Remember when you were a kid and you had those cool little wax bottles with juice in them? Of course you do! And did you know that you can still get them? Bet ya’ didn’t! Well, they’ve been around for a while and they are still as much fun as they were back then. Read to find out more about this classic chewy candy treat!
Throughout the decades, candy has been a staple in American pop culture and has been an essential part of American life. Brands are instantly recognizable by even the youngest of generations, even though some have been around for half a century before them. We are going to take you on a ride through each decade’s favorite candies and how they fit with the pop culture of the time. So sit back, relax, and experience the roller coaster of nostalgia, memories, and even wonder as we take you back in time to your childhood and beyond to see how popular candy has changed through the decades.
The 50s was an exciting time in American history. The average family was now able to afford more than they ever could and people began to express themselves in brand new ways from clothes to music to cars. It wasn’t uncommon to pass a diner with a jukebox and it definitely wasn’t uncommon to see teens in poodle skirts, and leather jackets dancing over the diner’s tiled floors! The playful life of this decade was seen in the candies people ate and loved.
The most popular candies of this century included Atomic Fireballs and Bazooka Bubble Gum.
Pop culture in the 1950s glorified atomic bombs. World War II brought attention to the extreme weapon, and it was eventually introduced in popular culture in the Atomic Craze. In 1954, these fiery hot cinnamon candies were introduced by the Ferrara Candy Company. Kids and teens played games over how long one could hold one of these suckers in their mouth. Now, 15 million of these candies are consumed each year, proving to be a continual favorite in America for decades.
Bazooka Bubble Gum-
In the 1950s, one brand of bubble gum, Bazooka, was extremely popular. Though created shortly after WWII, the popularity of the product expanded when the wrappers featured comics on them. The comics often described the adventures of “Bazooka Joe” and were meant to be humorous, probably to get kids and teens to buy a pack of the gum. You could also win prizes by saving up wrappers and mailing them to the company. The comics ranged from everyday funnies to future predictions, as sci-fi was also beginning to blow up in the 1950s. Today, Bazooka Bubble Gum wrappers do not include the comics because younger generations found them less amusing, but those who grew up with the brand might care to disagree!
Groovy! The 1960s was a time for hippies, peace signs, and colorful, flowery print clothes. Music was revolutionized by The Beatles and other classics like Stevie Wonder. Old ways of thinking moved out of the way while new ways moved in. Candies that are still popular today rose out of this era, changing the candy game in more ways than one.
Some of the most popular candies of the 60s included Astro Pops and Starburst.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
Blast from the Past? History of Delfa Rolls
Are you young enough to remember the Delfa Rolls, also called Danish Ribbons? They used to be sold by a few convenience stores in the 1960s. They were pretty hard to find because they were imported from overseas. It was a lot of fun eating Delfa Rolls because you could peel off the strips and chew on them, or just pop the entire roll in your mouth and suck on it until it was gone. You got a roll of licorice that you could separate into four rolls.
Many people like to wax romantically about days past and how times have changed. One of the things that I often hear about from these people is the price of candy.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the Marathon caramel chocolate bar?
The Mars Candy Company introduced it in 1973 and it was a full eight inches of braided caramel covered in milk chocolate. It was marketed as “the candy bar you can’t eat quickly” in commercials by some kind of a cowboy guy. The Marathon Bar came in a bright red wrapper that made it stand out from the other candy bars. There was actually a ruler on the wrapper that showed how long it really was.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Why are Jordan Almonds such popular favors for large events like weddings?”, “Why do they use 5 almonds in each favor?”, or “How are Jordan Almonds made?” Well, we at Bulkcandy Store have asked those very same questions! So we did a little looking and here’s what we learned.