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BTB

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RE: Ben Hur Candies Sat, 12/15/07 4:47 PM (permalink)
Check this section out http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21719. I still haven't learned how to post pictures either and need to study and experiment some more.
 
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    WValleyWest

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    RE: Ben Hur Candies Sat, 12/15/07 7:20 PM (permalink)
    For what its worth....
    I started a petition.
    Gots to love the internet!

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/BenHur/index.html

    Have fun.

    Please suggest other names you called these candies.

    Dan
     
    #32
      HPlatz

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      RE: Ben Hur Candies Sat, 12/15/07 10:47 PM (permalink)
      I know it's all a matter of taste, but I remember these when they were sold 2 or 3 for a penny and whether you called them sen-sen or Ben-Hurs, I thought they were horrible. I wouldn't eat them at gunpoint. That aside, Hershey's used to have an outlet-type store at the park where they had every candy imagineable including the old penny candy we remember and Mars products and other competitors as well. I don't know if this outlet still exists, but if it does, I bet they have Ben Hurs. EDIT: Or I guess not, just having read the Hershey rants. Sorry.
       
      #33
        patmic

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        RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 12/16/07 12:35 AM (permalink)
        Hey everyone: We had made contact with farley's and sathers, the company that acquired the Heide line from Hersheys 6 years ago. This is their response to me before Thanksgiving. I believe the more people who show interest, the better the chances of seeing it come back to market. Hershey's put me in touch with them and this is their response. It's worth a shot.


        Thank you for contacting Farley's & Sathers Candy Co., Inc. regarding the Heide® Ben Hur. Hearing from our consumers better enables us to continue to provide quality products and services. Consumer feedback is very important to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond.

        We are happy to hear you enjoy our products! Unfortunately, this product is currently unavailable. Due to the high cost of production for specialty items and the lack of sales, we simply cannot justify the manufacturing of this item at this time. The cost to the consumer would not be in line with other items currently available. However, we do appreciate your comments!

        Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the availability of this product. I will share your comments with our marketing and research and development departments. This information will be helpful in our efforts to improve our current product offerings and in the development of new items.

        Please visit our website at www.farleysandsathers.com for additional information about our

        Best regards,

        Consumer Affairs

        comments@farleysandsathers.com

        Toll Free: 1-888-247-9855

        MDG: mas
         
        #34
          MartyK

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          RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 12/16/07 1:19 AM (permalink)
          I just left them some motivational comments, and demands.
           
          #35
            WValleyWest

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            RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 12/16/07 1:44 AM (permalink)
            patmic,
            Thats real good news. Looking at their product line they actually make butter mints and after dinner mints. They actually make a ton of candies I have devoured over the years. And this is the thanks we get. How difficult could it be to 'press' Ben Hurs. Even if its a once a year deal. Heck, they can make the Ben Hurs, and mix some in with their assortment pack. I'd buy them just for that.

            I will jump on board and leave a comment to them in the next day or so.

            Now I am getting optimistic.

            Dan
             
            #36
              WValleyWest

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              RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 12/16/07 3:20 AM (permalink)
              My 2 cents. Sent thru email and thru comment page.

              Ms. Graber, 12/16/07

              Good day. As a middle aged man, having grown up in the sixties, I have enjoyed my share of candy. Every so often, I get the urge to recommit my search to find elusive candies I enjoyed as a young child. Perhaps it’s my way of dealing with the “mid life crisis”. Some get Harleys, some go on world cruises, and some decide they want to try parachuting. Having recently found some “traffic” on one candy of yesteryear, Ben Hur®, I decided I would do my part in trying to get these little pillow mint like candies back to the folks who grew up loving them. One of the contributors on the forum Roadfood.com started a discussion a while back. During some research, it was discovered Farley’s and Sathers Candy Co, Inc. bought the rights and recipe to these little gems. I browsed over to your site and was amazed on how many of the products that you create I have been eating and ‘still’ enjoy on a regular basis. With the exception of some of the newer gummy products, I can with full conviction attest to having consumed pounds of Pixy Stix® powder and hundreds of sleeves of Smarties®, and 90 percent of the rest of your fine products over the years. I had no idea on how grand of a scale Farley’s and Sathers is. Our local penny candy store had regular visits from our gang of tikes ready and willing to spend the hard earned quarter they received for weeding the garden or shoveling the sidewalk in winter on your fine products. It was money well spent.

