Jill Weatherholt

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Penny Candy

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Growing up, Saturday was haircut day for my father. My sister and I loved to tag along to the Barber Shop. We didn’t go because we liked to hang out with a bunch of old guys, we went because Ben Franklin was next door and they sold penny candy. If you’re not familiar with the concept, penny candy was sold as individual pieces, rather than a larger package.

The cashier provided me and my sister with a brown lunch bag. Once my father gave us each fifty cents, we were set. I remember the excitement I felt as I strolled down the aisle. My eyes scanned the bins that held a variety of candies, so many choices for a child.

One of my favorite candies was the Jolly Rancher. It was a hard and somewhat sticky candy. It came in a variety of flavors of grape, apple, cherry, watermelon and raspberry. Cherry was the best.

Smarties were another favorite. The small pastel colored wafers tasted sweet at first, but then they tasted tart. The great thing about using one penny to purchase Smarties was that each roll had around fifteen or so wafers. Even as a child, I was a smart shopper.

Despite all of the mouth-watering and cavity causing candies to choose from, the majority of my fifty cents went toward my all-time favorite candy, the Atomic Fireball. This candy would set your mouth on fire. I remember having contests with my sister and friends to see who could hold it in their mouth the longest. To say Fireballs were hot was an understatement, but if you could survive the heat, you arrived at a sweet layer of rock hard sugar.

The days of penny candy have long passed, but the memories remain. I still enjoy an occasional Fireball now and then, but they don’t seem as hot as when I was a kid.

Did you have a favorite candy as a kid?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

110 thoughts on “Penny Candy

  1. Licorice Neccos, Atomic Fireballs, and MaryJanes. And I had the fillings to prove my devotion to sugar! I suspect one of the reasons candies tastes different today is that most are made with corn syrup instead of sugar, and artificial (chemically created) flavorings instead of natural ones. Nothing compares to real cinnamon oil, does it?

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    • Hi Candace! I loved Neccos too, but my favorite was the chocolate flavor. Sorry to hear you had cavities. I was pretty lucky and escaped the dental drill as a child. I agree, with all of the artificial flavorings, many candies just aren’t the same. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. I remember fireballs, Jill. Loved those things, but once the heat was gone I threw the rest away. When we lived in Michigan, my friends and I would walk around and collect bottles to turn into the store for bags of candy and soda. Those were the days. 🙂

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  3. I too have a filling in practically every tooth because of penny candy! My favorite candy were “Halloween” candy: candied corn (which I nibbled at like Tom Hanks nibbled at the baby corn cobb), especially. Back in my day (way back), certain foods/candies were only available or served during a particular holiday. Always baked ham for Easter, turkey for Thanksgiving, candied apples for Halloween. Easter it was all about the chocolate bunny: is it hollow (and therefore a disappointment) or is it a solid chocolate bunny?? Better stop now before I get lost on memory lane 🙂 Thanks for the post, Jill. I love your reminiscences.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Marie. I had fun remembering all of my favorite penny candy. Ha ha…I remember Tom Hanks nibbling that baby corn! 🙂 I loved candy corn too. I liked the one that had chocolate. I think it was Indian Corn…probably politically incorrect these days. 🙂 I also nibbled, biting each layer separately. Oh yes, the solid chocolate bunny was the best, but I never turned away the hollow ones. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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  4. Atomic fireballs, now those take me back! I remember sucking on those as a med student. I wasn’t a kid then, but they made some lectures more tolerable. It’s a wonder I didn’t get cavities!

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  5. I loved hanging with my dad for the same reason; a stop at the store and penny candy! I loved those (can’t remember the name of it) little colored balls of chocolate, came with about seven in a line in clear cellophane. And I loved fireballs. My dad loved Mary Janes and bit o honey.

