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!
Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.