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Office Candy Collection Set – 3 kinds of office candy, 8-oz each, individually wrapped, proven favorites!

What better thank you gift than office candies -favorites going back in time, many over 100 years. Whoever receives the gift does not need to know some go back 100-plus years. Or that most started by small, boot-strapping entrepreneurs?  Or even that many of the office candies actually started as medicines! All they REALLY NEED TO KNOW – is that the Office Candy selections taste great and that your “thank you” is true.

OF COURSE – you can always send our Office Candy Set to YOU!

What’s inside? Three 8-ounce jars – Classics, such as strawberry-filled candies and sour balls; Chocolate Break – from old time candy bars to peanut butter cups; and Soft & Chewy, such as caramels, Tootsie Rolls, and toffee. Comes with the thank-you card of your choice.

1800s Confectionery Shop – From medicine to fun food. 12 samples plus story – Thank You

From Medicines to Treats

The 1800s were a time of tremendous change. The rise of industry. The start of candy as we know it. Many sweets began as medicine, such as licorice root which people chewed to clean their teeth. Later licorice was enjoyed as candy. Horehound and rock candy were first used for upset stomachs and sore throats.

Saloons, Soldiers… and Jelly Beans?

Rock candy was also the main ingredient in a popular saloon drink, the Rock n’ Rye. Turkish Delight, a medicine for sore throat first sold in 9th century Arabic apothecaries, became the jelly bean in Boston and was sent to Civil War solders. NECCO Wafers were made in an 1847 apothecary and became one of the first penny candies.

Fun Foods & The Rise of Industry

Some candies, such as buttermints, were just for fun. After the Civil War, industry made new candies possible – like caramel, an American original. Marshmallows were all the rage thanks to new instant gelatin. Salt water taffy, the venerable favorite, was first made by the seashore in the late 1880s – but never actually contained salt!

The Nation’s Oldest Candy Brand…

The rise of industry also meant the rise of candy brands – many of which we still know today! Good & Plenty, the nation’s oldest candy brand, debuted in 1893. Tootsie Rolls, first made in 1896, were named for the creator’s daughter “Tootsie.” The first “kiss” candy, chocolate Wilbur Buds, became popular in the late 1800s. Their more famous rival, the Hershey Kiss, was actually a knock off version of the delicious original – the Wilbur Bud.

Penny Candy Store In A Box – Thank You

What is Penny Candy?

Penny Candy came to life in the mid-1800s and has been around ever since. For decades, and generations, these sweets were sold for a penny a piece, sometimes less. Our penny candy collection contains a variety of different treats commonly sold as penny candy – from the 1800s through the 1950s!

Penny Candy in the 1800s

The earliest penny candies were NECCO Wafers (1847), candy sticks (1837) and pulled creams (mid 1800s). Jelly beans, enjoyed by Union soldiers, descended from Turkish Delight, originally a 9th century Arabic sore throat remedy. The 1880s and 90s brought circus peanuts, actually made for travelling circuses, Tootsie Rolls, and salt water taffy – which didn’t actually contain salt! The turn of the century brought Lifesavers, first sold at saloons.

The Early 1900s & Prohibition Sweets

The early 1900s brought Jawbreakers – a descendent of the sugar plum candies of the 1600s! Bit O’Honey and other toffees hit shelves in the 1920s, along with Dum-Dums, named by a salesman thinking children would remember the name. Charleston Chews, named for the speakeasy dance, and Nik L Nips – wax bottles that looked like nips of whiskey. An accountant at Fleer Gum invented Dubble Bubble – the first bubblegum in the United States in the late 1920s.

Retro Penny Candy Explosion

What lay ahead in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s? A drink mix-turned-candy, Pixy Stix, appeared. Later, the company received so many complaints from parents about their children making messes they created a cleaner version of the same candy – the SweeTartFireballsSatellite Wafers, candy buttons, and other wonders candy store shelves. Our Penny Candy box is filled with a variety of favorites – candies may vary based on availability.

