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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 16:12:55 (permalink)
Toferment - you can still by them in Texas, not in every store, but you do see them.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 17:05:53 (permalink)
When I was really young, my favorite candy was a Babe Ruth bar As I became older, (high school) my very favorite was a Chunky bar. I used to love those things..........would stop at the nearest neighborhood grocery store by the high school and buy one and slowly eat it all the way home. I have not seen one in years but have to admit that I really do not look for them any more as my scales tell me "No candy bars for you, hon!".
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 17:17:54 (permalink)
My aunt and uncle were Helen and Powell Williams of Springhill. THey lived on Oakway, off the big curve on McGregor. He was old old Mobile. His grandfather, Col. James Williams, was the guy who blew up the Confederat powder magazine at Fort Powell (would be located right under the north side of the Dauphin Island Bridge) as Farragaut was coming up the bay "damning the torpedoes". He was also big in Mobile Mardi Gras (KOR). He once designed all of the floats to a theme of "Lord of the Rings"(1972 or so). Remember, this was a long time before anybody, particularly the general reading public, had read any Tolkein at all. Interesting guy.

Thanks for the brief history of my grandfathers life at the mill. It means alot, was informational, and I truly appreciate it. Good Lord, the chances of meeting someone who knew this much about a very arcane slice of Southern. mid twentieth century, papermill life and knew my grandfather are about zero. Especially given this all started over the memories of favorite candy when you were a kid. Wow!
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 17:31:30 (permalink)
I posted this on a similar topic, but I loved and still love Abba-Zaba Bars.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 17:52:32 (permalink)
Hi, Mayhaw, the name Helen Williams is familiar but right off hand I just can't place her. Know exactly where they lived, though, and know about Fort Powell and KOR and all the other Mobile krewes. Though I never really was a Mardi Gras person, I always thought that though much fewer, Mobile's Mardi Gras floats and parades were always superior to those of New Orleans. Oh, your saying "Old Mobile", which is a much used term in those parts, reminds me of this grande dame telling my first boss' wife -they had moved there from Ohio not too many years earlier- and who said something about her youngest son being a native Mobilian, having been born there - , "My dear, he may have been born here, but he's not native Mobilian unless he's at least third generation"! And that's how lots of those folks felt. Such attitudes just always tickled me; for fear I didn't give their (or my) heritages the respect they perhaps deserved. You are right about the strangeness of our getting off on this subject. Glad I was able to share some info about the paper mill times of your grandfather. Hope sometime we might meet to talk further.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 22:48:11 (permalink)
Does anyone recall watermelon slices? I remember getting them at our penny candy store. They were flat, sweet, red slices that tasted like coconut and even had the look of the rind & the seeds too.

Another favorite I just found recently at the Rag Shop, of all places, is the Planter's Peanut Block! Wow, did that taste good... Went back for another, and they were gone
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 23:13:30 (permalink)
I've always loved Swedish Fish, Reeses Pieces, and Twizzlers!
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 23:22:08 (permalink)
Nancy, I recall those watermelon slices well, and you have described them pefectly. I've sold thousands of them at a penny a piece, though I never really liked them that well myself. Too sweet. Each layer of slices lay on sheets of wax paper in the box. Haven't seen any in years but really haven't looked for them. I'm trying to think what the Planters peanut block is you mention. I remember a flat, long Planters peanut bar (as I recall, it was about all peanuts with just enough confection of some sort to keep the peanuts together - much more peanut than candy flavor). Was in a yellow wrapper with photo of the bar and believe was blue on one end with picture of Mr. Peanut. But I doubt if that is your reference here, for I'd not call it a block. I remember some other peanut candies, one square shaped one with peanuts and large flakes of coconut, I believe, and with more confection than the oblong Planter's bar. Another was round with fewer peanuts and more candy part and was red in color. (Really kinda bad.) But I'm nearly certain neither of those was by Planter's. Don't believe I know or else can't remember the Planter's Peanut Block to which you refer. Tell us more about it.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 23:38:16 (permalink)
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Tiki, if you have any Cracker Barrell restauarants in your area, their gift shop sells Sky Bars.

Mine was Bonomo Turkish Taffy, frozen for a couple of hours, then whacked into smaller pieces.


