A while back I posted a photo of some candy cigarettes I found for sale at the local gas station.
These were one of my favorite candies when I was growing up ... but not THE favorite.
I was quite the penny candy aficionado when I was a child. Okay ... let's be honest. I still am. Like Lady Gaga sings, "I was born this way." Whenever I'd get money in my hands I'd head off to the neighborhood mom & pop store which was called Sullivans. They had a freezer full of wonderful frozen treats. Popsicles just don't taste the same as they did back then ... sigh! Behind the counter was a wall of shelves full of penny candy. Boxes & boxes of it. I am sure Mrs. Sullivan wanted to slap me silly as I stood there for who knows how long asking for a penny's worth of this & a nickel's worth of that. I'd leave the store with my little brown paper bag filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies & I was in heaven : ) Do you know what I loved most of all???
Satellite Wafers!!! We kids always called them "flying saucers." I think they were a penny each & the bulk of my money was spent on these. I don't know why I love them so much ... they are just thin, some would say tasteless wafers with little sugar beads inside ... but love them I do. Time passed. I got older. Sullivans was no more & it seemed the flying saucers were forever lost but believe me, I looked for them all the time. John & I got married & for our second Christmas he surprised me with a stocking full of flying saucers! He found a box of them for sale someplace during one of his shopping excursions ... just one box ... & immediately bought it for me. What a happy Christmas that was : )
For the next many years John & I moved here & there ... lived in various states, visited others ... me always keeping my eyes open for flying saucers. I never found them again. I even wrote to the candy company that made them (I had torn their address off that Christmas box) but I never received a reply. Enter the internet. One day I typed Satellite Wafers into my search engine & lo & behold, there they were for sale in an online retro candy store! Every once in a while I order a couple boxes & have a "lost weekend" : ) Important Note: There is a "new" type of Satellite Wafers on the market that has joined the old standby but beware, they don't hold a candle to the original pastel colored wafers with the candy beads inside. They are brighter colored wafers filled with sour powder. UGH!
Another candy I remember from the old days are Mary Janes.
Chewy molasses candies with a peanut butter concoction in the middle. Yum! John & I went to Louisville twice this past week & on one of those days we stopped by the World Market. What a fun store this is! They have, like the name implies, things from all over the world including interesting candies! This particular World Market has a little retro candy section & I was so excited to see the Mary Janes. I just had to get a box : )
There are other candies I remember from my childhood. Red shoelace licorice, Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Mallo Cups, & Bit-O-Honey, just to name a few. Then there were those special holiday delights ... wax lips, wax tongues, & wax teeth. How I loved the fall because that meant Halloween was right around the corner & these wax yummies would be available. You can still find all these things for sale. Unfortunately none of them taste the same as they did back then : (
I have also always been a chewing gum aficionado. Clarks Teaberry can still be found but it doesn't quite taste the same. It smells the same though which can still take you back in time : ) Remember the Teaberry Shuffle? And Beemans! Beemans still smells the same & still tastes the same. You can find it only at a certain time of the year along with its counterparts ... Clove & Black Jack. Then there's Adams sour gums. These were popular when I was in junior high & there were 4 flavors ... Sour Apple, Sour Cherry, Sour Orange, & Sour Lemon ... & a bouncy commercial telling you "Adams makes the sourest gum around & old man Adams is the sourest man in town," to which old man Adams would reply "Gee! Thanks!" Sour Apple, is back on the market. I remember making gum paper chains. Over time I had constructed quite a lengthy one & then one day my mother convinced me I should throw away. Mothers!
Are there any old candies or gums that you have fond memories of?