Looking to spark debate? Then just try asking someone what the best candy from their childhood was. Camps will be divided between sweet and sour, hard or chewy, even chocolate versus fruity.
Based on which candies were considered top in the classroom, here are a few favourites that’ll satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
12 retro candies that really need to make a comeback
JawbreakersIf you watched the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory flick, you'd know these stubborn candies (known as “gobstoppers" in the U.K.) take dedication to make it through each layer. Every lick was well worth the effort, though.Candy Warehouse
Wack-o-Wax Lips CandyBefore we started pouting in selfies like Kim Kardashian, we relied on these sweet, cherry-flavoured smackers to add some fun to photographs and parties. In fact, it's been putting smiles on everyone's faces since the 1940s. And who wouldn't want bee-stung lips as luscious as these.Amazon
Push PopsAny child of the '80s would remember these well. And the best part of them was the fact that you could control your lollipop indulgence by pushing up how much you wanted to devour, then capping and saving a bit for later. Not that the latter happened very often.Old Time Candy
Pixy StixHello pure sugar rush! Grape, orange, cherry, raspberry, Maui punch — all flavours were welcomed for their sweet and sour hit. Old Time Candy
Pop Rocks“Taste the Explosion," couldn't be a truer tagline for this candy, which used to dance on your tongue. Remember hearing that drinking soda while eating Pop Rocks would make your stomach explode? Popular show MythBusters actually debunked that theory.Old Time Candy
Cherry BlossomWhile not produced at Hershey's Smiths Falls factory in Ontario anymore, this delightful mouthful will always remain a Canadian classic. The first bite through the chocolate-coconut-peanut shell into the maraschino cherry centre is a memory worth treasuring.Amazon
Whistle PopsYou used to snack on this clever treat, and at the same time, made music with it. The sliding plunger allowed the pitch to change as you whistled a happy tune -- fun for the indulger, but a major annoyance to parents and other siblings.Old Time Candy
Life SaversGrandma always had a stash in her bag. But did you know they were part of American soldiers' rations during World War II? This classic candy has existed for over 100 years and is now even available in gummy and sugar free versions as well.Candy Warehouse
BonkersChewy on the outside and tangy on the inside, Bonkers had to be eaten with caution... if you believed the commercials (giant fruit would fall onto whoever tried it). The Leaf Brands candy company is poised to bring the treat back to stores this year, so cross your fingers for your favourite flavour to make a comeback.Facebook/Bonkers-Fruit-Chews
Fun DipThese fruity-flavoured sugar pouches came with a handy edible stick to, you guessed it, dip and lick. Raspberry-Apple was the star combo thanks to its ability to turn from green to blue when in contact with saliva. Halloween-esque much? Old Time Candy
Fruit GushersOne bite and a river of fruit juice flooded your mouth — these delivered on their moniker. They were much coveted during the lunchtime trade, but what was even more enjoyable was discovering which of the different flavour combinations worked the best. Walmart
Tangy ZangyOnce the sugar coating vanished, the sour interior was certainly not for the faint-hearted. The rainbow sticks were pretty, but the best part were the strawberry belts, which were available by the piece at the corner store. Oh the nostalgia!Tangy Zangy