              I remember Mrs. Pearl scooping a nickels worth of Ben Hurs®, (we called them sim-sims for some unknown reason) into a tiny paper sack. They lasted all day, and that green and black tongue, a badge or pride.

              My yearn for these morsels of joy is not a solo quest. There are scores that I know of that are familiar with these candies, and they all have relatives and friends and spouses that also would love to see these jewels return, even if it is only a seasonal showing. There are also the vintage candy websites, featuring nostalgia candies. I have seen these candies discussed on those very sites. The last order I places was about forty dollars, sadly, Ben Hurs® were not available. It was the one reason I was visiting the site in the first place. My point is, we believe there IS a market for these mints. There are a few folks on the Roadfood.com site that have a secret stash frozen in their refrigerator from years ago. When the pain gets too strong, they break into their stash like a man dying of thirst in the desert wasteland. Sad really. So sad. I requested one of the lucky hoarders to place a few of them on EBay®, so some of us other desperados can enjoy. No dice. They won’t part with them.


              What would it take, oh great candy wizard to bring these back to rejuvenate our spirits and share this taste with OUR kids and future grandkids? What would it take to have a trial run? What would it take to have them produced once a year, for old time sake? What?


              I am guessing, they can be produced in the same manner as the assorted dinner mints, or the butter crèmes. If the texture is not quite the same, that would be fine, it’s the flavor. That indescribable flavor that no one can nail down but many remember. We would even accept a jelly bean in that flavor. Or Pixy Stix® in that flavor. We are a reasonable group. All we ask is for a chance. A chance to turn back the clock 40 years or so.

              Can you help?

              Sincerely,
              xxx xxxxxxxxx
               
              #37
                patmic

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                RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 12/16/07 3:52 PM (permalink)
                Wow. The letter is fantastic Dan!! You put a lot of time into it. Will it make the difference? All I know is that the best way to build a business is word of mouth, referral. They may not know what they're sitting on there which is a very lucrative product. They do not even have to do market studies because we're already letting them know that there is a VERY REAL demand for the product. I love the fact that you put in there making it a seasonal product at the very least. It takes only a quick look at artificial Christmas trees, halloween decorations, cranberry sauce, Egg Nog, and Valentine's Day candy mints to know that you can create a product and generate a profit on something that's only in demand a few weeks during the year. I don't know what better market research they need before understanding that there is indeed a demand for their product. I also know many people who would love to see the candy come back. Perhaps it was because they could not sustain sales throughout the year that the decision was made to axe the product. Thousands of products have been pulled from the market with people like ourselves in disbelief but I would happily go on the record now to let this company know that I would gladly pay $100 today to have a container of Ben Hurs in front of me. Most of us spend over $4.00 for our specialty grande coffee at Starbucks without a second thought. If I could only have my Java Chip Frappuccino at Christmas time, then yes I would pay whatever the costs were to bring it back to market at the time and if they discontinued it and 10 years from now brought it back for a limited time, then yes, I would gladly pay $50 for a glass of it; although at the rate they are going that may be the cost at the time. And the Java Chip doesn't even come close to Ben Hurs for me or any of us. There is no other candy that comes close to the taste. I love the letter you sent. I hope they are aware of the blogs out there, especially this one, and realize that people who already enjoy many of their products definitely have a place in their hearts and wallets for a product that for me is even better than all of their other products, and that is saying a lot because they make a ton of great ones. I know they didn't discontinue the product and that they acquired it after it was stopped but if I were them, I would take it out for a test drive and see what it could do for them.

                Pat
                 
                #38
                  WValleyWest

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                  RE: Ben Hur Candies Mon, 12/17/07 3:50 AM (permalink)
                  Pat,
                  Thanks, Its all true, I thought I would be best to go at it in a light hearted way. You make some good points also. I too would fork over some coin for a grab at them once again. Geeze, they are a multi-million dollar corporation, why? because of loyal customers like us.