Thanks--none close but i do travel!!! I'll keep my eye open
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/07 23:55:50 (permalink)
Mallo Cups
Mint Juleps
Squirel Nuts
Root Bear Barrels
Chocolate Babies
Tootsie Pops
Turkish Taffy
Bit-o-Honey
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 00:56:11 (permalink)
Aah, Bonomo Turkish Taffy.... You could eat it two ways.

Soft you could stretch it out and make all sorts of shapes, animals, twist it, tie it in knots, twist it with another flavor.
Or, freeze it and then "smack it and crack it" (I think that was their motto) into bite sized pieces that would break your teeth if bitten into frozen.

And Goobers....They were just the right size to eat in class. You could spill a few out of the box into the bottom of one of those open box type desks, then put the Goober into the depression at the top of your fist, then bring it to your mouth as you pretended to cough and cover it up with your closed fist. Then you could let the chocolate coating melt in your mouth and eventually chew the softened peanut.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 01:44:46 (permalink)
Lets see...Necco Wafers (chocolate, orange and lemon the best; licorice inedible. Used to be able to get a whole roll of chocolate only; limited to Boston area, maybe only Cambridge, where the factory still is and where I grew up. Walleco coconut bars; crunchy with toasted coconut. Clark bars, maybe not still available. PayDay without chocolate frosting. Any really good praline. Stuckey's nut logs; kind of like a payday with pecans instead of peanuts, excellent. Lammi's Candies chocolate covered strawberries; Texas only, I think, and seasonal, but awesome. Strawberry the size of your fist covered in milk or dark chocolate. No advance orders, but I remember during the season, the Lammi's on North Congress in Austin just south of the Capitol would be packed with all manner of fans, including interns for various Texas legislators who delivered them by the dozen to constituents. Sea Foam, weird cinnamon flavored candy, but delicious. (Just went into insulin shock..talk later!)
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 11:04:11 (permalink)
Glad someone remembers watermelon slices - yummmmm!

As for the Planter's Peanut thing, it might've been called a bar, but for some reason "block" comes to mind. However, you captured exactly what it was like. The bar was about 5-6 inches long and maybe just short of a 1/2 inch wide & very hard. The sweet taste combined with the peanuts was perfect!

How about spearmint leaves???? Also, probably a penny apiece.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 11:16:53 (permalink)
Thanks, Nancy, for further info re the Planter's Peanut bar. I'm sure we are definitely talking about the same thing. Sorry I can't help you with the spearmint leaves. I sold (and ate) lots of penny and other candy as a kid in my dad's old store (recognize so many of the candies mentioned here and in similar forums), but believe that is one that we never had and that I otherwise never came across.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 11:32:44 (permalink)
Ok, Liketoeat, how about this one: red silver dollars - they were the taste of Swedish fish, but coin-shaped...

Then, there's Danish rolls - strawberry licorice in four or five break-apart rolls that were sort of ribbed. Input?
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 12:37:26 (permalink)
Nancy, I remember some multi-colored foil wrapped coin shaped and imprinted chocolate candies, but don't think they were your red silver dollars. These tasted just like chocolate; believe I would have remembered them had they tasted like fish! Do remember your strawberry licorice. In fact was thinking earlier about all the colors, shapes, and varieties in which licorice used to come. None of it was ever very popular around here. What about in your area? Assume it must have been.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 12:44:41 (permalink)
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Nancy, I remember some multi-colored foil wrapped coin shaped and imprinted chocolate candies, but don't think they were your red silver dollars. These tasted just like chocolate; believe I would have remembered them had they tasted like fish!


liketoeat.
both the red silver dollars & the swedish fish are in the gummy bear catagory(original spelling here was gummi by the way, a Swedish import), neither one tastes like fish, closer to cherry licorice in taste.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 12:51:08 (permalink)
When Red Hot Dollars first appeared, they were mfg. by Heidi Candies, who gave us JuJuBees and JuJiFruits. The dollars had "Heidi" embossed on them - found in the penny candy places. Cinnamon bears appeared before gummy bears and had a distinct cherry cinnamon flavor - also penny candy section.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 13:03:18 (permalink)
I remember the chocolate coins as well as liqorice. We had lots of crossroads stores when I was a kid in North Louisiana that had candy on the counter, but rarely chocolate. I was thinking maybe this was because chocolate melts. These places mainly had screen doors (with a tin push bar on them usually advertising either snuff or bread) and the door was screen. I think maybe the lack of chocolate was due to heat nine months a year, these places were never air conditioned. I used to love the "pic" strips hanging from the ceiling. Always covered in flies and seemingly never changed" />. I have recently bought a "Toms" cookie jar at a garage sale. I bought it just because I remember them from when I was young. Clear glass with Tom's printed on both sides with a red tin top. Not too many of those places left anymore, but there are still a few if you look hard and have some (alot) of time to kill you can find them.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 13:19:16 (permalink)
Ahhhhhhhhhh - JuJuBees - (I buy them at Target now) - extra tasty after you open the box & let the air hit them for a few days! Addictive for me.

