach's jelly rings. I loved those things. Stop and Shop has a fake kind (w/a purple flavor) but they're not as good as the original. Bummer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hahaha yes, i totally liked those horehound luden's as well as the ricola and the swedish fisherman drops (or whatever they were called).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i hate chocolate, so i think i have a different "sweet" palate, which includes the funkier sasparilla/horehound/licorice/herbal stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interesting. I hate chocolate too. I like black licorice and sasparilla but not the herby stuff. You might be on to something...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mother used to love horehound - it reminded her of her childhood. Used to be available in sort of lumps (I think they took a piece of hardening sugar candy and stretched it out and then cut it into pillow-shaped pieces). Interesting about the respiratory ailment thing, she was asthmatic - but I don't remember her adducing that as a reason to eat the candy. (I can still taste it, was too strong/bitter for me.)Remember humbugs? Or is that a Canadian/British thing? Similar to the horehound pieces but milder in flavor and striped. My great-aunt used to sit me up on her kitchen work table and ply me with these out of her apron pockets to keep me in sight when she was watching me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: dinaofdoom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Licorice Smith Brothers! They were the best! Are they still made?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Loved those licorice SB's too! Ate em like candy. Are they still made?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. re: babbabooey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yup, I loved the wild cherry ones...and the gumminess to boot. Can't say they were super throat-soothing as some of the nastier ones are, but they do taste like candy, I agree!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Checky, checky! It comes in a "warm apple pie" flavor? Gee, maybe I don't feel so good and need to look for these myself. ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                More in the "cough drops as candy" category:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These are Ludens. I see Ludens are available at Walgreens. Check your local drugstore. Cheracol was pretty delicious, too (and with codeine, no less)! ;) Member?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  know any cheracoholics?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i love cherry cough drops! does luden's have the cherriest?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure if Luden's are the cherriest. Hall's Breezers--Cool Berry--are mighty tasty, too. You know sometimes you really need a cough drop and can't bear the thought of something mentholated? These do the trick really nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I want to see the cherry cough drop taste test results in one of those Chow boxes on the side panels of the boards!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      >>>I want to see the cherry cough drop taste test results in one of those Chow boxes on the side panels of the boards!<<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh, that might be useful. so...don't hold your breath (tee hee).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on topic:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at easter, other than the reese's eggs, i love the brach's malted milk fiesta eggs. not the leaf brand ones made by whopper -- they taste fake-chocolately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Don't know how I missed this post before now; my favorite candy bar...Zero...I had it about a year ago after about 10 years. I don't know why it's not more widely sold (at least here in NC). Other candies I'd like to have is squirrel nut zippers, kits taffy candy, and chiclets gum

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Really? I see them quite regularly in Raleigh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do a search and order them online they are available in silver foil (milk) and gold foil (dark) chocolate but the smooth filling does not have the cool chemical that made the chocolate cool but not minty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Squirrel Nut Zippers used to be made around the corner from me in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The factory would sell big bags of rejects. Now the factory is a community garden, not a bad thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Every single one of those candies are here:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, look around online for a free shipping code...I found one when I placed an order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Aero Bars. Only place I can find 'em is World Market. And now they've got a mint Aero Bar that is rapturously good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One candy from childhood that I've not been able to find since the 70s is Zots. Anybody remember those things? They were a hard candy filled with some strange substance that fizzed like mad once it came into contact with your spit. Loved 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And candy cigarettes, too, although I'm sure if anybody tried to manufacture those today they'd be sentenced to the gulag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gulag indeed, or the death of a thousand cuts, or drawing and quartering. The candy in the white sugar with "lit tip" cigarettes (apart from the wintergreen flavor which I didn't like) had the oddest texture that made them worthwhile eating despite their taste, kind of like chewing your dissolving teeth. The only thing with similar mouthfeel I've found lately is bubblegum Smarties - and you have the added bonus of gum after you've demolished the candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The texture was great. I'd always assumed the strange chewiness resulted from a certain staleness, but maybe not. Anyway, I wish I could go down to the 7-11 and snag a carton. **sigh**

