When you are a kid, candy is a huge deal! Something about sugary sweets that make you hyperactive and drive your parents crazy is what childhood is all about. Our tastebuds tend to evolve as adults, and Pixie Sticks might not exactly satisfy our cravings these days. Whether or not we could handle all the sweetness now, it’s undeniable that these candies bring up back to a time of innocence and simplicity.
Different candies can take us back to school, camp, dance class, and even grandma’s house. I never thought there would be a day where I prefer broccoli over Dunkaroos, but here we are. No matter what memories come with these childhood treats, reminiscing on how happy they made me as a kid brings a smile to my face now. It’s time to take a trip down memory lane and feel sentimental with these classic candies.
Who doesn’t remember PezPez? The classic candy-toy combo that we all know and love has been around since the 50s, and the idea is quite clever. And by that, I mean, whoever thought of the Pez dispenser is a genius. If we are being honest here, the Pez candies weren’t that good. They weren’t gross, but they also weren’t anything special.
The exciting part about Pez has always been the fun dispenser they came with. I remember loading it up like I load up a stapler… but at the time, it felt way cooler. Back in the day, a lot of them had Disney characters dispensers like Mickey Mouse and Goofy. But I remember being so happy when I got a Chuckie Finster one (from my favorite childhood show, Rugrats).
So, who remembers Melody Pops? These candies were always around at birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, and other childhood events. I don’t think I ever went out specifically to get Melody Pops, but I found my share of them in lots of piñatas through the years.
The cool part about this lollypop is that it is shaped like a whistle, and when you blew into it, it actually worked. For some reason, these little suckers were pretty difficult to find. I think that was part of the appeal of these candies. I just remember all the cool kids had these pops and wouldn’t stop using the whistle!