I REALLY like candy. I've never gotten away from it. I love chocolate, as I think the majority of my gender does (and especially women my age). But I also love candy candy, like fruit chews and nougats and all manner of sweet (or horrifically sour) confections.
About four years ago we still had a candy store on Main Street here in Fondy. Unfortunately, the store had to close because its elderly owners suffered health problems. They not only made their own chocolates, but they also carried all manner of old-timey penny candies, like those candy dots on paper and those wax bottles filled with liquid. Remember those? Chances are you do, if you're over the age of about 35.
Mary Janes. Now here's an old candy brand! I love the red and yellow wrapper and I would buy them just for the collage factor (scroll down to see the collage I made with the wrappers and a vintage Mary Jane rubber stamp that I also happen to have!). I don't remember them from my own childhood, but Necco seems to be making them again purely for nostalgic reasons - I don't think kids today would like them.
Old Time Candy that they've been discontinued. I also learned that they first came on the market in the Twenties - they're older than I thought!
Besides the older brands of candy, I also love any wrapper that's foreign. Of course, "foreign" is in the eye of the beholder - to me, it's any wrapper that's not available in the States. At one time I had a fantastic collection of Canadian candy bar wrappers, but they were all put to use in the ATC below. :D Even though I can get to Canada in about 6 hours, their candy is quite different. Some of my favorite Canadian brands are Coffee Crisp, Maynards Wine Gums (which are actually British), Aero (also British), and Reese - NOT Reese's, like here in the States - peanut butter cups. :D
My Flickr friend Sandy sent me an AMAZING array of Finnish candies in a parcel a few years ago. What struck me the most was how different parts of the world like different flavors. I've noticed that our candy is far sweeter than most countries'. In Finland, for example, the combination of lemon and licorice is very popular - they even make ice cream with that flavor combo. To this I say, um....it's interesting - but to an entire country the feeling is just the opposite. I've since given away the wrappers in one of my giveaways but you can see a collage that I made with them, below.
And finally - check out these Israeli wrappers from Starbust-like fruit chews and yes - Bazooka Joe cartoons in Hebrew. I can get these for a song at a closeout grocery store that's pretty close to me. My guess is that they're leftovers from Passover displays in Milwaukee of Green Bay grocery stores. I used to be able to buy the Bazooka bubble gum all the time when I lived in Green Bay, where there is an active Jewish population. In Fond du Lac? Not so much.
Here are the aforementioned collages I've done using candy wrappers - aren't they versatile?
|"Hooray for Candy"Made with Finnish, Dutch |
and Japanese wrappers
|"Last Dance with Mary Jane", made with|
Mary Jane and Kits wrappers
|"Looking for Mr. Goodbar" - made with my|
extensive collection of Canadian candy bar
wrappers and a vintage bubble gum
machine candy bar charm