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Give those Smarties a whirl, you will probably like them. Staleness is a virtue in a lot of sugar confectionery as far as I'm concerned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another candy that had a similar texture to the cigs was those little Valentines Day hearts with the silly messages on them. Remember those?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But of course. Made by the New England Candy Co., makers of the much less exciting but eponymous NECCO wafers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh ho ho...http://www.oldtimecandy.com/candy-cig...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Everything old is new again, or at least Googleable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep. And there are a couple of sites that peddle the much desiderated Zots as well. I'm tempted to buy a couple of cases of the watermelon flavored types. It has literally been more than three decades since I popped one of those pyroclastic pastilles in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They sell these at Dylan's Candy Bar downstairs all the way forward (in what is probably the "retro" candy area). They also sell them at The Cracker Barrel restaurant (or maybe just the one we went to?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Definitely NOT a politically correct candy choice, but a funny throwback to my childhood. My kids had no interest in them and I ended up giving the leftovers to our dog (who loved them, but then again she eats dog food...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The other" not PC" candy of my childhood were those little crunchy hard balls that were inside the injection needle in every kids play doctoring kit. Do you remember these? There was this huge plastic "shot" thing that was filled with small colorful candy balls. They were very tasty!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yes, I do, now that you mention it - and that from the days when the doctor kits were for boys and the nurse ones for girls. Can still taste them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Zots are still around. I can get them at the expanded candy section of our local store. In fact, they have the candy cigarettes in the adjacent aisle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JohnE O

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If I didn't know any better, I'd think I'd somehow conjured you up from 1977.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What's the name of the store, if you don't mind me asking?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio. But lucky for you I just checked and Amazon has Zots:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i loved zots. i believe the weird fizziness is from a citric acid-based powder in the middle that reacts with saliva.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (yeah, that sounds totally appetizing...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i was also big into candy cigarettes as a kid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the hard candy version were kinda boring--
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the bubble gum ones were good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you could blow into so the puffs of starch would stream out like smoke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  soooooooo un-pc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aeros are great - especially the mint ones. They're doing small snack-size bars here in the UK now which are perfect for that relatively guilt-free chocolate hit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's a link for Zotz. I loved them too. Always felt like my teeth were dissolving.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, holy cow, I do remember those (conceptually), but Zots isn't ringing a bell. Maybe we just called them Fizz?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was the same decade that brought us Pop Rocks after all. I still remember going to the movies with my friend and her little brother...he threw his Pop Rocks in the water fountain, and as we left, we could hear the fountain sizzling. :) Goofy. Fizz was good shizz, tho'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My Kroger (Richmond, VA) has Aero bars in the foreign foods section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Super Stop & Shop (Hartford, CT) has them in the foreign foods section, also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dylan's Candy Bar didn't have my favorite cherry coke sour gummies Easter w/e. Bummer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            there is alos a dark chocolate and a caramel chocolate aero available

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've seen the Aero bar on Amazon. The Zotz and candy cigarettes are on this site-and probably Amazon too...you'll have to compare prices...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Someone brought them up eariler...Happy Hippos from Italy are the best thing EVER.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Razzles. I don't think they have existed for about 30 years so maybe no one else remembers them. Also Chick-O-Sticks, which have recently become hard to find except in miniature size. Since a lot of people don't know what Chick-O-Sticks are when I talk about them; they are like Butterfingers without the tedious necessity of biting the chocolate off and spitting it out, which is wasteful and somewhat disturbs non-chocolate hating friends when they see you do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                -Harry from Marydel, DE

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HarryFromMarydelDE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not only are Razzles still around, they come in 3 types: original, sour and tropical:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chick O Sticks are also around in the long form.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JohnE O