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    • Good ole Dad, he supplied us with our sugar and then brought us home to Mom. 🙂 I don’t remember the colored balls of chocolate, Suzi. I do remember the candy dots that came on a strip of paper or tape. You just peeled them off and they were pure sugar. Like your dad, my mother loves Bit o Honey. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Oh what happy memories, Jill. My sister and I used to get a ‘Saturday sixpence’ each, and off we would go to Mr Clark’s sweetie shop down the road. What an array of candy jars he had. I loved the licorice sticks and the gobstoppers, but my favourites were a penn’orth of Rainbow Drops, lemon sherberts, or dolly mixtures. Sometimes I would blow the whole sixpence on a Mars Bar and a Bounty Bar, Such extravagance! 🙂

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  7. You’ve brought back another great memory Jill. Growing up we went to Wanda’s Sugar Shack and it sounds exactly like Ben Franklin. I just googled Wanda, she died in 2013 at 91, her store had been open up until then. We had the same contests with those fireballs (every so often I’d get one that wasn’t super hot). I still love jolly ranchers (watermelon and apple) but don’t eat them very often. I remember the flavored syrup in those wax soda shaped bottles; colored buttons on a long strip of paper that we would just pull off with our teeth and eat; bit o honey’s…my list could go on. Thanks for the post! 🙂

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    • I just read about Wanda, Geralyn. What a sweet smile she had. She obviously loved her Sugar Shack…wow 41 years. Thank you for sharing that. 🙂 Ha ha! I remember those wax bottles with the flavored syrup. I wonder what was in that stuff? 🙂 Yes, I too loved the colored buttons on the paper strip. I remember eating many strips in one sitting. Sometimes I’d eat a few buttons that still had some paper attached, but I didn’t care. Thanks for sharing your candy memories. Happy Weekend!

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  8. I wasn’t a big candy eater as a child (good grief, what was wrong with me??) but I remember buy cleats at the penny candy store. Cleats were so cool. You put them on your penny loafers and you made a noise when you walked. It was easy to make me happy as a child. I wonder what happened.

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    • I seem to remember you weren’t a candy eater as a child, Kate. I guess not every child is born with a sweet tooth. I think Starbucks is what happened. 🙂
      If cleats made your shoes sound like tap shoes, I would have loved them. I loved watching and listening to Shirley Temple as a child. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. You brought back some fond memories for me, Jill. I remember penny candy. I had some similar favorites (Jolly Ranchers and Smarties). I also loved Now and Laters, bubble gum, Boston Baked Beans, Tootsie Rolls, Good and Fruity, and Mary Janes. I also liked Blow-Pops. As you mentioned, having fifty cents was like having a gold mine!

    Have a great weekend, Jill. I hope it’s warmer in your neck of the woods. We’re finally at 6 above zero. Woot! A heatwave!

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    • Oh yes, Now or Laters…I forgot about those. I love them too, L. Marie! Now you lost me on the Boston Baked Beans, L…I never liked those, but I did love Blow-Pops and Tootsie Pops.
      I have to email you about my Skinny Pop experience today…it made me think of you. 🙂
      Ha ha! I’m happy to hear you’re having a heatwave…6 above zero, that’s where we were this morning. It’s going to get warmer by Sunday, so I’m looking forward to it. Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. Goodness Jill, you have my sweet tooth and research bone tickled. I had to look up penny candy as I’m so old I can’t remember what my favorites were called. They were the tiny marshmallow ice cream cones. We lived above Leo’s grocery store and mom would send me down for something and Leo and his wife would always give me some sweet thing. Mary Janes were another favorite and tootsie rolls still are. It was the only time I got that penny candy and I was 5 at the time. Leo’s was my favorite place in the world long after we moved away. Thanks for the memory.

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  11. I seemed to go through candy phases. First it was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, next it was Skittles, then Skor bars, then Lemon Heads, then Milk Duds… Turns out that I’m pretty undiscriminating when it comes to candy! 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend Jill and that things warm up for you!

