Tony Vahl and I were really going way back to our childhood and teen years discussing all the different types of candies we enjoyed. Seems like we had a bit of a sweet tooth. I searched for retro candies and found a bunch of sites that sell the candy. It seems like most of the candy is still manufactured, and other times they have a name change (Johnny Appleseeds have become Green Heads, Alexander the Grape had become Grapeheads, etc.) I also read that the Jawbreakers are less hard now (for the obvious reasons). Of course, with our diets, we can’t get them.
It also turns out each decade has their own candy fans. It generally starts in the 1950′s and works its way up to the 1990′s. When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me about her favorite candies. Although the candy was great for sugar decay when she was a kid, it seems to be that the 80′s and 90′s really focused on hardcore SOUR candy, which happens to be my favorite.
It’s funny because my grandmother likes “old people candy” like Werther’s Original, Nips, and those red and white restaurant mints. My grandmother and mom generally spit out the sour stuff.
You know as Tony and I spoke about our favorite candies I realized how it sounds like drugs. I mean, we were hardcore candy eaters. It’s like we were running lines of coke.
Anyway, great memories. I wish I was able to indulge with candy again. As it stands now, I sometimes get sugarless gum from my mom, and she buys me Italian ices from PhillySwirl. So I have one cup a week, basically, which is in moderation.
Maybe I should celebrate Halloween again, though. Today’s supermarkets have some good hardcore candies, like BottleCaps, WarHeads, Lemonheads, Spree, and others.