Candies From the Past: 7 Retro Sweets Come Back to Life

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See if you remember these seven retro candies that are back on the shelves.

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Astro Pops

Invented in 1963 by two former rocket scientists, Astro Pops skyrocketed in popularity during a time of the Space Race. In 1987, Spangler Candy acquired the cone-shaped pop and expanded the line to include 11 other flavors like Sour and Banana Split. However, the company discontinued the sucker in September 2004 because it was no longer a part of their “corporate strategy”.

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Astro Pops

In 2011, Leaf Brands revived the lollipop, now 50% larger, in the three original flavors: Pineapple, Passion Fruit and Cherry. You can purchase them directly from Leaf Brands.

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Black Cow

When Holloway first launched Black Cow in the late 1920s, the flavors resembled its sister caramel candy Slo Poke dipped into a chocolate-flavored compound.

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Black Cow

After a series of changes in manufacturers and a 25 year hiatus, Black Cow came back in March 2011 in a new formulation, resembling more of a chocolate caramel and only in bar form. Try the new Black Cow at candy.com.

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Beemans, Black Jack and Clove Chewing Gums

These vintage chewing gum candies are only available every few years when the Adams Company makes a single batch. Beemans gum originally contained pepsin to aid in digestion when it was released in 1898 (it currently does not have pepsin). Aniseed-flavored Black Jack gum came out in 1884 and was the first flavored gum in America and the first gum in stick form. Clove gum, which came out in 1914, reputedly became popular during Prohibition to mask the smell of alcohol on people’s breath.

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Beemans, Black Jack and Clove Chewing Gums

You can purchase these vintage chewing gums online at oldtimecandy.com, but it looks like the most recent batch has sold out and you'll have to wait until next year!

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Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy

Turkish Taffy was invented by mistake in 1912 when Austrian candy maker Herman Herer, who moved to New York to start his own business selling candy to retailers and manufacturers, added too many egg whites to a batch of marshmallow candy. Under M. Schwarz & Sons, Herer perfected his Turkish Taffy, and in 1936 the Bonomo family of Coney Island, NY, purchased the taffy and commercially marketed the product nationwide.

The taffy became widely known for its tag line “Crack It Up”, and it was promoted on television through a program called “The Magic Clown Show”.

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Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy

Bonomo Turkish Taffy, LLC relaunched Turkish Taffy in June 2010 in the original design and packaging, sizes and flavors. In July 2012, they added two new flavors into the mix: Blue Raspberry and Wild Cherry. You can purchase the taffy at the Bonomo website.

Image Credit: Bonomo Turkish Taffy Facebook

Coming Soon to a Candy Aisle Near you...

There’s also news that vintage candy favorites Regal Crown Sours, Reed’s Hard Candies and BarNone are in the works to be re-launched later this year.

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Regal Crown Sours

Iconic Candy Brands, a company that researches and brings retro candies back to the candy market, plans to start taking orders for Regal Crown Sours by June 2013. These rolls of hard candy came in four original flavors: sour cherry, sour lemon, sour orange and sour grape.

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Reed’s Hard Candies

Reed’s Candy began making butterscotch candies in 1883, and by 1921 the company became the largest manufacturer of this type of candy in the U.S. The product line expanded to include assorted flavored hard candies, and each flavor is produced in a unique process that molds heated syrup. Iconic Candy Brands plans to revive Reed’s Hard Candies by June 2013.

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Bar None

A recent Facebook post on the Iconic Candy CEO Jordan Wiesen states that Iconic Candy now has plans to bring back the beloved chocolate candy BarNone. The original 1987 version of this candy bar contained cocoa wafer, chocolate filling, peanuts and milk chocolate coating.

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The latest trend in the candy world is the revival of nostalgic sweets, which bring consumers back to the happy times of their childhood. In recent years, several discontinued sweets have been revived in the candy market, and there are plenty more in the works - could your old favorite be one of them?

Check out our slideshow above to re-discover seven retro sweets and find out what may be coming soon to a candy aisle near you.

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