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It’s the Beginning of Summer Retro Candy Season!

UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2022
BY JOSH ROTHSTEIN

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Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy some of your favorite candy from years past. Who can forget your childhood trips to the grocery store, the ballpark, or your local movie theatre. There are many fond memories at each of these places, and we’re willing to bet that you have certain types of retro candy that are connected to each of these memories.

What was your favorite summer candy? You might be surprised to learn that many of these products from your past are still available today. Whether you were begging your parents for old time candy such as a chocolate bar, a bag of fruity salt water taffy, or some gummy bears, we know the feeling. There is something about our memories that become connected to the flavors, smells and textures of the moments we all cherish.

Whether you were a kid in the 1960’s, or you grew up more recently with candy from the 1990’s and early 2000’s, we have some cool “retro” and “old fashioned” candy that will surely take you on a trip down memory lane. So now that the warm weather is upon us, bust out your flip flops and sunglasses! Here’s some of our all-time favorite summer retro candies.

While this list is by no means complete, these are just a few of the sweet treats we absolutely think you will love this summer!

Wonka Bottle Caps

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BOTTLE CAPS ROLL IN DISPLAY

Who doesn’t remember getting a roll of Wonka Bottle Caps at the Saturday matinee movie showing when they were a kid? As an adult, you may be popping a different type of bottle cap in the warm weather, but these treats will surely make you feel like a kid again.

With classic soda pop flavors like root beer, cherry, grape, orange and cola these offer a sweet treat that is quite unique. Nothing will pass by the time on a long road trip like a roll of Wonka’s Bottle Caps.

Bit-O-Honey

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BIT-O-HONEY WRAPPED BULK

Bit-O-Honey were the perfect light snack when it was warm outside. I remember riding my bike across town and keeping a handful of these in my pocket. By the time I got where I was going they would be oh so soft! These also come as bulk candies and are individually-wrapped, so they’re perfect for sharing with your friends!

Made of real honey and almond bits, Bit-O-Honey is the perfect addition to any summer outing! They offer a quick sweet treat to unwrap and enjoy!

Big Hunk Candy Bar

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BIG HUNK CANDY BAR SINGLES

Speaking of candy that gets really soft when it’s hot outside, the Big Hunk candy bar was always a crowd pleaser! This chewy, honey-sweetened nougat bar is made with whole roasted peanuts that packs a long-lasting flavor. Every time we went on a long road trip, our mom would give us each a Big Hunk bar, knowing that the chewy goodness would keep us quiet for many, many miles.

Sixlets

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For some reason, I always preferred Sixlets to M&M’s when I was growing up. Don’t get me wrong, I loved both! But Sixlets were seen much less often than their more abundant counterpart, and that was part of the appeal for me.

I think a lot of the joy for me was pushing on one end of the cellophane tube and shooting them into your mouth. It always reminded me of taking that first shot in a game of pinball at the local arcade. While they are coated with a hard candy shell on the outside, the chocolate inside is so soft and delicious.

Sixlets simply make for the perfect chocolate treats for the summertime. The chocolate never melts and makes a mess of your hands. They’re also great to mix in with your popcorn at the movie theatre! Talk about satisfying your sweet and salty cravings!

Goetze Cow Tales

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GOETZE COWTALES - VANILLA (CARAMEL)

Cow Tales were a big hit when I was in elementary school. They are a sweet snack stick, made of caramel and filled with sweet cream center. Now, did you pretend you were eating a real cow’s tail when you were a kid? Maybe it was just me…

Cow Tales were introduced in 1984 and named after cows to highlight Goetze’s commitment to using only quality ingredients, including real milk.

Icee Giant Gummy

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ICEE GIANT GUMMY

While this is a relatively new product, we think they count as “retro” because everyone remembers going to the gas station and getting an Icee (or a Slurpee) during the summertime when they were a kid. Now you can have the same enjoyment with another summer favorite: gummy candies!

The Icee Giant Gummy is just as good, except you can’t spill it and make a mess all over your white t-shirt. This product could have saved my mom a lot of headaches! Plus, you can eat these real fast and not get that nasty ice cream headache. It’s a win-win!

Kool-Aid Gummies

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KOOL-AID GUMMIES PEG BAG

Here’s yet another new product that we can consider “retro” because Kool-Aid has been around forever! The Kool-Aid Gummies are the perfect sweet treat for summertime. Now you can enjoy the delicious flavors of your favorite childhood drink in a fun, light hearted way.

Each gummy is shaped like the iconic Kool-Aid Man himself, and they come in 3 flavors: Grape, Cherry and Tropical Punch. These incredibly soft gummies will have you saying “Oh Yeah!” with every bite!

Bring the flavors of the past to your customers this summer with the help of Redstone Foods!

With over 7,000 confection and gourmet food items and 500 different glass bottle craft sodas, Redstone Foods is a long-standing leader in the candy industry. We have new products coming in on a weekly basis, so you are sure to find just what you’re looking for.

Redstone Foods is a third generation, family-owned business that has been putting smiles on people’s faces since 1966. We would love to gain the opportunity to serve you in all of your candy wholesale needs. Give us a call today and see what a difference Redstone Foods can make:

1-800-444-3520