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    • It sounds as though you liked the “high dollar” candy, Phillip. Your penny wouldn’t have gone too far. 🙂 Great taste though.
      Happy Weekend to you and your family. We might hit 50 on Sunday…we’re hoping.

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  12. Ju-jubes, and candy necklaces! Great post!

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  13. My favorite ‘penny candy’ was a small square of vanilla fudge…the store kept the fudge squares in a big bowl on the counter…just reach in, grab one, pay your penny. Thanks for the memory, dear Jill.

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  14. Thanks for this trip down memory lane, Jill! I still love Smarties. My original and all-time favorite. Yum. I want to go find some! Even today I think of them as a treat and don’t buy them for myself, but love to discover them in a candy dish, etc. I never liked Jolly Ranchers, but maybe they came out when I was already too old? I wonder when they started to be made? [go look up] Haha, well, the company was founded in 1949 so I guess we just didn’t have them in Michigan! That’s weird. I also loved the wax bottles with “pop” inside. Did you like Sweetharts? I liked those, too, a lot. AND we used to buy Fizzies and let them fizz on our tongues. Do you know what those are?

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    • Sorry to get your taste buds stirred up, Luanne. I loved Smarties too. I loved to open the roll and dump the entire thing in my mouth. Jolly Ranchers are still around. You should try the watermelon flavor, you’ll love it. I liked those wax bottles too. Do you remember the wax lips? “Fizzies”…hum…I remember Pop Rocks, they fizzed and Zots, they were a hard flavored candy with a fizz in the middle. I’ll have to Google Fizzies. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    • Sounds like Luanne and I may have a Michigan year or two on you, Jill! I was a SweeTart-holic, remember the wax ‘bottles,’ cigar bubblegum, candy cigarettes, red-hot dollars (nothing hot about them – a precursor to gummy bears, they were a steal at 3 for a penny) and others that were behind the glass case (no bins down the aisles yet!) Hey, Luanne – do you remember Lipsticks? Gold foil went around 2/3 of it and the “lipstick” stuck out. A delicious (??) sugary treat that mysteriously disappeared – somewhere around the time that whole Red Dye # whatever conversation started. Hmmmm, a connection??

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      • I remember the Red Dye #2…at least I think that was the number, Shel. My mother stopped baking Red Velvet Cake. 😦 I loved the cigar bubblegum and the candy cigarettes. Thanks for sharing your candy memories. Have a great week!

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      • I cannot believe Jill wrote that about red velvet cake. That was my first thought, too. I can remember sitting at my mom’s aunt’s on Christmas Eve and the whole family bemoaning that they had to stop making red velvet cake!!! It was SO good. Definitely my favor. Oh I remember the candies you are talking about, Shel. The cigar bubblegum–those pastel colored cigars with their little fake cigar bands! The candy cigarettes! I do not remember the lipsticks though. Why not?! Remember the giant SweeTarts and how they weren’t as good as the little ones b/c they were too much of a good thing LOL?

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      • I agree, Luanne. There was nothing better than homemade Red Velvet Cake. I do see cake mixes in the grocery store. Perhaps they’re using a “more safe” dye. 🙂 I don’t remember the lipstick either, only those big red wax lips. 🙂

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    • OK, Ladies – here’s a link so you can see what that lipstick looked like. I was amazed to find it – I didn’t find anything last time I googled it (ages ago). http://www.timepassagesnostalgia.com/&pm=0&searchkeywords=Pennsylvania+Maine&sin=8832

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      • Maybe I do sort of remember those. But they were not available at the main stores that supplied my candy ;). that’s why I remember the other candies so vividly! But these are kind of cool . . . .

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      • Thanks for sharing the link, Shel. I definitely don’t remember those. I think they might have been around a few years before I was old enough to eat candy. Had they been around, I would have been all over them. 🙂

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  15. Oh my gosh, Jill! I can’t believe how much we have in common! Atomic Fireballs were always my favorite penny candy! I used to do the same thing with my friends. I have even done it with my kids!! 🙂 Believe it or not, there is a little country store near us that still sells penny candy. Our kids have gone there a few times in the past. Have a good weekend.

