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Name That Candy: German Seashell Cola Candy

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Seashells

When I was 8 or 9 years old (in ’78 or ’79), my dad was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and I remember getting this candy there. I have done some searching online and can’t find any references to this candy. If anyone has had this candy or knows what I’m talking about, please email me or leave a comment on this post….

The candy came in seashells like the ones seen above (I’m not sure what they are called). They used the seashells as a container for the candy. The candy was like hard candy – maybe like a Jolly Rancher type candy that was poured into the shell then allowed to harden (I am assuming that’s how it was made). The candy itself I am almost positive was a cola flavor (though it might have been root beer). You ate the candy by just licking it out of the shell. I am also almost positive that these were real seashells that were used and not plastic.

I don’t remember the packaging at all – I’m not sure if they came in packs or if they were sold individually or if they had a name brand or a wrapper or anything. I don’t know if the candy was German or not, though we definitely bought them in Germany.

Does this ring a bell with anyone? I’m going to email my Mom a link to this post and see if she remembers these. I’ll update you if she remembers or if anyone emails me.

Also…if anyone else has a candy from your childhood that you can’t remember the name of, contact me and if I don’t know what it is, I’ll post it for all the world to see and maybe we can get an answer. I have another one of my own I’ll post sometime too.

UPDATE: Thanks to some kind readers, they have been found at GermanDeli.com

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80 Responses to “Name That Candy: German Seashell Cola Candy”

  1. 1
    Nessie says:

    Those are scallop shells.

  2. 2
    Anna says:

    Maybe these are the ones you’re talking about?

    http://cgi.ebay.de/Suesse-Schleckmuscheln-Dose-a-100-Stueck-OVP-Lutscher_W0QQitemZ7184296731QQcategoryZ48147QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    They’re the only ones I’ve ever heard of, and I am German. :-)
    Alas, I don’t think they’re Cola flavoured.

  3. 3
    maria says:

    I found a website that has them they are called hitschler sube schleckmuscheln and you can order them on http://germandeli.com, cheaply too. They also have the big cookie hearts and kinder eggs

  4. 4
    Jackie says:

    I hooupe you get this and email me back. I came across your message about the seashell candy as I was searching the net trying to find the candy and found your posting. Her is where the coincidence comes in. I also had the candy when I was 8 -9 years old and my father was also stationed in Germany. Bittburg German to be exact. Please email me back as there is a possiblility that we knew each other. It is a small world after all. I hope to hear from you D:

  5. 5
    Charlotte says:

    I was in Germany as a kid also. It was in 1969 and 70. I remember the same candies that we used to buy on base. I think they were honey flavor. We knew them as honey shells and I can’t find them either.

  6. 6
    Jayne B Pagano says:

    I was in Kitzingen,Germany from 1965-72 and we used to buy honey shells from a German man that sold candy and fresh fruit out of his station wagon…yes my sister and I are still searching german websites…Good Luck!

  7. 7
    Lian says:

    i used to love these. they were 10 Pfennig (5cents) each at a kiosk :)

  8. 8
    Caitlin says:

    I was just going through older postings, and I saw this, and thought that perhaps Anna or someone else here could answer my question. Here goes. A few years ago I lived in Munich for about two months. Being the candy addict I am, I explored all sorts of wonderful German candy. My favorite, however, has come to elude me in the States. I ended up leaving rather abruptly, and didn’t manage to bring a package home with me. It’s a mistake I kick myself for every day. The candy comes in a regular hanging bag, and looks a lot like the candy shown here: http://www.candyfavorites.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=784&pname=Gummi+Ice+Cream+
    However, I know it wasn’t American, and this candy has been discontinued, so I can’t even try it to see if it’s the same. The texture was kind of a cross between a gummi and a mallowcreme – easier to chew than a gummi, but a little firmer than a mallowcreme. I believe the four flavors were strawberry, cherry, orange, and lemon, but I could be wrong about that. Thanks for any help!

  9. 9
    E says:

    I used to eat the shellcandy as a kid too. I definitely remember that they came in green, yellow and red, but the flavours didn’t really differ all that much. the shells were definitely made of plastic btw. I remember how I used to try to break the candy out of the bendable shell because I found it annoying having to lick it out of the shell, which took ages.

