Candy through the decades

It was Cozy Corner that we walked to on the southside of Chicago for our favorite candy in the 1960’s. My mother was not big on allowances but sometimes she gave me money just for this treat. There was candy buttons Marla loved along with sunflower seeds. There was Choo Choo Charlie, just an engineer, who loved his Good N Plenty if you remember the commercial. I picked as many packs of Bazooka gum that I could afford with the comics. I did like Bubble Gum Cigars and Cigarettes. I did like real cigarettes for awhile but gave those up. There was Charm Sweet Pops as well as assorted Charms. I liked Chuckles and every girl had to have a pastel, colored, candy necklace. The boys seemed to like wax bottles, Satellite wafers and we all enjoyed Pez dispensers. One friend could not get enough of Tootsie rolls. Some had enough money to buy a bag of enjoyed MMs, plain… not peanut.

I also liked spending my money on gold and silver coins; of course, chocolate ones. Another love that was created in 1967 was Lindor truffles by Lindt; that is still a last minute stocking stuffer for me in 2021. Through the decades, family would bring gifts of Chicago’s very own Fannie May for the holidays and the Marshall Field Frango mint chocolates were on everybody’s list.

And candy bars is a whole new story which included Three Musketeers, Milky Ways, Kit Kat Bars, Chocolate Dove Bars and Snickers. Strangely enough, in 2010 Snicker bars was awarded the most popular candy originally created in 1930.

In the 1970’s, it was also a time for Andes Mints and Big Red Gum. Blow Pops were popular along with Bubblicious bubble gum; the watermelon flavor which I did not like. Eighties children loved Airheads in several flavors and Big League chewing gum. Chewy Cubbie Cubs were always bought in bulk and a favorite. My children loved Dove dark chocolate bars in the 1990’s along with Icee Spray Candy. But I really liked the bubble tape… would go on and on….too much gum! Jolly Ranchers was my son’s favorite; always a stock stuffer. while my daughter enjoyed Good N Plenty; still her favorite today. My significant other; Reese’s Peanut Butter.

Now with the Harry Potter rage, in the 2000’s, you can treat yourself to Bertie Botts beans which were flavored jelly beans. Herseys kissables came out in 2005 and Pretzel M*Ms in 2010. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with Pretzels Miniatures came out in 2020.

I could go on and on and so can the types of candy available. My treats today are still chocolate in all shapes and sizes along with a special coffee and probably get just as excited about it than ever before. Old Time Candy offers some great candy organized by favorites, decades, flavor and holidays. There is also a selection of retro toys. Amazon also offers some great vintage candy gift boxes celebrating specific decades.

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