Saturday, October 26, 2013

Popular Halloween Treats from the 1920s' to the 1960s'

Picture is courtesy of Graves and Ghouls, Tumblr

In seven days, kids of all ages (including adults who are young at heart) will be going door-to-door for Reese's Cups, Jolly Ranchers, and all sorts of confections. But did you know that Halloween treats have changed over time?

Kids have been going trick-or-treating for several decades now, and food trends have been changing.

Do you still think that kids would want to receive a goblin-faced meat pie (1930's treat) when they go door-to-door? Or snack on olives (1950's treat) instead of a Snickers bar?

Some may say that  kids from the baby boomer era are missing out on king-size Snickers bars, yet, at the same time, Generation Z (the cohort group born after the Millennials) is missing out on some wonderful traditions such as making Popcorn balls, Halloween candy apples, and Goblin franks with their families.

Whatever the case is, we created a list divided by decades, on popular treats that were savored from the 1930's to the 1960's.

Classic Halloween Treats

1920's
  • Opera Sticks
  • Orange Jelly Beans
  • Orange Buttercups
  • Black (Licorice) Gumdrops
  • Chips
  • Hard Candies
1950's
  • Goelitz Candy Corn
  • Brach's Harvest Panned Mix
  • Starlight Kisses
  • Spiced Jelly Drops
  • Chocolate Nonpareils
  • Pure Sugar Apples
  • Butter Cream Pumpkins
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Roasted Peanuts in Shell
  • Fleers Double Bubble Gum

1960's
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Cutie Face suckers (lollipops)
  • Popcorn Balls
  • Powerhouse bars
  • Beechnut Gum
  • Huck Fins
  • Candy Cigarettes
  • Taffy rolls
  • Peppermints
  • Oh Henry Bars
  • Whoppers
  • Mason Candies
  • Mint Juleps (chewy)
  • Money bags (wafers)
When you were growing up, what was your favorite Halloween treat or tradition? Share what you miss from your childhood. Who knows, you may share the same memory with another commentor. 

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