It doesn’t matter what your age, the taste of a Hershey’s Kiss melting in your mouth or the chewy goodness of a strawberry Twizzler floods everyone’s minds with the happier carefree times of youth. To have your favorite nostalgic sweets at your hand, GO Home Ltd. created the Vintage Nostalgic Candy jar, reminiscent of the classic candy store displays from the turn-of the-century.
(GO Home Ltd.’s Vintage Revolving Candy Jar)
(Looks like Mr. Owl has taken a licking.)
Tootsie Rolls first came on the scene all the way back in 1886. The Tootsie Roll pop was not introduced until 1931 and was considered the first novelty candy since it blended two types of candies in one. Other classics, like Chuckles (1921) and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (1922) also have enjoyed long lives. For some more fun filled facts, check out this Candy Timeline courtesy of CandyFavorites.com
In June of this year, America’s oldest, continuously operated candy shop, Shane Confectionery, received a hipster makeover by Ryan Berley and his 32-year-old brother, Eric. The Philadelphia landmark has been whipping up sweets since 1863.(Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia, restored to it’s original glory replete with vintage duds and retail displays.)
Their signature offering is the Whirly Berley Bar, a salted-caramel and chocolate dainty described by one of the shop’s owners as “sweet, complex and savory, just like a Berley brother.” Read more about the store’s transformation at Smithsonian Magazine.
The purveyor at the forefront of those “seeking perfection in sugar confection” is Dylan Lauren, who created the world’s largest confectionery emporium and lifestyle brand, Dylan’s Candy Bar, back in 2001. By merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, Dylan’s Candy Bar has innovated the way we see candy today.
(A mod take on the vintage candy jar, Dylan’s Candy Bar Mini Bin filled with Nostalgic Candy)
Dylan’s Candy Bar transports its guests to a modern day version of Willy Wonka’s factory the moment they enter. Its pop-art installations such as the iconic oversized lollipop tree, candy cane collums, dripping chocolate shelves, kaleidescopic candy wallpaper and candy-embedded staircases embody the pinnacle of “retail-tainment”.
With the holiest day of candy worship just around the corner, Halloween, everyone will soon be (over) indulging in their favorite treats. American’s will spend a whopping $2.3 billion dolllars on candy this year — a new record. Candy corn just might be the oldest Halloween candy. George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company, invented the tri-colored candies in the 1880s. In 1900, the Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing candy corn. Today, candy corn is the most searched-for candy term in Google. Searches for the term are up 10 percent from October 2010.
(photo credits: Tootsie Roll Industries, Chris Crisman, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Shutterstock)