                  Lets keep on it.

                  Regards, Dan
                   
                  #39
                    patmic

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                    RE: Ben Hur Candies Tue, 12/18/07 12:36 AM (permalink)
                    Thanks. I emailed the company again tonight and sent them the link to this site. Hopefully they will read the comments and consider exploring the possibility of making the Ben Hurs or at least keeping it on the back burner. All you can do is keep trying. I am not familiar with the ipetitions and how effective they are but what about an email campaign to them.

                    Anyone ever get those presents over the holidays the last few years that have a mixture of candy from our past? It's the most popular present we get at work. People raid it either for the TeaBerry gum, Zagnuts, Necco wafers, or Mary Janes before the UPS driver has left the parking lot. These candies are not the Snickers or Three Musketeers Bars of this generation but they more than have their tiny foothold in the market place. There must be room for one more product. Anyone looking to email them with your comments, their email address is comments@farleysandsathers.com


                    You can email me directly at patgeneric@hotmail.com

                    Thanks

                    Patrick
                     
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                      WValleyWest

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                      RE: Ben Hur Candies Wed, 12/19/07 9:24 PM (permalink)
                      Pat,
                      Do you have a down and dirty list of the various sites where they discussed the Ben Hur? Otherwise I can start doing some searching.

                      I usually get a hankering, and buy some, then ship a care package off to my 2 sisters. TeaBerry gum, Flying Saucers, CHowards Violet gum and candies. Always a big hit. As a matter of fact, I just ordered some Beemans gum and other oddities from a couple of sites. Beemans was discontinued, then made limited production run by popular demand in 1985 and again in 2005, according to some web sites. So it is done by some companies.
                      Farley's and Sather could even market the Ben Hur during Halloween and mold them into a little black bat shape or witch hats, even black cats. How cool would that be.

                      I mean come on, how many different 'shapes' of gummy candies are there, all the same taste, just a different shape. Either a bear, a worm, a snake, a caterpillar, geeze, give me a break.

                      Have a Merry Christmas and happy Holiday season, all.
                      My New Years resolution is to do all I can to get Ben Hurs back in the candy stores.

                      Dan
                       
                      #41
                        patmic

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                        RE: Ben Hur Candies Thu, 12/20/07 12:30 AM (permalink)
                        Dan, Here's a link to the one that we get every year from one of our sales reps. The outside of the box says "Candy you ate as a kid". You can choose from a different decade or you can pick and choose. Take a look at the extensive list they have. Everyone goes nuts for this. You can view them alphabetically and there's a pic for every one.

                        http://www.oldtimecandy.com/packabag.htm

                        ----------------------

                        there's also www.oldfashionedcandystore.com


                        You're right on the gummy bears and marketing the Ben Hurs differently. I would eat St. Paddy's Day Leprechaun Ben Hurs, Halloween jack-o-lantern mints, or even the deer poop I think it's called in the little bags, if they were Ben Hurs, I wouldn't care of the shape. I haven't heard back from the email I sent them again a few days ago. It took a few days to get the last response. Either way it's worth keeping them aware of the interest in the Ben Hurs. Only drawback to us is that this company has never manufactured them; they only acquired the recipe as part of a group purchase. They may have more on their plate right now with the products that are currently manufacturing. Oh well, we'll keep it going. As far as the other sites that mention it, I can't find the comments I was looking for and maybe those blogs are no longer active. A quick search found them mentioned on a couple sites like candyaddict.com but it's more of a question to others if anyone knew where they could find them. Trouble with discussions in the past was the candy's name, since everyone called them something different like sen-sens and anise mints. Discussion always went back and forth just with the name alone. Oh well, hope you have a nice holiday too. Merry Christmas everyone.


