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What is your favorite hard to find candy?

rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 07:19 PM

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. lynnlato RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 07:23 PM

    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
      Emme RE: lynnlato Mar 17, 2009 01:46 AM

      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
        lynnlato RE: Emme Mar 17, 2009 03:23 AM

        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
          hyacinthgirl RE: lynnlato Mar 17, 2009 09:34 AM

          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
            lynnlato RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 17, 2009 10:58 AM

            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
              c oliver RE: lynnlato Apr 14, 2009 04:53 PM

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

              1. re: c oliver
                MsMaryMc RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 05:46 PM

                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
                  c oliver RE: MsMaryMc Apr 14, 2009 05:49 PM

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

                  1. re: c oliver
                    MsMaryMc RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 06:46 PM

                    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
                      c oliver RE: MsMaryMc Apr 14, 2009 06:53 PM

                      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
                        Caitlin McGrath RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 06:57 PM

                        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
                          c oliver RE: Caitlin McGrath Apr 14, 2009 07:59 PM

                          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
                          MsMaryMc RE: c oliver Apr 14, 2009 08:09 PM

                          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
                            c oliver RE: MsMaryMc Apr 14, 2009 08:15 PM

                            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
                          Saluti RE: MsMaryMc Mar 11, 2012 04:22 PM

                          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
                            bannarak10 RE: MsMaryMc Oct 21, 2012 03:37 PM

                            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
                              MsMaryMc RE: bannarak10 Oct 21, 2012 06:19 PM

                              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
                  stilldontknow RE: lynnlato Dec 22, 2010 03:37 AM

                  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
                greedygirl RE: lynnlato Apr 10, 2009 02:46 AM

                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
                  housewolf RE: lynnlato Aug 31, 2010 12:58 AM

                  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: housewolf
                    greeneyedgirly RE: housewolf Jun 14, 2011 06:46 PM

                    Here's a link to the Switzer's black licorice site...


                  2. re: lynnlato
                    CocoaNut RE: lynnlato Nov 14, 2010 09:17 AM

                    "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!


                  3. purple goddess RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 07:29 PM

                    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
                      lynnlato RE: purple goddess Mar 17, 2009 03:25 AM

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

                      1. re: purple goddess
                        dinaofdoom RE: purple goddess Mar 17, 2009 12:15 PM

                        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
                          alkapal RE: dinaofdoom Mar 17, 2009 04:56 PM

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

                          1. re: alkapal
                            lynnlato RE: alkapal Mar 18, 2009 07:16 AM


                            1. re: lynnlato
                              catrn RE: lynnlato Mar 18, 2009 01:09 PM

                              I am already stocking up on them

                              1. re: catrn
                                Becca Porter RE: catrn Mar 3, 2010 08:05 AM

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

                            2. re: alkapal
                              alkapal RE: alkapal Mar 5, 2010 07:25 AM

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

                              1. re: alkapal
                                dinaofdoom RE: alkapal Mar 5, 2010 08:34 PM

                                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: dinaofdoom
                                  alkapal RE: dinaofdoom Mar 7, 2010 02:05 AM

                                  the blissful perfect ratio! ;-)). http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_mUDzDbevInU...

                          2. re: purple goddess
                            bermudagourmetgoddess RE: purple goddess Apr 15, 2009 09:27 AM

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

                          3. JohnE O RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 07:35 PM

                            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. goodhealthgourmet RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 08:30 PM

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

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                                adamshoe RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 16, 2009 11:03 PM

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

                                1. re: adamshoe
                                  rockycat RE: adamshoe Mar 17, 2009 06:12 AM

                                  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.

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                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: rockycat Mar 17, 2009 08:22 AM

                                    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
                                      Caitlin McGrath RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2009 02:04 PM

                                      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
                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: Caitlin McGrath Mar 17, 2009 04:54 PM

                                        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
                                          Caitlin McGrath RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2009 05:04 PM

                                          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
                                  cuccubear RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2009 12:11 PM

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

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                    wrshepp RE: goodhealthgourmet May 2, 2010 08:05 AM

                                    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
                                      somervilleoldtimer RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 5, 2010 10:51 AM

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

                                      1. re: somervilleoldtimer
                                        MSK RE: somervilleoldtimer Jul 6, 2010 12:10 PM

                                        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
                                          Caitlin McGrath RE: MSK Jul 20, 2010 09:23 PM

                                          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
                                            goodhealthgourmet RE: Caitlin McGrath Dec 22, 2010 07:58 PM

                                            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
                                        somervilleoldtimer RE: goodhealthgourmet Sep 2, 2013 04:06 PM

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

                                      3. Bbqstu RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 08:35 PM

                                        Its gotta be Bonomo's Turkish Taffy

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                                          al b. darned RE: Bbqstu May 10, 2009 11:29 PM

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

                                          1. re: al b. darned
                                            Chris VR RE: al b. darned Jun 5, 2010 11:48 AM

                                            It's back in production. Details here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2691...

