Fruitcake

Fruitcake

There has perhaps never been a dessert that has received as bad a rap as fruitcake. Late night icon Johnny Carson once joked that there was only one of them in the world and that it simply gets passed from house to house. A tradition during the holidays, some people adore it while others graciously accept it, then quickly discard it when nobody is watching. Either way, it has made quite the impression on all of us. Continue reading...

Andes Mints

Andes Mints

One look at an Andes mint and it becomes clear that this elegant candy isn't marketed towards children. Individually-wrapped in green foil, these luxurious little rectangles of minty chocolate are typically found in upscale restaurants and atop hotel pillows. They almost look too sophisticated to eat, but that hasn't stopped many a curious kid from grabbing a few from the fancy candy dish when nobody was looking. Continue reading...

Alpha-Bits

Alpha-Bits

Waging war against illiteracy, one bowl at a time, Alpha-Bits are the alphabet soup of the breakfast table. Introduced by Post cereals in 1958, they quickly won the hearts of kids everywhere who loved the sweet taste, not to mention the ability to spell words in their cereal bowl. Continue reading...

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

When they arrived in the New World, early settlers of North America were introduced to a big orange squash called a pumpkin. So enamored with the vegetable were we, it soon because a part of our cuisine and our autumn traditions. During Halloween, we carve them into scary-faced Jack O' Lanterns, but in November, they are instead baked into the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, Pumpkin Pie. Continue reading...

Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack

Forever linked to baseball, thanks to the sport's unofficial anthem, and beloved container of free toy prizes, Cracker Jack has put smiles on the faces of children and adults alike for well over a hundred years. Some even consider it America's first junk food, a dubious distinction for a snack that may actually be more American than apple pie. Continue reading...

Amazin' Fruit

Amazin’ Fruit

Made with a squeeze of real juice, Amazin’ Fruit came to (ahem) fruition when Hershey’s launched a plan to take over the ever-popular gummy universe. As is the story with many a great plan, however, Gummy Bears still roam the galaxy and Amazin’ Fruit is a star that burned out far too soon. Although they may be gone, however, their extraordinary flavor is far from forgotten. Continue reading...

Mr Bones

Mr. Bones

Perhaps you were once taught that you should never play with your food. But what if your food was also a nifty jigsaw puzzle? Better yet, what if it was also a disassembled candy skeleton contained within a plastic coffin? Such was the case with Mr. Bones, a novelty item created by Fleer in 1977 that remained popular for decades. Continue reading...

Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix

Some candy is so hard that you have no choice but to suck on it until it dissolves. Some is so chewy that your jaw needs a three day rest after consuming it. And then there are Pixy Stix, those flavorful little straws filled with sugary powder. No sucking, no chewing, just a sugar rush waiting to be poured directly on your taste buds. What's not to love about that? Continue reading...