It’s so fun going to old towns in the US, where you can walk down the main street (often named Main Street) grab some fudge, look at some cool woodwork and hopefully step into an old candy store. I particularly like going to these stores with my dad, who grew up in the 1940s and 1950s. When he sees Bonomo’sTurkish Taffy and Blackjack licorice it instantly takes him back to memories of Studebakers, drive-In theaters and listening to Moon River (the song that played at his high school prom). I love to hear him get nostalgic, it shows a different side of him. I have my own candies and memories for a completely different era… when I see Charleston Chew, Nerds or Big League Chew it brings me back to the early 1980s and going to the roller rink, missing fly-balls hit to me in right-field and riding my BMX bike a mile to get a pack of baseball cards (with fingers crossed that I’d get a card of George Brett).
These classic candy stores are hard to come by, and if you do find them they’ll usually only have candy from one or two decades. Well there’s an even better option out there and you don’t have to travel 5 hours to get there, just visit http://www.oldtimecandy.com/ As their logo states, Old Time Candy has the best selection of retro candy on the internet. Their website allows you to brose by decade, type, occasion, or you can just walk the candy isle. They were kind enough to send us a sample box with candy from a bunch of different decades… it was so much fun to open and reminisce! In addition to those I mentioned above we received Swedish Fish, Candy Buttons (you know, the little circles on the long strip of paper), Chuckles, and Bit-O-Honey! My neighbor stopped by and his eyes zoomed in on a totally different bunch of candies than me, he couldn’t believe I didn’t remember those candies as a kid (he has about a decade on me J, which I think explains it better than a lapse in my memory)! I brought in a couple of old candy bars for my boss that I didn’t think were even around and he really got a kick out of it. These ARE A HIT, everyone who has come by and seen our box can’t help but dive in and find their own favorite.
Let’s face it, you can scour E-Bay for 3 hours trying to figure out a gift that might trigger a memory from someone’s childhood. You know their interests now and maybe there’s a chance you might get the gift right, but it’s a big risk. Or, you could go with the fun and safe bet option that your friend liked candy as a kid (like 99% of kids do!), and that by simply giving them an assortment of classic candy it’d bring them back to happy times as a youngster! The prices are great (only 29 cents for a pack of airheads, right-on!) and you can ‘pack your bag’, assembling only the candies that you want to include. You’ll have fun putting this thoughtful gift together and it really shows a fun side. What a great gift for a spouse, a mom or dad, son or daughter, uncle, childhood friend, teacher or just to enjoy for yourself. Check out Old Time Candy and the great selection on their website. You won’t regret it!
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