Candy Crash Test here with the latest news and reviews. Today we finish the other half of our look on yesteryear candies that are gone, however still in the heart and souls of candies lovers everywhere. We start from the 70’s and will be working our way up towards the present.
Hold on tight we’re taking another ride into candy past. 1970s: BUB’S DADDY CHEWING GUM
Bub’s daddy may be a strange name to people who weren’t born or around in the 1970s, however if you were around you will recognise it from the colourful arrange from the candy shelves of memories. Produced by Donruss in 1971, maybe 1968, Bub’s daddy was a popular candy throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The chewing gum was made into a long cylindrical stick of gum. The stick would last a while when chewing until later on when the softer varieties were made. They came in 5 different flavours.
Bonkers was a candy offering from Nabisco in the mid-1980s. It consisted of chewable rectangular shaped candies with a fruity outside and an even fruitier filling. The candy came in a large rectangular package with several of them individually wrapped. Common flavors included grape, orange, strawberry, watermelon and chocolate. Most memorable possibly for their series of commercials. A uptight character would take a bite of the candy and a giant fruit would fall from above to knock them out.
The tagline in the commercials was “Bonkers! Bonks you out!”
These never got the boost in life they deserved. Nerds stole the carpet from under them. These were softer, chewier and larger than Nerds. They were introduced in the early 90s. Although they were slightly softer than Nerds, they were difficult to distinguish from Nerds themselves and thus lasted a very short time on them. One noticable difference that distinguish the two was that Dweebs came in boxes that had three compartments rather than the two of Nerds.
Both are produced by The Willy Wonka Candy Company.
2000s: BUTTERFINGER BB’s
Butterfinger BB’s were mini peanut butter and chocolate candy balls, unfortunately they were discontinued in 2006. Produced by Nestle. Starting in 1992, another form of Butterfinger bars was available called “BB’s.” Similar to Whoppers and Maltesers, they were roughly the size of marbles and sold in bags as well as advertised by the Simpsons. Recently brought back as mini bites in 2009.
So what does the future hold for the dozens of candies out there today? Well it’s for you… The candy loving public to decide. The reason why these left us to candy archives is because we didn’t show them enough love. We need to purchase our favourites to keep them for other generations to try. Keep snacking, keep eating the candy you desire and keep the tastes of the past through the present and into the future.