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  16. I liked Life Savers (also many candies in a roll), though I don’t think they were among the penny candy selections. And anything chocolate. I don’t really remember buying penny candy, though I knew what it was.
    What your story reminded me of was my father talking about how he got fifty cents on Saturday when he was a kid — a quarter for a haircut, fifteen cents for a movie, and ten cents for popcorn. He was young in an earlier era when fifty cents went further.
    Thanks for the post,
    Theresa

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    • Thanks for sharing that memory of your father, Theresa. You’re right, fifty cents did go a lot further back then. The price for a movie and popcorn these days is outrageous. I think it’s cheaper to buy the DVD.
      Enjoy your weekend.

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  17. Here in Australia, Smarties were (and still are) very different form the candy you described. They are chocolate discs covered in a crisp candy shell – like M&Ms. Here we call candy “lollies”. I remember going to the store near my grandmother’s house and picking out 50 cents worth of mixed lollies. My brother and I would do this most weekends. We used to take forever to make our choices!

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    • Hi Lisa! It’s great to see you. Thanks for sharing the Australian candies. Your Smarties sound better. 🙂 I love that word, “lollies.” It sounds more fun than candy. 🙂 One thing that was the same, it did take forever to make choices. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Yeay, Ben Franklin! However, we had a place we’d get to walk the little cousins to on Sunday afternoons called “The Little Store” that was all about penny candy…more than the local Ben Franklin’s which we had to be driven to by the aunts and uncles, mom’s and dads!
    My baby bro’s fav was and still is those Smarties…I always liked the sweet/tarts better, especially when for a nickel you could get a giant Sweet Tart…
    Also, his favs were those straws with flavored powder in them, don’t remember what they were called. Me? I usually went for the dumb wax bottles filled with liquids….or the hot tamales.
    Fun…thanks for this reminder.
    🙂

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    • Pixie Stix! I loved those, Laura! I remember eating one after another. Your little brother had good taste in candy and so did you. I loved those giant Sweet Tarts. Hot Tamales were also one of my favorites…still are. Thanks for sharing your candy memories. Enjoy the weekend!

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  19. Neccos topped my list of favorite candies. Thanks Jill. What a trip down memory lane you have provided!

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    • My pleasure, Dor! I hope you have some Neccos stashed away during the snow storm. 🙂 I loved those too. Be safe!

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    • Neccos! Ah, the candy store of my childhood, owned by an uncle, met my insatiable desire for these colorful gems. I, to, favored the chocolate piece and my fingers moved quickly down the stack of many colors until I found the “one,” The memory of these sweets surfaced again as I taught a short story in Freshman Composition and there they were (in the story) Necco Wafers and Ju-Ju’s. I could hardly wait on the morning of my class to bring out my brown paper “sack” and pass them down the first row.

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      • The chocolate Neccos were the best, weren’t they, Pam? Oh yes, good old Uncle CL’s store. Hopefully he gave you a discount. 🙂 I would have been thrilled if any of my professors passed out candy during class. 🙂
        Thanks for sharing your candy memories.

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  20. I liked red hots, a cinnamon candy. Almost any candy was fine with me. There was a little store across from the elementary school. If I stayed with my friend who lived nearby, we could go there after school and buy penny candy.

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  21. My favorite penny candy was actually three for a nickel: little candy “barrels” of root beer-flavored syrup. In 4th grade my friend’s favorite candy was soft marshmallow “fluffs” that were the same price. We would each trade a piece, toss the combination in our mouths and make our own mini-versions of root beer floats!
    Ah, those were the days!

