Entrance to a Cracker Barrel restaurant.
The Nostalgic Brown-Paper Candy You Can Still Get At Cracker Barrel
By Ashlyn Frassinelli
One of the mainstays of the Cracker Barrel shop is its old-school snack and beverage items, and among these items is the nostalgic, old-fashioned sanded candies.
These candies are packaged in brown paper bags and sold for $1.99 per bag. They have five flavors: lemon, cinnamon, licorice, cherry, and horehound (root beer and licorice).
These candies gained popularity in the 19th century and are called "sanded" candies because of the coating of rough sugar on the outside, which gives them a sandy texture.
Later, in the early 1900s, Brach's candy company was instrumental in popularizing the mass production of hard candies in the United States.
While many artificial flavors are now available, the classic flavorings, including lemon, cinnamon, and peppermint, are still highly popular.
Cracker Barrel's sanded candies come from a brand called Gilliam, which has been in business since 1927. They are sold alongside taffies, toffees, pecan logs, and coconut slices.