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Penny Candy - What Are/Were Your Favorites?

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I was in a local small variety store the other day and saw a small section on the counter with penny? candy for twenty five cents a piece, wow have times changed.
Some of my old time favorites were Squirrel Nut, Mary Janes, Fireballs (yes!), Chuckles, Bit-O-Honey, Dots and the Sky Bar yum....

How about you, what were/are your favorites?

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  1. Pink lemonade flavored Footies which were like the flavored Tootsie Rolls, mini ones. I once paid a dollar to buy 100 and made the cute guy at the pool snack bar dog through the candy jar for only the pink ones since they came in assorted packs.

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    1. re: melpy

      Reminds me of those Lick-A-Made citrus flavor powder in paper straws, very tangy.

      1. re: treb

        We called (and I think still call these) Pixie Sticks (or Stix).

        1. re: pinehurst

          No, Lik-m-Aid were different - you got packets of powder with a chalky white candy stick to lick and then dip in the powder. Pixie Stix are just tubes of the powder that you rip open and pour down your gullet. I think the powder element is basically the same, though!

          1. re: biondanonima

            Those things were/are awesome. Though I always ate the stick before I was done with the powders.

            1. re: viperlush

              I loved the sticks! I always convinced my little sister to give me her stick and use her finger to eat the powder.

    2. Those little sour watermelon slices! We used to go after Sunday school to the candy store and get them. So great in the summer.

      1. I remember penny candy....and I remember when every bakery/supermarket in the area had gumball/chicklet/M&M machines on the way out that would give you a gumball or 4/5 M&M's for a penny.

        I LOVED the Bit-O-Honey. The Squirrels were tougher to open...the paper would stick. Found that sometime with the MaryJanes, too. I favored Chuckles to Dots because the latter could be like trying to chew a rivet. A delicious rivet, but a rivet.

        But as a chocolate hound, the SkyBar was such a treat. I'd say SkyBar, followed by BitOHoney, followed by the mini rolls of Necco Wafers...if you were really lucky, you'd get the elusive rootbeer or chocolate or licorice wafer in the roll. If you were unlucky, it was 80% clove, like one big Canada mint.

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        1. re: pinehurst

          You can still buy SkyBars and Necco Wafers at Cracker Barrel. I load up when we travel cross-country (No CB here, sadly).

        2. Those little wax bottles with the juice inside.

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          1. re: miss_belle

            Got in trouble for eating those without calling home for permission. I think my parents were obsessed with people poisoning us and we had to call home to get permission for food things.

            1. re: melpy

              Sorry, but this gave me a good laugh. :)

              My parents were obsessed about people poisoning kids too, mostly at Halloween when we were allowed to trick or treat.

              However, those waxy/juice things were sealed tight from the company.... who'd of thought they would be on your parent's watch list. ;)

              thnx for the chuckle.


              1. re: melpy

                My parents were too! I remember when I was a kid, the big fear was drugs in those little candy dots. I lived in fear of someone lacing my candy with LSD.

                We also weren't allowed to eat any homemade treats or fresh fruit that we got when trick-or-treating (who would want to eat an apple anyway?!). Evil people were putting razor blades in them, don't you know?

                1. re: melpy

                  Did you have the bright Green Mr. Yuck sticker on or by your telephone with the point control center's tel.# on it? ;)

              2. Kits, way back when they were a packet of 4, for a penny. Also Pixy Stix -- basically flavored sugar.

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                1. re: Steve Green

                  Another Yeah! for KITS, especially the Peanut Butter ones which had tiny chunks of roasted peanuts.

                2. I'm really old as many candies at my local store were 2 pieces for a penny, sometimes 3 pieces.

                  Licorice whips
                  Red dollars
                  Flying saucers
                  Squirrel nuts
                  Sugar Daddy and Sugar Babies
                  Jolly Rancher Stix
                  Orange slices
                  Candy dots on the paper strips
                  Wax bottles filled with sugary syrup
                  Not a candy but red wax lips

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                  1. re: Jpan99

                    I never understood the point of red wax lips. Got a pair I. My stocking for Christmas one year and still don't know why you do with them.

                    1. re: melpy

                      Eventually, after play acting with them, I just ate them. They had an interesting taste.

