Candy Necklaces

Candy Necklaces

Candy and jewelry: a pairing of edible and elegance assured to show your love or satisfy your sweet tooth. And, for fans of all things sweet and stylish, it really didn’t get much better than candy necklaces. Sitting pretty for years as the epitome of childhood fashion (until, of course, the luxurious Ring Pop arrived on the scene), the candy necklace became an instant classic, one that’s provided kids with enough memories to last a lifetime.

Both tasteful and tasty, Smarties Candy Necklaces were introduced in the late 1950s by Ce De Candy Inc., and kids proceeded to gobble them up nationwide. While some boys may have shunned the treat as being less than manly, it was a favorite for giving to sweethearts of all ages, and one needn’t travel to a jewelry store to bestow one of these beauties upon their best friend or secret crush. They were readily available in just about any well-stocked candy aisle or from the recognized dealer of all confectionary adornments, the ice cream man. Candy necklaces were the epitome of simplicity – tiny donut-shaped, multi-colored candies strung along an elastic-type string with the ends tied together. As you might have guesssed, each bead was similar in taste and texture to traditional Smarties.

After nibbling on a few pieces of a candy necklace, the most common “issue” was the sticky factor. If left upon the neck, there was sure to be a gooey, colorful mess before too long. Of course, there was always the option of not eating any of it, or even waiting until the breaking point, when eating them all at once became a mandate from one’s inner child. Fans of the candy necklace have even sought other options, such as wearing the soon-to-be sticky jewelry on their wrist (doubled-up, of course!). At least there, a little bit of sticky wasn’t quite as awkward.

Whether on the wrist, around the neck, or eaten straight off the string, Candy Necklaces are one of the pleasures of childhood that have withstood the test of time. Sure, they left a multicolored mess more often than not, but that just added to their charm and allure. A fashion statement that only a kid could appreciate.

Did you proudly adorn yourself with candy necklaces back in the day? We’d love to hear your memories of these childhood treasures in our comments section below, as we tip our hats to these sweet fashion statements that have yet to go out of style.

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