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can also make the oxymoronic "soft peanut brittle" and have a whole pan of it to enjoy. Recipes aplenty on the web and the topic was discussed on Home Cooking here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: HarryFromMarydelDE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've seen both the Razzles and the big Chick-O-Stick at several Walgreens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. For those of you who were Fizzies fanciers, you know who you are and you liked to lick them before putting them in the water now didn't you, Kool-Aid has just come out with "Fun Fizz" in punch, grape, and lemonade flavors. Flavor technology having come a very long way indeed since the heyday of the Fizzie, these may be even tastier (I haven't tried them yet). The ingredients show citric acid as a main component, the fizzmaker in these.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I was (a Fizzie fancier) and was actually brave enough, on a dare when I was10, to let the whole Fizzie dissolve in my mouth, even though I feared death would occur at any moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think I'll skip the Fun Fizz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You too, huh? I thought I was the only one to do that and live to tell the tale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I detect a common thread! I used to do it too, with the root beer Fizzies, and would do more than one, and end up with a stomach full of gas!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We must be sisters separated at birth. I was wondering where you were these days, oldtimer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know if you are aware of it, but Fizzies are available:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fun! Thank you. The ad hits me where I live.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What I miss are Fizzers. I looked for them before Halloween and all I could find were Smarties which aren't as good. (Not to be confused with the Canadian and European Smarties which are a knock-off of M & Ms).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Mars bars. I just found out that Snickers Almond is the same thing, but it doesn't taste the same. I also loved the taffy that came in the long bars in bright colors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tinkerszs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's a place in my city called The Arrogant Texan which has that kind of taffy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Does anyone know where I could possibly find "sour liquid candy melt down made by the sour tooth candy company covina. ca 91724?" It comes in a tube and I haven't been able to find it in YEARS! I would appreciate any and all help!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I remember when you could find Ice Cubes chocolates at nearly every convenience store counter. Why are these so hard to find nowadays?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          These things are so smooth and creamy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ramenfreak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I LOVE those things!!! You can order them many places online. Our local Quick Chek (NJ) also sells them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. --Banana Kits; also peanut butter ones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --BB Bats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Regular Mountain bars, although they're not what they used to be. And the cherry version is just nasty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Niederegger marzipan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since some hounds are pining for those candies no longer available anywhere, here's my list of those:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Vernell's Butter Mints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Annabelle's Full of Almonds -- the original in the foil wrapper, not the icky 70's remake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Regal Crown Sours -- any flavors, but cherry was my favorite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --Callard & Bowser butterscotch, licorice toffee, and most anything else they made (didn't like the treacle though -- it tasted like burnt sugar)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regal Crown Sours, very, very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --Banana Kits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --BB Bats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --Regular Mountain bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --Niederegger marzipan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --Annabelle's Full of Almonds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't remember any of these. Maybe not available on the East coast? I feel so deprived...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Niederegger marzipan (chocolate-covered and in flavors) is available mainly seasonally (Christmas) in German/other specialty stores and some of the Korean veggie markets (I last saw it in the Nature Land on Flatbush nr GAPlaza).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PS I notice it in particular because a company I used to work for handled the transportation from Germany.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost Plus/World Market used to have Niederegger marzipan during holiday season; not sure if they still do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for some of the others not available on the East coast -- don't feel too bad. Lots of the old-time candy is/was regional; we never had Goldenbergers Peanut Chew, for example. BB Bats and Kits were obscure penny-candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes, still available at Costco, some small bars year-round. They also carry lots of hard licorice shapes (cats, pipes, etc)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BB Bats were available in Canada, and were very popular with kids because they only cost 2 cents each. You and your friends would scour fields for empty pop bottles, because they had a 2 cent deposit, and turn them in for BB Bats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Simpler times...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FrankD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What were they like? I don't remember them and I was mad for penny candy (SW Ontario division). We must be the same age, I remember the 2 cent deposit...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They were small blocks on sticks - about 2.5 x 1 x 1/4 inch (that's strictly from memory) - like a long, rectangular lollypop, but these were a kind of weird caramel/chocolate/toffee melange. They lasted a long time - you could just lick them, and then when you've softened it, you could bite off a chunk and chew it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And, because they were so cheap, I'm sure, I agree with Chris VR - you got a ton of them on Hallowe'en.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FrankD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't remember them at all and they sound right up my street, maybe they didn't hit London, Ont? Hmm. Speaking of toffee, how about a Mackintosh's toffee bar wrapped in wax paper in a slab-shaped thin box? Now that was a candy bar. Had one fairly recently and it wasn't quite as I remembered it. Seems to me candy packaging was more appealing before the advent of the metallized plastic sleeve. More naughty/forbidden/ cigarette package-y...Coffee Crisps as they were for example. OK taking my old-fogey hat off now...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mackintosh toffee is still my uncle's favourite. He's from Rodney, ON. As a kid, I never understood why, when he took me for a "chocolate bar run" he'd often end up with something non-chocolate for himself. I always chose a Kitkat, Aero or Coffee Crisp. When Coffee Crisp had the papery wrapper, was it folded like a present on the ends, or am I out to lunch on that one?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes it was. "Makes a nice, light snack!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BB Bats were definitely on the East Coast. I just Googled them and I totally remember getting them in my trick or treat bag when I was a kid on Long Island.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chris VR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not from LI, grew up in New England. Never saw BB Bats in the belfry, that I can recall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edit: Ok, just googled, taffy on a stick, yes I do indeed remember them, but don't know if I ever actually ate one. Seems like they've been around for over a century, and the manufacturer was located in Binghamton, NY.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I grew up near Philly and we had them all the time. Chocolate was the best, strawberry was okay, but the banana ones were b.b.bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JohnE O