                      1. re: melpy

                        We loved playing with them and chewing them. I don't think we swallowed, at least I hope we didn't.

                      2. re: Jpan99

                        Sugar Daddy...messy but good. I could never get those candy dots off without ingesting some paper, too.

                        1. re: pinehurst

                          Yeah, but think of all the good fiber you were getting with your candy! ;-)

                      3. When I was a kid in Brooklyn, we'd bring an empty Coke or Pepsi bottle back to the corner candy store, get 2 cents for the deposit, and spend it on penny candy. Wax lips, Lik-M-Aid (no dipsticks -- you licked your finger, dipped it into the packet and licked the powder off your finger) and chocolate licorice were among my favorites, all for a penny each. If I had 5 cents to spend, I'd often get Nickel Nips -- 5 wax bottles of some godawful syrup. We'd suck out the syrup and chew the wax bottle.

                        A penny also bought a turn of the dial on a gumball machine. In Brooklyn, many of the gumball machines also had plastic "charms" so a penny would get you a gumball AND a charm or two. We'd string them onto bakery string and have a necklace or bracelet. I still have my charm collection somewhere.

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                        1. re: CindyJ

                          I remember those wax bottles, I did the same thing, actually the wax was better tasting than the liquid inside the bottles! I also cashed in bottles, the large, quart size, brought in a nickel, score!

                        2. Banana Slim Jims

                          Chocolate babies

                            1. re: foodieX2

                              Those were the 'prototype' for you know, gummy things. They were my go to when I frequented the penny candy counter at the corner store. I also like these coconut candy bars called Waleco?? made with dark chocolate.

                              1. re: foodieX2

                                I lost a couple of loose molars because of red hot dollars - oy!

                              2. Pix Stix

                                Candy Dots on paper

                                There was a candy case full at Mrs Stookus' at Clear Lake Woods, Michigan. Other side of the room was canned goods. She slept in the back. No idea what she did the other 9 months of the year.

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                                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                  I was just about to post this list as well - pixie sticks and candy dots on paper. I loved those candy dots and ignored the pieces of paper which often came along with.

                                2. My bus drive in elementary school would stop at the PO in the afternoon. The older kids got off the bus and were able to go in and get candy. My brother would bring me coke bottles, gummy fried eggs, gummie strawberries, and other.

                                  On weekends I remember my mom sending my brother and I off on our bikes for hours of exploring on bikes. She would give us a pound for comics, a drink and penny candy.

                                  In middleschool, while I had my horseback riding classes my mother would drive to the General Store and buy me a sack of penny candy. Swedish fish, mini jaw breakers, fire balls, coke bottles, sour apples, sour watermelon slices, and gummie bears. Somethings were 5cents each, but most were a penny.

                                  1. People think I am nuts because no one else remembers this:
                                    Candy bacon and eggs in a tiny metal fry pan. I think they even had mini fork and knife.
                                    Anyone else remember?
                                    I also loved the wax tubes and bottles filled with sweet liquid.

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                                    1. re: Motosport

                                      Don't remember the eggs and bacon, was that in the 50's? I also liked the Planters Peanut Blocks.

                                      1. re: treb

                                        Yup, early 50's!! It was sort of like bacon and egg gummies!!

                                      2. re: Motosport

                                        I remember sugared strips that looked like bacon.....but not what you are describing

                                      3. Pixie sticks
                                        Candy dots on paper
                                        Jawbreakers - I had a few too many close calls with these, they were my favorite.

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                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          I used to pour pixie stix into twizzlers. Pretty good combo.

                                        2. Kits -- I forgot all about those until they were mentioned here. I think I liked the peanut butter Kits best. I also loved fire balls, BB Bats, Tootsie Rolls, Bit O Honey, Cow Tales, Chick O Sticks, Boston Baked Beans, Jolly Ranchers,and Sixlets.

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                                          1. re: Tara57

                                            Ooh! I can still find Sixlets at the Dollar Store.

                                            I forgot Lemonheads, too. In my sugar-eating days of yore, a full size box of those puppies cost just a dime.

                                            1. re: pinehurst

                                              I still get all giddy when I see Sixlets! Love those things!