    @Caitlin: is the candy you’re talking about striped like that? I’m not sure if the campino ones are soft (I don’t like them myself so never buy them – I think they’re actually hard) but they are from storck http://www.storck.com/de/brand/campino/

    these are soft: http://www.trolli.de/artwork/produkte/produkte/deutsch/150g/thumbs/soft_ice_gums_150g.gif

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    Caitlin says:

    They’re definitely not the campino ones, but the soft ice gums look very promising. I’m going to see if I can find any place to get them over here. Thanks so much for that!

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    Lianna says:

    I was in Augsburg, Germany from 1970-1976, and we also used to buy candy from a German man who sold it out of his van. I’ve had those honey shells many times! My absolute favorites were his little Gummi Bears, and Coke Bottle gummis. Of course, the original ones are impossible to find in the states. They have gummi bears and different gummi “things”, but there is nothing like the original.

  12. 12
    Brandy says:

    I was online looking for this candy, which I have looked for off and on for 4 years. I had this candy while my father was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. I was about 10 (in 1985). A German lady in a minivan used to come to the Post in Illesheim, Germany. We called her the “Candy Lady”. She would ring her bell and open up the back of her van which she had filled with candy. We would give her two marks and she would fill a cone shaped sack with the candy we wanted until our money was used up. One of the candies she sold were seashells filled with fruit flavored candy. Thank you for your posts!

  13. 13
    Sharon says:

    Hey, I have a candy I would like to know about…my dad was stationed in Ansbach, Germany, ’65-’67. We called them “Grapies”, because it was a hard, grape-flavored candy. It was so dark, it looked black and appeared to have a “frosted” coating, which was simply the result of being rubbed together in the bin. They were about an inch long and looked “braided”, if you will. Anyone know what these were? Like everything else, we could buy them in a paper cone for a Deutche Mark. Help, anyone?

  14. 14
    caroline says:

    Can anyone help me find a candy that is NOT chocolate, but a thin candy shell like a Jordan almond, but filled with liquor? Thank you! 4glickbergs@gmail.com

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    vicki says:

    Thank you very much. I have been looking for the sea shell candies for years, I to lived in germany, my father was in the army, we were station in stutgart—( pattonville) 76-79 i’m getting ready to order some now….thanks again

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    Linda Marouelli says:

    I am originally from germany & go back home every 2 years. I too remember that seashell, but it started out being made of honey and then in the later years they started making it in the hard candy style. My husband is an army ‘brat’ & has fond memories of the honey style. Every time we go home we are on the hunt for the honey, but all we can find is the hard candy type. My family lives near Oppenheim Germany & I speak & email them alot and most every time they give me an update of their hunt for the elusive “honey” seashell.
    Alles gutes und mit freundlichen Grüssen

  17. 17
    Karen says:

    This is too funny. I have talked about these honey shells for years and NO ONE knoew what I was talking about. I too am a service brat from Germany.. Thank you all for the great information and the confirmation!

  18. 18
    Joy says:

    Hello,
    I too was an army brat. My dad was stationed in Manheim Germany back in the 70′s. I too have been searching for this hard shell candy.

    The shell I remember though I think was a real shell also, but it was filled with honey that was hardened. I am also looking for Sprudel Water, I can’t find it anywhere. I have done several searches, but not finding it. Can someone help? Believe it or not, WalMart carried it at one time, and I didn’t keep the bottle and can’t remember the brand name of it.

  19. 19
    Renita says:

    How funny to read all the comments about the honey shell candies. I, too, have been searching for them for years. My family was stationed in Weisbaden in ’64 & ’65. I was in the 2nd and 3rd grade. They sold them at a local family-run store near our apt. The first time we went in for candy, my brother and I were literally swept out of the store by a big German woman with a broom. We were opening all the glass jars of candy ourselves! The next time we went, we pointed to what we wanted. I also loved the little square fizzy candies. Those shells with the hard honey in them were great! I can still taste them!

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    erin says:

    I ate these all the time! Heidelberg, 76-79. I remember them as plastic shells and a honey flavor , but hard. What I can’t find are these sticks of fizzy candy we loved. Anyone remember those?