                        Pat


                         
                        #42
                          MartyK

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                          RE: Ben Hur Candies Fri, 12/21/07 6:57 AM (permalink)
                          I had the time to stop at a "Major League" candy store, no, make that warehouse, called b.a. Sweetie, Located in Cleveland on the west side.( if you are ever near Cleveland, you have got to stop at b.a. Sweetie. Every candy, and I mean every candy, currently made is here. In mega amounts too. I was lucky to strike up a conversation with a gentleman putting up more stock. His name was Tom and we had a pleasant conversation about our beloved Ben Hurs. He is the owner. His outlook on them coming back was not very good. he stated the big candy companies must mfr. for the masses to turn profit and that the Ben Hur market is limited to a certain age demographic. I reminded him that I got my kids started on them when they were 4, 6, and 9 respectively, and they still talk about how great they were. In light on his bleak answer he also alluded to Snaps and how they were not made for 5 or 6 years and how a grass roots movement of people bombarded the liquorice mfr. so much they brought them back and they are still being made. So maybe there is hope for our Ben Hurs. Now some more interesting news. This gentleman was kind enough to copy his 80's Wunderle Candy Co. Catalog, in color no less, and it has pictured the Ben Hurs and other nostalgic items they made. I will be trying to link the copies( 3 pages) to this blog sometime today for those who would like a copy. Marty
                           
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                            patmic

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                            RE: Ben Hur Candies Fri, 12/21/07 9:10 AM (permalink)
                            Marty,

                            I am so glad you gave a heads up before posting the link to the pic because I believe I may have lost it had I not been prepared for the pic first! I got depressed when you started to mention the guy at the "Major League" candy store believing there was little chance of it returning to market. You're right. It's a certain demographic that enjoyed the product. Although, it is encouraging that some products do come back by popular demand. Wunderle had a great line of candies. Products come and go every day in this country without incident. They're discontinued. I love to catch an old version of a game show and you see products mentioned that you have not thought about or heard of in 25 years. They may have even been very popular at the time but later were discontinued for lack of demand. I realize that Ben Hurs may never return to market. From a financial standpoint it makes absolutely good business sense. But a product like that should not simply be left to never be made again when there is a demand to keep it going. I would love to buy the recipe if it were for sale. I offered that in my original email to Farley's and Sathers. If they NEVER plan to manufacture it, why not let a small time guy or group of guys have it at a fair price. If I could only make enough of it in my house for family and friends who loved the product I would be happy. I thought you were going to tell me that the guy from Major League had the recipe for it. If the product is not returned, my original goal was to at least find someone who worked at the company who made the Ben Hurs and knew the recipe or at least the ingredients. I don't need it back in the Gertrude Hawk candy stores again to be happy. Just on my kitchen counter! Can't wait to see the pic again when you get it posted. I get more optimistic with every new posting in here.

                            Pat


                             
                            #44
                              matilda

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                              RE: Ben Hur Candies Fri, 12/21/07 9:33 AM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by patmic

                              Marty,

                              ...I love to catch an old version of a game show and you see products mentioned that you have not thought about or heard of in 25 years. They may have even been very popular at the time but later were discontinued for lack of demand. ...

                              Pat





                              Something I never realized or considered. You've given me a reason to, at least occasionally, stop the remote on that channel from time-to-time.
                               
                              #45
                                patmic

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                                RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 01/6/08 9:30 PM (permalink)
                                Happy New Year Everyone,

                                Just thought I would keep everyone posted. I had mentioned before that I was going to attempt making my own candy. I have made 2 batches already, each worse than the other. Ended up with sambuca flavored taffy more or less but I will keep working on it. The flavor is completely wrong. There must have been ingredients that were not obvious in the Ben Hurs. Anyway, I will work on it. Just don't know if anyone else has tried. Let me know. Keep me posted. Also, has anyone else emailed farleys and sathers yet and expressed interest in having them bring the product back to market? It couldn't hurt. They hold the recipe but are not even familiar with the product, never having explored the candy any further. What a shame. I posted their response previously, their main concern was that it was an expensive product to manufacture and it wasn't in line with their current products. There definitely is a niche in the marketplace for this product and other higher end candy. There were also very good suggestions by some of you which included just making it at a certain time of year (I would definitely stock up). Anyway, all we can do is keep the interest going. Email me directly if you want at patgeneric@hotmail.com

                                I will keep you all posted on my progress but definitely take a minute and email them expressing interest in having the product return even if for a limited trial basis. comments@farleysandsathers.com

                                Patrick
                                 
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                                  PurplePlum1

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                                  RE: Ben Hur Candies Fri, 01/18/08 11:10 PM (permalink)
                                  I can't believe this forum exists. I would talk about these 'sim-sims' to my Pocono friends (orig. from the Scranton area - we know what sim-sims are - LOL; but now, the Poconos - maybe they don't?), and they would look at me as if I had three heads! LOL I can't tell you how many people thought I was talking about those God awful Sen-Sen pieces. (Yuck! ...not even close in taste) I never knew they were called Ben Hurs, though; always knew them as sim-sims....so I'm also learning a lot from all of you.

