If you are in your forties or older, you’ve probably found yourself roaming the candy aisles in the modern supermarkets and wondering whatever happened to some of your old time childhood favorite candies. If so, you’re not alone. Recalling the days of visiting the local dairy with my mother to return the glass milk bottles, I will never forget that enticing, colorful candy display the store offered at perfect eye level so those of us about eight years old and younger could feast our eyes upon the heavenly treats.
I am in my early forties, but these bygone days seem like such a long time ago. Sometimes I literally just want a taste of the past, the chance to be carried away back to a simpler time when my biggest problems then now seem trivial. They say scents can trigger memories, so can the sight and taste of old candy favorites. The problem nowadays is where to find these old fashioned blasts from the past.
I first became introduced to the Vermont Country Store when my husband had ordered some maple syrup online. The store’s motto states that they are the “purveyors of the practical and hard to find”. With his first order, we began regularly receiving their catalogs, which are loaded with items that bring back so many memories from my own childhood. Some of their featured products include old fashioned candies and gums that are hard to find anywhere else these days.
In the Vermont Country Store catalog or on their website www.VermontCountryStore.com, such classic favorites as Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy, Coconut Watermelon Slices,Boston’s Original Fruit Slices, and classic gums are available for purchase to satisfy the nostalgic sweets lover in us all.
One of my personal faves is old fashioned salt water taffy. In the late 1880’s, Atlantic City brought us the original salt water taffy created by a company called Fralinger’s. Your grandparents or even great grandparents are probably familiar with this classic old candy favorite. Soft, chewy, and full of flavor, but yet soft enough not to feel as if you are pulling your teeth out, this candy can be purchased in a vintage style one pound tin featuring all the original 16 different flavors. In keeping the time and the recognition of certain health and dietary needs and conditions, a sugar-free version of this old time taffy is also available.
What is summertime without watermelon? Or, without Coconut Watermelon Slices? A favorite candy choice dating back to the 1930’s, these classic old candy favorites are still made by the original candymaker. Small batches are prepared and sliced by hand and then dipped in sugar. These nostalgic treats resemble watermelon slices and taste like watermelon and the delicious real coconut they are made from.
For the past 60 years, one small company based in Boston has been making and distributing candy fruit slices. The problem is that these can be hard to find because they are generally only offered in specialty candy shops, and many stores may not handle them. Candy slices and naturally cholesterol and fat free and come in assorted flavors. Slices resemble actual limes, lemons, grapefruits, and oranges and come with a light sprinkling of sugar. A sugar free option is also available.
If you are a fan of classic gums, this store delivers in the area as well. Such classic, hard to find brands such as Black Jack, Beeman’s, and Clove are available .These gum favorites date back to the 1880’s and feature unusual flavors no longer available. These gums come in classic stick form only and are sure to please the vintage gum chewing crowd.
Many other classic American old candy varieties are also offered here. Vintage candy is a great little way to treat yourself or to give as a gift for someone special in your life who may be longing for a bit of nostalgia too. I know that it really takes me back to fond memories of the good ole days.