Sweet Tooth

I am not that much of a sweets eater but when I do have some I eat them In bulk. I grew up eating a lot of the vintage style candies such as fizzies, zotz, wax teeth, dots, chick0-O-stick and much more. I always find it refreshing when I find a candy shop that carries old style candy. I always end up spending an arm and a leg and walk out with bags and bags of candy. Because I don’t eat it all the time, I usually always have a nice stash. I ran across a few websites that have some retro candy. These are the products that I remember from my child hood, maybe you will remember some of these when you were young as well:

An old-time favorite from Ferrara Pan! Peanuts covered in a delicious candy shell. 0.85-ounce box.

Original Boston Baked Beans

Original Boston Baked Beans are sugar-coated peanut candies. Since their inception, the term “Boston baked beans” has become a colloquial term used in the candy industry to describe any sugar-coated peanut candy product.

The serving size of Original Boston Baked Beans is 11 pieces or 15 g. One serving contains 70 calories (290 kilojoules) and 20 calories (80 kJ) from fat.


These old-fashioned little jawbreakers are RED HOT!
A package of large, individually wrapped Atomic Fireballs, which have been around since 1954.

Atomic Fireballs are a round, cinnamon-flavored hard candy invented by Nello Ferrara in 1954. They are a form of jawbreaker. The outer layers of the candy are a bright red color while the interior layers are white.

When initially introduced by Ferrara Pan, the company had a manufacturing capacity of 200 cases per day but demand quickly rose to 50,000 cases per day. According to the company, approximately 15 million Fireballs are eaten weekly.”The spicy flavor and the exceptionally long lasting candy was instantly popular (coupled with the popular culture obsession with all things atomic at the time).The outside layer of the Fireball is quite mild. After a moment in the mouth, the smooth ball of hard candy releases an intense spicy cinnamon flavor.

They are made with the hot panned process with ingredients of a single grain of sugar, syrup and flavor. The hot pans tumble the ingredients around until the fireballs snowball into the appropriate size. The process lasts for about two weeks. By the end of the process the fireball consists of at least one hundred layers. The fireballs come in two sizes, a pea size and the more popular full-size (7/8ths of an inch in diameter) which comes individually wrapped.

Also available are chewy fireballs, with the same flavor of the original with a chewy texture.


It’s back after a long wait… Beeman’s Gum, a favorite since the 1800s. Order individually or order by the box and save $4 off our regular price.

Beemans gum (originally Beeman’s Gum, see image at right) is a chewing gum invented by Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman in the late 19th century. Beeman originally marketed the gum, which is made of pepsin powder and chicle, as an aid to digestion. It became a part of the American Chicle Company in 1898, and continued on after the purchase of American Chicle by Warner-Lambert in 1962. Production ceased in 1978 due to lagging sales. In 1985, as part of a nostalgia campaign, it was brought back to the market along with Clove and Black Jack chewing gums.

The original wrapper had a pig logo, but was later replaced with a logo featuring the Beeman’s name in scroll and a picture of Dr. Beeman. The current wrapper design has a white and red background with white and black lettering. Beemans is sporadically produced by Cadbury Adams as a nostalgia gum, along with the other historic gums Clove and Black Jack .

The gum was prominently featured in the movies The Right Stuff, Hot Shots!, and The Rocketeer. It was considered to be the lucky gum of pilots.


These old-fashioned hard violet-scented candy squares have been a favorite for more than 100 years… although ours are fresher than that!

This unique candy also is known as the “perfume candy.”


This is a crunchy peanut butter and toasted coconut candy.

The Chick-O-Stick is a candy product produced by Atkinson Candy Company, having been manufactured since the Great Depression. It is made primarily from peanut butter, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and toasted coconut, with colorings and preservatives added, and contains no trans fats. There is also a sugar-free version of the candy.

In appearance, the Chick-O-Stick is an orange stick of varying length and thickness, dusted with ground coconut. The interior of the stick is honeycombed with peanut butter and the orange hardened syrup/sugar mixture that also forms the shell. When eaten fresh, the candy is dry and brittle, and biting into a stick can cause the bitten-off end of the stick to crumble messily. If left uneaten, the candy has a tendency to draw dampness and become hard and chewy. The Chick-O-Stick is available in .36 ounce, .70 ounce, 1.0 ounce, and 2.0 ounce sizes, as well as bags of individually-wrapped bite-sized pieces.