Regarding the licorice question: I'm from the North (NJ), but I never thought of that type of candy as a regional specialty, although maybe it is!
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 14:32:15 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

I remember the chocolate coins as well as liqorice. We had lots of crossroads stores when I was a kid in North Louisiana that had candy on the counter, but rarely chocolate. I was thinking maybe this was because chocolate melts. These places mainly had screen doors (with a tin push bar on them usually advertising either snuff or bread) and the door was screen. I think maybe the lack of chocolate was due to heat nine months a year, these places were never air conditioned.


Your probably right on that Mayhaw. Up here in Baltimore, chocolat was a seasonal candy until just recently, come April or May it would disappear from the stores until October. Again it was the weather. Even today many of the better chocolatiers won't ship in the summer, not even with an ice pack (could cause a bloom on the chocolat, not bad for you just doesn't look pretty.)
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 14:58:29 (permalink)
Hello, Everyone. This ain't my day. Both hot water heater and computer problems off & on all morn (and it all knocked me out of my anticipated lunch in DeWitt today) but hope all is fixed now. I don't think licorice is a regional candy, Nancy; at least I've seen it everywhere I've ever been. It was just never very popular around here tho we always had it. I do remember JuJu Fruits but can't place the JuJuBees. Definitely lost on the red dollars. I know what the gummy bears are from the present, but my real "candy days" long preceded their advent in this country. Mayhaw has given a pretty apt description of my candy selling environment, tho (1) we didn't even have the screen doors which some such stores did; double doors were wide open in summer, (2) we DID change out those fly catcher strips, (3) candy was in glass showcase & had to watch the chocolates could handle in summer but no problem in winter; problem then in this area was keeping everything from freezing in big old barn like country stores. Such stores are extremely rare any more; may occasionally find one which is in effect a grocery, but I don't know of any anywhere which are still general merchandise stores such as those were - groceries of all sorts (including meat market), dry goods of all types, sewing supplies, boots & limited shoes, hunting & fishing goods, hardware, gardening equip. & supplies, seeds, farm equipment repair parts, mule harness and livestock feeds of all kinds, batteries of all types (including radio batteries larger than the table model radios they powered), Victrola needles, all kinds of notions, patent medicines, gasoline, motor oil, kerosene, and no telling what I'm forgetting. Such stores were country versions of department stores from somewhere in the last half of the 1800's through about the 1970's or so. Think thats the time they started dying out. Most popular candies were Baby Ruth & Butterfinger (never understood how Curtis Candy Co. survived with just those two brands & their direct distribution). All other candies were sold through wholesalers. Other most popular brands were from Mars stable; Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Mars Bars, etc. Also Mounds and Almond Joy. All sorts of penny candies - orange slices, the little banana flavored soft squares, other little unwrapped soft squares each with a kid's toy ring stuck directly into the candy, marshmallow peanuts, bubble gum, peppermints, corn candy and a number of others I've seen mentioned here. There were also the hard candies and nuts at Christmas. Back to penny stuff, there were many verions of "penny cookies" in glass or plastic containers such as Mayhaw describes. Those containers also held the 5 cent bags of peanuts. I still have a few of those containers and other items from the old store, but not many. Those were some quite different days. In winter when no farming was going on they were the community gathering places with men of the community coming up and sitting around in the store most of the day doing lots more talking and playing checkers then buying, all to the store owner's chagrin. But that's just the way things were. Enough of this. Apologize for getting away from the candy theme, but it just all kinda flowed together.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 16:57:39 (permalink)
You're right. It all seemed to dissappear around the early 70's. About the time everybody went from 4 row to 8 and 10 row equipment. The market in those rural communities just went away. The communities have gone away to some degree as well.