                                            1. re: al b. darned
                                              greeneyedgirly RE: al b. darned Jun 14, 2011 08:49 PM

                                              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
                                              roxlet RE: Bbqstu Jun 6, 2009 02:24 PM

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

                                            3. Vetter RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 09:55 PM

                                              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
                                                RGC1982 RE: Vetter Apr 3, 2009 12:39 PM

                                                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
                                                  alkapal RE: RGC1982 Apr 11, 2009 05:24 PM

                                                  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
                                                  RGC1982 RE: Vetter Apr 9, 2009 12:20 PM

                                                  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
                                                    amethiste RE: Vetter Apr 13, 2009 07:47 PM

                                                    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?

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                                                    latindancer RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 11:07 PM

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

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                                                    1. re: latindancer
                                                      MsMaryMc RE: latindancer Apr 10, 2009 08:03 PM

                                                      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
                                                        PAO RE: MsMaryMc Apr 24, 2009 02:11 PM

                                                        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
                                                          TampaAurora RE: PAO Apr 24, 2009 08:14 PM

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

                                                          1. re: TampaAurora
                                                            bushwickgirl RE: TampaAurora Apr 14, 2010 09:27 PM

                                                            ...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
                                                              obsessed with food RE: TampaAurora Feb 2, 2011 08:41 AM

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

                                                            2. re: PAO
                                                              greeneyedgirly RE: PAO Jun 14, 2011 09:10 PM

                                                              Planter's peanut bars on Amazon:


                                                          2. re: latindancer
                                                            greeneyedgirly RE: latindancer Jun 14, 2011 09:05 PM

                                                            You can get Mountain bars on Amazon:


                                                          3. ipsedixit RE: rthorn46 Mar 16, 2009 11:15 PM

                                                            Chocolate Bit-O-Honey.

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                                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                                              illy RE: ipsedixit Apr 8, 2010 04:05 PM

                                                              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
                                                                somervilleoldtimer RE: illy Jun 5, 2010 10:52 AM

                                                                Inquiring minds really, really want to know!

                                                                1. re: illy
                                                                  goodhealthgourmet RE: illy Dec 22, 2010 07:52 PM

                                                                  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. c
                                                                cavandre RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 04:49 AM

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

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                                                                  obsessed with food RE: cavandre Feb 2, 2011 08:44 AM

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

                                                                  1. re: obsessed with food
                                                                    The Professor RE: obsessed with food Jan 10, 2012 11:38 AM

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

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                                                                  dpan RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 04:51 AM

                                                                  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
                                                                    mamaciita RE: dpan Apr 9, 2009 02:47 PM

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

                                                                    1. re: dpan
                                                                      moonmau RE: dpan Aug 27, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                                      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).

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                                                                      rockycat RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 06:14 AM

                                                                      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
                                                                        greedygirl RE: rockycat Apr 10, 2009 02:49 AM

                                                                        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
                                                                          rockycat RE: greedygirl Jun 5, 2009 11:56 AM

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

                                                                          1. re: rockycat
                                                                            FrankD RE: rockycat Jun 22, 2010 09:53 AM

                                                                            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
                                                                              bushwickgirl RE: FrankD Jun 22, 2010 10:40 AM

                                                                              "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
                                                                                buttertart RE: bushwickgirl Jun 22, 2010 10:46 AM

                                                                                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
                                                                                  Caitlin McGrath RE: bushwickgirl Jun 22, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    buttertart RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 22, 2010 02:11 PM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      kattyeyes RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 23, 2010 08:25 PM

                                                                                      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
                                                                                    Island RE: FrankD Jul 14, 2010 05:23 PM

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

                                                                                    1. re: FrankD
                                                                                      Island RE: FrankD Jul 14, 2010 05:30 PM

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

                                                                                      1. re: Island
                                                                                        alkapal RE: Island Jul 14, 2010 05:53 PM

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

                                                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                                                          anonymouse1935 RE: alkapal Jul 15, 2010 04:38 AM

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

                                                                                        2. re: Island
                                                                                          buttertart RE: Island Jul 15, 2010 05:43 AM

                                                                                          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
                                                                                            Paulustrious RE: buttertart Jul 15, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              buttertart RE: Paulustrious Jul 15, 2010 07:11 AM

                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                alkapal RE: buttertart Jul 15, 2010 08:58 AM

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

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                                                                                                  Paulustrious RE: alkapal Jul 19, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                    alkapal RE: Paulustrious Jul 23, 2010 05:26 AM

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

                                                                                2. little audrey RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 06:39 AM

                                                                                  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. kattyeyes RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 07:54 AM

                                                                                    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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                                                                                      Michelly RE: kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 12:09 PM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        kattyeyes RE: Michelly Jun 6, 2009 08:01 PM

                                                                                        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. alkapal RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 08:16 AM

                                                                                      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. hyacinthgirl RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 09:40 AM

                                                                                        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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                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 17, 2009 10:00 AM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            hyacinthgirl RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2009 10:02 AM

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

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                                                                                            kattyeyes RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 17, 2009 10:02 AM

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

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                                                                                              Michelly RE: kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 12:14 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                somervilleoldtimer RE: kattyeyes Jun 5, 2010 10:54 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                  Chris VR RE: somervilleoldtimer Jun 5, 2010 11:41 AM

                                                                                                  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/

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                                                                                                    stuck in Hartford County RE: somervilleoldtimer Jun 5, 2010 01:50 PM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      alkapal RE: stuck in Hartford County Jul 12, 2010 04:37 PM

                                                                                                      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. ).

