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Thursday, September 29, 2011



Sometimes kid's birthday parties get out of hand! We think that it’s best to keep things fun and simple with cute retro candy boxes and a few games. Here’s a story from a parent that experienced a really extreme kid's party.




Dear Woodstock Candy,




My five year old son was invited to his friend’s birthday party. When we arrived at the house, we sat that it had a huge courtyard decorated in an ancient Egyptian theme—complete with statues of King Tut and pyramids! There was also a scavenger hunt (with clues written on real papyrus, no less), a face painter, a balloon figure maker, a magician, a swimming pool (complete with lifeguard), a cotton candy machine, a popcorn machine, and a hot dog cart. *whew!*




There was a catered buffet for the adults with two open bars—one for liquor and wine, and one just for beer.




Seems like a lot for a five year old’s party! I like more intimate parties with just a few friends and lots of fun. (My kid prefers it, too!)




Sincerely,


Overwhelmed in Oregon




Really want to make your kid’s birthday special? Surprise them with a Kids Birthday Gift Basket Box from Woodstock Candy. Now that’s sweet!






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Monday, September 26, 2011



Chuckles candy is one of those old time candies that you either love or hate. It's been around since 1921, and according to my math, that's 90 years! That's a long time for a simple jelly candy to survive. Farley's and Sathers has been the owner since 2002, and they're still making them like I remember from when my grandma used to buy them for a nickel. Still the same flavors: licorice, lemon, orange, cherry, and lime. Even the packaging hasn't changed much. I never bought Chuckles candy when I was a kid, but I've grown to appreciate them now. It's a candy that appeals to an older crowd, although my nineteen year old daughter absolutely loves them! At Woodstock Candy, we put a pack of Chuckles candy in most of our retro candy boxes, because we know you will have encountered them somewhere during your childhood. Even if you didn't eat them as a kid, chances are that your parents did. Each pack contains five individual pieces, neatly aligned in a row. They're coated in sugar, and aren't overly sweet. You can make them last a long time, and they don't get sticky and they won't melt. A lot of New Yorkers who have moved to Florida say they are hard to find there. But here in New York, they're easy to find; probably because we love them so much!


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Today is the first day of fall! We just love spending time with friends and family during this great season. It’s time to break out the retro candy, turn up the nostalgia, and start having some fun! After all, the cooler air and golden leaves don’t mean that you have to stop enjoying family activities. Whether or not you’re outdoors enjoying the foliage, there are some great fall-themed activities that every generation in the house will love. You can find your inspiration for family fun in the coming holidays, rich colors, and fall sports.

Fall Bike Picnic
Take a leisurely bike ride to a local park with a small picnic area. You can get your family outdoors to enjoy a crisp afternoon, and get back in time before anyone gets too cold. Just pack a small picnic with drinks, sandwiches, fruit, and some delicious candy treats. Carry the picnic along in a backpack for easy transportation.

Leafy Pictures
While you’re enjoying the picnic, spend some time gathering leaves. You can create pictures that everyone will love. Have everyone draw a picture that uses a leaf—like a cartoon using the leaf as the hair. Glue the leaf onto the paper and let it dry. You can even glue some overlapping leaves to create some beautiful autumn mosaics. This is a great activity to do while enjoying some retro Woodstock candy!

From all of us here at Woodstock Candy, enjoy autumn!



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Friday, September 16, 2011

Do you all remember Riley B. King? Well, what if we told you that he’s better known by his stage name B.B. King? (Little tidbit: B.B. is short for “Blues Boy.”) The incomparable B.B. King turns 86 years old today, September 16th. Since we love birthdays so much, let’s take a look at some other famous people with late September birthdays… We’ll show them a little Woodstock love!

9/16 Nick Jonas – Teens love him!
9/16 Lauren Bacall – Classic Hollywood beauty.
9/19 Jimmy Fallon – Late night TV’s adorable funny man.
9/21 Dave Coulier – He played Joey on Full House! Some early ‘90s nostalgia for you, there.
9/22 Scott Baio – Who could forget his classic ‘70s/’80s TV roles?
9/23 Bruce Springsteen – The Boss… enough said!
9/26 Olivia Newton-John – She brought Grease to life along with John Travolta.
9/29 Jerry Lee Lewis – The king of piano rock ‘n roll!

Do you have a loved one celebrating a big birthday this month? Take a look through our fun and fabulous retro nostalgic old fashioned candy. We can put together beautiful gift boxes for any birthday. After all, you’re not really “over the hill” if you still feel like a kid at heart! So let that inner child out and enjoy some delicious retro candy for your next birthday.



