Sep 18

Snacks of the 60’s

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Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

Oftentimes I find myself spending way too much money on junk food and snacks at the grocery stores.  I wonder if subconsciously it’s because my grandmother didn’t buy a lot of snacks while we were growing up.  It’s funny because in her later years she always wanted candy or something sweet to eat after dinner or while watching TV.  I wonder if that also stemmed from her not having sweets as a child even though her father owned a candy store in Canton, North Carolina in the early 19oo’s.

apple pie McDonald’s Apple Pie and Peanuts Candy were her favorites. peanuts candy

My grandmother thought snacks should be fresh or dried fruit, stalks of celery and carrot sticks that was always in a large cup of  ice water on the top shelf of the refrigerator.  On rare occasions there would be a jar of Pimento Spread to dip the celery sticks in.

pimento cheese


Although, she may not have bought us a lot of  junk food, candy or sweets, that didn’t mean that we didn’t find a way to get some!

My sister Gloria and I would save our coins and when we had enough money we’d run up the hill and straight to the corner store for some of these unhealthy treats:

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pixi sticks candy cigs wax bott mary jane candy onion rings slim jims

I am now the same age that my grandmother was when she began raising us, and I finally appreciate a good piece of dried fruit or fiber stick!  It’s funny how some things that we are taught in our youth doesn’t make sense until we actually experience it later in life.

When shopping I also make sure to purchase fresh fruit including apples, bananas, and oranges as well as cheese and crackers but those Oreo Cookies and Ice Cream seem to get eaten first.

What were some of your favorite snacks growing up and what snack if any do you buy now?



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  1. Dawn

    I remember all those snacks! The Helms bakery man would come down our street in his truck and he had fresh donuts and all those candies : ) Although my great grandmother(she raised me) always had fruit in the house for us for snacks, don’t ever remember having soda or snack foods in the house. But she would hide little bits of candy for herself in her chair crevices for late night tv watching after we went to bed. Her favorites were the orange slices that had sugar on the outside and the chocolate covered orange jelly sticks.

    1. DelBlogger

      We had some sneaky grandmas didn’t we. My grandmother also like the orange jelly candies and I still buy them today in her memory.

  2. Mari Corona

    Oh wow looking at those pictures bought me down memory lane!!! I loved Mary Jane candies, the candy cigarettes!!! To funny, great share.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, I also like Bazooka Bubble Gum – forgot to add that – loved reading the cartoon.

  3. Mari Corona

    Though I am going to add….I remember them from the 70’s :)lol

    1. DelBlogger

      Sure sure sure….10 years younger… I got it!

  4. imagesbytdashfield

    Oh wow!!! You went way back didn’t ya? I recall imitating my mom with the candy cigs and getting paper all in my mouth with the pixie sticks. Remember the wax lips? LOL

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, I loved the smell of those wax lips. We used to get the gum cigarettes and when you blew the paper “smoke” powder ould come out.

  5. Sheila

    Mary Janes were and still are a favorite if mine. Griwing up my aunt ran a candy store I lived going in and picking up a Zero Bar and not having to pay for it. My Dad ran a sandwich truck and candy van which deemed him “The Candy Man” I always got a bag full of candy corn. Today’s candy corn comes in different colors. I wonder what daddy would say if he were here to see it?!? Yeah penny candy was the best.

    1. DelBlogger

      FREE candy always tastes better don’t you think! I only knew candy corn as being orange and yellow, what were the other colors? Did you put your penny candy in a small brown bag?

  6. Mitzie Mee

    I used to buy these candy bracelets as well:) And Miami Vice chewing gums with stickers:)

    1. DelBlogger

      I don’t remember Miami Vice gum but that was way after I was a kid – lol Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Lynn

    I’m a junk food junkie!!!!! Lol!!!!

    1. DelBlogger

      You and my son… Have a wonderful evening, now go grab some chips and dip!

  8. kittehluvs

    Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of package snacks and candies either. They were a “treat” and not something to eat every day. And also they were expensive and my mom knew they weren’t that healthy, so I was rarely allowed to have them. My favorite snacks now are full-fat cottage cheese, lunchmeats, boiled egg, super dark chocolate, fresh berries, or a spoonful of peanut butter. Every once in a while I eat sugary snacks or candies, and when you eat so few of them, they taste that much better:)

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, I think that’s why I am not a big sweets eater myself, my grandmother only gave in on special occasions like Easter. My youngest is a junk food junkie but it’s my fault – I would stick a lollipop in his mouth to keep him quiet in the car – #dontjudge

  9. kittehluvs

    Oh I forgot to say, when I was young I loved “bit-o-honey” candy and white cheddar popcorn 🙂

    1. DelBlogger

      oh yes, I still like white cheddar popcorn!

  10. cindy knoke

    I loved those candy necklaces and nikl nips. It’s amazing we’re still alive!! Laughing…..

    1. DelBlogger

      I know right?!

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