When reminiscing about Katy and Tory's in The Mission of Mustard, memories of the sweet goodies I enjoyed there came to mind. When visiting the store, Aaron and I would leave with some of the following in our small paper bags:
Big League Chew Bubble Gum - a favorite for Aaron (especially during his baseball days) and our cousin Steve
Candy Necklaces - food and fashion
Laffy Taffy and Now and Later - Somewhat similar. Both were in different packaging back then. We'd find there were usually two camps: those who absolutely couldn't stand banana and those who would trade all of their other taffies to have banana
Lik-m-Aid - also in different packaging than what is shown in the link. Basically, the concept is to dunk the provided white sugar candy stick into pouches of colorful sugary powders. One had to be very careful when cutting (or ripping) open the different pouches.
Wax Bottles - similar to the ones shown here. Sometimes Katy and Tory would have the fruit flavored drink variety...and sometimes the cola variety.
Giant Chewy SweeTarts
Tart-n-Tinys - Aaron, you're going to have to help me on this. Back then, weren't these pastel colored without the slick bright coating?
Sixlets - my all-time favorite at the store
From other parts of my childhood, I also fondly remember...
Black Jack Gum, Fruit Stripe Gum, Chunky Bar, Bubble Tape, Ring Pops, Sour Patch Kids, Whistle Pops, Zotz (in lollipop form), and Pop Rocks. I have great memories of eating Pixy Stix at my aunt and uncle's while watching the barrel racing competitions held on their farm.
When I was really small, I really loved Marathon Bars, and I distinctly remember buying them in the IGA in Canton. They were very long candy bars made of braided caramel and chocolate, and they would stretch even longer. But, suddenly, they just disappeared. I've found out recently that Curly Wurly bars are very similar, so I hope to try one.
Whenever I am asked the name of my favorite candy, my reply is Toffifay. Again, these are a favorite from my early childhood, and they were first created the year I was born. Somewhere along the line, they just disappeared. Then, I'd find a package every couple of years at some of the strangest out-of-the-way gas stations. When I worked for Kiwanis and Circle K, I would often travel to Canada, and there was an abundance of them up there. So, some of my kind Canadian friends would have a few packs waiting for me upon my arrival or would bring them to the conventions in the U.S. One time, they even brought me an entire case as a gift. I'm happy to say that Toffifay is now making a huge comeback here in the Midwest.
Please consider visiting the Old Time Candy Store. (Even though I have not yet placed an order for myself, the owners are quite kind. The candy packs look great for special birthdays.) While some of their candies are extremely common within the St. Louis area, others are favorites of our parents from long ago which you can rarely find anywhere else. Sadly, others have been discontinued and can no longer be purchased. Wacky Wafers were always a favorite for Aaron and me, but they are no longer made.
Have any favorites from your childhood that you can't find anymore? What is your favorite candy treat to eat?