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Thursday, February 28, 2013
The current retro trend is moving in many directions. It is no longer limited to clothing and popular culture. As more and more people discover a love of all things vintage, whether from a sense of childhood nostalgia or a fascination with history, one thing bound to put people in their grandparents' shoes is old-fashioned candy. As retro items and vintage living make a comeback, food is a big part of this trend. People might be surprised to discover that their current sweet favorites were actually invented more than fifty years ago.

While the days of the penny candy shop are long past, many folks will still remember the items they could find there. When asked about candy from the 1930 s, a grandparent may recall Red Hots, Beechnut Gum, Pixy Stix, Candy Cigarettes, just to name a few. The sights, smells, and tastes associated with candy bring back special childhood memories for people of all ages. Candy, after all, is not usually an everyday pleasure, but a treat reserved for special occasions.

Candy production began in earnest in America in 1854, when the first box of Whitman's Chocolates became available. Many brands familiar to today’s consumers were produced throughout the 1800's and early 1900's. The 1920's saw the greatest growth in candy production, with the 1930's a close second, particularly between 1930 and 1932.

Candy from the 1930 s included such things as the Snickers bar, introduced in 1931 and named after the Mars family’s horse. The 3 Musketeers Bar, first sold in 1932, originally was a combination of three flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. The Krackel bar, first introduced in 1938, included almonds as part of the initial recipe. The Hershey's Miniatures often sold during the holiday season first debuted in 1939.

Cookbooks in the 1930’s often included recipes for "Divinity", a nougat or meringue type of confection, as standard fare. Jellybeans, which have been around since at least 1898, were widely associated with Easter by the 1930's. Another confection that enjoyed immense popularity during that time was the marshmallow, used for both its medicinal properties and to make a variety of baked goods.

These are just a few examples of confections and candy that were either invented in or popular during the 1930's. Knowing the history of a favorite candy treat is another way folks today can imagine themselves back in a simpler time, and indulge in sweet nostalgia.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

As you may have heard, "They" have a saying: life begins at 40. Of course, as with most of those sorts of aphorisms, it's inaccurate. Life actually begins at 50. Anyone who has undergone that shift will be able to tell you that. And, as with most other birthdays whose year ends in a 0, an appropriate birthday celebration will likely be necessary.

Of course, there is a fine line that needs to be walked here. If you know someone who is going to be having a 50th birthday celebration, the key is to know what sort of 50th birthday party gifts to get for them. After all, some people just haven't been clued in that life isn't actually coming to an end at their 50th, so you might need to make sure that you don't just give them a gift that pokes fun at their age without first checking to make sure that they won't take offense at such a reminder of the approaching decade.

So, then, what are some of the things that one can get an acquaintance or friend or family member who is reaching that milestone? Well, if you're getting 50th birthday party gifts for someone whom you know has a good sense of humor about the whole affair, then it's fairly safe to get some sort of "gag" gift. For instance, there are those t-shirts that bear an inscription such "Hey! I'm now an old geezer!" or some such rather impertinent words. After all, if they really do have a good sense of humor about the whole thing, then they'll likely want to let the world know just how big of a sense of humor they have about it. Or, if they're not the t-shirt type, but are the coffee-drinking type, then there are always those novelty mugs.

Keep in mind that  not everyone will necessarily be amenable to these sorts of novelty gifts. These people might need something a little more suited to their dignified position. Therefore, it might be a good idea to consider a more serious type of gift. For instance, it's often the case that people who have reached middle age begin to become fond of certain types of finer wine. If that's the case with your friend/acquaintance/whatever, then consider giving them a gift that plays into this passion of theirs - a nice, ornate bottle holder, for instance, or a bottle-opening kit, complete with crystal glasses. But, again, this will depend upon the person to whom you're giving the gift.

