questionswhat's your favorite obscure or "iconic" candy…

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One of my favorites is Terry's Milk Chocolate Orange (the dark is okay, but I prefer the milk chocolate). They seem to pop up around Christmastime, so even though I am salivating for one, I am in no danger of breaking my diet. :)

@moondrake: This thread is dangerous for us dieters.

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I remember Toffifay from when I was a kid, I loved those things!! I forgot about it completely until I just read this post. Now that explains my love for hazelnuts!

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Not nearly as obscure as some of these, but Reese's Fast Break bars are insanely delicious. They're better than their close cousin the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but for whatever reason they're a lot harder to find and don't seem to have really caught on, which is a shame. If you've never tried one, get one while you still can!

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I used to love those toffifays. Now I hate hazelnuts. Can't stand them. When I lived in Germany it seemed like every other dessert was filled with them. No idea why I used to love them as a child and now the mere odor of a hazelnut makes me want to retch.

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My sister brings me toffifay when she visits from Germany, so it's only a recent love of it. A candy bar i love and now it's a little easier to find, Zagnut. Oh boy that is good.

Guess we'd better start a hard to find soda thread. I'll get right on that.

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My favorite obscure candy is Chick O Sticks. It's a churro-like orange flavored candy shell with coconut and with a filling of peanut butter. I've never seen one outside of Texas and I've never seen anything similar. It's still produced in the same factory that it was when it was founded 70 years ago and still run by the same family. It is definitely a one of a kind candy.

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Pearson's Salted Nut Rolls, they are an upper Midwest thing and are fantastic.

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@idontkn1: I love those, too!

@suckblat: I think we have those in Dollar Tree here. Like a Payday (my favorite mainstream candy bar) with a marshmallow cream core. Dollar Tree is a great place for vintage candy. I get Crows there, and sometimes Toffifay and Screaming Yellow Zonkers.

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- Warheads
- Now and Laters
- Fun Dip
- Flavored Bazooka Joe's
- Sour Punch Straws

etc. Some of them can be found at $5 and below, near me... some of them I haven't seen since the early 90s

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When I was a teen in the 1960s, they had candy vending machines down in the NYC subways and my favorite candy in there was the SkyBar, which was a chocolate bar with 4 sections, caramel, vanilla, peanut and fudge, all covered in milk chocolate...

They still make them, and you can get them, and a lot of these other old candies, too, from OldTimeCandy.com

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@suckblat: Pearson's makes great candy! I like both the Salted Nut Roll and Nut Goodie's. They are sometimes available in Texas. When I go up to Minnesota (it's been awhile) I will sometimes buy whole boxes to bring home and put in the freezer. It's funny, neither is on my all time favorites top 5 list, but when you can't have them, suddenly they are something to crave. Just like other foods you grow up with, when you relocate they become harder to find.

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I can find them online, but they are hard to find local. They're from Indonesia , but Reed's are USA company. There are other brands, but they are they best ! Very addicting. I can sit and eat a whole box. I have my friends hooked.

I also love certain. Japanese candies, but I don't know what they are called. I only know what the wrapper looks like, which I always mean to save but never do. They are a rare treat.

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@idontkn1:
You can get these sometimes from http://www.vermontcountrystore.com . In fact they have a lot of hard to find candy {not my Reed's though} The fall /winter catalog has the most. Now with the heat they don't even have most of them listed on the web.

@jthebird1977 : What movie was it that Chevy Chase was trying to get a Zagnut out of a broken vending machine which resulted in all sorts of crazy escapades ? Love Zagnuts !

@drewsrq : Skybars are available across the border in Canada !

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@drewsrq: I can get these pretty much everywhere where I live. Probably because I am a border town to Canada where they still make this one

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Abba-Zabba, your my only friend.

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@idontkn1: Love Chick-O-Sticks! We have them in Virginia. Cracker Barrel carries a lot of vintage, hard-to-find candy.

I'd love to find some candy cigarettes!

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Hubba Bubba sour Squeeze Pops. Call it my own brand of crack cocaine. I know that they're basically just flavored corn syrup, but they are DELICIOUS flavored corn syrup. Kinda hard to find. There's one grocery store around me that sells them, and I sometimes find the far inferior non-sour variety in different gas stations.

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Although I'm usually a chocolate-and-caramel kinda girl, I used to love the grape and cherry Charms Big Pops we picked up at a little country store near my grandmother's house. I tried to find them online and found something now called Charms Sweet and Sour Pops I might have to try.