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Monday, September 12, 2011


Happy 30th Birthday Jennifer Hudson! The American Idol contestant rose to fame after winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in "Dreamgirls." Her album, "Jennifer Hudson," released in 2008, won her a Grammy. She is well known for her weight loss, too. Hudson is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers which most likely means she doesn't eat a lot of candy, if any at all. So she wouldn't be one of our best customers, but we love her anyway.


Most 30 year olds who aren't in the limelight like to indulge in candy goodness, so we recommend this special box of birthday candy that someone born in 1981 would remember from their childhood. It has forty kinds of nostalgic candy including Warheads, Candy Buttons on Paper, Big League Chew, Spree, Pop Rocks, Razzles, Candy Cigarettes, Nerds, Candy Necklace, Pixy Stix, Gummy Bears, Sour Patch Kids, and Swedish Fish. This collection of candy will take any thirty year old on a trip down memory lane! A box of old time candy makes a really fun birthday present, and is also great for a party because there's plenty of candy to share with everyone. If you know someone who's about to turn 30, help them celebrate with a blast to the past with candy memories. We're sorry Jennifer Hudson won't be celebrating her 30th birthday with candy!


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Saturday, September 10, 2011



For some good nostalgic fun, today my husband and I drove up to a huge car show in Lake George, NY. There were thousands of people there and hundreds and hundreds of cars from the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s were on display. Besides the acres of parked cars, there were endless parades of muscle cars and hot rods up and down the main street. It seems like anyone who owns a classic car loves the nostalgia of a particular time. We always reminisce about the '60s, partly because of the 1968 Camaro convertible that we own, and also because it was just a fun time back then, kind of care free here in Woodstock. On the way home from Lake George, we were trying to think of songs from the era of great cars that have to do with the theme of nostalgic candy memories. This is what we came up with:



"The Candy Man," by Sammy Davis Jr.


"Peppermint Twist," by The Sweet


"Sugar Shack," by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs


"Sugar Sugar," by The Archies


"I Want Candy," by Bow Wow Wow


"My Boy Lollipop," by Millie Small


"Candy Girl," by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons


"Tutti Frutti," by Little Richard


"Incense and Peppermints," by the Strawberry Alarm Clock


"Sugartime," by the McGuire Sisters


"Sugar and Spice," by the Searchers





Candy and sugar were a popular theme in songs back then. Things have certainly changed...


Does anyone have any other titles with a candy theme?






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Friday, September 9, 2011

Many of you might be aware that Mr. Bill from Saturday night Live has his own website, and he certainly deserves it! Anyone who used to watch SNL from 1976 to 1980 will undoubtedly remember the clay figurine star known as Mr. Bill, and how he often got flat as a pancake. He got his big break when creator Walter Williams submitted a home movie of his creation to SNL during their first season. Even though he was only on the show for four years, he's a legend with his loyal fans. He is one of those characters that you'll never forget, because of his voice or maybe because of his demise that was always lurking around the corner. Remember when Mr. Bill and his dog Spot would start out innocently enough and Sluggo and Mr. Hands would appear?

Mr. Bill is such a popular character that he appeared on other places besides Saturday Night Live.

In 1981, Mr. Bill was the answer to a Password Plus Puzzle on tv.
In 2008 along with Mr. Hands, Mr. Bill became a Subway spokesman. The same year he was also featured in a MasterCard commercial. In 2010, a Mr. Bill iphone game was launched. He was also featured on the tv show "Medium."


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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Good & Plenty, Candy Cigarettes, or root beer barrels, everyone has their favorite nostalgic candy. Do you know the history behind some of your favorite sweets? There are many milestones in the history of candy. Here are some historical facts about your favorite penny candies.
1893 – Philadelphia’s Quaker City Confectionery Company first produced Good & Plenty candies, the oldest branded candy in the U.S.
1896 – Leo Hirshfield invited a candy named after his daughter’s nickname, “Tootsie.” This famous candy was Tootsie Rolls. These chewy chocolaty treats were the first wrapped penny candy in the U.S.
1904 – Emil Brach, founder of Brach candies, opened his Chicago based candy shop called Brach’s Palace of Sweets.
1920 – Henry Heide introduced his famous candy, Jujubes.
1926 – Robert Welch invented “The Papa Sucker,” which was later named Sugar Daddy.
1946 – This year you could see children blowing bubbles with Super Bubble® gum, which at the time was only five cents.
1958 – Frank Bach opened the first Brach’s Pick-A-Mix. Many people said the idea of shoppers mixing their own candy was a thing of the past, but this fast became popular, and we still see Brach’s Pick-A-Mixes in grocery stores throughout the U.S. today!
1960 – Children began chewing Fruit Stripe gum. Each wrapper included a different tattoo of Yipes, the Fruit Stripe Zebra.
1974 – In September of this year, Evel Knievel partnered with Chuckles candy for his famous motorcycle jump over Snake River Canyon.

