Monday, 28 October 2013
Old Time Halloween Candies
At about this time in October when I was a kid, I was getting excited about Halloween. We usually made our costumes and although I don't remember what the sticking points were in the annual argument, I was negotiating with mom and dad about trick or treating.
According to the National Confectioners' Association, 72 percent of all candy spending on Halloween this year will be on chocolate. (More candy stats here.)
That sure wasn't true in my childhood Halloweens. Chocolate was rare but there were a lot of other kinds of fun candies – what we (and, undoubtedly, you) called penny candy.
I spent a little time online looking for some of those old kinds of candy. I found fewer than I thought I would but here are a few reminders. Remember these? I think they're still around.
Kits and Mary Janes, if I recall correctly, were both chewie candies but Mary Janes were all one flavor while Kits had several flavors.
I suppose candy cigarettes are politically incorrect now but I occasionally see candy on paper.
Here are a couple of really old fashioned treats – wax mustaches and lips. If I recall correctly, they weren't edible (I could be wrong) but we liked when I was young.
Those few images don't begin to cover all the different sorts of candy I recall from my childhood. What kind do you remember? What were your favorites?
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Joyce Benedict: Dreams Do Come True