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cool; in my defense, I wasn't much of a taffy eater, maybe just the Bonomo taffy of the 60's, and the salt water stuff from Atlantic City that my parents got every year. Guess the Bats one just got away from me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JohnE O

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Chocolate was the best, strawberry was okay, but the banana ones were b.b.bad."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reverse that for me --
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #1: banana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #2: vanilla
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #3 strawberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #4: chocolate (hated those!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Same order of preference applied to Turkish Taffy. Glad to hear that's about to come back. French Chews, though OK, weren't even close. I consider banana to be a superior artificial flavor -- love that isoamyl acetate! The artificial strawberry that was around when I was a kid was great too, but they phased it out in the late 60's. Probably carcinogenic or something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You and I need to share a bag and we'd both be happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: bushwickgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You just reminded me of Reeds Life Savers -- delicious butter rum, root beer, cinnamon flavors. Each candy was wrapped in crinkly cellophane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I _think_ you can still get those, at least the Butter Rum ones. Larger cylinder, not individually wrapped, and (of course) not as good as I remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (added later)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wait, maybe those are the Life Savers Butter Rum I've seen recently. ISTR in the 60's Life Savers had both Butter Rum (striped package?) and Butterscotch (tartan pattern on the package). Anyone remember those countertop displays with all their flavors?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But yeah, I do remember the Reed's and that cellophane. Didn't care for that root beer flavor though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              butter rum life savers! those were my favorites....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I remember Reeds candy rolls that were similar to LifeSavers. They also made a sucker/lollipop. They were a little larger than a regular sucker and looked like a piece of stained glass. Beautiful. It was my favorite red sucker. Haven't seen Reeds in years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mountain Bars are pretty easy to find in the Pacific Northwest. Brown & Haley in Tacoma makes them, and also Almond Roca. Ever tried the peanut butter Mountain Bars? They're GOOOOOD!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They sell their candies online at the usual retail markup, but if you're ever in the Seattle/Tacoma area, the Brown & Haley factory outlet stores are an outrageous deal. They sell their "boo boos" (less-than-prefect-looking) candy for a fraction of the regular price.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am _so_ there, next time I'm in the area with a car........

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Holy smokes, Steve, you just took me down the penny candy aisle at Lineberry's!!! Banana Kits! And strawberry...I don't remember peanut butter...they came in little packages of four or so squares.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BB Bats! I had totally forgotten about these!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I LOVE Niederegger marzipan and know where you can order it if you can't find it where you are. I'm in CT and can buy it at Sundial Gardens in Higganum. Here is their site...they stock it around Christmastime and like a moth to the flame, I go!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another source for Niederegger marzipan is Cardullo's, www.cardullos.com .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Bounty candy bars, dark chocolate covering sweet, moist, shredded coconut, lasted about five years in the United States, at least, where I grew up. They were much better than the Peter Paul version (called "Mounds" if they had amonds on the top, but I have forgotten the non-almond version's name). Bounty had much thicker choclate and, as a result, keep the coconut much moister.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I looked for them for years (pre-internet) and finally gave up and forgot about them. Then, two years ago, I went on vacation to Germany for the first time. Bounty, both the milk and dark chocolate versions, could be found in any German gas station! They're still as good as I remember.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mounds is the Bounty (non) equivalent, Almond Joy is the one with almonds, and milk chocolate. You may remember the commercial jingle: "Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't. Almond Joy's got nuts; Mounds don't."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Mounds got deep, dark chocolate and creamy coconut, oooooh!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love Mounds, then discovered Bounty bars in Aruba a few years ago. So good. Brought back a bunch last time there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Island