                                  When we visit family in Dunmore, we always stop at GH...but it's always the same answer - No, I'm sorry.

                                  I'm glad you all are out here. I'll be back again.

                                  Have a good night & weekend...
                                   
                                  #47
                                    WValleyWest

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                                    RE: Ben Hur Candies Sat, 01/19/08 6:49 PM (permalink)
                                    Well, been a while since I sent a letter to Farley & Sathers....never got a reply. Is no news good news???

                                    Keep the Faith!

                                     
                                    #48
                                      patmic

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                                      RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 01/20/08 3:05 PM (permalink)
                                      Yeah, I never received a reply back from Farleys and Sather's after their initial reply that I posted in here. You are right, maybe no news is good news. However, I spent the last month trying to make it myself. A few weeks ago I posted the dismal results. I have made it many more times since then, some even worse than my original attempts........................... BUT............... I finally got something that I got called VERY CLOSE by everyone who tried it. I have been working off that recipe to perfect it and no matter what I do from that it makes it worse. I work with a woman who is also working off my recipe. She has dozens of cook books, many of which are candy cook books for recipes from candy we have not heard of in very many years. We are attempting to modify this recipe one ingredient at a time. Once we get it perfected we will let you know. Of course, it's not in the "pillows" or mints shape that we remember but the shape means nothing to me. I have been working with different extracts besides anise, hoping to get even closer. My sister believes they used paregoric, for those of you whose parents ever gave them this medicine when they were kids. Actually, I just wikipedia'd this medicine and found that one of the key ingredients was anise oil. So, I give you credit Maria! Anyone have any paregoric in their parents' medicine cabinets out there they are not using? Should anyone else want to email Farley's and Sathers to express their interest in seeing the candy brought back even if it's once a year, their contact email address is comments@farleysandsathers.com or visit the company's website to see what other Heide candy (Heide is the company that originally made the candy) they sell. I have to say knowing that I can make something myself that is very close takes a lot of the anxiety out of it. These companies are not making anything that you can't create yourself. Those of you familiar with the Dunmore Candy Kitchen will know that they have been making Cherry Cola's long before Coca Cola and they are far better. There's not a candy out there you can't duplicate yourself; it's just taking the time to work on it.

                                      Patrick

                                       
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                                        WValleyWest

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                                        RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 01/20/08 11:34 PM (permalink)
                                        Pat,
                                        Good to hear your close. You have the patience of a saint.
                                        I for one am interested if you find the mystery combination.

                                        Dan
                                         
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                                          WValleyWest

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                                          RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 01/20/08 11:40 PM (permalink)
                                          After reading a bit on paregoric, no wonder us kids liked these "Ben Hurrs" !!

                                          Dan
                                           
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                                            kms

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                                            RE: Ben Hur Candies Wed, 02/27/08 10:13 AM (permalink)
                                            I also am looking for the lavender candies that I have found, after reading all the discussion are called ben hurs. My grandmother used to buy them for herself and her family in the 60's and for about the past 15 years or so we've been searching with no luck. Thanks for confirming that I'm not losing it. Will be actively watching for any results that are posted
                                             
                                            #52
                                              hanshaas

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                                              Re:Ben Hur Candies Thu, 06/4/09 9:28 AM (permalink)
                                              I used to buy Ben Hurs as a kid in Buffalo, NY at Parkside Candy. We checked them several years ago and they no longer carried them.
                                               
                                              I have figured out the flavor is patchouli. Everytime I smell a patchouli candle or incense I think about them. I went as far as to buy some patchouli oil and put it in an after dinner mint-type candy formula- I couldn't get rid of a bitter aftertaste, but it seemed generally correct.
                                               