  21. 21
    KiKi says:

    Hi erin,
    I am German and I think, I know what you mean… there are these plastic-straw-like tubes filled with powder, closed at bot ends and you eiteher have to chew the powder out of the straw (which you have opened with your teet) or you have cut it open and let the powder rain into your mouth….

    we call them Brausestangen, but I found out they are called Schleckpulverstangen (Lick-Powder-Rod, I think lol)

    I could send you some, if you want lol

    only if I am right of course lol

    here are some pix:

    (here you can also order them)

    http://www.worldofsweets.de/shop/traubenzucker/artikel/schleckpulverstangen/

    or

    http://www.sidral.net/SIDRAL2005/productos/canas/indexe.htm

    Hugs, KiKi (fellow Sweets-Addict)

  22. 22
    Jean says:

    And now for something COMPLETELY different…from an old-timer too. My dad was in the AIR FORCE and we were stationed in Loan, France for two years (60 – 62) then Toul Rossiers (sp?), France (62 – 64) for two years until that idiot De Galle kicked America out of France. I remember seashell candy there too; it was most definately in a REAL shell, came in lollypop flavors of which I always fought with my brothers for the root beer-flavored ones first, came in a crackly plastic bag of 20 – 25 or so with red writing on it. We bought them (or begged for them to be bought for us) in the boulongerie (bread store and sort of little corner market) when my mom shopped there. We didn’t live on base, we lived ‘on the economy’ and occasionally we were given a few centimes and allowed to go to the store ourselves and we always pooled our money for a bag of these. Maybe later versions were put into plastic shells, this certainly would have been more sanitary, but the originals were real shells and I know this because I still have some. They are about 1 1/2 to 2 inches across the widest part of the shell, a regular looking ‘clam’ shell, like the Shell gas logo, and very white. I have mentioned this to a candy-making friend of mine and he says he has no idea how he would sanitize a real seashell to the FDA’s satisfaction. I said so put them through a dishwasher and who would know? He’s only local so what would it matter? Well, with everyone suing everyone now-a-days I suppose it does. Is there anyone out there that was stationed at these AF bases with their families? If so I would love to reminisce with you about that. Contact me at bumpgirl@yellowbananas.com. Jean in rural PA

  23. 23
    Reggie says:

    Oh those shells! We lived in K-Town in the late 60s and I remember the German man with the van filled with all sorts of wonderful candies but especially the shells! I seem to recall a striped pattern in the shells and a very glossy finish. If it were honey it must have been colored somehow. I seem to recall green, red and perhaps brown or black. I thought the shells were white and real but I was only 4!

  24. 24
    Kiko says:

    I was also an Army brat. My family was stationed at various bases around Germany including Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern, and others that I can’t spell.I have many fond childhood memories of the great candy that you could find only in Germany. The seashell candies. in an actual seashell, are one of these memories. A friend of mine just returned from Germany. Before she left I asked her to bring me some of these candies. She came back with candy in fake looking plastic shells. These are the ones she thought I was describing. I guess they don’t make the real shell candy anymore. Increased Product safety has caused alot of products to change or disappear.I imagine the shells could break and cut a childs mouth. Anyway, you are not mistaken – these candies WERE originally manufactured with real seashells.

  25. 25
    coredump says:

    Aldi Süd in Germany now provides the sea shell candy on a semi regular(about every six months IIRC) basis. It is packaged with other classics and is named retro candy. Among the goodies are edible necklaces. My kids go nuts over them. The shells are now made of some sort of ceramic, but still pretty authentic.

  26. 26
    Pam Rengering says:

    We were stationed in Wiesbaden Germany from 1977-78 and we
    also loved the shell honey candy. We always bought them from a little candy shop in Bierstadt which was right around the corner from our housing area. I have looked for years for this candy! I am glad to know that I am know not crazy telling people about this candy. I remember that they were in plastic shells and tasted like honey. We all loved them. I am glad there is a way to order them again.
    I sure do miss all the wonderful german food that we enjoyed while we were stationed there! I found out after I got back to the states that I actually had german cousins still living over in Germany somewhere! Also found out that my whole ancestery is German!! Wish I would have known while I was there!!

  27. 27
    sandy says:

    I was an army child too. I remember these too and the candy inside the shell was kinda of a honey flavor. I also remember the kids beer and there was this sweetart candy that kinda foamed in your mouth. I loved the old german stores it was like heaven as a kid to go into.

