I’m running really late today for my post today as we decided to go with friends and visit our local theme park for some roller coaster fun. I was so scared that the fast drops of the coaster would make my stomach fly out of my head, but now that I’m a grown up, it wasn’t as bad as I remembered. Upon arriving home again, a quick search of Halloween candy led me to these two delicacies that were listed as candy you shouldn’t hand out to kids. I was appalled by this, as I love these two little candies and they bring back such wonderful memories. If you’re not familiar with these, they’re both types of taffy candy. Bit-O-Honey is a lovely mixture of almond bits layered in honey and Mary Jane candy consists of peanut butter and molasses with a bit of extra peanut butter in the center. The first has been around since 1924 and the latter since 1914. Wonderful vintage candies that happily remind me of growing up.

It’s actually National Candy Corn Day, but I got distracted by these antique treats. Even though candy corn, to its credit, was created much earlier in the 1880s. There’s something amazing about eating a candy that has been around for over, or nearly 100 years. Sure, there’s been plenty of innovation in the candy industry and many newcomers have taken over. But these little tastes from the past will always hold a special place in my heart. With so many new things arriving every day, there’s a special comfort in seeing things you’ve always known throughout life. Even today, I visited an amusement park that opened when I was only two years old. It had been over 20 years since I was there last, actually, but it was a perfect blast and a wonderful way to end the weekend.

Actually, I had worked at this particular theme park we visited, called World’s of Fun, as a cast member of one of the stage shows. We went to a halloween-themed show in the same theater I had once performed in and it was really fantastic! The only thing that made it weird was knowing that the last time I was on that stage, none of these performers had been born yet. I was now vintage. Though I would have thought this would simply make me feel old, it made me feel rather wonderful. I may not be remembered by anyone in particular, but it’s nice to know I was part of some sort of legacy. So, when it comes to treats that have been trumped by aggressive marketing and changes in the times, I simply have to take a stand. Someday, we may all end up as vintage candy, but that, in the end, isn’t such a bad thing after all.

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Day 30 - Vintage Candy Bit-O-Honey and Mary Jane Candy

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32 thoughts on “Vintage Candy

  1. I almost wrote about candy corn on my blog …great minds think alike, huh?! 😉 I like your choices of candies for your doodlewash, Charlie! 💕🍭
    P. S. I posted an old photo of myself in a ghost costume On my blog for Halloween. 🎃

  2. Love both of these candies but they are murder on your teeth. Still, your Doodlewash is low calorie and decay proof, so a great choice. Also a perfect painting of old delights.

    Since it’s Halloween tonight and you’re delving into candy history, here’s a tasty tidbit you might not know:
    3 Musketeers was originally 3 chocolate candies in one wrapper, one filled with chocolate nougat, another with strawberry, the third with vanilla. The company eventually went with all chocolate in one large bar as it was the favorite flavor. I wish they’d re-introduce the three flavors again as an option. Not that I’d share if they did.

  3. My husband and I were just talking about these and about how hard they are to find when it’s not Halloween. You have to go to a specialty store.

  4. I went to a Turkish cookery class on Hallowe’en – and 2 couples also attending were American: one of them quoted “Two nations divided by a common language” – and this post felt like another example! Love the doodlewash though I had to google ‘candy corn’ to find out what it was (wrongly assumed it was some kind of popcorn).

  5. I’m unsure if you’ve ever mentioned finding tons of vintage candy at Cracker Barrel stores before, but if not you can find loads there. Also loved reading this. My blog is fully inspired by everything Vintage and love to read other people enjoying vintage things as well! Looking forward to following! 😊

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