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  22. I remember going to the candy store whenever we visited our cousins in Ohio. I always loved the bazooka gum, but I almost always went more for the zebra cakes, and the hostess pastries. Smarties were always good, are they still around?

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  23. Oh Jill, this reminds me so much of when I was kid. We used to keep a ‘Penny Jar’ in the cupboard. Back then, our pennies were the size of two quarters put together. We used to catch the school bus, my brother and I, and we were allowed to take one penny on Fridays to buy a bag of sweets from the sweet shop across the road from the bus stop, just as you describe. I loved Black Jacks and Fruit Salads, chewy sweets that no doubt rotted our teeth. But I also used to love getting bubble gum even though Mum didn’t allow us to have it in the house. Your candies bring memories of my kids living in the States, they loved Jolly Ranchers. In fact, do you remember that post I did about the ‘Candy Kid’ and Nicky? Those were Jolly Ranchers! I loved Mike & Ikes and also Peppermint Patties when I lived there! Thanks for the great memories…and I did have to laugh about you not wanting to hang out with a bunch of old guys. Buying candies is so much better. Have a great weekend Jill 🙂 xoxo

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    • Hi Sherri! What a double special treat, taking a penny from the jar and it was Friday. I’ve never heard of Black Jacks and Fruit Salads, but I do remember a chewing gum called, Black Jack. Oh yes, bubble gum was the best. My sister and I used to cram as many pieces as our small mouths would hold and then we’d have bubble blowing contests. I loved Mike and Ikes and I still love Peppermint Patties, especially when kept in the freezer. Thanks for sharing your candy memories. Enjoy the weekend! I’ll be in touch soon. 🙂 xoxoxo

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  24. Haha, Sherri got there before me! Here in Britain we had the same sort of thing and I remember going to Miss Knight’s shop just down from our little village school and buying four fruit salads or four black jacks for a penny. We could also get shoe laces – thin red liquorice and other as you say, cavity causing candies. Miss Knight also used to make her own water ice lollies for one penny. She coloured them blue. I’m sure she was a witch in disguise. Imagine that getting past the health and safety regulations these days – but I’m here to tell the tale 🙂

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    • Haha! Okay, either you or Sherri will need to explain Fruit Salads and Black Jacks, Jenny. I’m very curious. I do remember shoe laces. Red licorice was always my favorite. I wasn’t a fan of the black licorice. I love that Miss Knight’s shop is a permanent memory of your childhood. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Hi Jill, this is a such sweet recollection of your childhood. We didn’t have much of a variety when I was a child. I know we had gum and hard candy that we called “sweetie”. What I did enjoy were the home made treats that were sold at our school and at the markets on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Your post is bringing up warm childhood memories! Thanks, Jill. Have a great weekend!

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  26. Jill I love this post… you have been really bringing back some memories. CH got me hooked on Jolly Ranchers, we took them on all our trips.. watermelon was my favorite. I liked the fire stix back when I was in high school and managed to crack my two front teeth from eating them. My favorite candy, and we are going about 50 years back now… the wax candy bottles with the sugary liquid. Also Pixy Stix.. 🙂 AND Sixlets mini chocolate balls! I love that you and your sister went with your Dad. I went with my Dad on his Saturday errands and we always hit the gas station, the hardware store, went by his work, and then we met my Mom at the counter of the five and dime for lunch.. the best hot dogs. You made me smile this morning! Enjoy your Saturday Jill!

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    • Aw…thank you, Pix. Your comment make me smile. 🙂 I agree, watermelon Jolly Ranchers were the best. Yikes! Sorry to hear you cracked two front teeth on the first stix, but I guess it was worth it…maybe not to your parents who had to pay the dentist. Pixy Stix! Your namesake! 🙂 They were good. I guess Saturday was the day for our mothers’ to get a little break, as we ran errands with our dad. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Pix! Meeting mom at the counter for a hot dogs sounds great.