Next time you bit into your favorite piece of penny candy think about all of the rich history behind it.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


It's hard to believe that Buddy Holly would have celebrated his 75th birthday today. Unfortunately the airplane he was in, along with J.R. Richardson (The Big Bopper), and Ritchie Valens crashed on February 3, 1959, killing all three legends of rock 'n' roll. He was only 22, but already had 10 top hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. He is best remembered for the songs "Peggy Sue," "That'll be the Day," and "Everyday."


September 7 is being called "Buddy Holly Day" and today he was being honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His widow accepted his Star.


Holly was a pioneer of rock 'n' roll and influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John, and countless others. Don Mclean wrote and preformed the song "American Pie" in honor of Holly.

The '50s were the beginning of rock 'n' roll; music that had influence on so many people. Other musicians who were popular in Holly's time were Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Little Richard. If you're wanting some nostalgia, put on some Buddy Holly music and drift back to that era. For anyone who grew up during that decade, a box of retro candy from the 1950s would take you back as well. Candy Cigarettes, Candy Buttons on Paper, Chuckles, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and a Bubble Gum Cigar would all be perfect for a trip down memory lane.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bubble Gum Cigarettes that smoke aren't just for kids anymore. A lot of parents get upset at the thought of their children pretending to smoke, which I think is a little over reactive. Kids like to have fun and dress up and to role play. This doesn't mean that if they pretend to smoke, they are going to actually pick up the habit with real cigarettes at age 12. When my kids were little, I let them have Candy Cigarettes and Bubble Gum Cigarettes because I had them when I was little and I don't see anything wrong with this child play.

So I was really surprised when the father of one of my daughter's friends reprimanded me for allowing his daughter to have a pack of Bubble Gum Cigarettes. The shocking thing was was that this man was a really serious alcoholic, and of all the things to get upset about, corrupting his daughter like this. And in my candy store, a mother came marching in more than once to yell at me for selling Candy Cigarettes to her child. The child's nanny was with her when she made the purchase, but I was to blame...

These candies have been around for as long as I can remember, and I'm over 50. Bubble Gum Cigarettes are especially popular with Baby Boomers wanting some nostalgia. They still come wrapped in paper, and you get a puff of smoke when you first exhale through one. There's not as much powder in them like there used to be, but just enough for the memory. They are a real blast to the past and will bring you back to your childhood days. And if the kids get hold of Bubble Gum Cigarettes, so what?!


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Monday, September 5, 2011
Necco Wafers is a retro candy I remember well from my childhood, probably because it was one of my least favorites. It tasted chalky to me back then, and wasn't sweet enough for my young palate. It was a candy that seemed like it was for adults, so I always chose the more sugary, sticky candy for kids from the penny candy store.



Every once in a while I'll get a craving and eat a small pack of Necco Wafers, because now I have an appreciation for them, and I kind of like them as well. Orange, lemon, clove, chocolate, cinnamon, wintergreen, lime, and licorice are the eight flavors that they come in. Necco Wafers are the oldest United States product continuously manufactured in an unchanged form. And that includes everything, not just candy! The company sells four billion Necco Wafers each year which goes to show that a lot of people are still eating them. It's the kind of retro candy that grandparents will pass on to their grand kids. Necco Sweethearts candy, which are sold around Valentine's Day, are made from the same recipe. There's something endearing about a candy that has been around for so long, around 110 years!


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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Candy for gifts is really popular these days. If you're not sure what to get someone for a special celebration, we recommend candy! No matter what age a person is, chances are they love candy. Sour candy is perfect for kids, while middle aged and older people tend to love retro nostalgic candy from their childhood.


It's easy to put a gift basket of candy together yourself. If you're shopping for a younger person, there are all kinds of interactive novelty candy items available at discount stores, supermarkets, and places like Target. Small individual bags of gummies and Swedish Fish are perfect for kids. Make sure you put plenty of candy in the gift, because this may be that kid's only chance to score with candy loot.