                                          2. Sixlets, peanut butter logs, fireballs, chick-o-sticks and cinammon toothpicks. =)

                                            1. Fireballs!
                                              Those chocolate wrapped "ice cube" things
                                              Melty mints (pastel, shaped like Hershey Kisses)
                                              Fruit Slices (with the white in the "rind" part)

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                                                1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                  I was just thinking of Ice Cubes the other day. Such a great texture.

                                                  1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                    Those ice cubes had a great "smoothness" about them
                                                    and they would melt in your mouth almost instantly.

                                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                      Yes--because of that smoothness, I always thought they must be some high-end chocolate! Sometimes ignorance really is bliss (and the rest of that aphorism is "when ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise).

                                                      1. re: pine time

                                                        You can still buy them from Vermont Country Store.

                                                        1. re: pine time

                                                          The wonderfulness of Ice Cubes came from hazelnut. I used to buy them for a nickle apiece on my way home from junior high (late 60s).
                                                          I wonder if Nutella lovers were former Ice Cube lovers?

                                                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                            I'm not a Nutella lover...much prefer the peanut/chocolate flavor. This makes the rest of my family very happy - they don't have to fight me for the Nutella jar!

                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                              Ooh! Peanut chocolate does sound better! What brand do you get? I don't know if I've seen any.

                                                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                I didn't mean a peanut version of the ice cube. I was just saying that I prefer the combination of peanuts and chocolate over hazelnut and chocolate (Nutella). Although, I do buy some dark chocolate peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co. and use that on sandwiches.

                                                            2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                              What made them always seem "cool" like ice?

                                                              1. re: Motosport

                                                                Apparently the hazelnut made the cool taste. Power of suggestion, I think. I loved those things!

                                                              2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                Really, kitchengardengal? I seriously don't like hazelnut, but loved those Ice Cubes.

                                                                1. re: pine time

                                                                  Here are the ingredients from the listing for Ice Cubes on oldtimecandy.com:

                                                                  Ingredients: Partially Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Sugar, Low Fat Cocoa, Dried Sweet Whey, Soy Flour, Hazelnut Paste, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Vanilla Flavor.

                                                                  Contains: Dairy, Soy, and Tree Nuts.

                                                                  Funny, I always tasted the coolness, too. But I looked at the ingredients when I was a kid to see what made it cool, and was surprised to see hazelnut. I'm not a Nutella lover myself..I think the Ice Cubes must have had much less nut and more chocolate than Nutella.

                                                                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                    I always tasted the coolness too and am not a Nutella lover either.

                                                      2. Loooove Bit-O-Honey. Also like Sugar Daddy and Babies. Darn that HFCS!

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                                                        1. re: SilverMoth

                                                          ooo! bit-o-honey. Loved those too.

                                                        2. BB Bats taffy pops, especially the banana flavor.

                                                          1. Candy necklaces. They were strung on a bit of elastic. We'd "wear" the necklace to school, then nibble on it all day long. The candy itself was lousy, but we so thought we were getting away with something!

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                                                            1. re: pine time

                                                              Yeah, but the candy necklaces weren't a penny. They were more than the rest of the goodies.

                                                              1. re: Leslie

                                                                Yea, more expensive but also a favorite here.

                                                                1. re: Leslie

                                                                  Uh oh--you mean Mom fibbed to me? When I had a penny, she'd let me "buy" a candy necklace. I guess she subsidized me all those years?

                                                                2. OMG.you eat those Mary Janes today and your dentures will be 5 years sooner!

                                                                  The Dots!!!!!!!!!!..Gawd loved the dots! and had a dumb hankering for those mini coke/syrup bottles for a while....and......although it is no longer PC to even mention!..........Candy Cigarettes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Did the FDA who is probably monitoring this sight for the NSA pick that up?.....I'm sorry.....but I was/am weak!)

                                                                  And those necklace things..yeah.they were gay....but I ate them too fast to worry.

                                                                  We had a wedding for my son and his bride in our garden in 2010. We also had the rehearsal dinner there. I had ordered all sorts of penny candy for bowls on the tables....they were a big hit........with ALL ages..........and was fun to see some of the Lego-candy builds..........before they got devoured

                                                                  BTW...a quarter apiece.........even by todays standards, is a bit steep..check out some of the online sites for oldtime penny candy

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                                                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                    yes candy cigs, I was an addict! Also Chunky Bar (more like a pyramid) of chocolate and raisins!