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                                                                                                        cuccubear RE: alkapal Jul 21, 2010 11:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                          alkapal RE: cuccubear Jul 23, 2010 05:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                  dinaofdoom RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 17, 2009 12:19 PM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: dinaofdoom Mar 17, 2009 04:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                      dinaofdoom RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2009 07:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                        hyacinthgirl RE: dinaofdoom Mar 18, 2009 12:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                          wildehare RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 10, 2010 12:53 PM

                                                                                                          Ew, remember the nasty pink Pepto Bismol flavor ones?

                                                                                                          I loved the orange ones best :)

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                                                                                                            stuck in Hartford County RE: wildehare Mar 13, 2010 08:58 AM

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                        Chris VR RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 5, 2010 11:45 AM

                                                                                                        They have an all-chocolate assortment now http://www.neccostore.com/chocolate-w...

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                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Chris VR Dec 22, 2010 07:59 PM

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

                                                                                                    2. re: hyacinthgirl
                                                                                                      Babyducks RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 17, 2009 08:41 PM

                                                                                                      I saw Necco Wafers just yesterday at Dollar Tree.

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                                                                                                        jjw RE: Babyducks Mar 18, 2009 01:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                        Johnresa RE: hyacinthgirl Apr 10, 2009 07:04 AM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          greeneyedgirly RE: hyacinthgirl Jun 14, 2011 09:22 PM

                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                            buttertart RE: greeneyedgirly Jun 15, 2011 06:07 AM

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

                                                                                                        2. smrits RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 10:24 AM

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                            Kate is always hungry RE: smrits Mar 17, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                              Shrinksjp RE: Kate is always hungry Feb 22, 2012 07:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                Kate is always hungry RE: Shrinksjp Sep 24, 2013 11:13 PM

                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                GuyBMeredith RE: Kate is always hungry Jun 2, 2012 05:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  Kate is always hungry RE: GuyBMeredith Sep 24, 2013 11:14 PM

                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                              Bcakes RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 11:38 AM

                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                dinaofdoom RE: Bcakes Mar 17, 2009 12:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  kattyeyes RE: dinaofdoom Mar 17, 2009 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                    dinaofdoom RE: kattyeyes Mar 17, 2009 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                    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. cuccubear RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 12:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  Blush RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                    Querencia RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                      MoxieBoy RE: Querencia Mar 18, 2009 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                        greedygirl RE: Querencia Apr 10, 2009 02:53 AM

                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                          wildehare RE: Querencia Mar 10, 2010 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            jjw RE: wildehare Apr 23, 2010 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                            My British husband certainly agrees!

                                                                                                                        2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: rthorn46 Mar 17, 2009 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                          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. Bryn RE: rthorn46 Mar 18, 2009 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                              greeneyedgirly RE: Bryn Jun 15, 2011 12:55 AM

                                                                                                                              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. JungMann RE: rthorn46 Mar 18, 2009 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                swamp RE: rthorn46 Mar 18, 2009 01:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                  greeneyedgirly RE: swamp Jun 15, 2011 01:00 AM

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


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                                                                                                                                  Fran0219 RE: rthorn46 Mar 18, 2009 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                    lisamp29 RE: Fran0219 Apr 3, 2009 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                    brendastarlet RE: rthorn46 Mar 18, 2009 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      RGC1982 RE: rthorn46 Apr 3, 2009 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                        cycloneillini RE: RGC1982 Apr 11, 2009 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                          Chris VR RE: cycloneillini Apr 11, 2009 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                          Made by Nabisco now, but still available, according to http://www.hometownfavorites.com/prod...

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                                                                                                                                          jbsiegel RE: RGC1982 Apr 13, 2009 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                          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!!

                                                                                                                                        3. mamaciita RE: rthorn46 Apr 9, 2009 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                            mjhals RE: mamaciita Apr 14, 2009 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                            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...)

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                                                                                                                                            critter101 RE: rthorn46 Apr 9, 2009 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                              pcdarnell RE: critter101 Apr 14, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                              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?

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                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: pcdarnell Apr 14, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                  bushwickgirl RE: kattyeyes Apr 14, 2010 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                  critter101 RE: pcdarnell Jun 4, 2009 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes RE: critter101 Jun 5, 2009 10:37 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                      critter101 RE: kattyeyes Jun 6, 2009 05:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes RE: critter101 Jun 6, 2009 08:02 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                Steve RE: rthorn46 Apr 9, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                Hard to find, but Kinder Bueno bars are fabulous.

