31 Days of Halloween: Halloween Candy

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Halloween candies of the 1900s

“Candies for Hallowe’en. Every ounce just as good as it tastes! We make these candies in our own spotless candy kitchen and when we tell you that they are pure, wholesome, and good to eat, we know what we are talking about. A few of to-day’s specials: Nut Kisses– Mexican, vanilla and strawberry, lb…25 cents; Buttercups–all flavors, nut and cream centers, lb…25 cents; Meadowbrook Caramels– our famious full cream caramels, vanilla, vanilla English walnut, vanilla filbert, maple…lb…25 cents; Waldorf Chocolates and Bonbon or all Chocolates, lb…25 cents; Hallowe’en Favords–each 5 cents to 50 cents [no description].”
—display ad, Siegle Cooper Company NYC, New York Times, October 31, 1906 (p. 5)

kerrs-twitter-20171027Halloween candies of the 1920s
“There was a profusion, even a confusion, of candies in orange and black. There were orange gumdrops, orange jelly beans, orange buttercups, and chips and hard candies. And there were black (licorice) gumdrops and jelly beans and buttons and all possible devices that were ever seen in black candies…There were lovely and dainty opera sticks in both orange and black, tied often with ribbon and for the center of some of the endless arrangement of these things in Halloween candy boxes–witch and black cat decorations on them–and ultimately tied with wonderful pompons of black…ribbon.”
—“Halloween Fal-Lalls and Fare,” Jane Eddingon, Chicago Daily Tribune, October 23, 1921 (p. E6)

Halloween candies of the 1950s
An an placed in the Washington Post October 28, 1951 (p. M7) lists these items under the heading “Trick or Treat Candies”:
Goeltiz Candy Corn, Brachs Harvest Jelly Beans, Brach’s Harvest Panned Mix, Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s Miniatures, Butter Cream Pumpkins (pound bulk), Fleers Double Bubble Gum, Pure Sugar Apples, Jordan Almonds, Goetzes Caramel Creams, Reed’s Buterscotch Squares, Midgee Tootsie Rolls, Starlight Kisses, Roasted Peanuts in Shell, Tootsie Roll Handi Pak, Chocolate Bridge Mixture, Spiced Jelly Drops, Chocolate Nonpareils, and Fireside Marshmallows.

Halloween candies of the 1960s
“Never before, it seems to us, have the food stores been stocked with so many varieties and such novel packages of candies, cookies and chewing gum, and other goodies designed to provide you with simple loot for those little trick-or-treaters who soon will be making their Halloween expeditions. A complete listing would take more space than we have. However, two-novelties especially caught our fancy. One is a cellophane bag filled with 14 miniature boxes of plump Sun-Maid Raisin. Altho these, we think, should really delight the junior set, they also are ideal as snacks at any time of the year, for young or old. The other item is a new package of TV Time Popcorn containing a unique plastic ‘feed bag’–like an apron with a big pocket across the front–which can be worn around a youngster’s necks. The feed bag naturally is intended to hold fistfuls of popcorn, but it also can be used by any child on trick-or-treat rounds to gather in other goodies. Besides the feedbag, the TV Time Popcorn carton holds two packs of corn grains, oil, and salt, enough to each to make three quarts of popcorn.”
—“‘Round the Food Stores: For a Look at the Latest Ideas,” Lois Baker, Chicago Daily Tribune, October 26, 1962 (p. B8)

Ads published in the Chicago Daily Tribune, Washington Post & Los Angeles Times, Oct. 25-31, 1962 confirm:

Baby Ruth
Bazooka bubble gum
Beechnut gum
Candy Cigarettes
Candy Corn
Candy Kisses
Chocolate Covered Peppermints
Cracker Jack
Cutie Face suckers (lollipops)
Forever Yours
Fruit drops
Hershey Bars: milk choclate, almonds
Huck Fins
Jelly Beans
Junior Mints
Life Savers
M&Ms…plain, peanut, almond
M&Ms Chocolate Wafer Bar
M&Ms Fruit Chews
Mason Candies
Milky Way
Mint Juleps (chewy)
“Money bags” of wafers
Nestle Bars: milk chocolate, almond
Oh Henry Bars
Pal bubble gum
Peanut butter kisses
Polly Pops (fruit flavor)

About Maison Moonchild

A Canadian gal that firmly believes words can change the world. An avid reader, writer and Halloween enthusiast. She has a special interest in communications and writes for pleasure and profession. She moonlights as a metaphysical maven with a knack for creating magical crystal jewelry and holiday accessories.
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