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The Best Candy From the Last Century

Candy has always played an integral role in growing up. Everyone can name some of their favorite candy from the last century. We all have fond memories of choosing the candy from the store, carrying it home and unwrapping that sugary treat.

Somehow, the candy may have disappeared over time. Maybe you noticed it was gone one day. Or maybe you were too busy getting your first job, saving up for a mortgage or decorating the nursery. For whatever reason, your favorite candy was put out of sight, out of mind.

To celebrate the simple joys of youth, here is a list of the best candy from the last century, sorted by decade. See which ones you remember. Chances are, you’ll also start to remember the events surrounding that candy from the last century. Who you hung out with, your best friend from grade school, that girl you had a crush on. Let the good times roll.

Last Century: The 1920s

Bit O’ Honey

The Bit O’ Honey bar was popular for decades, but did you know it first came out in 1924? Bit-O-Honey was made of six pieces of candy wrapped in waxed paper. It consisted of bits of almond inside honey-flavored taffy.

Caramel Creams

Caramel Creams are a soft caramel candy with luscious cream filling in the middle. These individually wrapped candies are still widely available today, even though they originally came to market way back in the early 1920s!

1930s

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans are actually candy-coated peanuts, made by the Ferrara Pan Candy Company. These delicious bites are still available today, though they are hard to find.

Candy Buttons

You’re forgiven if you thought that Candy Buttons were a modern candy. They have the look of a modern candy, but they were created in the 30’s by George Thoefil Dib, who also invented the candy button machine. Considering that Candy Buttons are sometimes called Candy Dots, they might have been called Dib Dots.

1940s

Bubble Gum Cigars

Strictly for the good old boys in the clubhouse, these fat Bubble Gum Cigars were always fun to pretend to be smoking. You could even bite off the tip as dad did with his real cigars.

Candy Cigarettes

Ah, the days when smoking was simply a harmless way to relax. Why not get the kiddos excited about the day when they can light up for real? Candy Cigarettes not only looked exactly like the genuine article; they also tasted awesome!

1950s

Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones

These didn’t need to be refrigerated because there is not actual ice cream inside these “ice cream” cones. The tag line is “Kids Love ‘Em!” Well, of course they do. They’re loaded with sugary marshmallow.

Orange Slices

At some point, someone probably started to notice that parents were worried that little Timmy wasn’t eating enough fruit. Why not fool myopic moms everywhere and give Timmy something that looks like an orange but actually tastes good? And so, candy Orange Slices were born. These are hard to find nowadays.

1960s

100 Grand

The Hundred Thousand Dollar Bar, as it came to be known, came out in 1966. It’s heavy, rich, and completely tasty. Its slogan,”That’s Rich!” is very appropriate.

Cherry Sours

Not everyone likes chocolate. For that reason, Cherry Sours were incredibly popular back in the 60s. Kids loved to dare each other to see how many Cherry Sours they could fit in their mouth.

1970s

Applehead

Applehead was another take on Cherry Sours, but with the sharp, biting taste of sour green apples. This candy from the last century is a rarity, but if you are persistent, you might be able to still find a box.

Blow Pops

Blow Pops have become so much a part of our culture that it’s hard to believe these weren’t invented until the 1970s. The Charms Blow Pop was the very first bubble gum filled lollipop in the world.

1980s

Nerds

Nerds came on the scene with a vengeance in the 80’s, with strawberry and grape flavors. Kids couldn’t choose, so new boxes of Nerds arrived with both flavors packed in one convenient box.

Push Pops

For kids who liked to savor their candy over the course of a day, Push Pops were perfect. The Push Pops packaging allowed a kid to push up some candy to enjoy now, and push it back down for later. Genius.

1990s

Baby Bottle Pops

Who needs to grow up when you can suck on a baby bottle your whole life? Baby Bottle Pops look like tiny baby bottles, and the sugary treat inside is a real delight.

Dippin’ Dots

Dippin’ Dots are made by flash freezing ice cream mix liquid nitrogen, giving this popular candy its distinctive melt in your mouth feature. Technically, these came out in the late 80’s, but their popularity really soared in the 90s.

Which of these are your favorite candy from last century? Let us know in the comments below.

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