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...

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...

Pop-Tarts

Pop-Tarts

Forget about your Pastry Swirls and your silly Snak-Stix... we're talking the real deal: Pop Tarts. These foil-encased, toaster-ready rectangles have been delighting kids for decades, either as an easy-to-carry breakfast treat on the way to school, or as an afternoon snack. Actually, you can enjoy a nice warm pop tart just about anytime (assuming you even took the time to warm them, that is). 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...

Quisp

Quisp

After the runaway success of Cap’n Crunch, Quaker Oats wanted another new original character cereal to market. Inspired by the popularity of the U.S. space program, Jay Ward productions (of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) delivered Quisp to Quaker Oats-- and the world at large-- in 1966. The result - a breakfast cereal so beloved that it was resurrected to much applause, decades after its original demise. Continue reading...

Razzles

Razzles

Not since the Tootsie Pop has a candy demanded so much self-control. Razzles claim to fame is that they start out as a candy, but once chewed magically transform into chewing gum. That is, if you can get over the hump of letting the transformation take place. It is all too tempting to simply swallow them in candy form. But for those with the virtue of patience, yummy gum soon follows. Continue reading...

RC Cola

RC Cola

Coke and Pepsi may be the undisputed leaders in the cola beverage market, but a third option has existed since 1934, one that its loyal following has always insisted is the best of the three. Its full name is Royal Crown Cola, but most know it simply as RC Cola. And, though it certainly can't compete with the advertising budgets of the other two behemoths, RC has managed to hold its own quite nicely for over 70 years. Continue reading...

Reggie!

Reggie!

In 1921, the Curtiss Candy Company introduced a candy bar called the Baby Ruth, yet insisted that it had no connection to the reigning Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth, who was the biggest sports hero in the nation at the time (lest they have to pay royalties). Instead, the company maintained that they named their product after President Grover Cleveland's young daughter Ruth. While the debate still continues in some circles, there was no similar ambiguity when another baseball legend, Yankee slugger Reggie Jackson, was honored with his own candy bar in 1978. Simply named Reggie!, and featuring a large likeness of the hitter on its bright orange wrapper, there was no doubt that Jackson officially sanctioned this candy treat. Continue reading...