  28. 28
    jo says:

    Hussel’s confectionary in Germany makes the plastic shell candy with the hardened honey. My brother found them in a candy store somewhere in Germany 7/07. I’ve seen the shells with the jolly rancher type candy, but the memory I have is of the honey candy. I was an army brat in Mannheim in the late 60s and the honey candy came in real seashells.

  29. 29
    EJ Cox says:

    Ok here’s my story

    We left Germany in 1961.. Lived in a number of places but the last was Aschaffenburg, but we were in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Munich, actually all over the country. From 1951 to 1961 when I was ten.

    We used to get these Shell candies because they were cheap. I remember paying just 2 phennigs a piece for them. We had little money but always managed to get at least one for the four of us brothers. They were in real scallop shells. They were a hard poured candy with a golden color and a taste much like honey mixed with anise.. We used to lick at these all day. They last a good long time…

    Never say them again but from what I read above they lived on for a time..

    Undoubtedly the candy you see now was copied from the original. And as stated safety concerns probably preempt anyone from doing it like they used to.

    Germany was a poor country in the early fifties and a lot of folks did what they could to make ends meet. We had candy vendors selling on Post as well.. It’s really strange to hear t went on for decades…

    I was searching and funny these posts came up. I enjoyed the memories of so many and that we all remember how good being a kid then was. Actually there was much misery as well but that is forgotten…

    Thank you

  30. 30
    Danielle says:

    I remember the shells. I am looking for SOUR TONGUES, anybody remember those? I NEED THEM! I can not seem to find a site with them anywhere. The ones that did have them don’t anymore. please email me with any ideas at mikemadie@yahoo.com

    Thanks

  31. 31
    Becky says:

    Hi Guys-

    I have a candy I have been trying to find for 10 years.

    We would buy it on base in Ramstein when a candy vendor would come and sell stuff outside the Commisary, It was all kinds of bulk candy, gummies mostly, but he had some soft caramels that were individually wrapped in paper and I think they were yellow with white and had a cow on them.

    Anybody???

    Thank so much!!!

  32. 32
    Gigi says:

    Please Help! I’m desperate. My dad was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in 77-78.
    I used to get this candy that was like a square block wrapped in foil that fizzed in your mouth. Can’t find this anywhere in the US. Does anyone know anything about this candy…Would appreciate ANY info

  33. 33
    Danielle says:

    TRY THIS LINK, DOESN’T HAVE SOUR TONGUES, STILL LOOKING BUT MAYBE YOUR CANDY WILL Bhttp://www.aquarterof.co.uk/?ongues/E HERE.

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    Gretchen says:

    Hi! I lived in German in the early 70′s in Budigen (only a baby then) and in Darmstadt in the early to mid 80′s (my Father was stationed there). My friends and I used to buy these chocolates wrapped in a blue tin foil wrapper and I believe they had Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck pictures on the outside wrapper. Does anyone remember these or know where I can buy them? I think they were popular over there. I remember seeing them everywhere at supermarkets, shopping squares and buying them off of the candy truck where we lived. Thanks so much!!! Gretchen

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    nutty nettie says:

    Thanks,
    I remember this candy as a child as well. My father was also stationed in Germany. I was about 5-6 years old. I thought they might have been filled with a honey hard tack candy. They are the best. Thanks to your web, I am now able to find them and share with others. As for the candy filled with liquor, try the Vermont Candy Co.

  36. 36
    Pamela says:

    My father was stationed in France and Germany from 1963-1967.
    I have been searching for the French (real) seashell candy that tastes like a great lollipop.
    We lived near the base in Toul, France. I remember buying them in the French village near a bakery.
    I also remember all the great goodies the Germans sold to us kids on base (K-Town & B-Town). Gummi motorcycles are my favorite.
    Anyone remember the ice cream on little double cones in Germany. I have never in my life had such great ice cream. How about the cream puffs from the bread man in his van? We all were lucky to have had such great European candies and breads at least for a period in our lives.

  37. 37
    Pamela says:

    Pamela #36
    I forgot to add my e-mail address to my post.

