As Halloween quickly approaches, I think it’s only appropriate to dedicate an entire post to the subject of candy.
I can still recall a day when I was young — so just a few years ago — that my Dad told me to go to the store and find him some Cattail candies.
“Uh, what the heck are those?” I asked. He most likely described them to me, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t have the attention span to really listen, let alone remember.
So now, after a quick Internet search, I learned that these “Cattails” no longer exist, but it was the Gilliam Candy Company that produced these peanut butter sticks covered with coconut. They sound pretty similar to the Chick-O-Sticks that are available today, so that’ll have to do, father!
He also remembers enjoying the little bottle candies filled with Coca Cola, which are still around today. They’re more commonly known as Nik-L-Lip, the wax bottles filled with juice that you bite the wax off of and chew it like it’s gum. I hope I’m not the only one who does that.
Another notable candy from back in day is Flipsticks, the old-time lipstick candies. Kids would snap them in half and rub them against their lips as if they were lipstick. The candies tasted like cherry and caramel with the consistency of nougat. How could any young girl resist a candy that “will put a smile on your face and red on your lips”?
Some other popular candies from the past that kids today may have a difficult time recognizing include Mallo Cups, Candy Cigarettes, and Bazooka bubble gum, but they’re all pretty easy to order off the Internet.
Not all candy from back in the day has dwindled from existence. The Tootsie Roll only cost a penny when they debuted in 1896, and today still only cost about 7¢ per “Midgee.” And Tootsie Roll produces 64 million daily – pretty good for the little candy. Candy corn first came about back in 1898 and people have been enjoying the Hershey chocolate bar since 1900. It just goes to show that the classics are still some of the best. No matter your age or the age of the candy you’re eating, everyone deserves to enjoy your favorite sweets this Halloween!