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Name That Candy: gummi cardboard and boxed licorice tubes

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Name That Candy
Believe it or not, I get 2 to 3 emails per week asking if I know what some long-lost candy from someone’s childhood is. Previously, I had been answering the ones I knew and posting a few of the ones I didn’t. From now on, I will collect all of these emails each week and post them on Monday in one “Name That Candy” post. So here are two from last week:

Samantha M. writes:

I’m seventeen. I remember a candy I used to eat when I was about eight or nine. I can’t remember what the package was made out of, but the candy itself was on a little thin cardboard thing. The candy was sort of gummy, and was made in a cool design that you could pull off the cardboard thing almost like long, string stickers. I don’t remember the colors, but for some reason I think each one may have been multicolored, and I think at least one kind of them was blue and red.

I live in Minnesota, but I’m quite sure that it wasn’t only a local candy. I think they tasted sort of like gushers, but I’m not sure. The most similar thing I can find to this product is a fruit-roll-up, but the candy I’m talking about is thicker and, for lack of a better word, drier. It wasn’t rolled up, just on a little thin piece of rectangular cardboard with the long sides folded up, then packaged.

Anyone recognize that candy? I sure don’t.

Here’s the other – GT writes:

Back in the later part of the 60s here in Central Indiana, I used to get these licorice tubes that came in a little box about 4″ by 2″. The box was red, blue and black I believe and had a picture of an X-15 rocket on the front. Any idea what these were? Thanks for any help!

I have no clue on that one – I have never liked licorice, so never paid attention to it.

Can anyone help these two Candy Addicts? If you know what either of these candies is, leave a comment and let them and us know!

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10 Responses to “Name That Candy: gummi cardboard and boxed licorice tubes”

  1. 1
    Spoodles says:

    Fruit String Thing is the first one. Here’s a link to the commercial.


  2. 2
    Jamie says:

    I think the first candy might be Sour Belts, or maybe Sour Punch Straws, but I’m not too sure.

  3. 3
    Natalie says:

    Aren’t sour belts pretty new?

  4. 4
    Kat says:

    The first one is DEFIANTLY Fruit Strings. The poster above has the right commercial for it to. I remember eating eat back in the 90′s. Good times :)

  5. 5
    stefan says:

    I agree with kat and spoodle. It i definatly a fruit string thing.

  6. 6
    AlbinoPiglet says:

    The tubes might be snaps.

  7. 7
    joe smith says:

    first is string thing, and the fruit roll up company made something with the same texture just differetrn shape called “stackers” they taste the same as the old string things

  8. 8
    Bunny says:

    The First One: They were String Things!! I remember them too!!! They were so good!

  9. 9
    iheartstringthing says:

    I remember string thing too!! I was just eating a thing of “stackers” which reminded me of that old candy I used to love. Why did they stop making it? =[

  10. 10
    Kerin says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. solving the question to all of my childhood questions. fruit string thing was the best and i could not for the life of me figure out what it was called. :)

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