    If anyone needs to contact me about the French candy or possibly finding old friends, then please e-mail me.
    rvbh62@classicnet.net

  38. 38
    Joan Brown says:

    Yes, I remember those shell candies. My dad was in the army and was stationed in Gelenhousen Germany from 1960-1964 and we use to get those candies from the local German Bakery. Does anyone remember the todo suckers? It was a hard candy, came about 3 inches tall on a plastic stick. The candy was shaped like a twirl on top of the stick. They came in different flavors. Please help. No one remembers them.

  39. 39
    Philly says:

    Oooo, the shell candies are so pretty ^_^

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    CyCy says:

    They still exist. I am from Germany so I’ve to know it ;) you can buy them in german old shops but iam not sure if they ship them…

    but you can also buy them here: http://gdcom.stores.yahoo.net/hissc15.html

    http://gdcom.stores.yahoo.net/hisusc15.html

    hope it works…

  41. 41
    Amy says:

    Sounds like we were all army brats at the same time. I also was in Augsburg in the early 70s. Came back to Oklahoma in 72. Love the German fizzies, sour sticks and shell candy. Would love to go back. Was also in Schwabicsh Gmuend in late 60s.

  42. 42
    Janice says:

    My father was stationed at Manhiem Germany from ’63-’69. I remember the shell candy very well. Funny thing is though when I mentioned them to my brother not too long ago he didn’t remember them. What he remembered were the coke bottle gummies and the fish gummies. I am so happy to learn that I wasn’t having a false memory. Army Brats Rule!!

  43. 43
    Joan Perigo-Smith says:

    Thanks everybody who wrote about those good ol’ SHELL CANDIES. We were stationed in Laon, France 1957-61 and all the kids loVed them! I didn’t realize Germans had em too. We went back to France much later and -gosh darnit- they were harder to find and smaller, no longer filled to the brim or sold individually. Thanks for the links on where to find similar ones today (just wish they were real shells, like ours before; oh well, plastic is better than nothing)! Might anybody out there remember us… Joan/Denise/Bob PERIGO?

  44. 44
    paulal says:

    I too would love to find the sea-shell honey candy. We were stationed at Hahn AFB when I was a child and lived on the economy. My mother would give us money to go the store in Luffelshied (sp). I would always buy either gummy bears or the shell candy. This was in 1960-62. I you do find this candy online please let me know as I would like to show my grandchildren what they were. Was glad to find this website.

  45. 45
    steve says:

    I was also an Army brat, stationed in Frankfurt in the early 60′s. I remember the shell candy very well. It’s a subject that comes up between my older brother and I when we reminisce. I believe the candy in the real shell was barley sugar,
    although I don’t remember any particular flavor; perhaps honey. It was an extremely dense candy, and dragging your tongue across the chalky shell was as much a part of the flavor as the candy itself. A couple of licks and slip it back in your pocket. At eight years old, having to lick the pocket lint off was never a big deal.

  46. 46
    Brooke says:

    hey, I’m glad I found this website, I am also an army brat, my dad was stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany, but it was ’90-’93.. I was searching German candy truck or fruit truck online b/c I remember the “candy truck” coming and buying all sorts of goodies. I’m pregnant now and have been craving the sour tongues, or some call them sour belts.. and all the other stuff. I also remember some kind of really good ice cream from an ice cream stand, but I remember it was on mickey mouse cones or something? very vague memory, but it was freakin good! it was off base so I assume it was german.. nice to know there are other people out there w/ fond german candy memories!

  47. 47
    Jeff Barros says:

    I was in Langen Terrace (sp) in the early 70′s and used to love to go to the candy shack for the honey shells.
    What I miss even more are the soft strawberry chews that were coated with a red shell. Does anyone know what these were called or where they could be found??

  48. 48
    tom clancy says:

    Anyone remember the suckers that were made of the same type hard candy as the shells? They were conical in shape with the pointed end that would face yoour mouth and had a plastic toy handle? We called the toto suckers back in the day. A German lady told me once they were called a (sp) brumkrisel
    (which means a humming top) not sure but cant find those either.:-)

  49. 49
    tom clancy says:

    Hey we were in Gelnhausen from 60-63!!!

  50. 50
    Jim Hall says:

    I am also an army brat. Born in Frankfurt. We were stationed from 1961-1974 in Gelnhausen, Manheim, and landstool. not sure if I spelled all those correctly. I have read all the comments and remember all these great things along with trading comics after diner and playing marbles. This whole thing brings tears to my eyes.

