Nostalgic Candy We’d Still Spend Our Allowances On

Like an adult in a candy shop, this is the sweet stuff that memories are made of.

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1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
“When I was in high school, I had to sell Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for a fundraiser. I sold plentyall to myself. I was my best (and only) customer as I subsisted on candy for the duration of the campaign.” —Brenda Schmerl, RD.com Managing Editor

Did you know? Each year, Reese's makes enough peanut butter cups to feed one cup to every person in the U.S., Japan, Europe, Australia, China, Africa, and India.




2. Everlasting Gobstoppers

2. Everlasting Gobstoppers
“Chewing them is like a workout. I like candy that puts up a resistance.” —David Noonan, National Affairs Editor

Did you know? Julie Dawn Cole, the actress who played Veruca in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, kept several props from the movie when instructed not to, including the Golden Ticket and an Everlasting Gobstopper.

3. Dots

3. Dots
“When I was little, I used to pretend the red ones were lipstick.” —Diane Dragan, Executive Digital Director

Did you know? Crows—licorice flavored gum drops—are considered part of the DOTS family. There is an urban legend that crows were supposed to be called "Black Rose," but the printer misheard the name as "Black Crows" and printed wrappers with the wrong name on them.

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4. Nerds

4. Nerds
"I used to guard my box of Nerds like a treasure. I loved them so much that sometimes I even kept the empty box.” —Caitlin O'Connell, Assistant Editor

Did you know? A Nerds breakfast cereal appeared (and quickly disappeared) in the 1980s.

5. Hershey’s Chocolate

5. Hershey’s Chocolate
"Even as an adult after trying all of the fancy dark chocolates, nothing beats regular old Hershey’s chocolate from my childhood.” —Courtenay Smith, Executive Editor

Did you know? In the 1940s, every GI's ration kit contained a Hershey bar.

6. Charleston Chews

6. Charleston Chews
“These were the candies I always pretended to hate when I was a kid because they weren’t as trendy as Snickers or Milky Ways. But these are my mom's favorite, and trying them now, as an adult, I realize she was on to something!” —Drew Scarantino, Editorial Assistant, Magazine Rights

Did you know? Charleston Chews were one of the first candy bars to take advantage of the then-newly invented home freezer. Many Charleston Chews connoisseurs enjoy their treat by freezing and then whacking it on a hard surface to create bite-sized bits.

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7. Whoppers

7. Whoppers
“My father was the big candy-lover in my family. Although he was more of a Charleston Chew personality, I was more of a gummy-bear type. We did, however, share a love of malt balls.”—Kerrie Keegan, Managing Director

Did you know? Whoppers were first sold unwrapped at two pieces for a penny.

8. Tootsie Rolls

8. Tootsie Rolls
"It’s the perfect candy: chocolatey, chewy, and long lasting. And it gets stuck in your teeth so you leave some for later.”—Amy Pollack, Site Manager RD.com

Did you know? Founder Leo Hirschfeld named the candy after the nickname of his daughter, Clara "Tootsie" Hirschfeld.

9. Junior Mints

9. Junior Mints
“To borrow from Seinfeld: ‘They’re cool! They’re refreshing. They’re Junior Mints!’ A classic mint candy that can never do me wrong.” — Lauren Gniazdowski, Assistant Editor

Did you know? In the Seinfeld episode about Junior Mints, a Peppermint Patty was used as a stand-in because it showed up better on camera.


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10. Spree

10. Spree
“Spree will always remind me of the early 90s, when my older brother would get his hands on a pack ... and thirty minutes later I’d have orange hands and a sugar-covered tongue.”—Damon Beres, Assistant Editor

Did you know? Spree was actually first introduced in 1971.

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9 thoughts on “Nostalgic Candy We’d Still Spend Our Allowances On

  1. When I was a kid, there was a seven up bar. It was like 7 different chocolates all together. In the middle was a brazil nut (covered in chocolate, of course) & next to it was one filled with jelly. I don,t remember the others; I think one was strawberry cream It was my favorite! Does anyone else remember it? Do they make it any more?

  2. Too bad Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are now made in Mexico.  Nothing against Mexico, butit’s a US company that has shipped a beloved candy treat out of the USA.

  3. You say “nostalgic” candy – you maybe should check your dictionary for the definition; all those candies are current I’m pretty sure.

  4. Where I grew up there was an old corner store. It still had 3 or 4 stools, a small counter and made sodas out of soda water and flavoring in the old pump silver containers. It had the best chocolate, vanilla, etc. ice cream sodas, cherry cola, and an entire section of the store devoted to penny candy in the glass jars. You could go in with 50 cents and come out with an entire little brown paper bag of candies. Not really that long ago – @1970.  

  5. Where I grew up there was an old corner store. It still had 3 or 4 stools, a small counter and made sodas out of soda water and flavoring in the old pump silver containers. It had the best chocolate, vanilla, etc. ice cream sodas, cherry cola, and an entire section of the store devoted to penny candy in the glass jars. You could go in with 50 cents and come out with an entire little brown paper bag of candies. Not really that long ago – @1970.  

  6. Have you checked the size of the PB cups lately? I’d guess they’re now able to feed everyone 1/2 cup….

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