Also, when I said you could still find 'em, I meant the buildings themselves and maybe small rural groceries. Small general mercantiles (along with damn near everything else that used to be in the Delta) have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Big farms, small payrolls. Can't hardly even find a Western Auto anymore. Every kid I know got his first storebought .410 there, and probably his first bike.

Your family must have had a pretty classy place if they changed the fly strips regularly.

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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 18:59:31 (permalink)
You are right on all counts, Mayhaw. You know whereof you speak. Not only have the country general merchandise stores disappeared, but also most stores in the small country towns (such as this one) and even in the county seat sized towns - all going back to the economic changes (largely land holding concentrations and mechanization in every sense of the words) you enumerate leading to the population disappearance. That coupled with the advent of the Delta's welfare economy for those who remained (thanks to the politicians out for the vote) and you have the Delta in all its states having been transformed from the economic power house areas to the most poverty ridden sections of those states. Enough preaching. Its the truth.
As to that store, you'd not believe the number of those fly strips I changed, but that number pales in comparison to the number of sweepings and dusting (daily) I gave that big old barn of a place. Good times, though, and lots of good candy, colas, and other eats went through there (such as bologna sandwiches, cans of sardines, or a pig foot out of a jar flopped on a cracker for instant eating or some of the best beef ever to come out of a market to take home and cook). I'll not get off on that, though.
PS - Congrats, Mayhaw, on that over the hundred level.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/08 23:38:44 (permalink)
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When I was really young, my favorite candy was a Babe Ruth bar As I became older, (high school) my very favorite was a Chunky bar. I used to love those things..........would stop at the nearest neighborhood grocery store by the high school and buy one and slowly eat it all the way home. I have not seen one in years but have to admit that I really do not look for them any more as my scales tell me "No candy bars for you, hon!".



Chunky bars. How I loved 'em! I have seen them at Walgreens and Dollar Trees, and I occasionally indulge in one. They are as good as I remember them, I have to also be careful, because I love potato chips. Does anyone remember either Crane Potato Chips or Midwest Ice Cream?
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/09 01:12:16 (permalink)
No kidding Liketoeat. We now have (Louisiana I mean) the two poorest counties in the United States. Apparently we even beat garden spots like Harlan County in Kentucky and some of those coal mining areas farther on up. Really sad.One of my least favorite things to do is to drive from Monroe to Greenvile and pass all of those old gin sites. Mississippi can't claim being the poorest anymore because their politicians weren't adept enough at stealing all the gambling money. Some of it was left over for farming communities.

I was wondering...when was the last time you had a pigs foot? I don't like those pink ones you see nowadays. I will admit, however, to an occasional can of vieeners (vienna sausages to you from northern climes). That little layer of gelatin makes them so good going down. Unfortunately it also makes my blood go straight up. Can't eat em too often. Damn nitrates.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/09 04:50:35 (permalink)
Mother was a good cook, but mostly made cakes and pies. Candy was something made at Christmas time - everybody loved her divinity, but I didn't ever care for it much. She made bourbon balls and fudge that I liked more.

As far as store-bought candy, Boston Baked Beans was my favorite by far. Also, Red Hots and 5th Avenue bars and Bit 'o Honey to some extent. Actually, I'd eat almost any kind of candy, but those were my favorites. I went thru a thing a couple of years ago, sought out these old favorites and kept them on hand for a couple of months, but don't usually keep candy around the house much, now.

Someday I'm gonna visit Ferrara Pan in Chicago and give somebody a hug and probably cry a little.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/10 12:18:49 (permalink)
How about hotdog and sputnik bubble gums? There was also chum gum which was 2 for a penny (so you could share it with a friend) I still liked the others better.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/10 15:47:19 (permalink)
"Lets see...Necco Wafers (chocolate, orange and lemon the best; licorice inedible. Used to be able to get a whole roll of chocolate only; limited to Boston area, maybe only Cambridge, where the factory still is and where I grew up."

Dbear, I not only remember NECCO (New England Candy Co.) wafers, I bought a roll of all-chocolate here in Ohio just last year for my grandson.
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RE: Favorite childhood candy? 2003/08/10 16:11:14 (permalink)
Has anyone mentioned button candy You can still get it, but the sheet is half the size. It was 2 or 3 cents apiece thirty years ago in my penny candy shop. I just bought some for my two boys (15 & 11) & they love it! It's about a dollar now, and all you get is four small sheets. YIKES!
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