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  27. Oh, Jill! One of my favorite memories was gathering up the glass pop bottles, and sometimes beer bottles, at the new foundations in our North Olmsted, Ohio community. It was called Bretton Ridge Development. My brothers and I would join forces with friends and snoop around the work sites on weekends the men weren’t there. We would then get on a busy road, Lorain Avenue and head towards a nice delicatessen called, Szarka’s. The Polish family made such delicious foods, as we entered their shop. We would buy pages of that white paper with little pastel spots of sugar on them. Strip of 12″ for a penny or two. I loved the 10 cents red hots box, along with the caramels with the white centers that they sold for 3 for a nickle. We usually had about 50 cents to a dollar between the three of us, while others would ‘raid’ their parents stock of bottles and get more money. My parents always recycled, even then since Mom was raised in New England where they recycled in the sixties…. another story from my post. (Up in Rockport, Mass. among the recycling, they also had sheds with electronics, books and wood leftovers where you could ‘trade’ your recycled cords or early computer stuff, Jill in 1972!!)

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    • Hi Robin! After Derek read your comment, he said he used to collect bottle as a kid at a nearby construction site. Weren’t those pastel spots the best? I completely forgot about those until someone mentioned them in their comment. I wasn’t big on the caramels with the white centers, I don’t care for caramel. Thanks for sharing your candy memories, Robin. I enjoyed reading it. 🙂 Happy Weekend!

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      • I like the variety everyone is sharing, some I never heard of, either! Thank you to Derek, for also remembering collecting bottles as a kid. The pastel spots for some reason were fun to eat. I think the kids wearing candy bracelets and necklaces would like the dots or spots, too. Wonder if you can find them anywhere, anymore?

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      • I think there are some websites where you can buy the nostalgic candies. Of course, you have to wonder how fresh it will be. 🙂

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  28. A penny sure went a long way when I was a child. When we lived in West Covina, California, the Ranch Market was my favorite store. When mom took us 3 kids grocery shopping, she would give us a few pennies each and we’d spend the entire time carefully selecting the candies we would purchase with those pennies. For the life of me I don’t recall which candies were my favorites, but I can say without a doubt that the Ranch Market was my favorite place to be when mom gave me a few pennies.

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    • I agree, Irene, a penny did go a long way when we were kids. Sometimes I’ll pass pennies laying on the street and debate whether to pick it up. When I was a kid, I would have been all over it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your memory of the Ranch Market, it sounds like a great place. Enjoy your weekend.

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  29. I don’t know whether it’s good or not, but we did not eat a lot of sweets when I was growing up, so I do not have a favorite type. We however, had and still have sweets sold individually at the markets or roadside stalls back home in Zambia.

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  30. I LOVED the fireballs Jill but also the Liquorice All Sorts (don’t know if you get them in the U.S?) I still like both and Twizzlers was a happy discovery when we moved here 😀

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  31. I was instantly transported back to my childhood visits to the General Store…the same small brown paper bag and the rows and rows of penny candy to choose from, a few of them even two for a penny. Being from Canada, the candy was (and still is) a little bit different than that in the States, but the feeling of being ‘a kid in a candy store’ is universal! Thank you for the memory trip 🙂

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  32. We got penny candy when we went to Vermont ~ root beer barrels, wax soda pop bottles, bubble gum, flying saucers, licorice whips, caramels, cinnamon balls, sweet tarts, and watermelon jolly ranchers.

    Thanks for a fun post.

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  33. Jill I love your candied memories, we call them lollies here and my favourite was a Cobber it was a square little hard caramel wrapped in chocolate. Oh dear if I ate one today it would pull all my fillings out. They were so hard and the centre stuff stuck to your teeth like glue. Now I just eat my favourite chocolate….. anything with the word Lindt attached to it gets a happy face from me.

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  34. Oh, wow, talk about a walk down Memory Lane! I do recall penny candy. I liked the watermelon Jolly Ranchers. There was also a root beer barrel hard candy I was fond of. And I loved Smarties!