                                                                    1. re: treb

                                                                      In my neighborhood we stopped eating Chunkys after hearing reports of insects commingling with the raisins.

                                                                    2. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                      Candy cigarettes were the best! But even better were the gum cigarettes wrapped in paper that emitted a satisfying puff of powder when I blew air into the other end.

                                                                      A couple of months back, my son got reward at school and he was allowed to pick a treat out of a huge tub of candy and the candy "sticks" were very similar to the candy cigarettes I remember from my childhood.

                                                                      Speaking of cigarettes, my penny candy memories are directly linked to being sent "up town" by an uncle to get cigarettes. There was a shop that sold cigarettes, newspapers, magazines, soda and penny candy. We were allowed to spend the change from the cigarettes on candy.

                                                                      In addition to candy cigarettes, my favorites were Swedish fish, fire balls and those little wax bottles of syrup. My bad@ss cousin would steal my uncle's extra change out of his pockets to fund our candy cigarette habit.

                                                                      And yes, I grew up to be a 20+ year smoker. I don't know if it was the candy cigarettes or the free pack of Capri coupons that came in magazines in the late 80s.

                                                                    3. Walnettos and Squirrel Nut Caramels (not the zippers)

                                                                      1. Watermelon Jolly Ranchers
                                                                        BB Bats Taffy pops
                                                                        Pretzel rods

                                                                          1. re: stockholm28

                                                                            Yes zotz are still made, I bought some recently at a candy store

                                                                          2. oh that's easy - marshmallow bananas!

                                                                            i think they were 2 for 5 cents in our day at the corner store.

                                                                            definitely from a bulk box (ie smallish cardboard box) - next to the marshmallow strawberries - but the bananas were best - i still succumb to them if i see them -

                                                                            ... but they just don't taste the same!
                                                                            ps - not a fan of twizzlers (strawberry and grape licorice ropes)

                                                                            here in Canada (vancouver) we also had paper straws that were striped with green or orange or pink - and it was fizzy sugar powder - flavoured to match the color of the straw, you know what i mean? so purple was grape, orange was - orange, etc etc

                                                                            EDIT - i just quickly looked at other posts - and someone else has named the fizzy sugar straw things - pixie stix - i am sure that's what we had here in Vancouver bc circa 1969.

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                                                                            1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                              I remember those orange colored marshmallow peanuts, I think they were 2 for a penny.

                                                                              1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                >>> here in Canada (vancouver) we also had paper straws that were striped with green or orange or pink - and it was fizzy sugar powder <<<

                                                                                I think what you're describing is Fizzy Sticks, not Pixie Stix. They LOOKED like Pixie Stix, but you'd empty the powdery contents into a glass of water and watch it fizzle.

                                                                              2. Lemonheads
                                                                                Wax lips
                                                                                Gold foil wrapped candy lipstick (Gave me the reddest lips!)
                                                                                Black Cows
                                                                                Mini boxes of Zenobia pistachio nuts (Back in the days when ALL pistachio nuts were RED!!!)
                                                                                Jaw Breakers
                                                                                Bonomo's Turkish Taffy (We used to freeze it first. Don't know what made it Turkish???)

                                                                                1. oh - i forgot to say -

                                                                                  superman cigarettes! I think they were 5 cents for a pack - yes - sold to children - can you imagine the uproar today! We were allowed by our conservative parents to buy them back then - (remember, they had a taste like vanilla-banana - hard to describe but kind of good - and also the bright red end on the "lit" end of the candy cigarette! - can you believe, even in the early 1970's!)

                                                                                  and the black licorice pipes - and they had red sprinkly things on the "lit" end of the pipe.

                                                                                  and the bubblegum with cartoon in it. was that Bazooka?

                                                                                  ... never did like tootsie rolls tho.

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                                                                                  1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                    Yes and double yes to those candy cigarettes. Some days I was a 3 pack a day smoker.

                                                                                  2. Also ...

                                                                                    Goldenberg's Peanut Chews
                                                                                    Swedish Fish (sometimes stale -- no individually wrapped back then)
                                                                                    Sixlets (six bead)

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                                                                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                      I love a good, stale Swedish Fish. Delicious!