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                                                                                                                                                  alixium RE: Steve Apr 13, 2009 07:29 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                2. bkhuna RE: rthorn46 Apr 9, 2009 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Meiji chocolate covered almonds.

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                                                                                                                                                    PegS RE: bkhuna Apr 13, 2009 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                    rizzo0904 RE: rthorn46 Apr 10, 2009 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Russell Stover Rosebud Mints

                                                                                                                                                    And I 5th the Peanut Chews

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                                                                                                                                                      DarkRose RE: rthorn46 Apr 10, 2009 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes RE: DarkRose Apr 10, 2009 09:00 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                          DarkRose RE: kattyeyes Apr 10, 2009 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                          TheSwedishFish RE: DarkRose Apr 8, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                          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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                            Alicat24 RE: rthorn46 Apr 12, 2009 08:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: Alicat24 Apr 12, 2009 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                              no need to bow, just order these gumdrops: http://www.candywarehouse.com/berryje...

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                                                                                                                                                                Alicat24 RE: alkapal Apr 13, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                  MiriamOttawa RE: Alicat24 Aug 31, 2009 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                Caitlin McGrath RE: Alicat24 Apr 13, 2009 03:36 PM

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


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

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                                                                                                                                                                  Alicat24 RE: Caitlin McGrath Apr 13, 2009 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: Alicat24 Apr 14, 2009 01:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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."

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                                                                                                                                                                  MsMaryMc RE: Alicat24 Apr 14, 2009 01:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  > 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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: MsMaryMc Apr 14, 2009 01:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Alicat24 RE: alkapal Apr 14, 2009 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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).


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                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: Alicat24 Apr 14, 2009 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                      ramenfreak RE: Alicat24 May 11, 2010 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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. Paulustrious RE: rthorn46 Apr 13, 2009 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                        stilldontknow RE: Paulustrious Dec 22, 2010 03:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        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. PegS RE: rthorn46 Apr 13, 2009 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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. pikawicca RE: rthorn46 Apr 13, 2009 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Clark Bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                            LAWoman RE: rthorn46 Apr 13, 2009 03:53 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                            1. alixium RE: rthorn46 Apr 13, 2009 07:32 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                              1. cuccubear RE: rthorn46 Apr 14, 2009 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: cuccubear Apr 14, 2009 08:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    cuccubear RE: alkapal Apr 14, 2009 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: cuccubear Apr 14, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        cuccubear RE: alkapal Apr 14, 2009 09:23 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Alicat24 RE: alkapal Apr 14, 2009 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: Alicat24 Apr 14, 2009 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                          cuccubear RE: Alicat24 Apr 14, 2009 09:24 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: cuccubear Apr 14, 2009 09:28 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              cuccubear RE: alkapal Apr 14, 2009 01:31 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal RE: cuccubear Apr 15, 2009 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        pikawicca RE: cuccubear Apr 14, 2009 09:13 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Sly72 RE: cuccubear Mar 3, 2010 05:58 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            dinaofdoom RE: Sly72 Mar 5, 2010 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            or weddings. haha

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Clams047 RE: Sly72 Jul 4, 2012 09:20 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            adrienne156 RE: rthorn46 Apr 14, 2009 01:45 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. c oliver RE: rthorn46 Apr 14, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                adrienne156 RE: c oliver Apr 15, 2009 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  c oliver RE: adrienne156 Apr 15, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                himbeer RE: rthorn46 Apr 14, 2009 11:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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. Morganna RE: rthorn46 Apr 15, 2009 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                    quick.to.chuckle RE: Morganna Mar 7, 2010 03:04 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      TheDewster RE: Morganna Jun 25, 2010 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      KristieB RE: rthorn46 May 10, 2009 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. al b. darned RE: rthorn46 May 10, 2009 11:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          somervilleoldtimer RE: al b. darned Jun 26, 2010 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          modthyrth RE: rthorn46 May 11, 2009 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kate is always hungry RE: modthyrth May 14, 2009 03:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              TampaAurora RE: Kate is always hungry Jun 4, 2009 06:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                modthyrth RE: TampaAurora Jun 5, 2009 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            maple99 RE: rthorn46 Jun 5, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              pinkprimp RE: maple99 Jun 7, 2009 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                maple99 RE: pinkprimp Jun 10, 2009 12:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: maple99 Jun 8, 2009 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BlfoQueen RE: maple99 Aug 31, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. The Professor RE: rthorn46 Jun 5, 2009 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chocolateninja RE: The Professor Jun 5, 2009 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. Tacopedia RE: rthorn46 Jun 8, 2009 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: Tacopedia Jun 9, 2009 04:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tracylee RE: Tacopedia Jun 22, 2010 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. iluvcookies RE: rthorn46 Jun 8, 2009 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob W RE: iluvcookies Mar 3, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeff_the_Kid RE: rthorn46 Jun 10, 2009 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Regal Crown Sour Cherry flavor