                                              Don't know much else. If I could figure out the formula I would start a business.
                                               
                                               
                                               
                                              #53
                                                scrandel

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                                                Re:Ben Hur Candies Sun, 07/5/09 2:37 AM (permalink)
                                                I believe I knew them as sen sen or sin sin. Timmy's market in Scranton PA sold them, they weren't in the Penny candy case, they were in a candy jar on the counter and when I would buy some the clerk would put them in the little brown candy bags. I also remember the purple ones too but they were hard to find.
                                                 
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                                                  Arctic Cat

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                                                  RE: Ben Hur Candies Sat, 10/30/10 9:34 PM (permalink)
                                                  WValleyWest


                                                  My 2 cents. Sent thru email and thru comment page.

                                                  Ms. Graber, 12/16/07

                                                  Good day. As a middle aged man, having grown up in the sixties, I have enjoyed my share of candy.....

                                                  ___,,,^.~.^,,,___  Wow, this thread has contributions going back as far as 2004 and then no more since 2009!  I wonder if any of the original posters are still listening.  Hello?  Anybody still out there on this one?  By the way, hi WValleyWest!   I went there to for one year before moving to Mountaintop and transferring to Crestwood.  It sounds like roughly during the same timeframe.  I wonder if I know you?  Drop me a line if you want at .
                                                   
                                                  ___,,,^.~.^,,,___  I used to pine for these little candies for years and never knew what the real name was...until tonight when I stumbled upon this forum thread (thank you Mr. Google).  We always used to call them Sen-Sens as several others here have pointed out, but now after hearing the name Ben Hur, I do recall my father once telling that's what they were supposed to be called.
                                                   
                                                  ___,,,^.~.^,,,___  We used to get them in Wilkes-Barre at The Boston Store way, way, way before Boscov bought them out.  I remember getting them (both the grey anise ones and the lavender ones) at the food counter on the second floor near the parking deck entrance!  I'm certain I recall that the Boston Store employees baked them right there on site.  I remember watching one of the women pull a large sheetcake size tray of them out of an oven with mitts and my Dad and I had to wait for them to cool before she could crack the sheet into the little pillows and bag them.  Maybe someone reading this knows someone who had an older family member that worked in the Boston Store candy kitchen and remembers the recipe?  Wishful thinking I suppose.
                                                   
                                                  ___,,,^.~.^,,,___  The closest thing in flavor I've found over the years is a flavor of Life Saver candy that is sold only in Australia...not a knock-off brand but real actual Life Saver brand.  They are an opaque, pastel pink color sold as "Musk" flavor.  My company did some business with the Aussies a few years back and there were a number of onsite reps stationed at our plant.  They had lots of these Musk Life Savers.  Apparently they're very popular in Oz, and we were told an Aussie pastime when visiting is to offer a Life Saver to an American just to watch us gag and spit, because "Americans hate this flavor!"  Well I'm proud to say I was the one who fooled them!  I accepted the offer and two sucks into it I said, "OMG, Sen-Sens!!!!"  The Aussie said, "Sen what's??"  I loved them so much I had one of them mail me a whole case! 
                                                  ___,,,^.~.^,,,___  The flavoring in the Australian Musk candies is known to be patchouli, so reader hanshaas is correct in pointing that out.  True, they're missing the licorice or anise component and so taste a little closer to the lavender Ben Hurs than the favorite grey ones, but one taste and you immediately recognize that patchouli is the magic ingredient that's missing from contemporary copies.
                                                   
                                                  ___,,,^.~.^,,,___  By the way, loved your letter to Farley and Sathers.  I can't believe that impassioned plea after my own heart didn't elicit a more positive response!  Any updates on that front since these postings stopped?  I'd love to hear good news!
                                                   
                                                              ---Bye for now, and thanks for listening!   :~)
                                                   
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                                                    PolishBear

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                                                    RE: Ben Hur Candies Mon, 12/20/10 1:14 PM (permalink)
                                                    I sent the following email to the Farley's & Sathers Candy Company:
                                                     
                                                    DEAR FARLEY’S & SATHERS:
                                                     
