3 Tier Retro Fun Gift Set with Card


What better birthday gift than a three-part timeline of the nation’s most popular candies. Comes with 36 “perfect portions” of sweets spanning the history of fun candies from the 1800s though the 1970s. Start in the 1800s-early 1900s with our hard candy assortment, many of which started as medicine and morphed into the sweets we love today. We now known as butterscotch, strawberry-filled and sour ball candies.

Then there’s the gummy candy box. Gummy candy officially began around the early 1920s, but originated as Turkish delight (900s), gum drops (1805) and jelly beans (1860s) – so we’ve added those, too!

Next – the movie box, straight from concession stands starting in the 1930s and moving steadily forward. You know the line up – nonpareils, popcorn flavored candy, Mike n’ Ikes…

All this PLUS –  three historic keepsake cards to match each set…YES three – one for each assortment…telling the story of the candies on one side with an historic image on the other….PLUS…A BIRTHDAY CARD of your choice…with the option for you to add a personal message. Delight. Amaze. A gift NEVER to be forgotten.


When did modern “fun foods” originate?

Fun times, fun places, and fun candy go together and have since the mid-1800s. Made in apothecaries and derived from medicines (yes, medicines!) some of the earliest were hard candies such as stain glass, usually made at home. These transitioned into memory-packed hard candy balls and drops, perfect for car rides during vacation and family visits (still used to soothe the throat).

Are gummy candies modern?

Gummy candies are, without a doubt, a favorite American treat, served everywhere from birthday parties to lunchtime snacks. The first iteration was actually Turkish delight (a medicine for sore throat around 900 CE) that morphed into gum drops (around 1805) then became jelly beans (1860s) and ended up as gummy bears in Germany (1922).

When did movie candy come around?

In the 1930s, during the Depression, candy joined popcorn in concession stands, from chocolate-covered raisins, to jelly candy, and even candy bars. These sweets were an easy way for movie house owners to recoup losses suffered during the Depression. The treats, especially popcorn, were affordable to buy, inexpensive to make, and aligned with the fun, escapist adventure of a night at the flicks.