Now and Later

Now and Later

Sharing the dubious honor with such confectionery legends as Laffy Taffy and Sugar Daddies, Now and Later is a candy so supremely sticky, so eager to yank one of those fillings from your mouth, that you would think a dentist had concocted the flavorful little squares. Continue reading...

Astro Pop

Astro Pop

The Space Age was in full swing after World War II. Swift technological progress and widespread economic growth gave birth to a culture in love with rockets, space stations, and dreams of life on the moon. Every kid wanted to be an astronaut, and every week, a new toy or TV show was there to feed that dream.Spangler Candy of Bryan, Ohio, (founded in 1906) met this demand with the snazzy, rocket-shaped Astro Pop. This lollipop, a thin inverted cone of hard candy on stick, suggested a three-stage rocket: a red cherry-flavored lower section, a dark green lime middle, and a long yellow tip of lemon. Continue reading...

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day

We set aside February 14th as a special day to show our love and affection to those we fondly regard in our lives. For the adults of the world, it's a day of chocolates and roses and candlelight dinners. For the younger set, we preferred things a bit more innocent and inexpensive. But whether you loved or loathed it as a kid, the mere mention of Valentine's Day is certain to bring back memories of crushes and candy and classroom activities - traditions that endure to this day. Continue reading...

Marathon Bar

Marathon Bar

Back in the 70s, there roamed a true giant in the confectionery world. Sporting a bright red wrapper and containing a full 8” of chocolate and caramel goodness, the Marathon Bar couldn’t help but catch your eye in the candy aisle. And, to a kid trying to stretch that measly allowance, this was a surefire way to get some bang from your candy buck. Continue reading...

Necco Wafers

Necco Wafers

There are a number of candies that just seem like they have always been here. And that's because their invention far exceeds any of our lifespans. And if you ever wanted to know what the oldest continually-produced candy in America is, look no further than those powdery quarter-shaped wafers, known the world over as Necco. Continue reading...

Candy Canes

Candy Canes

They are the quintessential Christmas confection, a traditional treat beloved the world over. One glimpse of their prominent red and white stripes is all it takes to recognize them as candy canes, the sweet that has put kids in the holiday spirit for well over three hundred years. Continue reading...

Ribbon Candy

Ribbon Candy

Although perhaps not as prevalent as itsAlthough perhaps not as prevalent as its confectionery cousin, the candy cane, there are few traditional holiday treats as regal in appearance as ribbon candy. Festively-colored and possessing a satin sheen, it has remained a staple of Christmas candy dishes since the turn of the century. confectionery cousin, the candy cane, there are few traditional holiday treats as regal in appearance as ribbon candy. Festively-colored and possessing a satin sheen, it has remained a staple of Christmas candy dishes since the turn of the century. Continue reading...

Pop Rocks

Pop Rocks

Inventing a new candy can be somewhat akin to reinventing the wheel, but when Pop Rocks exploded onto the market in the 70s, they were unlike any confection that preceded them. Word-of-mouth quickly propelled them to the top of the "must have" list among young consumers, and also contributed to one of the most fanciful urban legends of all time. We'll get to that in a moment but first, let's take a look back at the origins of this effervescent treat. Continue reading...