10 Childhood Candies That Made Life Fun
Contents may contain lots of sugar. Caution is advised.
Cover photo cred - Royal Caroline
Everyone loves candy. Some will say they don't, but let's face it...they're in denial!
Candy is the solution to many of life's problems such as recovering from a bad break up, coping with exam stress, and so much more. It is also prevalent during many major holidays and celebrations like Easter, Halloween, Birthdays, Christmas...
There really is no avoiding it's pretty sweet!
A duality of fashion and yummy goodness. The inventor's daughter was prone to sucking her thumb, so Frank Richards came up with the an idea in 1979 to break her habit with a yummy option - Ring pops!
First marketed shortly after World War II, the gum included small comic strips with the gum, featuring the character "Bazooka Joe". There are 50 different "Bazooka Joe" comic-strip wrappers to collect. In 2012, the candy markers announced they would no longer include comics, instead using brain-teasing puzzle wrappers in an attempt to modernize the gum.
Have you ever heard or even told the rumours that eating Pop Rocks and drinking cola would cause a person's stomach to explode? This is a myth. These fizzy fun candies were launched in 1975 and truly are an icon of 1970's pop culture.
Popeye Candy Cigarettes
Marketed using the Popeye character, these yummy treats originally had red tips (to look like a lit cigarette) before being renamed candy sticks... because apparently marketing candy cigarettes to children is a taboo.
This yummy concoction has been around since the 1940's and was originally called Lik-M-Aid. Honestly if a candy has the words "Fun" and "Dip" in its title one cannot go wrong...except if you run out!
These bear a strong resemblance to tablet-style pills in shape and texture and have been around since 1949. They are known as Smarties in the United States.
They actually have nothing to do with Sweden! These yummy berries are actually produced by Maynards, a Canadian candy company. Nevertheless, they sure are tasty and even a shot named after them (1/2 oz banana liquor, 1/2 oz Sour Puss raspberry liquor).
Originated in Germany and popular under the name Gummibär (gum or gummy bear) these are the bomb when it comes to candy. So good, they even have their own musical accompaniment "I Am Your Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)" which should be on your iPod while munching on them.
According to Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the fictional Everlasting Gobstopper is a candy that not only changes colours and flavours, but can never be finished and never even gets smaller. It is implied that they may also be indestructible. The actual Gobstopper candies were launched in 1976.
"How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" The tasty lollipops were launched in 1931 sparked by Lukas R. "Luke" Weisgram, an employee at an office meeting. Many studies have been done to actually find the number of licks it takes to reach the yummy chocolate; do you know the answer?