                                                                                      1. re: senorahb

                                                                                        Stale is the ONLY way to eat Swedish fish, I need that "crust" on them

                                                                                        1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                          Ditto!! Chewy and crusty!! Fish is healthy, right?

                                                                                    2. Thought of another one. Remember those peas & carrots that were candy but looked like the real thing? Loved those!

                                                                                      1. Atkinson's peanut butter bars, caramel creams, and Bob's mints (the soft ones).

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                                                                                        1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                          Mine would be Atkinson's peanut butter bars...

                                                                                        2. Bull's Eyes, candy cigarettes, Bit O Honey, Mary Janes, Root Beer Barrels, Fireballs, dots on the paper ..FUN thread..

                                                                                          1. whatever those things were called........caramel wrapped around a white almost 100% sugar center. about a 1/2 to 5/8th inches thick

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                                                                                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                              Goetze Caramel Creams. I love those and also the Cow Tails which are the same thing but in a long-ish (8" or so) stick thing (kind of the same shape as a Slim Jim). We always give out Cow Tails at Halloween because they look like "more" than the little mini pack of candy, but don't cost NEARLY as much as a full size candy bar.

                                                                                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                  I worked at a movie theater when I was 16, and we were allowed to eat the broken boxes of candy. Somehow the Goetze's always got broken the nights I worked. And the Junior Mints.

                                                                                                2. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                  I have Caramel Creams in my cupboard right now. Yum! I am also a fan of the Cow Tales. Have you had the chocolate version? I was really surprised at how tasty they were. I also not-so-secretly love the Caramel Apple Cow Tales...

                                                                                                  1. re: senorahb

                                                                                                    Like the chocolate ones, but the regular are better. I haven't tried the apple ones, but don't think those would be huge on my hit parade. Those regular ones are fantastic!!

                                                                                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                      Not candy but, do you remember those paper cigs that you could blow through and see smoke? I also liked the cigar shaped bubble gum.

                                                                                                      1. re: treb

                                                                                                        I used to take tiny bites of the cigar shaped bubble gum & swallow. Although, I did the same with Bazooka. Mom used to say it would lie in my stomach forever. So, that's my excuse for my extra 5 lbs.--it's my lifetime bubble gum weight.

                                                                                                3. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                  I remember those, carmel cream somethings. Surprised my teeth survived all this goodness!

                                                                                                4. I loved 'em all...but my favorites were always 'Root Beer Barrels' and the Hopjes coffee flavored candies.

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                                                                                                  1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                    I still enjoy root beer barrels today, one I can easily find. Also, like the red peach stones, they were 3 for a penny. There used to be a thin red candy with a liquid in the center, don't remember what they were called.

                                                                                                    1. re: treb

                                                                                                      I like the root beer barrels, but my dad always went for the Horehound Drops. NEVER could learn to like those!

                                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                        Horehound Drops and Blackjack gum -- I couldn't stomach either one.

                                                                                                        1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                          Definitely an acquired taste. My Mom liked them.

                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                            I love horehound drops!
                                                                                                            We used to get them when i was a kid, along with rootbeer barrels. Now I keep horehound candies at my desk at work for when I need a sugar boost.

                                                                                                            1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                              Horehound were/are also really effective for me when I have an annoying cough or scratchy throat.

                                                                                                              1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                Yes, and the horehound aroma kept people away from me!

                                                                                                    2. Mary Janes, Red hot dollars, Goldberg peanut chews, those wax bottles with flavored syrup inside, Goetz caramels, candy cigarettes, and that Beekman (sp?) chewing gum.

                                                                                                      1. Communion wafer remnants. The nuns at the local convent used to sell them to us for 5 cents a bag.

                                                                                                        1. those powdery bits inside a plastic trashcan.
                                                                                                          so-called "swedish' raspberries (?)
                                                                                                          rocket candies on bracelets
                                                                                                          those napolitan-colored bacon slices of rubbery whatevers!