    Somebody should start a web site for all of us brats.
    I have saved this page to my favorites and will check back from time to time for more memories.

    Thank you all.

    Jim

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    Cristal says:

    I live in germany now because my husband is stationed here and we went to a candy store in Mainz yesterday and they had some. You should give me your address and ill mail you some shells.

  52. 52
    Mark says:

    Cristal,
    2hip4u113
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    Admin if she cant see my EM post, could you please send it to her…

    Mark
    ;=]

  53. 53
    Mark says:

    I to lived in Germany in the 60′s… Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Hamburg. For five awesome years, no TV, no Americans (been there, done that), all I had was a few kids stuck like I was, a radio and the strange and loving Germans. I searched restricted Bunkers for war relics (and found many) and collected German miniature model war machines. I had over 1000 very tiny soldiers, Americans and Nazis, as well as every Armament you could think of…. and one more thing… hard Honey Candy in a real sea shell. I watched my real sea shells go to plastic in 3 years, and the candy went from a homemade recipe to mainstream flavors. Our maid would make them homemade after they changed the shells and flavors. I remember falling asleep listening to sci-fi radio casts from America and sucking on that sea shell…
    I could write a book… or a screen play, oh yeah, I am working on it.
    Cristal, if you could send me some, I would love to try to share a part of my my youth, with my daughters….
    Mark
    ;=]

  54. 54
    juliana says:

    well in dallas there is a store called the german deli…they sell the shell candy there…or you can order them at there online store…they are one of my fav. candies…!!!!

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    Michael says:

    I lived in Germany–also as an Army kid–between 1959 and 1962. I can tell you this about these seashell candies: we bought them at a roadside stand in Hanau along the Autobahn called “The Toto Store” and they were, indeed, called totos. BUT: When I first started buying totos, they were NOT candy inside a seashell. They were Christmas-tree-shaped lollipops which came with various little plastic toys as the sticks upon which they were attached. (How I wish I still had some toto toys, which we collected, like people later collected the little plastic toys which the Sonic hung upon one”s cup when buying a limeade and such!). It was during my time in Germany that one day I went to find that the totos with which I’d grown familiar were Gone, and these seashell totos had taken their place…I well remember the shift, which (A) made it hard to eat the last of your candy due to having to try to lick it out of the curl of the shell, and (B) provided us with no more little plastic toys. I can also declare that these were indeed REAL SEASHELLS when the shift from the first kind of toto to the seashell kind was made; Whether or not they later became plastic, as some have said was their experience, well, like I say, I left in ’62 and so saw totos no more. (I also first became axquainted with gummi bears via the toto store, and when we returned to America years went by before they were introduced to the American market and I could get ‘em again.)

  56. 56
    Michele says:

    Oh MY!! I cannot believe all these comments…they made my heart smile!!! and brought back sooo many memories. I too was just thinking of these seashell candies just today and desided to google them and reached this site!!! As you can imagine my joy upon reading so many people were in some of the same areas at the same times as me,I was like WOW!! However I looked on the site to find the seashell candy on the German Deli website given and could not find them on the site any other places I can look for them at to buy? I would love to share them with my children also… ths ahead for your help!!!!

  57. 57
    Sharon says:

    germandeli.com in Colleyville, Texas near Dallas can hook you up with all of those childhood candies…

    I have found all my favorites there.

  58. 58
    Jessica says:

    I was in Mainz Germany from 89-92 and there was a candy truck that I remember as the BR Truck and BR Stand and for 1 mark we got a white bag of mixed gummies and I love love love the sour tounges! Wish I could find those and the smurf gummies were so good too!! German candy was so good and so fun! Anyone else know anything about the BR Truck/Stand?

  59. 59
    Jenne says:

    We lived in Landstuhl, Germany in the mid 60′s and made our way down the mountain to the local candy store. The shells were filled with hardened honey and very delicious. Let’s face it, German candy is the best! Anyone know if they still make those original sour sticks?

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    Otter says:

    Growing up in Leimen, Heidelberg, Bad Toelz, & Muenchen, I sampled a variety of all the candies you have mentioned above, but the one I want to help with that was a persistent favourite of mine is the fizzy, somewhat chalk-dusty “prickle sticks,” Brause-Staebchen. Sadex and Frigeo Ahoj Brause are two prominent current brands. They came in five flavours in my youth — appel, cola, raspberry, orange, and lemon. Cheers!