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thunderduck RE: rthorn46 Jun 10, 2009 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ritter Sport yoghurt bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              almond3xtract RE: rthorn46 Sep 8, 2009 06:05 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                imnokid RE: almond3xtract Feb 13, 2010 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  somervilleoldtimer RE: imnokid Aug 9, 2010 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes! Callard and Bowsers! It was the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pamelado RE: almond3xtract Aug 8, 2010 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. stuck in Hartford County RE: rthorn46 Mar 3, 2010 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: stuck in Hartford County Mar 5, 2010 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stuck in Hartford County RE: alkapal Mar 5, 2010 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: stuck in Hartford County Mar 5, 2010 02:54 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. soypower RE: rthorn46 Mar 3, 2010 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      greeneyedgirly RE: soypower Jun 15, 2011 01:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Parrotgal RE: rthorn46 Mar 4, 2010 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chris VR RE: Parrotgal Mar 5, 2010 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Charms are sold on hometownfavorites.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        babbabooey RE: rthorn46 Mar 5, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dinaofdoom RE: babbabooey Mar 5, 2010 08:41 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: dinaofdoom Mar 7, 2010 02:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stuck in Hartford County RE: alkapal Mar 7, 2010 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dinaofdoom RE: stuck in Hartford County Mar 8, 2010 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  stuck in Hartford County RE: dinaofdoom Mar 9, 2010 12:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: alkapal Mar 7, 2010 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                somervilleoldtimer RE: dinaofdoom Jun 26, 2010 03:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Island RE: somervilleoldtimer Jun 27, 2010 06:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: Island Jul 12, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i've seen smith brothers recently i think. http://www.google.com/search?client=s...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: babbabooey Mar 9, 2010 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: kattyeyes Mar 9, 2010 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  know any cheracoholics?

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes RE: alkapal Mar 10, 2010 03:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: kattyeyes Mar 10, 2010 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      >>>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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  greeneyedgirly RE: babbabooey Jun 15, 2011 01:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Over a year too late, but here ya go:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Cherylptw RE: rthorn46 Mar 10, 2010 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    raleighboy RE: Cherylptw Apr 7, 2010 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Really? I see them quite regularly in Raleigh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TheDewster RE: Cherylptw Jun 25, 2010 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        somervilleoldtimer RE: Cherylptw Aug 9, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          greeneyedgirly RE: Cherylptw Jun 15, 2011 01:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. Perilagu Khan RE: rthorn46 Apr 8, 2010 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 8, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perilagu Khan RE: buttertart Apr 8, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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**

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 8, 2010 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan RE: buttertart Apr 8, 2010 11:32 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 8, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan RE: buttertart Apr 8, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stuck in Hartford County RE: buttertart Apr 17, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: stuck in Hartford County Apr 17, 2010 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JohnE O RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 8, 2010 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan RE: JohnE O Apr 8, 2010 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JohnE O RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 8, 2010 02:21 PM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dinaofdoom RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 8, 2010 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    greedygirl RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 10, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cuccubear RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 13, 2010 10:25 AM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 13, 2010 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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'.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jeanmarieok RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 17, 2010 04:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stuck in Hartford County RE: jeanmarieok Apr 20, 2010 04:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TheDewster RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 25, 2010 12:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              greeneyedgirly RE: Perilagu Khan Jun 15, 2011 01:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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...


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jemon RE: rthorn46 Apr 8, 2010 08:54 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HarryFromMarydelDE RE: rthorn46 Apr 9, 2010 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JohnE O RE: HarryFromMarydelDE Apr 10, 2010 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: JohnE O Apr 10, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    greeneyedgirly RE: HarryFromMarydelDE Jun 15, 2011 01:45 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. buttertart RE: rthorn46 Apr 10, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bushwickgirl RE: buttertart Apr 14, 2010 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: bushwickgirl Apr 15, 2010 06:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          somervilleoldtimer RE: buttertart Nov 2, 2011 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: somervilleoldtimer Nov 3, 2011 10:21 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John E. RE: buttertart Nov 9, 2011 05:56 PM