The Chick-O-Stick’s original wrapper design featured a stylized cartoon of a chicken, wearing a cowboy hat and a badge in the shape of the Atkinson logo. The chicken is absent from the more recent wrapper design; some commentators have indicated that it contributed to confusion over whether the Chick-O-Stick was candy or a chicken-flavored cracker. The Atkinson Candy Company’s website/on-line store states that the company’s founder “came up with the name one day, and well, it just stuck.” The company had once written in correspondence that they felt the Chick-O-Stick “resembled fried chicken” and that contributed to the name.


A bag of A&W root beer-flavored hard candy shaped like beer barrels


It’s back after a long wait… licorice-flavored Blackjack Gum, a favorite since the 1800s.

Black Jack is an aniseed flavored chewing gum made by Cadbury Adams, originally the American Chicle Company.

Black Jack Gum was sold well into the 1970s, when production ceased due to slow sales. American Chicle was purchased by the Warner-Lambert Company in 1962, which became part of Pfizer in 2000. In 2002, Adams was purchased by the Cadbury Company. Cadbury Adams continues to manufacture Black Jack, as well as other nostalgic brands of chewing gum: Beeman’s, Chiclets, Clove, Sour Apple and Sour Cherry.


A five-pack of wax bottles filled with juice inside! Bite off the top and drink the juice…just like you did when you were a kid!

Nik-L-Nip is a nostalgic brand of juice confection that comes in a variety of fruit flavors, marketed by Tootsie Roll Industries. The fruit flavored juice is found inside small, bottle-shaped wax container.

Created in the early 20th century, the Nik-L-Nip brand name is a combination of the original cost (Nickel) and preferred wax bottle-opening technique (NIP)


Back by popular demand, U-No candy bars… a rich creamy chocolate truffle-like center surrounded by milk chocolate and ground almonds.

This item is a West Coast favorite dating back to the 1920s, when it was made by the Cardinet Candy Company. The U-No bar is now being made by the Annabelle Candy Company of Hayward, California, who acquired the brand in 1970.


A half-pound package of tiny coated banana-shaped candies that taste like… you guessed it, bananas!

Made by Concord Confections, a leading candy and gum company who produces Dubble Bubble, Razzles, Tongue Splashers and much more.


This hard candy that fizzes in the middle has been around since 1970.

Each package contains four pieces of Zotz in your choice of flavors: apple, cherry or watermelon.



Fizzies Drink Tablets

Once upon a time in the ’50s -’60s there was a popular drink tablet that fizzed when placed in water.  FIZZIES® were invented by the Emerson Drug Company. The idea derived from scientists working with chemical formulas similar to “Bromo Seltzer” and wondering if a fun, fruit flavored drink could be developed the same way.

Fizzies ad from the 60s

“Wouldn’t it be grand if we could drop a tablet in a glass of water and have an instant soda pop?” After long hard work, they finally figured out how to combine the right combinations of fruit flavoring, sweetener, citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (a substance that is much like baking soda) into a magical tablet that when dropped into water, turned water into an instant sparkling, effervescent fruit drink!

Fizzies were made in grape, cherry, orange, punch, berry, lemon-lime, and root beer flavors and 8 tablets cost 19 cents. Unfortunately Fizzies contained the sugar substitute cyclamate. In 1968 the FDA banned the use of cyclamates citing research showing that cyclamates caused cancer in laboratory animals and the company went out of business.

They returned in the mid-1990s containing NutriSweet, a substitute 200 times sweeter than sugar.  A new company purchased the formula and reintroduced them to the market in 1995. It was short lived because the company went out of business and all of the inventory was gone by late 2001.

And now, in 2006 Fizzies are available again.  The fun, effervescent drink tablet made popular in the 50’s & 60’s has returned! Whether you’re a genuine kid or simply a kid at heart, now you can enjoy the crisp, refreshing drink that everybody loves to make!


So that concludes my retro candy adventure. If you would like to buy any of these products, all of these are still in production and are usually not available at your local store. You can find these products and more at these fine online stores:

Old Time Candy

Nostalgic Candy

Woodstock Candy

Groovy Candies


Don’t forget that easter is approaching which means: REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER EGGS! Those are my favorite, untill winter time when they bring out the peanut butter Christmas trees. Make sure you grab some before they are all sold out. I know there are so many other brands of candies that I could of listed. I just wanted to highlight some of the ones that I remember from when I was a kid (not that long ago). I didn’t highlight the big brands ie; M&M’s, tootsie pop etc because we all know of those brands. These are brands that I feel some of us may of forgotten about over the years. Although to pay tribute to the name brands, here is a commercial for Tootsie Roll pops (1950’s)

Thanks for reading,


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