I also LOVED the Slo-Poke caramel bar, and the Black Cow sucker (which was a Slo-Poke dipped in chocolate). I just found the updated versions of both at OldTimeCandy.com and might have to order a few for old time's sake.

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@idontkn1: I was going to mention the Chick-O-Stick too. I'm originally from Philadelphia and I've been eating them since I was a kid. Now I live in Massachusetts and I bring some home from PA when I visit.

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Bonomo's Turkish Taffy
Hadn't looked for it in a while, but just googled it -
http://www.oldtimecandy.com/bonomos.htm

They have small "bits", but the best are the bars (banana first, then chocolate). We used to put them in the fridge, then smack them on the floor.

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@hot72chev: The last time I had a candy cigarette (now sometimes called "candy sticks") I discovered they'd changed the recipe. They no longer taste minty and are horrible. I definitely won't be taking a "candy cigarette break" again.

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A couple of mine have been mentioned already, so I'll just add Cow Tales and Necco Wafers (especially the chocolate ones).

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@msklzannie: Oh, no! This is bad news. I have fond memories of "smoking" those cigarettes. It's been a very long time since I've had one. To quote one of my favorite movies, "Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop smoking." Or maybe it's the right week?

Also, they've changed the flavor of Dubble Bubble gum. It now tastes like Bazooka gum. -sigh-

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My favorite bubble gum, Super Bubble, is still available, but does anyone remember when they made a blue version? It was waaaaay back before they offered watermelon and sour apple and a few other fruit flavors that were available for a time. Probably back in the (OMG!) 60's. My older cousin used to get the blue version and would never let me have any. He claimed it was hot and spicy and only for OLDER kids. (sigh) I think he was 9 or 10 at the time. Anyway, I need to poke around and see if I can find anything about that one. I've always wondered what flavor it was.

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I used to love those Ice Cubes as a kid. We'd walk to the local Trick Shop, which also had an awesome candy selection, and I think we got Ice Cubes for a nickel each. I found a popcorn/candy store near my house recently, and they sell those Ice Cubes for .50 each. And they weren't as good as I remembered them to be.

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@belyndag: What was/is the name of that bubble gum that came in a foot long stick and was in different flavors ?
We used to get comic books and those foot long things of bubble gum { I liked sour apple} and go to town.

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@ceagee: Dang! Can't remember that one. Has anyone mentioned those bars of taffy that came in different flavors, about 6" long and 2" wide? Can't remember the name but that were hard as a rock and you had to smash them to break off a piece to eat. Oooh! And Curly-Wurlys! Chocolate covered caramel bars!

One of my sister's friends opened a candy shop just north of Houston (possibly in The Woodlands) specializing in hard-to-find candies. The last time I visited my sister I stocked up on some old favorites. If I can find the name of the place I will post it for anyone who is in that area.

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@belyndag:
I plugged long thick bubblegum 1960s into google and I found it ! Only 10 cents !

I remember that taffy. It took me longer to find but I believe this is it :

Now I want a bug's daddy and a comic. Archie and Jughead please.

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@ceagee: I don't remember the gum, but I do remember that taffy. Not the one I was thinking of, though. If I get a chance I might dig around and look for it. I REALLY need to remember the name of that store in Houston with all of the cool old candy, dang it!

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Bub's Daddy was the best gum ever! I'm told that it is sold today as Super Bubble Bubble Gum, but I haven't tried it. And those Curly Wurly bars are good, but give me an original Marathon Bar any day.

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@belyndag:

I think this is what you mean. We dropped it on the floor to break it up.

Bonomo's Turkish Taffy
Hadn't looked for it in a while, but just googled it -
http://www.oldtimecandy.com/bonomos.htm

They have small "bits", but the best are the bars (banana first, then chocolate). We used to put them in the fridge, then smack them on the floor.

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@sgraz: That's it! Yum!!!! Never saw the small bite-sized ones, just the bars. I'm lucky I never lost any fillings from eating that stuff!

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Loved Lemon Heads when I was growing up! Use to get them at the corner store for 10 cents. I sound like an old fogy, lol.

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@belyndag: Thank you for picturing the Curly Wurly bar. It used to have an american counterpart named the Marathon bar. It came in a red wrapper and was essentially the same thing: Chocolate covered caramel.

I also used to love licorice pipes and bubblegum cigars. You can still get these at B.A. Sweetie candy company, They have stores in Arizona and Ohio.

I also used to order from an online place called Hometown Favorites. http://www.hometownfavorites.com/
You can find the candy cigarettes there. Along with lots of old favorite foods.