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    Rochell says:

    I lived in Wiesbaden Germany 1965-1970 I am looking for what we called sour sticks. About 3 inches long and about 1/4 – 1/2 inch wide. Different flavors some like sweet tarts I’m still dreaming about them. Can anyone help me ?

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    Kim Taylor says:

    Me, too, Rochell! If you find sour sticks, I would like to know! They were and always will be my favorite! I lived in Wildflecken, Bad Bruckenau, and Frankfurt in the late 50′s as an Army brat! Thanks, Kim

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    Debs Scott says:

    Air Force brat here…lived at Patch Barracks from ’68 until ’72 in Kefurt Village. I am so happy to find others that remember these shells. I loved them and as soon as my comment posts, I’m going to order some.

    BTW, if anyone comes here was stationed at Patch at any time or went to Boeblingen School, come over to facebook and join our group!

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    PAM says:

    I ate these Shell candies also while growing up in Germany. So where can we order these????? Please let me know.

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    Joe says:

    I ate seashell candies in Orleans, France in the early 60s when my dad was stationed there. It was barley sugar candy, I remember.

    Funny cuz I just asked a French friend if they still have them over there and she said she didn’t think so.

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    Joe says:

    I remembered what they’re called in French! Coquillage roudoudou or just roudoudou for short. Here’s an entry from French Wiki on them.

    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roudoudou_(bonbon)

    Two interesting points in the article. It says they were most popular from 1960-70. They no longer use real seashells, rather plastic.

    And they mainly came from Cotignac, Orléans, close to where my family was stationed..

    Still widely available online, for example

    http://www.mamie-dine.com/roudoudou-p-121.html?osCsid=a3ebb58ba3db5a6127aa9cf9438e706e

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    Rob says:

    To Rochelle in post #61.. I lived in Aukamn housing in Wiesbaden in 1965…used to get sour sticks (like a sweet tart) and gummy bears and gummy cokes in a little candy store in Bierstadt which I think was named Lulies (loo lies)….does that ring a bell?

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    BETH BUTLER says:

    OMG THIS IS SUCH A TRIP I AM SITTING HERE WITH MY BOYFREIND AND WE ARE EATING GERMAN CANDY AND THE SCHIECKMUSCHEIN CAME UP I CALLED IT TEH HONEY SEASHELL CANDY SO WE GOOGLED AND FOUND THIS SITE AND I AM NOTICING ALOT OF US ARMY BRATS LOOKING FOR THE SAME CANDY LOL AND WAS THINKING WONDER HOW MANY WE MIGHT KNOW WELL HERE GOES I HAVE NOT FOUND WHERE TO GET IT SENT TO ME BUT I WILL BEFORE IT IS OVER AND HERE IS TEH OTHER THING IF YOU LIVED IN MUNICH GERMANY FROM 71-74 PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL MY STEPFATHERS LAST NAME WAS PURSLEY AND MINE WAS BUTLER. WENT BACK TO GERMANY IN 99 AND STILL COULD NOT FIND THEM I WAS IN BREMAN THEN I WOULD SO LIKE TO HAVE THEM AGIAN. SMALL WORLD :)

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    Angie Roach says:

    I also remember them and was hoping some one could tell me how to make them so I could make some for my Kid this Christmas.

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    Barbara Heun-Ploch says:

    Loved those seashells. AF Brat at Toul Rosieres France. The candy can be bought in the plastic shells. I imagine the novelty of the real shell made them taste much better to us kids. The memory of France got me looking for these candies and I was happy to find BRATS… Air Force and Army we are all connected. AF from Toul Rosieres France can find TRAB on Facebook. TRAB is now a solar farm. There was a ceremony last year on base with the French and Americans for the final shutdown of the base.
    Thanks for the memories.

    Barbara Heun-Ploch
    patio@maverickbbs.com

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    Kevin says:

    I was an Army brat in a little military town called Pattonville outside Ludwigsburg, Germany from ’62-’66. I don’t remember as much about the candy like my sisters do but I do remember trading comics, playing marbles, leaving our shoes outside for St Nicholas to fill on CHristmas. My fondest memory is playing with Castles. My older brothers had the nice ones but I sure liked mine with all the miniature Romans and Knights etc.

