Penny Candy

@Jennlk84 (4219)
United States
September 23, 2009 2:39pm CST
Do you remember penny candy? My husband and I were having a conversation about it last night. I don't even think it exists anymore! I remember as a child going to this little news stand that we had in town and getting a bag full of penny candy. It would be so cheap because everything cost a penny! My favorite was always the different flavored tootsie rolls. It's so sad the things the kids miss out on in this new generation..... now a days they go to the store and demand a toy. When I was a child I would have been perfectly happy with 5 cents worth of candy. :-)
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
23 Sep 09
You are so right. Candy and cakes such as hotess cupcakes and twinkes were big when I was growing up. Now the kids have temper trantums over buying toys in the store. How did this happen. I think I know it all started when both parents had to go too work to survive.
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
23 Sep 09
Gosh and when did that happen? Seriously......that's a good question...I'm curious as to when the economy changed so much that "mom's" had to go to work. Ahh yes...I love Twinkies...hehe
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
23 Sep 09
My mom went to work in the late seventy early eighty. That was the start of I believe more dyfunctional families beginning. Where the parents were not home when the kids got home from school and the kids were left on their own. Mothers going back to work is the main reason I believe that the world has changed for the worse.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
24 Sep 09
Thank you so much for the best response mark. Have a great evening.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
24 Sep 09
i remember when bubble gum used to be a penny. i remember when things used to be cheaper and were better made. i was looking at a paper about the early 60's and the price of a blouse was $4- (sure you can get them now, but they are made in china and die after just one wash).
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@dramaqn (1990)
• United States
24 Sep 09
MMMM!! You sure hit a "sweet" spot. Yes, I remember the good ole' days of penny candy. My favorite was the red dollars. Yes, kids are ungrateful today. Funny that you should bring up this subject, I was just thinking about it a few days ago when I was walking down the candy aisle at the dollar store.
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@gmatthews (155)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I remember penny candy. My dad use to take us doen to this little stor on Saturdays and tell us to fill up a brown paper sandwich bag. I use to love those wax soda bottles with the kool aid inside. I also liked the wrapped coins. Those were the days...life was simple.
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@maezee (25433)
• United States
24 Sep 09
Well, there's inflation for you! lol. The only candy that I remember being 1 cent when I was growing up in the 90's was those teeny gumballs that you could get from the machine at places like Hallmark and the mall. That's about it, though. I think everything else costed a quarter or more! But in comparison to how things are these days, that's nothing.
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@irishidid (8115)
• United States
23 Sep 09
I remember when they let you bring a piece bubble gum for everyone in your class if it was your birthday. For a quarter, you'd have enough for the whole class and sometimes even the teacher.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
23 Sep 09
I remember penny candy when I was little too. Although I think that's about when the penny candy business was starting to fade away. I do miss it though.
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@emilie2300 (1892)
• United States
23 Sep 09
Yes I do I remember as a child afterschool going to the store called Mr. Magoos. I always bought the penny candy it was great to fill the little brown bag up and eat them on the way home. Later on in the years though the price went to 2 cents a piece. Yeah but I belive it dose not exisit any more. I can't find any. Yeah seriously these kids they want it all now adays I have two girls that are 12 and 13 and its buy me this by me that I need air forces. I would of been happy with 5cent candy also.
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@Fortunata (1137)
• United States
24 Sep 09
Yeah, I remember! My favorite was pixie sticks, lol.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I remeber going to the newstands when I was a kid too. My grabdmother would send me there every Sunday to buy her newspaper. She would always give me extra money so I could buy myself some penny candy. I agree with your tootsie roll choice, but my favorite penny candy was licorice. I loved black and red equally. I'm sure that penny candy still exists, but it's just harder to find. I know what you mean about children wanting toys from the store. My children are teens now, but when they were small, they thought they needed a toy from every store we went into. Kids nowadays just wouldn't be happy with penny candy, unless it was wrapped around something more expensive.