Watch Candy Historian Susan Benjamin Talk About Penny Candy

Office Candy – Three 8-ounce jars, office candy favorites, Classics, Chocolate, and Soft & Chewy

What better gift than office candies – favorites going back in time, many over 100 years. Whoever receives the gift does not need to know some go back 100-plus years. Or that most started by small, boot-strapping entrepreneurs?  Or even that many of the office candies actually started as medicines! All they REALLY NEED TO KNOW – is that the Office Candy selections taste great and that your gift is true.

OF COURSE – you can always send our Office Candy Set to YOU!

What’s inside? Three 8-ounce jars – Classics, such as strawberry-filled candies and sour balls; Chocolate Break – from old time candy bars to peanut butter cups; and Soft & Chewy, such as caramels, Tootsie Rolls, and toffee. Comes with the thank-you card of your choice.

World War Mess Kit Candy – World Wars I and II rations. Bugs, chocolate, & more! Keepsake card inside.

Sweets Go Off to War

While the military was fighting in World War I and World War II, sugars and sweets were with them… but not for the reasons most people think. Enjoy this historic candy collection of soldiers rations spanning the two great wars of the 20th century. Candies sent by family, provided by the government, purchased from traders, and foraged or found.

Hard Candies – Literally a Lifesaver!

The government sent tons of sour balls and Charms hard candies to troops which helped quench their thirst and stave off hunger. Malted milk balls – sent in tablets without their now familiar chocolate coating – were considered nourishing. Chewing gum served numerous purposes – it cleaned the teeth, protected against thirst, and helped relieve stress and boredom.

Sugar, Dried Fruit… and Bugs?!

Dried fruit was durable, available, and rich in vitamin C. Cranberries were especially a favorite. Bugs, appeared in much of the food over time, whether on purpose as in some local diets or accidentally. Sugar, used as a medicine, preservative, fermenting agent, and ingredient the military literally needed to survive.

Chocolate is a Fighting Food!

Candy bars, considered nutritious and a source of fast energy, hit the market in 1912 and were added to the first rations in World War I. Tootsie Rolls also provided fast energy, and were a code word for ammunition. Favorites also came in packages from home, such as licorice pastels and chocolate covered almonds, raisins, and peanuts – also known as bridge mix.

World War Mess Kit Candy… brought to you by the nation’s ONLY researched-based historic candy company. Our founder, Susan Benjamin, is author of numerous articles, even a book on the subject (her tenth) on Smithsonian’s Best Books About Food. Everything you get from True Treats is the best possible, most delicious version of her scholarly research – and World War Mess Kit Candy is no exception. True Treats products are sold in museum gift stores across the county. Enjoyed in homes everywhere!

1800s Candy – Walk the century from early sweets to complex candies! For history lovers!

1800s Confectionery Shop

A sample of 12 1800s candies that started as medicine and ended as  fun food. Some are so familiar, you’d be surprised they go back so far – think: Good n’ Plenty. Others are started as medicines  – think candy drops – and still others such as caramels, and taffy were all-about fun food in the late 100s. Comes with an historic image on the front and story of the candy on the back. Seriously – history never tasted so sweet!

 

 

 

Penny candy favorites & the story of each on a keepsake card

What is Penny Candy?

A fun and festive collection of penny candies, from the familiar, such as Circus Peanuts (1880s) to pulled creams (1840s) and plenty more from your childhood! Even better, our keepsake card has the story of the candies on one side and an historic image on the other. History never tasted so sweet!

Large Penny Candy Store Box: Candy Cigs to Bubble Gum 20+ Pieces

What is Penny Candy?

Penny Candy came to life in the mid-1800s and has been around ever since. For decades, and generations, these sweets were favorites of kids sold for a penny a piece, sometimes less. Our penny candy collection contains a variety of different treats commonly sold as penny candy – from the 1800s through the 1950s!

TT President Susan Benjamin Talks About Penny Candy with Our Own Maryann Fisher

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