June 26

Love This – Nostalgic Candy

Posted by lori . 14 Comments



Recently, the Wakarusa Dime Store opened a new location close by me.  The Wakaruse Dime Store is home to the Jumbo Jelly Bean™ but they also have a great selection of nostalgic candy.  Here are some of my favorites:

Smoothies are my favorite, but you may recognize this company’s more famous product, the Mallo Cup.  According to the company’s website, the Boyer brothers started their candy company in their mother’s kitchen during the Great Depression.  The brothers wanted to cover marshmallow but were not able to get the marshmallow to stiffen.  Their mother suggested using cupcake papers and the Mallo Cup was born and became the first cup candy in America.

No surprise here…my favorite is the chocolate Necco wafers.  Necco wafers date back to 1847 when Oliver Chase invented a lozenge cutting machine.  They were even carried by Union soldiers during the Civil War.  They were called “hub wafers” then.  In 1901 the company became the New England Confectionary Company (Necco).  The traditional Necco wafers roll contains eight flavors: lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), clove (purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen  (pink), licorice (black) and chocolate (brown).

The Sky Bar is also a Necco product and has been produced since 1938.  It was announced to the public with a skywriting advertising campaign.  The Sky Bar has four section, each with a different filling: vanilla, fudge, peanut and caramel.

The Zero candy bar was introduced in 1920.  What makes it unique?  The body of the candy bar (caramel, peanut and almond nougat) is covered with white fudge. Originally produced by Hollywood Brands, the company was purchased by Hershey’s in 1996.

Moritz Ice Cubes hail from Germany and have been around since the mid-1930’s.  What makes them unique…they live up to their name.  They have coconut oil in them which means that they begin to melt at temperatures over 75°F.

Beemans Gum was invented by an Ohio physician, Edward E. Beeman in the late 19th-century.  It was originally marketed as an aid to digestion because it was made with pepsin (an enzyme) powder and chicle (a natural gum).

Yum Yum Candy Cones have been made in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1936.  According to the company’s website, the recipe for the marshmallow filling and cone have remained the same since 1936.  The company that makes the Yum Yum Candy Cones, Marshmallow Products (Marpro), was started by a tailor named John V. Arbino during the Great Depression.  He noticed that while people mght not spend money for tailored clothing, they always seemed to have money for candy.  No surprise to me!

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Doug Larson

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14 Responses to " Love This – Nostalgic Candy"

  • Declan says:

    Oooh I don’t think we get any of those here! Puddles has totally converted me to your Cheetos, so I’d be bound to like that candy too (Don’t tell Mum cos she’d go nuts if she thought I wanted to eat chocolate!) Deccy x

  • I’ve not seen any of these candies but I think I put on a kilo just looking at those pictures.

  • Patty says:

    I used to love Zero bars. I haven’t had one in a while. Do they have Seven-Up bars? It is a chocolate bar that has 7 sections and they are each filled with something different. I used to get them as a kid at the Hostess store. I think they were called Seven-Ups. I know that is a soda, but I thought it was a candy bar too.

    • lori says:

      I had forgotten about Seven-Up bars! I think that’s what they were called too. The only section I didn’t like was the jelly section. If I ever see them, I’ll pick you up a couple.

  • kari says:

    Really cool – I dont remember any of these candies I might be a little young but the one that does look good to me is the sky bar 🙂

  • Kirsten says:

    I love nostalgic candy too. Those are making my mouth water!

  • My mom used to get me Neccos!
    Nola’s Mom

  • My son gets those peanut butter cup smoothies but apart from that I don’t know any of the others.
    Lynne x

  • Angela J says:

    I love those old time candy stores. I always look for a candy bar that I think was called “wigwam”. It was a braided toffee covered in chocolate. Now I’m craving chocolate…and all I have is a bag of chocolate chips (not that I haven’t eaten a handful of them before).

    • lori says:

      I have not heard of this candy bar, but I’m going to be on the lookout. It sounds like one that I would love. Not that I’m particular…I like a good handful of chocolate chips too.

  • Karen Smithy says:

    I love Beemans gum! I used to buy it at the drugstore where my dad turned in his glass bottles when I was little–the money hegot was split between me and my sister. I also loved Black Jacks, which were a licorice flavored taffy… Good memories!

  • Bassetmomma says:

    I love nostalgic candy. We have a store in London we can go to. I was always a gum kid and I used to love Beeman’s gum! Thanks for the history. It’s kind of cool to learn how all these candies started. 🙂

  • Heather says:

    Yum! Everything sounds delicious. We would love to have a store like this near us 🙂

  • houndstooth says:

    I’ve seen a lot of these, but I’m not sure I’ve tried many of them. We have a local candy store near here that has a lot of the old-fashioned stuff! I love dropping in there. 🙂

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