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


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: John E. Nov 10, 2011 04:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. RE: buttertart Nov 10, 2011 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      tinkerszs RE: rthorn46 Apr 13, 2010 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan RE: tinkerszs Apr 14, 2010 07:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        paigeallia RE: rthorn46 Apr 23, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ramenfreak RE: rthorn46 May 11, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jbsiegel RE: ramenfreak Jun 10, 2010 10:59 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Steve Green RE: rthorn46 Jun 21, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            --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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bushwickgirl RE: Steve Green Jun 21, 2010 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: bushwickgirl Jun 22, 2010 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: buttertart Jun 22, 2010 06:03 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve Green RE: buttertart Jun 22, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      toodie jane RE: Steve Green Aug 11, 2010 10:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FrankD RE: bushwickgirl Jun 22, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: FrankD Jun 22, 2010 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FrankD RE: buttertart Jun 24, 2010 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: FrankD Jun 25, 2010 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blush RE: buttertart Jun 25, 2010 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: Blush Jun 25, 2010 12:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chris VR RE: bushwickgirl Jun 22, 2010 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bushwickgirl RE: Chris VR Jun 22, 2010 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JohnE O RE: bushwickgirl Jun 22, 2010 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bushwickgirl RE: JohnE O Jun 22, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve Green RE: JohnE O Jun 22, 2010 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JohnE O RE: Steve Green Jun 23, 2010 09:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Island RE: Steve Green Jun 27, 2010 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                banana was my favorite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          somervilleoldtimer RE: bushwickgirl Aug 9, 2010 07:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve Green RE: somervilleoldtimer Aug 10, 2010 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: somervilleoldtimer Aug 19, 2010 05:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kate is always hungry RE: somervilleoldtimer Sep 21, 2010 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MsMaryMc RE: Steve Green Jun 22, 2010 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: MsMaryMc Jun 22, 2010 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bulk Roca...oh my god...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve Green RE: buttertart Jun 22, 2010 04:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: Steve Green Jun 23, 2010 08:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  somervilleoldtimer RE: kattyeyes Aug 9, 2010 07:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gfr1111 RE: rthorn46 Jun 23, 2010 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MsMaryMc RE: gfr1111 Jun 23, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The one with the almond was Almond Joy.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: gfr1111 Jun 23, 2010 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 23, 2010 08:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Island RE: kattyeyes Jun 27, 2010 07:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kattyeyes RE: Island Jun 27, 2010 08:00 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stuck in Hartford County RE: kattyeyes Jun 30, 2010 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: stuck in Hartford County Jul 5, 2010 07:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cuccubear RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 24, 2010 09:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blush RE: gfr1111 Jun 24, 2010 01:00 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          onceadaylily RE: gfr1111 Jun 24, 2010 03:02 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            greeneyedgirly RE: gfr1111 Jun 15, 2011 02:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            somervilleoldtimer RE: rthorn46 Jun 26, 2010 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: somervilleoldtimer Jul 12, 2010 04:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stilldontknow RE: alkapal Dec 22, 2010 03:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: stilldontknow Dec 22, 2010 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  somervilleoldtimer RE: alkapal Nov 2, 2011 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John E. RE: somervilleoldtimer Nov 2, 2011 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jbsiegel RE: John E. Nov 3, 2011 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: somervilleoldtimer Nov 11, 2011 03:56 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jbsiegel RE: alkapal Nov 11, 2011 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John E. RE: jbsiegel Nov 11, 2011 10:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Island RE: rthorn46 Jun 27, 2010 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: Island Jun 27, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TheDewster RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 28, 2010 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: TheDewster Jun 28, 2010 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          TheDewster RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2010 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: TheDewster Jun 28, 2010 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My mom used to put it in her Christmas cake - try the baking products aisle of your supermarket?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chris VR RE: Island Jul 5, 2010 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I see red swedish fish in bags in drugstores (CVS, Walgreens) and at Costco, both in individual bags and in large boxes, which seem to be the best/freshest ones. I love them and now the kids do too, although they call them "Sweetie Fish".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Island RE: Chris VR Jul 13, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG Costco size "Sweetie" Fish would be deadly. I haven't seen them at mine and i better not look for them since I'd probably keep eating them until they were extinct.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Babyducks RE: rthorn46 Jun 28, 2010 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the 70's I used to love these imported from England chewy butterscotch or toffee candies. They came in a box of 10 or 12, they were individually wrapped in foil. I've searched and can only come up with Walkers and that isn't it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: Babyducks Jun 28, 2010 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Callard and Bowsers, I believe?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Babyducks RE: buttertart Jun 28, 2010 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's it! Thank you so much. My husband and I have been racking our brains and could only come up with that it started with the letter C. You're a doll.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Steve Green RE: Babyducks Jun 28, 2010 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I loved those. They came in sort of a cigarette pack-shaped container. The butterscotch ones were regular hard candy, but there were several chewy toffees, including (IIRC) caramel, chocolate and licorice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Amazing that they just died out --I always thought they were pretty popular. They even had John Cleese doing their commercials for a while. Werther's butterscotch isn't even close.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: Steve Green Jun 29, 2010 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It seems even in the UK it's no longer produced! What a drag, I loved the licorice toffee and the hard butterscotch (much! better than Werther's, definitely). The cigarette pack-ish package was very appealing to me as a kid and wannabe adult.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Steve Green Jun 30, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I posted on the UK board to see if anybody knew what had happened. Apparently the company had been acquired by Suchard who subsequently decided not to continue selling in the UK. Too bad!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Babyducks Jun 29, 2010 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To Babyducks: My pleasure. I pretty much lived on candy for the first 10 years of my life so have a pretty good handle on the names of things!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal RE: buttertart Jul 12, 2010 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my dad adored callard and bowsers' butterscotch. i loved it, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: alkapal Jul 13, 2010 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was a nice "travel candy" because of its packaging, wasn't it. The licorice toffee was my favorite. Hope you had a chance to try it, fellow REAL licorice lover!