If this person of your acquaintance happens to be a lady, then maybe of all the 50th birthday party gifts, jewelry maybe the best solution.  This isn't any sort of sexist posturing of "oh, women always like jewelry" or whatever - it's simply a suggestion that adding an elegant piece of jewelry to the collection of a friend of yours may be a good gift. But, of course, since the 50th is an important milestone, making it an elegant and worthwhile piece of jewelry will likely be the most appropriate option.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

If you are looking for a special gift, or a nostalgic way to celebrate your childhood, then look no further. Take a stroll down memory lane with candies of the 80s. They make great conversation pieces when you are looking to relive memories of this time period.

Some candies of the 80s would also be a wonderful item to bring to a class reunion. You and your friends will recall memories of buying and eating Laffy Taffy in the softball dugout. Remember when you read the jokes on the Laffy Taffy wrappers and laughed until your stomach hurt? Don't forget about stuffing your cheeks with Big League Chewing Gum, pretending as if it were real "chew".

Another memory was giving unsuspecting adults Airheads or Sour Patch Kids, then watching them squint their eyes and raise their eyebrows from the sour blast they got from the candy. No time but in the 1980's, was there ever such a selection of tart, sour, face puckering candy! The 1980's definitely ruled in the sour candy department..

Pop rocks were another popular candy from the 80s. The way they fizzled and popped was like an explosion in your mouth. Sometimes they stung your tongue a little bit when they sizzled and cracked.
Gummy bears were also a favorite candy. They were soft and chewy and the flavors offered a gentle sweetness in your mouth. These were popular candies served as a snack. Swedish fish are similar in consistency but had its own unique flavor. Those red candy fish were a delight in your mouth.

Do you remember wearing a ring pop on your finger? You may have pretended it was an engagement ring. At any rate, the lure to eat this candy prevented you from wearing this ring for very long.  Smarties were candies that often were thrown out at parades. You and your friends will have fun recalling how you raced to the streets when Smarties were thrown from a float in a parade. Their sugary sweetness melted in your mouth.

Twizzlers are licorice that were popular choices to take on vacations and trips. Since they didn't melt, they were the perfect candy to eat in the summer. They could be purchased in a large bag or individually wrapped, depending on the quantity you needed.

When you order a box of candy memories from the 80's, you will get a mixture of the above candies, plus others too. It is like buying a time capsule. You, your friends, and your family, will have fun reminiscing about days gone by. Buy a box for yourself, someone else, or to share at a class reunion.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

After making it for 60 years in this world a little bit of fun and celebration is in order. When the big 6-0 is rolling around for someone that you care about, ensure that the party is unforgettable with the addition of 60th birthday gag gifts for men.
Choose the best Gag Gift

There are tons of great gag gifts certain to put a smile on his face and a chuckle in his voice. These gifts are priced in various price ranges so everyone can find something that fits their budget. While these gag gifts are certainly entertaining there is one particular gift that stands above all of the rest.

That gag gift is actually a well put-together box of retro candies and games. This gift will take him back to his childhood and beyond and fill him with memories he will love bringing back into his mind. Plus he gets a nice little treat or two in the process!

The 60th birthday gag gifts for men box is a fun blast from the past perfect for all of those special men in your life. Whether it is a co-worker, a close friend, a spouse or a family member, these gift boxes are the perfect gift to give. It is certain to be his favorite gift of them all!

What is inside of the Box?

Inside of the box you will find many different items including a Paddle Ball, Fuzzy face, fun dip, candy cigarettes, Jax, a Slinky, candy necklaces and so much more. There is truly so much inside of this gift box for him! He will instantly be filled with memories that have helped him reach the beautiful age of 60. This is the gift that he will love to reminisce upon.

To add even more enthusiasm to the gift the outside of the box is labeled "60 -  Gateway to the Golden Years." This statement is full of sentiment, and once the box is opened that will only multiply! He'll be so curious to see what is inside!

An Unforgettable Birthday

The 60th gag gift of gifts is before your eyes with this great memory lane gift box. It is priced affordably to fit  any budget. When you are searching for a truly unique, totally cool gift that he will love, there is nothing better than this gift box.