I'm in my fifties, and the only kind of candy I eat is the stuff I remember from my childhood. So when I have candy, I don't feel guilty about it; I just see it as reconnecting to my past. A lot of people my age also love the nostalgic feeling of the candy they grew up with. Putting your head back and downing a Pixy Stix, or dipping a stick into your Fun Dip just makes you feel just like a kid again.


You can make your own basket of retro candy for gifts, or you can get a gift box ready made. Pop Rocks, Razzles, Candy Buttons on Paper, Candy Cigarettes, Bubble Gum Cigar, Giant Taffy, Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, Chuckles, Jujubes, Atomic Fireballs, Sugar Daddy, Gold Mine Gum are just a few suggestions for you to put in the candy gift. All of these are still being made today, but you may have to look in different stores to find everything. Once you've gathered all the candy, arrange it nicely, and you have a great gift.



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Saturday, September 3, 2011


Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through the eyes of a 50 year old? I remember when I woke up on the morning of my 50th birthday, I didn't want to get out of bed. The thought occurred to me that my life was somehow going to really be different now that I reached this milestone. The day went by and there were no earth shattering events. I had survived.


Whenever I feel down about getting older, I put on my pair of 50th birthday glasses, and think back to that November morning when I didn't want to get out of bed. Turning fifty is just a bump in the road, and I've known my whole life that age is all relative. If you're healthy and active, what difference does it make how old you are?


Anyway, I love these glasses, and I think they're a great gag gift for anyone who's turning 50. You put them on and discover that the world looks the the same as it did when you were 49, or even 27.

They're plastic frames in the shape of 50, and they're very simple, and very funny. Some people order many sets, and give them out as party favors. But most of the time a single set is sent along with a box of retro candy to help someone celebrate their 50th birthday. Don't worry if a person has passed their 50th birthday. They come in the shape of 60, 70, and 80, too!



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Friday, September 2, 2011



Sister Mary Wilhelmine Tikva, a living legend in Joliet, Illinois will be celebrating her 100th birthday. She is still active, walking up and down the nursing home corridor with her walker. She loves parties, and polka music. They're planning on giving her a really fun 100th birthday party.




When I heard about the nun turning 100, it brought back memories of the nuns I used to see on the sidewalk when I would visit my grandmother in Brooklyn. I was just a little kid, but I remember very clearly how they looked in their habits. My grandmother was a devoted Catholic and would go to church everyday. Naturally, my sister and I were brought up as Catholics, and our father would take us to church on Sundays at St. John's in Woodstock. Mass was in Latin, so it was impossible to follow. As a reward for going to church and sitting through the Latin, my father would give my sister and me each a dime after it was over. We'd stop at the News Shop in Woodstock (it was easy to find a parking space back then.)


Ten cents would buy two things of candy. I can remember buying Heath Bars, Sugar Daddy's, Lifesavers, Hershey Bars, M & M's, and Jujubes. The Sugar Daddy was great because it would last all day, but I can't remember ever finishing one. Somehow I'd always get my hair sticky from the wet caramel candy.


My memories of going to church in the '60s are just as much about the candy as they are about the service.



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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Anyone who grew up in the '70s probably remembers the Saturday morning dance and music show on tv called "Soul Train." It lasted for decades, and now in Chicago they're celebrating the 40th anniversary of this longest running syndicated program in television history! Does anyone remember the Soul Train line? There were memorable performances and music from that line- totally synchronized. Besides celebrating Motown, R & B, soul, hip hop, and the occasional disco music, the program showcased the latest fashion trends and hair styles. Soul Train was created by Don Cornelius and aired from 1971 to 2006. It started the same year that "All in the Family" made its debut.

Thinking of the '70s makes me nostalgic for the crazy clothes that we wore, although the only time I would wear something like that today would be on Halloween. Hot pants, bell bottoms, and platform shoes were in for the women, and men wore tight pants and shirts; sometimes even full bodysuits! Fake fur and wildly colored prints were totally in, as were extreme hair styles. Mullets, shags, and afros were seen everywhere.

For some candy nostalgia, Cherry Pop Rocks, Skittles, Jelly Belly Beans, Reese's Pieces, Twix Caramel candy bar, and Saf-T-Pops were all candies that came along in the '70s.
Going back to the time Soul Train was just getting started, you may remember some of these candies: Chuckles, Dots, Fun Dip, Pixy Stix, Mary Janes, Hot Dog chewing gum, Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, Candy Buttons on Paper, and Kits. It's fun to go back in time to remember tv shows you used to watch and the candy you ate.



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