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: buttertart Jul 13, 2010 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes, i loved callard and bowser licorice toffee, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i'm even a sucker for licorice jelly beans in the easter candy basket.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      toodie jane RE: buttertart Aug 11, 2010 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Callard & Bowser Licorice Toffee in the "flip-top box". Ahhhhhhh, now that was mouth-watering candy. Long's carried it for many years. Now there isn't even a Long's anymore. Hideous CVS!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: toodie jane Aug 11, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not made any more for the North American market. The flip-top box was fun, seemed a bit cigarrette packagey-naughty to me as a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4. mamachef RE: rthorn46 Jul 5, 2010 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Walnetto Bars and Frango Mints and chocolate covered Cream-candy. However!! I know a link that is one step closer to bringing us all to candy nirvana: Hometownstore.com. Anything you want, unless it's just completely unavailable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Island RE: mamachef Jul 13, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Frango mints! Did you have to remind me? Mmmmm. The texture remind me of melt in your mouth chocolate candy my mom loved from the candy counter of a local dept store in the 1970's. It was fudge, but was called "cold fudge". Anyone ever heard of that or know why it was so named?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i like licorice toffee too and butter rum chewy toffee. Any source for the latter?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flavrmeistr RE: rthorn46 Jul 6, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Crown Sour Cherry and Sour Grape. Any of the Callard and Bowser toffees, particular the licorice. Haven't seen either of these in years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart RE: flavrmeistr Jul 6, 2010 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All things of the past, apparently. I forgot about the sour grape ones, they were quite exciting to eat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mamachef RE: flavrmeistr Jul 6, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hey: Hometownstore.com has Callard and Bowser Toffees...don't know if the postage and handling would be prohibitive, but they got 'em!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: mamachef Jul 6, 2010 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hometownstore.com when I open it doesn't have anything to do with candy as far as I can see?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tracylee RE: buttertart Jul 6, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just tried hometowncandy.com and got the correct link.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: tracylee Jul 6, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good site, but no Callard and Bowser's to be found on it as far as I can see.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tracylee RE: buttertart Jul 6, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ack, sorry, I didn't look for that. In my search I did come across Oatfield Licorice, which claims to be very close: http://www.licoriceinternational.com/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm on the lookout for good licorice snaps - they look a bit like collapsed 1/2 inch sections of collapsed pastel hula hoops, have a distinctively bouncy/resistant chew, and a great black licorice flavor. Had some from a candy outlet (what a wonderful pair of words to put together) near ORD that were great, some prebagged ones that weren't so (grocery store in Iowa), don't think I've seen them in NYC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. alkapal RE: rthorn46 Jul 12, 2010 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i love those little "peanut butter bars" like rather flat oblongs, with a beige color, and darker skinny stripes, and sort of layered inside. they were crunchy, and sold individually wrapped in plastic. (not the little chick-o-stix type of thing). similar to this, but the stripes were on the candy, not the wrapper: http://www.candy.com/assets/images/at...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          buttertart RE: alkapal Jul 13, 2010 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmm, never had those (Crispy Crunch - Canadian - and Butterfinger lover that I am). Southern thang dear alka?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (heheheh evil grin)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: buttertart Jul 13, 2010 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            homemade butterfingers. bloody hell, you ARE evil!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and yes, the peanut butter bars are i think a southern thing. they are small -- like 1 1/2 " long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: alkapal Jul 13, 2010 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Snickers - me, not the choc bar)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The candy company that put Crispy Crunches out before they sold to the monster, Nielson, made an extremely good milk chocolate bar too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll have a look for the pbbs when down that way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rockycat RE: alkapal Jul 20, 2010 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I want to say they're called Squirrel something or other, but not Squirrel Nut Zippers. Those are something else. Does that seem right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bushwickgirl RE: rockycat Jul 21, 2010 04:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe alkapal is indeed talking about Squirrel Nut Zippers, which are individual vanilla, caramel and a somewhat crunchy peanut taffy layers in a yellow wrapper with a red stripe, here's a link:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Or she may be talking about Mary Jane Bars, a chewy chocolate taffy with a crunchy peanut butter center, in a yellow wrapper with a red stripe, although I have to say I don't remember Mary Jane bars having a chocolate flavor, but it's been many years since I've had one. See the link:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The candy's size, flavor and wrapper are somewhat similar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                rockycat RE: bushwickgirl Jul 21, 2010 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not sure. I know those Atkinson's candies in the picture and they're not at all like Squirrel Nut Zippers or Mary Janes (which I absolutely love, also). Both of those are chewy candies. The other is a bit sticky but almost crunchy and it impacts in your teeth rather than sticking to them. But hey, it's all peanut butter so it's all good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: rockycat Jul 23, 2010 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  not squirrel nut zippers, and not mary janes.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  now i have to find the proper name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  edit: they're -- wait for it -- "peanut butter bars." http://www.oldtimecandy.com/peanut-bu...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              toodie jane RE: alkapal Aug 11, 2010 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wasn't there something in the 50's named dog bones/chicken bones or something similar? Crunchy, flakey, peanut-butter flavored. Sort of flat and bone shaped.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another thing I haven't seen in an age: Sugar Daddy flat pops.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve Green RE: toodie jane Aug 13, 2010 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I vaguely remember some Chicken Bone thing. Of course there's Atkinson's Chick-o-Stick. Still around:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I used to like their cello-wrapped Peco Brittle squares, which was peanut brittle, but with strips of coconut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bushwickgirl RE: toodie jane Aug 20, 2010 03:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, those Sugar Daddy pops lasted all day. I saw Sugar Babies at the movie theater candy concession recently, and was surprised that they are still around. Chewy caramelly goodness, quite capable of removing fillings and caps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't remember any bone shaped peanut butter candy from the 50's, but I do like Chick-o-Stick, readily available in NY and much better than Butterfinger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. weewah RE: rthorn46 Jul 14, 2010 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There was a candy in Saudi Arabia in the '70's that I never knew the name of. It was a kind of white nougat filled with pistachios and it was SO GOOD! It was not turkish delight or havla / halwa... was very creamy and maybe a little like taffy, but not much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I really miss the discontinued Rosebud Mints from Russell Stovers