The 60th birthday marks a long time in this world and it should be celebrated as a special day, as it is truly remarkable. With this great gag gift the 60th birthday will be a fabulous, unforgettable day that he will always remember and appreciate.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Some people find it difficult to decide what to get a friend or loved one for their birthday. There are so many different things that can be bought, but you want to make sure the person will enjoy the gifts. One idea is to give candy baskets for birthdays. These can be good for people of all different ages and sizes. You can even create the baskets yourself if you are crafty. This could be a great activity that children and adults alike can participate in. It can be an inexpensive way of creating a memorable gift.

The best thing about candy baskets for birthdays is that they are very versatile. You can mix them up and add or take away candy depending on who the basket is for. Those who are allergic to chocolate can still have non-chocolate types of candy. Those who enjoy chocolate will have a field day with the various types of candies they will receive. These baskets can be found in small, medium and large sizes. This makes it easier to find the perfect size for the person you are shopping for. You might prefer a smaller basket for your child whereas your best friend might want a larger basket.

The baskets full of candy can be found at a variety of places. Prices will vary, and you will likely come out cheaper if you make them yourself. However, you can likely find them at the pharmacy, local grocery store, or even online. Buying the baskets online can be convenient if you are buying one for a loved one out of town. It might even be possible to find a local flower shop that will be willing to hand deliver the basket to your friends front door. If the basket is being bought for someone in town, you might consider going to the store and hand picking the candy. This will allow you take a more hands on approach and make sure you pick out the pieces your friend will enjoy.

These Birthday Gift Baskets are better than a simple balloon or bouquet of flowers. You will still be able to attach a balloon or teddy bear if you'd like. The baskets can also be decorated with your loved one's favorite color or activity. If the person likes sports, you can get footballs to cover the basket. It is very easy to tailor these baskets to the liking of the person you are purchasing it for.

Although it can be difficult to find a good birthday present, you can find an easy solution to countless hours of shopping. Baskets full of candy are good for everyone since almost everyone enjoys candy. Even if the person who you are buying it for is on a diet, they are sure to take a break from it on their birthday. The fact is that these baskets can be colorful and versatile, and even keyed to the candies that the recipient enjoyed in their younger years; vintage-style candies are easily available on line and in specialty shops.  They can be a convenient alternative to gift cards for those who already have “everything the need”.  Candy baskets can make it a lot easier to shop for birthdays, even for the pickiest

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Friday, February 1, 2013

A 60th birthday gift basket should be fun and heartfelt. But how do you come up with the right amount and the perfect contents for the individual gift basket? The first thing to do is make a list of some small things that the person you are giving the gift to likes. Think about candy, small trinkets, souvenirs, photographs and entertainment clues to get your started.

You can even think outside the box and include personal or family icons or relics to make the gift basket a more individualized touch. If you are looking for candy then think of the holiday season and maybe include some chocolates, hard and soft candy, international candy and other assorted treats. The important thing is to make it original and special for that specific person. You want it to be lighthearted and heart-felt. Sincerity is key and including a hand made card would be a nice touch.

In addition, you may even include gift certificates, flowers, or other adventurous things to this gift basket. Most of all, you want it to pop out and stand alone. Include things the person will never forget. Maybe include some inserts of their favorite television show or magnets from places you have traveled with them. Get adventurous and add an audio device for them to play or a CD of burned music. These are all different and unique ways to make this gift special for your companion's 60th birthday. Thinking outside the box is not easy. You can research ideas online to discover new ways to make your gift extra special.

There are so many roads you can go down for ideas. For example, if you are keen on edible items, go with a fruit basket or candy basket. If you would like to branch out into a new territory of keepsakes, then include pictures, memorabilia items, and photographs from the past, souvenirs from vacations or places they traveled to. It would also go a long way to find out what interests and hobbies that person has. If they are music lovers you can add in iTunes music cards or gift certificates into the mix to make it a worthwhile gift. Above all, have fun with this project. You will want to enjoy the process as much as the act of giving. Hopefully, they will receive it with a smile and be grateful you went out of your way to create something singular and unique for their 60th birthday celebration

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