    Wow! that was a long time ago

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    Karen says:

    This is great! I lived in Schwaebisch-Gmeund from 1967 – 1969 and have thought many times about those honey shells I used to buy and love! Does anyone make them – did not have time to read through all the posts! ♥

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    Mike says:

    Wow. I was thinking about the shell candy and decided to google. I’m an Army brat born in Nuremberg , lived in Frankfurt, Augsburg and Munich 63-71 We had a candy man that had a kiosk. I loved the big sour sticks, the gummies (goomies), peppermint cigarettes, pointy cone lollipops, eatable necklace, and the banana flavored ice cream bars. I remember the slingshot paratrooper toy soldier, helicopter blade that launched when you pulled the string, and net bags of beautiful marbles. I remember watching John Wayne movies in German. Everything in tv was in German. First heard English on tv on the news.

    I miss the honey shell candy big time. I may have played with someone on here on the playgrounds.

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    cressy king says:

    We were in Stuttgart Germany in 76-77. They are honey shells!!! I am so excited to see these posts – brings back lots of memories. We lived in Robinson Barracks! I loved it there!

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    JOE BARTLES says:

    I TO WAS AN ARMY BRAT IN THE FIFTIES AND EARLY SIXTIES. WE LIVED IN HANAU BOTH TIMES. I REMEMBER THE SEASHELL CANDY AND CAN REMEMBER THAT THEY WERE REAL SEASHELLS. AS I RECALL THE DID HAVE HONEY FLAVORED ANND CINNAMON AND A FEW OTHER ONES, TOOK FOREVER TO EAT ONE. THEY ALSO HAD A SUCKER THAT WAS CONE SHAPED AND CAME ON A PLASTIC STICK THAT HAD DIFFERENT AIRPLANE SHAPES ON THEM. WE GOT THEM AT THE LITTLE STORES WE CALLED “TOTO” STORES BECAUSE THEY USUALLY HAD A SIGN THAT SAID TOTO LOTO, I NOW KNOW THAT STANDS FOR THE LOTTERY. I DID 22YRS MYSELF WITH 4 TOURS TO GERMANY AND WAS ALWAYS TEMPTED TO CHECK THE STORES, BUT I NEVER DID.

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    marie says:

    Oh my world!!! Guess another “Army Brat” here. I was very young when we were stationed in Germany. BUT..I remember those. Goodness..I have tried to describe these to others but no one understood what I was talking about. I was remembering it..so glad to know, it wasn’t just some odd candy in a dream. We were there in the early 70s. I remember this shell candy (I remember that it had real shells)..I also remember Germany was where we discovered Gummy Bears which have remained a favorite all these years later.
    Okay..not sure if anyone else is still checking this..BUT..I remember another candy..wonder if anyone else does (since it sounds like a lot of our families were stationed there around the same time). Okay..I remember there was a candy, I want to say pastel color (but might have been others)..they were the shape of M & Ms but much bigger..and they had some sugary powder in them? Does this ring a bell to anyone else? Someone else mentioned powdery candy but they are talking about “sticks” and these were not sticks. From what I remember I think you only ate the powder but maybe the “shell” was edible as well.
    Thanks..SO glad I decided to google this and found out I wasn’t the only one remember this candy.

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    Andrey says:

    I love the honey shells. Some one bought some in Russia/ Ukraine area and they where delicious. I do believe they where German made. I wish someone could find some more. Candy of that type is something i would pay any price for. (not exactly but along the lines.) The shells differ in regions and yet I KNOW they are out there still making them just don’t remember the original comp name for them. Although i know that they tasted like honey and root-beer and one other flavor.

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    Markela says:

    OMG! I too thought I was the only one looking for German candy. My father was stationed in Mainz. I am looking for BR’s. they were sour candy that looked like a tongue/ tongue stick . It had two colors . On each end( red/ yellow, green/orange). We used to go to the kiosk vendors or the bakery to get. Please help!!!!!

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    bruno says:

    I grew up with these and last time I got them was 10 years ago but not in Germany. In France. Called Ru doo doo. not sure if that’s the right spelling. They are very hard to find but I got a bag of 50 to bring home.

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    bruno says:

    found them at this addy. little expensive but its them.
    en.mylittleday.fr
    they were 0.40E each

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