Five Thing Friday! Retro Candy


Each Friday, here at Prism we will be tackling a very important topic… of sorts.  Five Thing Friday…  The topic will change each week, so be sure to check back.  We encourage you to comment with your own Five Things!

Topic: Retro Candy

I asked each of our reviewers to give me their Five favorite candies from their childhood.  The ones that aren’t so easy to get any more.


  • Sugar Daddy
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Candy Cigarettes
  • Fruit Stripes Gum
  • Candy Buttons


  • Astro Pop Lolllies (the ones that look like a long triangle, they have a red layer a green layer and an apple juice coloured layer)
  • Grape Heads (Like Lemon Heads)
  • Double Bubble Gum
  • Ribbon Candy
  • sour balls


(for UK reader like me read Retro Sweets)

  • Spangles – fruity with chewy soft middles
  • Cherry Bitters – made by Trebor they were so cherry sour they made your eye wink! They started to make them again but they were pale imitations – no winking.
  • Fireman’s Hoses – They were red liquorice strings sooo good seem to go on for miles.
  • Sherbet Fountains! – Taught me too suck and sniff. Less said about what they got me into the better 😉
  • Black Jacks! – Delicious a taste of their own and they made your tongue black. Excellent!


  • Necco Wafers
  • Candy Cigarettes
  • Pixy Stix
  • Sugar Daddy
  • Clove LifeSavers


  • Golden Cup
  • Spangles
  • Black Jacks
  • Sherbet Dip
  • Flying Saucers


  • necco wafers (duh!!)
  • big dip (I don’t think I’ve had it since Jr High LOL)
  • Mike n Ike’s
  • Lemon Drops
  • Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum

Pizzy Girl

  • candy buttons
  • pop rocks
  • rock candy
  • candy necklaces
  • cry baby


Everything is still available…

  • Poprocks,
  • lick em aid,
  • Swedish berries,
  • gummies,
  • rockets

So what are your Five Things???

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8 thoughts on “Five Thing Friday! Retro Candy

  1. Like Beverley, UK based and I like her list (dont remember cherry biters) but the sherbet fountain came to my mind too! My nana used to buy us a selection bag each week – had a comic, toy and sweets in it. The plasticy space ships filled with sherbet were a favourite too.

    • I’m sure we used to have ‘bags’ like that called Jamboree Bags and I think Josie mentioned Flying Saucers yum rice paper filled with sherbet. Sherbet Fountains! Oh and those coconut mushrooms made of goodness know what but delicious…

  2. Sweetarts
    Bottle Caps
    Pixy Stix-giant red ones
    Super Bubble- green apple, long stick
    Jolly Rancher-green apple (the long flat ribbon)

  3. Ones that aren’t around I don’t think are Marathon Bars and Chocolate cigarettes, the others are Pop Rocks, Gobstoppers and the little wax bottles filled with sugar liquid (Nips?).

  4. I wasn’t much of a candy kid although I loved gum. I loved the wax sticks with some horrible sugary liquid in them (I think mainly because I got to chew the wax, I really was a gum fanatic). But the Flying Saucers I adored! I found them recently and bought a bag just for the memories. Although I never cared for the candy inside, I just liked the saucer part. 🙂

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