Once again it’s time for the game show craze that’s sweeping the nation: Name That Candy! Readers email about long-lost candy and we try to figure out what candy they are talking about. If you know what these candies are, leave a comment and let them know!
Here’s one from a reader named David:
There is a particular candy I had several time as a kid that no one else has ever heard of. I need to prove I am not insane, so please help me figure out the name of it. Google has not been kind so far.
It was bought Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1980s. Each item was sold individually. It was a soft candy that had a jelly-like consistency. It was soft enough to ooze into a puddle if you squeezed it out. The taste was exceedingly sweet, like a liquefied Pixie Stik, but without any sourness. The memorable part is that it came in a package that simulated vomiting. It was arranged in the manner of a Pez dispenser, with a toy childâ€™s head at the top and a reservoir for the goo underneath, where the body would be. The reservoir was translucent and had an accordion-style ridging to it for easy squeezing. When squeezed, the goo would come out of the mouth of the dispenser head, thus imitating vomit. The entire package was about the length of a disposable lighter, maybe slightly smaller, and was about as wide as a quarter.
Sounds gross. Never heard of it. Anyone? UPDATE: A reader named Lael actually still has one of these and sent us an image (click fof full-size view)!
Next we have one from a reader named Kia:
I am looking for a mint that I bought 5-7 years ago at a Kmart in Concord, NC. It was a light as air, puffed mint, but not the powdery kind. It would melt in your mouth instantly. I was sold in a bag of about 100, not individually wrapped, and came in mint, strawberry, and lemon flavors. It was about the size of a large gumball and they don’t sell these anymore. Haven’t been able to find them in years. Please help!
Sounds tasty, but it’s ringing no bells for me.
Here’s one I actually knew from a reader named Jan:
1974 corner candy store in Mt Lebanon Pennsylvania sold kinda like a sweet tart [but only sweet] lollipop on a plastic hollow stick – any idea the name???
That’s an easy one – they’re called double lollies and are delicious!
So any help with the other one? Anyone?