We all know Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but in reality there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other candies and candy bars out there that are delicious and have legions of nostalgic fans. We tracked down 10 candies from the past that you might be surprised to learn are still around and going strong.
Just because a candy isn’t readily available at your local pharmacy doesn’t mean that it’s out of production. While the big guys like Hershey’s and Cadbury may have the production, distribution, and marketing wherewithal (and budgets) required to constantly keep their products under our noses, smaller candy companies, like Pearson’s and Annabelle, operate on smaller scales. Their products tend to be available primarily in specialty candy shops and online, sometimes requiring a little elbow grease to track down.
The early decades of the twentieth century were a great time for candy, as the price of sugar and chocolate dropped to rock-bottom levels and creative new candy varieties hit the market, geared toward children with a few extra pennies in their pockets. Some of these candies came and went (like Pearson’s Seven-Up Bar), but a surprising number of them are still in production today, usually having changed ownership several times over the years.
Read on for either a trip down memory lane, or to learn about 10 candies from the past that are beloved across the country but are completely unknown to many of us. If you’re looking to track these candies down (and we suggest you do), you can find them in most large-scale candy shops or online retailers (New York-based Economy Candy is the best of both worlds). Either way, if there’s a candy shop in your neighborhood and you haven’t visited it recently, hopefully this will inspire you to make a trip there and go exploring. Try something new; it’s just candy, after all, so you can’t go wrong!