1950s candy: The most iconic sweet treats from an unforgettable decade

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Unwrapping the past: How 1950s candy shaped America’s sweet tooth

If the 1940s and earlier were the formative years of American candy, the 1950s are when it truly came of age. The post-war economic boom brought with it a wave of consumerism, technological advances, and a decidedly optimistic outlook on life.

These elements combined to create a fertile ground for the candy industry, resulting in a decade full of iconic sweet treats that would both reflect and shape American culture. Below, let’s take a mouthwatering peek at iconic 1950s candy — which not only defined the era, but still make us feel nostalgic today.

 

Mars Bar chocolate candy (1951)

Mars Bar chocolate candy (1951)


Curtiss assorted fruit drops from the 50s

Curtiss assorted fruit drops from the 50s (1952)


Actress Jane Russell for Brach’s Fine Candies (1953)

Actress Jane Russell for Brach's Fine Candies (1953)


1950s candy: Hopalong Cassidy candy bar (1950)

Hopalong Cassidy candy bar (1950)


Vintage 1950s candy at A and P grocery stores (1950)

CANDY WONDERLAND? That’s about the only way to describe the wide variety of luscious candies at your friendly A&P. We have all sizes, all shapes, all kinds you can imagine.

Come select your favorites from this wide, wonderful variety of popular candies … and save money at A&P’s traditionally low prices! You’ll particularly enjoy A&P’s fatuous Warwick and Worthmore Candies.

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Vintage 1950s candy at A and P grocery stores (1950)


Vintage gum brands from the 50s – Clorets, Dentyne, Chiclets and more

Vintage gum brands from the 50s - Clorets, Dentyne, Chiclets and more


Vintage metal candy tins (1950)

Vintage metal candy tins (1950)


1950s candy: Zero almond candy bar (1950)

Zero almond candy bar (1950)


Schrafft’s candy boxes from 1950

Schrafft's candy boxes from 1950


Superman for Tootsie Pops (1950)

Superman for Tootsie Pops (1950)

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Vintage Richardson’s Party Patties candy in assorted flavors (1950)

Vintage Richardson's Party Patties candy in assorted flavors (1950)

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Richardson’s After Dinner Candies – mints (1950)

Richardson's After Dinner Candies - mints (1950)


1950s candy: Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Fudge and Tootsie Milky Caramels (1955)

Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Fudge and Tootsie Milky Caramels (1955)

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Classic Whitman’s chocolates from the 1950s

Chocolate-covered Whitman’s Sampler candies shown: Maple nut nougat, peanut butter puff, chocolate pistachio, apricot marshmallow, Caramello, mellow mint, pecan, honey nougat, vanilla fudge, mint marshmallow, vanilla caramel, nut honey caramel, maple pecan coconut

Gift boxes: Whitman’s Sampler, Golden Flair, Miniatures, Devon, and Fruit and Nut

Whitman's Sampler chocolates from the 1950s


Bob Hope for Page and Shaw chocolates (1955)

Bob Hope for Page and Shaw chocolates (1955)


Necco OK milk chocolate peanut crunch candy bar (1950s candy)

Necco OK milk chocolate peanut crunch candy bar (1950s)


Vintage BB Raisinets and Malties (late 1950s)

Vintage BB (Bluemthal Bros) Raisinets and Malties (late 1950s)


Gee, I love candy! Grandma says it gives me pep, too! (1950s)

Want to be popular with kids of any age? Always keep a little candy handy. It’s great, quick-energy food. Just remember to buy candy in cellophane. That way you see to choose just the kind you (and the kids) like best. And cellophane keeps candy fresh and clean.

1950s boy with a bag of candy in cellophane


Baby Ruth nuggets and Butterfinger Chips (1950s)

Baby Ruth nuggets and Butterfinger Chips (1950s)

MORE: Baby Ruth candy bars & chocolates, the way they used to be years ago


Chocolate and caramel Marsettes candy – Like Rolo (1958)

Chocolate and caramel Marsettes candy - Like Rolo (1958)


Kraft caramels and Fudgies candy (1959)

Kraft caramels and Fudgies candy (1959)


Hershey-Ets chocolate candies (1954)

Hershey-Ets candy (1954)


Almond Roca candy (1959)

Almond Roca candy (1959)


Box of Schrafft’s chocolates – Jubilee assortment (1955)

Box of Schrafft's chocolates - Jubilee assortment (1955)


Gay Bouquet chocolate candies from Schrafft’s (1955)

Box of Schrafft's chocolates - Gay Bouquet assortment (1955)


Peppermint patties & Junior Mints candies from Welch’s (1956)

Vintage Peppermint patties and Junior Mints candies from Welch (1956)


Mars 3-flavor candy bars (1958)

Mars 3-flavor candy bars (1958)

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Vintage 50s Fanny Farmer candy boxes (1959)

Vintage 50s Fanny Farmer candy boxes (1959)


Captain Tootsie – Tootsie Rolls (1950)

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Captain Tootsie - Tootsie Rolls (1950)


Sophie Mae Peanut Brittle & Coconut Brittle (1953)

Vintage 50s Sophie Mae Peanut Brittle (1953)


Coconut Grove 1950s candy bars (1952)

Twin bars — creamy coconut with luscious bittersweet coating (Curtiss Candy)

Coconut Grove 1950s candy bars (1952)


Mars Bars chocolate almond bar candy (1955)

Mars Bars chocolate almond bar candy 1955 (1)


Mars candy bars and Halloween candy from 1955

Mars candy bars and Halloween candy from 1955

Curtiss: Makers of Butterfinger, Coconut Grove, Dip candy bars, Saf-T-Pops, Fruit Drops, Mints and Gum


Curtiss nuggets chocolate candies from the 1950s

Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Coconut Niblets, Dip-Bits, Milk Caramels, Mint Patties, Caramel Nougats

Curtiss nuggets chocolate candies from the 1950s


Vintage Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars – 1951

Vintage Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars - 1951


Hershey’s candy coasted mint chocolate candy 1958

Hershey's candy coasted mint chocolate candy 1958 (1)


Saf-T-Pop fruit-flavored lollipops with loop handles

Your children play safe with Curtiss Saf-T-Pops (c1951)

Saf-T-Pop fruit-flavored lollipops with loop handles


Vintage 50s Curtiss spearmint gum

Also peppermint, pepsin and Hawaiian fruit gum

Vintage 50s Curtiss spearmint gum

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Baby Ruth chocolate candy for a shopping lift! (1950s)

Baby Ruth chocolate candy for a shopping lift!


Cute path of a boy with a roll of classic Life Savers candy (1951)

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Cute path of a boy with a roll of classic Life Savers candy (1951)


Beech Nut gum for Martians (1958)

Beech Nut gum for Martians (1958)

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  1. My father was a route salesman and delivery driver in the late 1950’s don’t know what brought this to mind I guess just harking back in the memories.

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