                                                    It has come to my attention that the Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company has acquired the rights to the old Heide line of candy products. This is of great interest to me, since there is one old Heide candy that many people, including myself, have been obsessing about for many years: Ben Hurs.
                                                     
                                                    Ben Hurs could be described as after-dinner mints in shape and consistency. They were a dark grey color. It was the TASTE that was the most unique thing about them. Ben Hurs have been described as tasting like Sen-Sen, patchouli, or candied ginger.  Some people would describe the taste as “floral” or even “soapy.”
                                                     
                                                    Yet as bizarre as that sounds, Ben Hurs actually have a rather fervent cult following or fan base, at least among those of us above a certain age!
                                                     
                                                    I have heard through the grapevine that Farley’s & Sathers is not interested in producing Ben Hurs. The official explanation goes like this: “Due to the high cost of production for specialty items and the lack of sales, we simply cannot justify the manufacturing of this item at this time. The cost to the consumer would not be in line with other items currently available.”
                                                     
                                                    Fair enough! However, if Farley’s & Sathers will never produce Ben Hurs again, would it be possible for the company to post the recipe for this product to your website? I could not help but notice that your website includes a long list of recipes already, and there are home candy makers who would be extremely interested in recreating this nostalgic confection!
                                                     
                                                    I hope you will favor me with a reply. If it will never be possible to purchase Ben Hurs again, at least I could try making them at home!
                                                     
                                                    I would encourage all fans of Ben Hurs candy to copy this letter and send to:
                                                    comments (at) farleysandsathers (dot) com

                                                     
                                                    <message edited by PolishBear on Tue, 12/21/10 1:07 PM>
                                                     
                                                    #56
                                                      MartyK

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                                                      RE: Ben Hur Candies Mon, 12/20/10 1:21 PM (permalink)
                                                      Hey Polish Bear. Great idea. I actually have some original ones in my possession. Had them from the mid 90's in a can in my cabinet and forgot about them. I ate one, pretty much taste like it should. I also have an original color catalog page of them
                                                       
                                                      #57
                                                        PolishBear

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                                                        RE: Ben Hur Candies Tue, 12/21/10 1:04 PM (permalink)
                                                        I just got a reply from Farley's & Sathers concerning the recipe for Ben Hurs (see above):
                                                         
                                                        Dear Mr. Anziulewicz:
                                                         
                                                        Thank you for writing Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. regarding Heide® Ben Hur.  Hearing from our consumers better enables us to continue to provide quality products and services.  Consumer feedback is very important to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond.
                                                         
                                                        The recipe for Ben Hur Candy is proprietary information owned by Farley's & Sathers Candy Company. At this time there are no plans to sell or share the recipe.
                                                         
                                                        Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the availability of this product.  I will share your comments with our marketing and research and development departments.  This information will be helpful in our efforts to improve our current product offerings and in the development of new items.
                                                         
                                                        Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your inquiry.  Please visit our website at [FarleysandSathers - dot - com] for additional information about our products and services.
                                                         
                                                        Sincerely,
                                                         
                                                        Suzie Webb
                                                        Consumer Relations
                                                        <message edited by PolishBear on Tue, 12/21/10 1:05 PM>
                                                         
                                                        #58
                                                          kishkaeater

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                                                          RE: Ben Hur Candies Wed, 12/22/10 11:47 AM (permalink)
                                                          I like black licorice and I like Sen Sen so I'm sure I'd like Ben Hurs  I've never heard of them.
                                                           
                                                           
                                                          #59
                                                            tourtierre

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                                                            RE: Ben Hur Candies Sun, 01/16/11 8:34 PM (permalink)
                                                            I'm glad to see this thread is still alive.  After tasting a licorice jelly bean today, I (once again) got on google and tried to find out about a licorice candy I used to get in Ann Arbor, Michigan , some 40 years ago.  It had a complex licorice taste that had a texture like a mint with a bit of a fizz as it melted.  I used to buy it in a tin can.  Never knew the name of the candy but was hoping I would find out some day.  It sure sounds like the candy you all are looking for.  I will also contact Farley & Sather's.
                                                             
                                                             
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