    What a sweet post. *grin*

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  35. You mentioned one of my favorite candies, Jill, the atomic fireball. As a kid I spent most of my allowance on them and, maybe, half my friend’s allowance – as I only got 25 cents for an allowance. Yes, they were super hot and I love them still. A former teacher gave me his stash of atomic fireballs when he retired a couple of years ago and I replenish them when I can.

    Until I started teaching, I’d never heard of Jolly Ranchers. My students loved them, but I stopped buying them after last school year. They seemed to attract sugar ants. Yuck!

    Thanks for the sweet memories. 😉

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    • Oh, I knew I liked you, Judy! 🙂 I still love fireballs too. I have to be careful and not bite them too early. I don’t want any unplanned trips to the dentist.
      That’s great that a fellow teacher had his own stash too and passed it along. Thanks for sharing your candy memories! Enjoy your week. 🙂

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  36. I’m a sucker for sherbet lemons ( 🙂 ) to this day!

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  37. I don’t know if you had ‘Gobstoppers’ Jill, big solid balls that you could hardly fit into your mouth. It’s a wonder kids never choked to death on them (maybe they did) and I haven’t seen them in many years. Sherbet dabs were much safer.

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    • Yes! I loved Gobstoppers, Roy! There was an ice cream parlor that sold those mammoth balls. I remember having to hold it and take licks over time, until it was small enough to put in my mouth. They were huge! I’m happy to hear you took the safer route. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your memory.

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  38. Fun. You may have recently read my post about the State Fair. Well, they always have a booth that sells those old penny candies, except, they aren’t a penny anymore. I took a bunch of photos of the old-time candies we used to get. I have a few years on you, and this booth at the Fair even had the bubble gum cigarettes I used to buy at Ben Franklin. My best friend and I used to ride our bikes there. We not only bought those candies, but we bought Tiger Beat Magazine with David Cassidy on the cover. Ha. Now I really gave away my age. Thanks for the fun nostalgia, Jill.

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    • Oh my, Tiger Beat! I loved that magazine, Lori. I think we might be closer in age. I used to plaster pictures on my bulletin board of David and Sean Cassidy and don’t forget Scott Baio and Leif Garret. Ha! Of course I would be staring at their pictures as I ate my penny candy. 🙂
      Yes, I do remember your post on the State Fair. I hope you’ll share some additional pictures. Thanks for taking me down memory lane with Tiger Beat!

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  39. I loved sweet and tarts. : ) What a great memory to share. Now everything is sold in bulk. We need to bring penny candy stores back. Though maybe as nickel or dime candies?

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  40. Jill, your post brought back great memories. I loved smarties and root beer barrels. Great post!

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  41. There was nothing better for a kid than a stop at the Ben Franklin. I can still remember the smells and sights. Our candy aisle was in the center of the store, just a few feet away from the check-out. My grade school favorites were the bubble gum selections.

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    • You’re right, Bruce, a trip to Ben Franklin was the best. Our candy aisle was also close to the check-out. Perhaps the clerks wanted to keep a close eye to make sure the candy went into the bag, and not someone’s pocket. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing your candy memory.

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  42. I’m impressed that you could handle those fire balls. Pop Rocks were fun too – even with all the rumors of exploding stomachs – or maybe because of them.

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  43. Dear Jill,

    Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane! A sweet story, indeed! All the treats you mentioned were familiar. We used to get slightly soapy tasting licorice bits in a box for two cents. It was an acquired taste, but we too were smart shoppers and it felt like quite a bargain. Good ‘n’ Plenties are still one of my favorite candies.

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    • My pleasure, Naomi! ‘Slightly soapy tasting licorice bits’…hum…that definitely sounds like an acquired taste. Since I wasn’t a fan of black licorice, I always enjoyed Good’n’Fruity. Thanks for sharing your candy memories!

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