Vintage Candy

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

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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33 Comments
  1. Monique 1 year ago

    You are so good at exact repros!

  2. Terry 1 year ago

    Awesome.

  3. My grandmothers favorite candies!!

  4. zuzala 1 year ago

    Love that candy, great drawing too and i love the little throw in about the journal that you casuallt picked up in paris. You rogue!

    • Author

      Thanks, Suzala! 😃💕 Yeah… I love this vintage stuff. And actually, that description is just because I couldn’t locate the exact brand! Lol 😊

  5. Teri C 1 year ago

    Amazing painting. So good, it’s ready to be unwrapped

  6. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    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. 🎃

    • Author

      Hehe… Thanks, Jill! 😃💕 Glad ya liked these… they were my favorites even though they were vintage even back then! Lol And you are the cutest little ghost in the world!! hehe

      • Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

        ❤️👻💜 You really made my day! 😘

  7. SilvrMoon 1 year ago

    I’ve actually never seen those vintage candies before! I guess aggressive marketing by the newcomers pushed them out of regular department stores.

  8. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Awww they are so cute Charlie very well done! 😉

  9. What a great blast from the past, they say food holds many memories, sweets especially for childhood, it sounds like you had a lot of fun Great doodlewash, I have never tried these, they never made it to the uk…. I don’t think, back then? 😀

    • Author

      No idea if these ever made it out of the States. Probably not… hehe… but definitely worth a try if you ever come for visit!! 😃💕

  10. creatingincolors 1 year ago

    Oooohhhhh favorites of mine….. both your painting, and the candies themselves!

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    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.

    • Author

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Oh my gosh… I never knew that!! That would been sooooo much cooler! They should totally reintroduce them. People love everything vintage these days. I’m sure they’d be a hit!

  12. Andrea R Huelsenbeck 1 year ago

    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.

  13. tutleymutley 1 year ago

    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).

    • Author

      hehe… yeah… sometimes it can be soooo different, even though the language is the same. I would rather have popcorn than candy corn though!! Too sweet!! 😊lol

  14. VintageFeminist 1 year ago

    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! 😊

    • Author

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 😃💕And I haven’t been to a Cracker Barrel in a long time… I should head back! hehe… Forgot about all the vintage candy there!

  15. I really like vintage style 🍫

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