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Author Name: FreeTashtego57 19 Comments
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Oh Penny Candy, Where Art Thou?

Don’t talk of Snickers, Reeses and Three Musketeers.

While I love these old standbys, they won’t soon disappear.

I remember those odd sweets from the days of my youth

Those tasty concoctions gone for many a year.


Penny candy is a phrase I recall.  You could load up your

Pockets for just a few cents.  Squirrel Nut Zippers were sticky

As were Mary Janes and BB-Bats, but I often thought

The thought of a squirrel’s nuts in a zipper quite icky.


Can you recall those packets that looked like medicine tabs?

But they proclaimed “just add water” and soda would appear.

Did you fall prey to Fizzies? Did you find just like me

That Root Beer flavored Alka-Seltzer tastes somewhat queer?


I remember “Chum-Gum” with two sticks to the penny,

The Atomic Fire Ball and the colorful Jaw Breaker

On which your dentist made much money. 

While Crow licorice dots were a sure bad-breath maker.


Some treats were not treats, you did not want to eat.

Wax made to look like teeth, tongues and lips

It was nasty to chew and to taste

But it made great witch fingertips.


How about candy bars? Bomino’s Turkish Taffy?

Big Hunks and Zagnuts – are they gone from the scene?

(What the hell is a Zagnut and why chew on one?

I’m sure that the Zag thought it was quite mean).


Can you find on this day the bubble gum cigar?

How ‘bout candy cigarettes or a licorice pipe?

Not politically correct or the right role model

But isn’t candy for fun, and not for the hype?


I remember in college – my roommate’s gift from home

Contained these things called Pop Rocks and they were a hit,

Until out of the shower my damp foot found one on the floor.

The shock from that pop ALMOST made me *hit!


So let’s bring them back, these treasures of old

And restore the old prices as they were before.

A dollar for candy is entirely too much

And the dentist increased business they’ll surely adore.

Author's Notes:
This one's clearly for the older contributors to C-P.  My daughter inspired this after I mentioned Mary Janes – she was thinking of something else.


I've found that most of these classics are still around and can be found on the internet – but they cost a lot more than a penny or nickel!

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Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on May 26, 2010 10:22:17 PM Report
Well------I certainly remember sooooooooooo many~!!  My faves were the Double Bubble, JawBreakers, and those little waxen soda bottles with the sweet syrup in lots of colors...OOooops, YES, those candy cigs that I used to let dangle from my mouth...Whatta' crazy kid~!!
Love this.....Margaret

Comment By: FreeAngelface on April 23, 2010 12:12:56 PM Report
Hey and do ya'll remember the firehot tooth picks? I remember back in the day those things were very much in.. I haven't those in yrs either! You could buy a back of them for a nickle. Kids loved them!!
Comment By: FreeAngelface on April 23, 2010 12:08:42 PM Report
I do remember alot of this back in my day!!! Although I am not as old as you!! :) Things today sure have changed alot! It's all about the money, to stop a head of the ecomony. Only to think.. it's things like that , that is bringing this ecomony down. If only we'd start dropping the price's,and pay raise go up.. We allcould live a rich and happy life! Those of us that are not so greedy,would even have enough to share with the needy!! MY heart goes out to all the middle class and poor folks.. I know of their pain!!!


This write was aaaaaaaawesome Andrew! You brought back alot of old, cherishable memories!! Thank you!!



Comment By: FreeColeman Demiurge on March 22, 2010 03:03:05 AM Report
I try to block out most of my youth as it tends to be rifled with embarrassment. I remember a few snacks I use to like though - chocodiles and cookies and cream twix sticks. I'm not really sure if either still exists; I haven't seen them in a while, but that might just be because I'm a paranoid anchorite. Anyway, lovely poem: amusing, nostalgic, and a fine rhyme... Very nicely done.
Comment By: FreeSteve on March 13, 2010 12:20:42 AM Report
Ah now you're talking, a sweet reminder of my youth.  Very original and funny. 
Comment By: FreeHannah Mae on March 12, 2010 10:15:52 AM Report

There are still some of the flavors, like the pop rocks, the big hunks, and the fire balls ( one of my own personal favorites), but yes. No more penny candy. There's actually an economics book called "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy" Which I read when I was younger and wrote a report on. It was actually quite interesting, explaining economics, the wage-price spiral, etc. Such a more complicated explanation than "The price went up" though...