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is just as well they're not readily available (Bounty bars)...they go down far too easy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh yes they are! Just check out the Jamaican isle in the Hartford Stop & Shop. Not that I've ever bought one...OK, I have. I LOVE all the chocolate/coconut confections in that isle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You are the devil on my shoulder, stuck in Hartford County! ;) Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now that really takes me back... Thank God for YouTube! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can find Bounty in any Canadian gas station, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can get them here in the chicago burbs, but *only* in the ethnic markets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bounty bars on Amazon:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone tried Oskri's milk chocolate coconut bar? Sooo good. They're organic and made without the nasty high fructose corn syrup like Almond Joy. Oskri makes lots of good treats. Tons of great Oskri stuff on Amazon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Can we please go back to the chocolate Bit O' Honey that someone mentioned above? We never found out whether it's chocolate-covered or chocolate-flavored, or what? Inquiring minds . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i think it was chocolate covered, which chocolate cracked as soon as you bit it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pick them up in the UK. Bounty is one of the nations top selling sweets. Brilliant if you put them in the fridge for a while then bite the chocoalte off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: stilldontknow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "bounty" is like the "mounds" in the u.s. (love coconut!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  somervilleoldtimer was talking about bit o' honey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hey somervilleoldtimer (hate to abbreviate that one!):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ""Bit-O-Honeys were first introduced in 1924 by Chicago’s Schutter-Johnson Company and were acquired, in 1984, by the Nestle Company who continues to produce them today. They are the sole survivor of the Bit-O family, which at one time also included Bit-O-Choc, Bit-O-Coconut, Bit-O-Licorice, and Bit-O-Peanut Butter. (Who knew?) This honey-flavored taffy embedded with almond bits (a candy twin of Necco’s Mary Jane) is not easy to find these days, but the shiny, almond-flecked, café-au-lait-colored treat comes in two forms: a full-size bar and bite-size pieces."""" http://candyaddict.com/blog/2008/04/2...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alkapal, now you've reminded me of Black Cows, which were the chocolate-covered versions of (I can't remember the name -- a large caramel rectangle on a stick, without chocolate.) When the Wizard of Oz would be on TV once a year (thus teaching us the virtue of patience, unlike today's children) we would be allowed to go around the corner and buy either a Black Cow, or a ???. The Black Cow was smaller but had the virtue of chocolate; the sister candy was larger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Black Cow was a chocolate-covered Slow Poke. I checked just to be sure and discovered that both are being made again, albeit without the stick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just saw these in our local pharmacy. I don't remember it from years back, though. I didn't buy any....maybe I should go back and buy a couple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: somervilleoldtimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      black cows, slow-poke, and …was there a chocolate covered charleston chew?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think they made Charleston Chews in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry when I was a kid. They were the best frozen and then banged on the counter to break them into pieces. Now, I can still find chocolate and vanilla, but I'm not sure about strawberry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I see Charleston Chews all the time. Pretty cheap candy, just marshmallow covered in a chocolate-like substance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Someone in this thread posted the link to oldtimecandy.com. Thank you!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As I was reading this i was hoping someone would mention one I loved, but couldn't remember the name. Scanning the list of candy by decade there it was, Swedish Fish! Every now and then I see red fish as part of a mix in a bin store, but they're not the same. So now I know what it's called and where to get it online. Anyone ever see Swedish Fish in stores?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I still love black licorice flavor and remember penny candy shaped like tobacco pipes. They were so good. Ever see those? My sister is always on the hunt for Mary Janes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reading that list was a blast from the past. Fruit stripe gum, coconut watermellon slices, anise bears, licorice and chocolate babies, mallo cups, pixie stix!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Remember wax moustaches and those little 6 packs of wax soda bottles filled with colored liquid made of God knows what? Probably carcinogenic!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I remember hard thick lolipops that were shaped like hockey pucks with a stick stuck in on a slant. teaberry was a favorite flavor as was the cinnamon that was a tongue burner. Took forever to eat those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I miss Gertrude Hawks candy. Local chocolate Co I grew up with in PA that my parents filled our Easter baskets with every year. Whenever I'm back visiting I pick up tubs of peanut butter smidgens, Sweetie Pies, and other favorites at an outlet store for a fraction of what it costs online. Good thing I don't get there that often! Ahh wave of nostalgia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Island

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like Swedish Fish, too. I see them sometimes in candy stores - the multicolored ones with the proper SF flavor and texture, not fish-shaped gummies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cadbury Flakes ohh the quality of that chocolate? There was a coated Flake called a Galaxy Ripple great stuff. Crystalized Pineapple haven't seen that since the 70's. Crystalized ginger is still used in baking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can buy dried/crystalized pineapple in Chinese stores in the candy aisle, usually in small clear cellophane-plastic bags in bins (this is in the NY area at least). It's not as sugary as the candied stuff used to be but tasty nonetheless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Its candied glass-like chards I'm looking for saw a box in the Harry Potter movie the Half-Blood Prince Tom Riddle gives it to the new professor in the flash back scene. It may still exist in Britain I'll keep looking.