                                                                                                          1. Today while checking out of CVS I noticed a small display near the registers labeled "The Penny Candy Store". It was a bunch of pre-packaged candies on 3 or 4 shelves assembled by 'The Penny Candy Store Inc' of Dedham, MA. They had bags full of a lot of the stuff mentioned on this thread---bags full of fruit slices, Mary Janes, Goetzes Carmel Creams, etc. I bought a small bag--for scientific purposes--of the "Old Fashioned Mix" for the community bowl at work--it was 2.99

                                                                                                            The plus was that all of the candies in this mix were wrapped. The bag held 15 pieces of candy. Salt Water Taffy (2), caramel creams(2), licorice creams(2), sesame crunches (2), Squirrel Nut Zippers(2), a Mint Julep chew, a Banana Split Chew, Bit o Honeys (3). The total weight of the bag was about 4 oz Pricing by the piece, the penny candies were actually 20c a piece (inflation!). I snuck a Bit o Honey--it was fresh and good.

                                                                                                            But still, 2.99 for 4 oz, for nostalgia was good, but I don't know if I'd spring for 12 a pound. I think I'd get dark chocolate instead. That said, I love this thread and the memories it brought back.

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                                                                                                            1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                              I would imagine, these days, that all candy has to be wrapped. Nice assortment, I'll have to check them out next time I'm in CVS. No peach stones??

                                                                                                              1. re: treb

                                                                                                                You know, not in the mixed bag I got but I bet there were some in that section!

                                                                                                              2. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                Darn..wish my CVS had them! Was just there looking for Mary Janes for my brothers B-day

                                                                                                                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                  I've seen MJ's at some local non-chain corner variety stores.

                                                                                                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                    Vermont Country Store carries them, along with lots of other "old timey" candies. They've got a good website, too. I've even found perfumes that I thought were gone for good there, too.

                                                                                                                    1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                      yeah, there are many websites for penny candy including MJ's.but it was a spur of the moment thing and to late to order online

                                                                                                                      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                                                                                        Well..............AFTER I went out and bought the expensive box of regular chocolates..............I DID find them in my Giants Supermarket..........they had a kiosk of penny candies type (bagged) over near their frozen foods section! Not near the candies!!!!!!!!.....so now Bro will get both!

                                                                                                                        1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                          I have found, after starting this thread, that I'm hunting down and consuming more penny candy! Enjoy those MJ's!

                                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                                            Be careful on the websites!!!....No, they are 100% honest.........but you'll find yourself getting carried away!

                                                                                                                            1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                              Tell me! There's a place in Kittery Maine called Yummies that's a candy store with all of the good stuff from days past. BTW - they do mail order.

                                                                                                                          2. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                            For future reference, FCF, last time I was at The Fresh Market there was a sizable display of "nostalgic" candy in the area between the produce department and the prepared foods.

                                                                                                                            1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                                              I love The Fresh Market's bulk candy section! I can make a bag of 10 yellow gummi bears :)

                                                                                                                      2. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                        For scientific purposes, which ones were eaten first?

                                                                                                                      3. Pixie Stix, Lik-M-Aid, Candy Hats (these were gummies, three for a penny), malted milk balls, mini-jawbreakers, Sugar Babies, Black Cows, Boston Baked Beans, Lemonheads, Fireballs, Jolly Ranchers, chocolate babies.
                                                                                                                        An obsessive favorite of mine was a brief Tootsie Roll experiment called Tootsie Roll Fudge - two for a penny in the mid-sixties - man they were good, so much better than Tootsie Rolls.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                          Lik-M-Aid was my favorite candy of all time. My parents found a place to buy extra sticks which was my favorite part.

                                                                                                                        2. I loved and still love Bit o' Honey.

                                                                                                                          Another fan of Ice Cubes here.

                                                                                                                          I probably ate my weight in Trolli Sour Apple and Peach rings when I worked at a soda fountain.

                                                                                                                          Fireballs are still delicious, but I feel that way about every jawbreaker I've ever tried. I loved those huge gummie sharks.

                                                                                                                          Blow Pops and Tootsie Pops are still ridiculously tempting to me.

                                                                                                                          I miss the Jolly Rancher bars. Peach was my favorite flavor, followed by watermelon and green apple. Fire was pretty good too.

                                                                                                                          I still love gumballs. The gum is worthless, but there's something so satisfying about crunching through the candy shell.

