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Weekend DIY: Make Your Own Rock Candy

Jan 24, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

When I was a kid, fall trips to local museums meant a bag lunch and a few coins in my pocket to pick up a souvenir. But, as with most museum shops, candies were also an option, and the one I remember buying most was rock candy. Later, I’d make this delicious sweet in science

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Retro Candy: Smarties Wafer Candies

Nov 10, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

In 1949 an English man moved his family from abroad to New Jersey to open a confection business. Equipped with a tablet presser and wrapping machine, Edward Dee founded Ce De Candy, Inc. and began production of Smarties candy rolls. The candies weren’t exactly a unique idea. Edward’s brother, David Dee, had specialised in fizzy compressed

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Unique Gifts: Retro Candy Baskets & Boxes

Aug 13, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

If you’re looking for a unique gift for that special someone, a retro candy gift basket or gift box is the perfect solution. Unlike flowers and “edible” baskets, there’s no short-term spoilage. Filled with penny candy and nostalgic treats, these gifts bring back memories. With yummies from the ’40s through the ’80s, who could resist

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Hats off to Nello Ferrara and Atomic Fireballs

Feb 10, 2012 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

We at Retro Planet were saddened to hear of the recent death of Nello Ferrara, inventor of one of our favorite retro candies, Atomic Fireballs. The former head of the Ferrara Pan Candy Company – which also produces Boston Baked Beans and Lemonheads – Ferrara came up with the idea to make a spicy candy

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Unique Retro Gifts: Candy Cigarettes

Jun 21, 2011 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Set aside all the controversy about candy cigarettes. These classic sweets were quite popular in the 20th century. Unfortunately, the taste left more to be desired – chalky sugar, bubblegum and chocolate were common flavors. The controversy was over the packaging (most resembled real cigarette packs) and the tips (often painted red or orange). Candy

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