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MysticYoYo RE: weewah Jul 15, 2010 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sour lemon drops. I mean really SOUR and really LEMONY. Not those myriad yellow candies that taste sweet and have a vaguely artificial lemon flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anonymouse1935 RE: MysticYoYo Jul 15, 2010 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MysticYoYo, I just ordered for a second time the Napoleon Lemon Sours, discovered here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They are outstanding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chris VR RE: weewah Jul 15, 2010 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it Gaz nougat? http://fardcompany.com/index_files/Pa...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've seen that in Middle Estern groceries in my area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kholvaitar RE: Chris VR Sep 2, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On my to do list-- try Gaz nougat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mymomisthebestcook RE: weewah Jul 15, 2010 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I dont know the name of this candy, but we have some at home. My mom eats them all the time, and its always present at weddings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. tzakiel RE: rthorn46 Jul 15, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perugina makes a chocolates sampler (not Baci) box with a lot of varieties... saw it once at Costco and never again... suppose you could order it online if you want to pay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also treasured my Apollo bars (from the TV show LOST) which I got at an official LOST event. Unfortunately I ate them... wish I had saved them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nolen82 RE: rthorn46 Jul 16, 2010 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Okay. Everyone, i need your help. As a child, my father would bring home this most delicious candy i have ever had the pleasure to eat. Well, about 20 years ago we moved from the location in which a business colleague would give my father a box of this candy about every six months or so. We can not remember the name of the candy and have searched for this heavenly goodness now for 20 yrs and have been unsuccessful. Now, i am going to give the best description that my memory can come up with. Remember, at this time i was only 8 years old and am now 28. This may be tough..... It was a medium sized box. Inside this box had the best caramels, butterscotch, or black licourice squares. Depending on which box you had. The box was very fancy in appearance to an 8 year old. These things were one of the best parts of my childhood. I hope this is enough info for someone to know what it is that i am searching for. Please HELP!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart RE: Nolen82 Jul 18, 2010 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How big is medium? The butterscotch, caramel, and licorice thing sounds like Callard and Bowser's which is discussed above and is sadly defunct - but the packages were smallish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Steve Green RE: buttertart Jul 18, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a vague memory of a C&B assortment in a larger package, but I could be wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Steve Green Jul 18, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't, really, just the packets.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nolen82 RE: buttertart Jul 19, 2010 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I believe that this is the candy that i was looking for. Too bad it is no longer in production :( Now i need to find me a great replacement.... Ant suggestions!?!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  buttertart RE: Nolen82 Jul 19, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's a good bit about C&B above on this thread, some licorice toffee was recommended as similar, but I think you have to order it from the UK.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    somervilleoldtimer RE: buttertart Aug 9, 2010 07:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's a site, www.licoricelovers.com , that may have what you need

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              euphoricly23 RE: rthorn46 Jul 17, 2010 12:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haha my top three "hard" to find candies are definately surprisingly candy cigarettes, the blue (perhaps tropical) Starburst, and Mary Janes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                euphoricly23 RE: rthorn46 Jul 17, 2010 12:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh yes, btw, check out www.groovycandies.com or www.rememberwhencandy.com just to name a couple sites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. MSK RE: rthorn46 Jul 18, 2010 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was visiting family on LI, NY and went to an insane candy shop in Roosevelt Field Mall. Truly insane.....in addition to an overwhelming inventory, they had party rooms, fondue tables, ice cream, bakery items and who knows what. The place was jammed with overloaded kids. I do not know if it is a chain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I asked to see goldbergs peanut chews (to which I had posted on earlier on this thread) and unfortunately, after searching the "Chews" section, the Chocolate section and then eventually the "Nostalgia" section (which was located right after the Willy Wonka Wall), my Goldberg's were declared out of stock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did see almost every other item on this thread however.

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