                                                                                                                          Oh and those strawberry hard candies with the liquid/chewy filling. I also still love those.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: senorahb

                                                                                                                            +1 Jolly Ranchers bars. I'd try to lick those bars into shapes that even a master glassblower would be envious of.

                                                                                                                          2. Tootsie Rolls
                                                                                                                            Swedish Fish

                                                                                                                            1. I am SO OLD, we had a corner store nearby, with a separate candy counter near an ice cream freezer--the owners (who seemed incredibly old to me then) would get annoyed if you took too long picking out your candy. Our mother would give us $1 for the movies, it was 50 cents admission then you'd have 50 cents for candy and you could make yourself pretty sick on 50 cents in those days, some things (as mentioned here) were 2 or even 3 for a penny. You'd stand over the glass display case, and pick what you wanted from open glass dishes --just about nothing was wrapped except Mary Janes. Ice cream was 5 (single dip) or 10 cents (double dip). It was so long ago there weren't any gummy-type things, just "Red Hot dollars" which were not at all hot. The 5 & 10 in "town" (about 4 miles away) had a bigger selection, but we didn't get there often. OK, now I'm calling up all the sibs to reminisce!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: dberg1313

                                                                                                                                "the owners (who seemed incredibly old to me then) would get annoyed if you took too long picking out your candy."

                                                                                                                                LOL! Gee, I wonder why! The couple who owned our local variety store were crabby about it too, and no wonder - a crowd of kids in everybody else's way, right by the cash register, each taking twenty minutes to half an hour to ring up a 35 cent sale! Or hell, what am I saying? Maybe a ten cent sale!

                                                                                                                              2. Boston Baked Beans, Swedish Fish, Bottle Caps, Marathon Bars (now called Curly Wurly), Freshen Up gum (remember how it had a juicy center - ha), Pop Rocks, Fruit Stripe gum, Razzles gum candies, Sweet Tarts, Root Beer Barrels, Pez, Chick o' sticks, etc.

                                                                                                                                What is so interesting to me is that the Swedish fish or red hot dollars were sold for a penny a piece and everyone just dug their hand in there and grabbed the fish or dollars as they counted them into the brown bag. Completely unsanitary! Nowadays they sell them by weight but not back in the day.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                  Interesting, as many candies were not wrapped and the person behind the counter always filled the little bags with their bare hands. Oh well, never got sick! I also remember the Strip gum, looked great but, pretty tastless!

                                                                                                                                2. I don't know if they had penny candy there, but my sisters and I would love it when my parents would pick up a pound or two of double dipped chocolate peanuts from the candy counter by the back door at Sears. Those were the best!

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                    Love those peanuts, I used to suck all the chocolate off then chomp on the peanut. Same for chocolate raisons!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                      kgg... I remember the Sears candy kiosk well. It was located conveniently in between the paint department and appliances. (Impossible to avoid by parents!) My favorite were Allsorts licorice and the candied butter toasted peanuts. mmmmm!!! Always tasted fresh....

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Phoebe

                                                                                                                                        Don't remember if Sears in our 'hood had a candy counter but, we had a Woolworth's that did along with their food area and counter service.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                          Loved those department-store candy counters, with stuff you couldn't get anywhere else (malted milk balls, bridge mix, etc.) It was a big disappointment when they finally disappeared, around the late 70's IIRC.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                            My Sears candy memories date back to the mid-60's. I also remember K Mart selling the best tasting ham lunch meat. (Crazy, I know!) Blue light special price $1.99 lb. They sold it right along with their bags of freshly popped popcorn.

                                                                                                                                    2. Those big red waxy lips were my faves when I was young and I'd wear them and try and kiss the boys with them...good times

                                                                                                                                      When you finally chewed them, they had this distinct flavor that I loved, until you extracted all the red dye #4 out of them and then after I chewed them up, I would put the wax wad ball in the open desk of my friends, as a little present from me to them.

                                                                                                                                      Candy cigs...walk around saying 'puff puff'

                                                                                                                                      Abba Zabba...loved loved loved these things of beauty

                                                                                                                                      Chic O' Stick..addicted to these bad boys

                                                                                                                                      1. Bit off topic but Jean Shepard's book "In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash" has a terrific chapter on penny candy!!
                                                                                                                                        (Same guy that "A Christmas Story" film is based!!)