Comment By: FreeMelody on March 9, 2010 10:08:05 PM Report
I just had my very first Mary Jane :]  I can't imagine penny candy . I felt like I just got a small bite of history. And now I have to go find chocolate

Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on March 9, 2010 02:36:39 PM Report
Oh those witchy wax fingernails...recycling wasn't even thought about them yet it was being practised by little kids. The wax wasn't intended to be chewed but who could resist? How about the wax miniature coke bottles? The red hot jawbreakers? Loved those! (maybe that is the same as the atomic fire ball ??) Is Hubba Bubba pink bubble gum still around....remember the funnies wrapped around each piece? Oh and the politically incorrect nigger babies...later renamed licorice kids. The candy cigarettes can't possibly still be around...imagine the message that gives to our youth? Yet...weren't they creamy and didn't you always want well as blowing through that thin paper wrap so the cigarette candy would appear to be smoking. Great fun! Licorice pipes are still around and I love them...mmm good. How about that really flat toffee strip that was pink and cream colored for instance. I don't know what mary janes are so clue me in. Squirrel Nut Zippers....omg...are you serious? Sounds hilarious! Here's one for yah...did you know they once made licorice a 45 rpm size and I think they had the Beatles face in the middle...a friend of mine has an antique collection and these are among his goodies. They must be worth something now! Not sure if they actually played but maybe you can google it. I think pop rock candy is still around...quite an experience in a person's mouth...which btw is how it is intended to be experienced. *lol* Maybe some of these things are over the border type things...I drew a blank on quite a few. Zagnuts...??? Huh? This was a great walk down memory lane but I think I got lost. Maybe I didn't have as many pennies to spend as you did. *smiles* (or.......ummm......never mind, I won't go THERE) What does a penny buy now eh...I'm sure they are even frowned upon at wishing wells. Toss two-bits or take off eh. Enjoyed this very much!! Sorry to go on so long...but that is your fault got me all hyped up on sugar! Yum yum!!


~Barbara~ *on a sugar high*      

Comment By: FreeJo on March 3, 2010 02:30:20 PM Report
Some of those I didn't remember, but others I could practically taste them as I read the poem.  So many of them my children have never even heard of.  Thanks for the trip!   
Comment By: FreeAmber P on March 2, 2010 06:58:16 PM Report
Wow, you really are old!  =P 
I'm kidding, of course.  Cute stuff here. 
Comment By: FreeAngel Wings on March 1, 2010 12:30:36 PM Report

What a sweet poem full of goody..I love it!!Great write..:)


Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on February 26, 2010 04:36:15 PM Report
ok i loved those squirrel nut thingys....whenever i went to visit my grandmom i would get a dime and think i was rich...i was...i could pick out 10 pieces of candy!!! remember those red hot dollars? kits? 
yeah, this was a great nostalgia! 

Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on February 26, 2010 04:14:04 AM Report
I remember some of those candies, especially the Mary Jane's, a high rise I work in has bowls of these out for visitors.  I used to love the bubble gum cigar/cigarettes and pop rocks.  I used to love penny candies. I would walk to Thompson's Country Store on the corner at my grandparent's to get some of those penny candies. I loved the Bazooka Bubble Gum too, because I loved to pop bubbles!
Your poem brought back lots of old memories for me, Andrew.
Comment By: FreePamela A. Lamppa on February 25, 2010 09:00:18 PM Report
LOL  Oh goodness I remember ...   Loved this
Comment By: Freee. Gene Myers on February 25, 2010 08:43:24 PM Report
Oh come on .... You're mean reminding me of these.  I'm diabetic.  That's like .... well, it's just like your poem
Ain't fair   Ain't fair   Ain't fair 
Sometimes, for some people, we'd rather forget.  But yes, you need to keep reminding people least they forget.
Good write .... Gene

Comment By: FreeJennifer on February 25, 2010 07:37:00 PM Report
oh with I read the authers notes first (as I usually do) and I thought of something else when I read Mary Jane as well... he he he
Comment By: FreeJennifer on February 25, 2010 07:36:01 PM Report
My grandma told me about the penny candy. I knew of some of these. this is a good poem even if I do not know all the candies. This is a sweet and tasty write!

Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on February 25, 2010 06:37:25 PM Report
While visiting in NC last fall I entered the basement of a was like an old general store with wooden barrels filled with penny candy.  Many of the ones you wrote about were you remember Ice Cubes...the sweetest,creamiest milk chocolate in ice cube shapes with a remarkable cooling effect?  How about root beer barrels, charleston chews, black cows, Niko candies and chewing jack and Beeman's clove flavored gum?  My favorite was the atomic fire balls...they are still around if you look hard enough.  This really brought me back to candy night on the school bus...our bus would stop at the drug store friday afternoon and we could run in and spend our nickel.   what fun, these memories!
Comment By: FreeMoonStar on February 25, 2010 06:20:54 PM Report
OMG!! I remember all! I laughed as I recalled so much from those days.. All of us loaded with our coins and coming out with bundles.. I was like in 7th heaven.. Wow, to bring those days back, is like to bring back stick-ball, hopscotch and all else we did during those long days.. Now all the kids do is sit in the house playing on PC's saying 'I'm bored!'


Bring me back to me candy... I got a nickel!!! lol


Good one here SAM!



Moonie xx


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