30 Classic Childhood Candies That Will Make You Super Nostalgic

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These old-school candies will satisfy your sweet tooth while the kids snack away on their new-fangled trick-or-treat bounty.

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Mini Chiclets Gum

$14 for 2 pounds

One of the oldest candies on this list, the iconic gum dates all the way back to the early 1900's. The original gum sold was once a simple white hue and its now famous colorful candy coating was later added to help the gum last longer.

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Abba Zaba

$21 for 24 pieces

The peanut-butter filled, vanilla taffy coated candy bar first launched in 1922 and became an instant hit with folks on the West Coast. Decades later, the recipe hasn't changed, but now you can find the bar in two more flavors: sour apple and chocolate.

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Chuckles Jelly Candy

$23 for pack of 24

Long before we had gummy bears and other gooey, sugar-coated snacks, kiddos used to devour these cherry, lemon, licorice, orange, and lime-flavored jelly candies.

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$12 for 12-pack

These citrusy and sweet bites have been making people pucker up since the 1960s, and they're not going away anytime soon.

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$12 for 60 pieces

Created in 1942, these lollipops were designed with a fiber, looped handle to make 'em easier and safer to holder. Now you'll find them in regular flavors like sugary cherry, zesty orange, sweet apple, and punchy grape, or .

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$22 for 100 pieces

Everyone had a favorite flavor of Kits taffy growing up. Did you love the classic vanilla, sweet strawberry, chewy chocolate, or fruity banana flavor best?

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Candy Cigarettes

$10 for 24-pack

Back when everyone smoked, these probably seemed like a pretty great idea. Boy, how times change!

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$15 for pack of three

All the rage in the '60s, these rainbow-colored pops are still a treat.

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Candy Buttons

$15 for 1/2 pound

These sugary little bumps affixed to wax paper bring back fond childhood memories for many. They still come in three original flavors: sweet cherry, tart lemon, and citrusy lime.

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Charleston Chew

$24 for nine bars

The chocolate-covered nougat bars were named after the Charleston dance—not the southern city—back in 1922. These treats are especially yummy when they're frozen!

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$13 for 36-pack

This honeycombed candy stick filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut was originally sold under the name "Chicken Bones!" Atkinson Candy Company changed the name to its current moniker in 1955.

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Choward's Violet Mints


First introduced in the '30s, Choward's Violet Mints are one of the more unique retro candies we uncovered. Unlike some of their overly saccharine cousins, these hard square candies have a distinct floral aroma and flavor.

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Mallo Cup

$2 for 2-pack

Bill and Bob Boyer started their candy career in the '30s selling homemade fudge door-to-door but it was their Mallo Cup that really jump-started their candy careers. Who can resist a pillowy marshmallow coated in coconut and rich rhocolate?

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5th Avenue Bar

$2 per bar

Named after New York City's fancy address, the 5th Avenue Bar was introduced in 1936 by the makers of Luden's cough drops. The new bars don't include almonds like the original but other than that, this rich milk chocolate bar with a crunchy peanut butter center remains unchanged.

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Mary Jane

$5 for 25 pieces

Who doesn't remember reaching up to the candy counter for a handful of these chewy peanut butter and molasses nuggets? Named after the creator's favorite aunt 95 years ago, these candies have stood the test of time.

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Necco Wafers

$15 for set of six rolls

Nostalgia abounds with these tasty, colorful wafers. First created in 1847 by Necco (which stands for New England Confectionery Company), our love for these treats is still going strong today.

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$2 for 5-pack

For nearly 100 years, kids (and adults) have been slurping sugary liquid from these cute wax bottles. If only they still cost a nickel!

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Sky Bar


When we asked our Facebook fans about their favorite childhood candy, most mentioned the now-extinct Seven Up candy bar: seven chocolate-covered segments—cherry, coconut, caramel, fudge, jelly, maple, and Brazil nut. Luckily, the Sky Bar, made with four segments, has emerged in place of the legend.

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Boston Baked Beans

$10 for 24 boxes

Bean-flavored candy seems less than appetizing, but these candy-covered peanuts are actually better than they look.

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Blow Pops

$17 for 100-pack

Tootsie pops are great and all, but we'll always have a soft spot for Charms Blow Pops.

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Candy Necklaces

$13 for 30-pack

Remember chomping on these colorful candies? They come in , too!

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Fun Dip

$12 for 48 packs

Originally named "Lik-M-Aid," this sugary treat has been a favorite among youngsters since the '40s.

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Harry Potter Jelly Beans

$11 for 6-pack

After the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001, kids everywhere wanted to get their hands on these jelly beans (and we don't blame them!).

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Hershey's Cookies'n'Creme


One bite and you'll instantly be transported back to 1993.

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Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum Tape

$13 for 12-pack

Back in the day, we were entertained for hours with this "six feet of fun" treat.

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Push Pop

$46 for 36-pack

When Push Pops came out in the mid '80s, we were finally able to throw our lollipops in our backpacks and save 'em for later.

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$13 for 6-pack

This candy and gum combo from 1966 now comes in five flavors: Blaze'n Blueberry, Gushin' Grape, Luscious Lemon, Razzle Raspberry, and Tangerine Orange.

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Ring Pops

$24 for 40-pack

These pretty pops have been our favorite finger candy since 1979.

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Baby Bottle Pop

$20 for 20-pack

Ask any '90s kids about these candies and they'll likely tell you they were obsessed!

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$20 for 24 packs

Originally sold in grape and strawberry flavors, these itty-bitty candies are now sold in tons of fun varieties.

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