Many are still out there!
There’s something about tasting our favourite childhood candy that brings us right back to the past—that simple time in our past when life was relatively stress-free and our biggest problem was how to escape naptime so we could play with our friends outside. Just one taste of our fave sweets can already remind us of what it was like to be a child.
But just because you’ve grown older doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in your favorite childhood treats. Who says you can’t buy wholesale sweets online or at the store when you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping? Don’t let your age hinder you from being like a child again, at least in spirit. Here are some of the commonly beloved childhood candies that still exist up to this day. You might find your own favourites in the list.
These were invented during the early 1940s to send to soldiers as rations during World War 2. Their hard shells ensured that the chocolate wouldn’t melt (thus the slogan “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand”), and the bright colours of the candies lifted the spirits of the homesick soldiers. They were repackaged later on and sold to the public in brown-coloured packaging. Some people love these candies so much that they’ve managed to include them in classic dessert recipes such as cookies and ice cream sundaes.
Ever since they were invented in 1945, kids have enjoyed its vast variety of flavours, which come in four different categories—original, tropical, sour, and holiday blends. Around four billion DOTS Gumdrops are produced every year in its Chicago plant, which is a testament to its unchanging popularity. Kids loved it back then, and they always will!
Bazooka Bubble Gum
When someone brings up this brand of bubble gum in a conversation, what immediately comes to your mind? We’re guessing, and we’re probably right, that you instantly thought of its comic strips! Back then, kids would buy Bazooka Bubble Gum frequently in hopes of collecting all 75 of the distinct comic strips, which featured Bazooka Joe and his friends in different scenarios and adventures. Bazooka is still very much around, although sadly, the comics are no longer included with the gum; in an attempt to “keep up with the times,” its makers have decided to shift to brain-teasing puzzles.
Before it was called Starburst, this British-made candy went by the name “Opal Fruits” when it had just come out in Britain. At the time, it had flavours like orange, lemon, lime, and strawberry. In 1967, around 7 years after it was first invented, the candy found its way to the US market and to the tastebuds of millions of American kids, who enjoyed it just as much as British children. After gaining popularity in the US, the candy was renamed into “Starburst,” which has been its global identity since 1998. Until now, it remains a favourite treat in children’s birthday parties and trick-or-treat events during Halloween.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
This brand of candy is one of the oldest in the list, as it has been around since the late 1920s. Their invention can be traced back to a specific year: 1928. It was the year when H. B. Reese, its creator, invented it as part of a selection of various sweets and candies in the basement of his own home. Reese, who was an employee of The Hershey Company at the time, created his own business. Later on, his sons sold the company to Hershey in 1963, and that was when Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups started to achieve popularity among the sweet-loving masses. A lot of people are such fans that they’ve also used this candy to create their own homemade sweet treats.
From its invention back in 1907 until now, Hershey’s Kisses have always been a top favourite, not just among kids but also with adults who could never resist these chocolatey treats. These candies are known for their foil wrapper packaging and the small paper tags that came with each Kiss. There are varying stories on why they were called Kisses, but one popular story is that the word “kiss” was used at that time to refer to any sort of small candy; its inventor, Milton Hershey, wanted to ensure that his creation would make an impact in the market and thus he registered a trademark for “Hershey’s Kisses” back in 1921. Nowadays, Hershey’s Kisses are so popular that its company makes at least 70 million of them each day!
Sweet treats like the above should not just serve as reminders of our nostalgic childhood. The fact that they’re still around means that we can still get to enjoy them in our adulthood. And if you have kids, what better way to bond with them than to introduce them to your favourite childhood candies, right?