The Neighborhood Candy Store

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As I recall, and it’s getting increasingly more difficult to do that every day, getting candy became a frequent experience in elementary school. My parents would send me to school with a few cents in my lunch bucket. Sometime around noon, a teacher would accompany us, as so that we could cross the street in front of the school, to go into a house that had a store attached to it. I’m sure that store sold other things, but for sure, it sold “penny candy.” Penny candy meant you could generally buy one piece of candy for one cent. The term is still in vogue, and it applies to individually wrapped candy with a history of at least fifty years. The same candy is certainly a whole lot more expensive today.

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The first of these individually wrapped by-the-piece candies were Tootsie Rolls in the late 1800s. Following quickly thereafter were Necco Wafer’s “Sweethearts,” and Hershey Kisses, chocolate’s first entry in the game. Next, came bottle caps, licorice, candy corn, bubble gum and jawbreakers.

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In addition to the neighborhood “Mom and Pop” stores, candy had been sold for years by small pharmacies, markets and special ice cream and candy stores. The F.W. Woolworth five and dime store had its own candy aisle, and that marketing ploy had a tremendous impact in putting candy on every main street in America.

Please enjoy my photomontage of the candy that was enjoyed and coveted by baby boomers and their families, and, please add your comments for everyone to read.

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17 thoughts on “The Neighborhood Candy Store

  1. I remember going to Lizzy Fishers when at my Aunt and Uncle’s on Hemlock Street. There is an old time candy store still in Jim Thorpe.

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  2. For me, it was Snyder’s Corner Store on East Market Street, in Danville, Pa. If my recollection is correct, I personally financed Mom and Pop Snyder’s annual trip to Florida from my weekly allowance. They had a candy counter that filled my dreams all week. Thank God, it was two blocks from my home or I would have provided their retirement also

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  3. Hi Fred,
    The “candy” post reminded me of an incident in first grade parochal school. My mother occasional would give me a bit of change to buy a sweet at the school’s candy counter. I remember once she gave me a dime to get an ice cream cone. Unfortunately it was the same day the nuns were collecting “mission money.” I wanted the ice cream cone so I held out on the mission money collection. Well, this one nun, Sister Eata, knew I had some change. She literally turned me upside down, holding me by the ankles, and shook. Well, I didn’t get an ice cream cone that day and some missionary in Africa got my dime.

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  4. Mapston’s store on Grand St in Second Ward…beautiful antique candy case with even more beautiful candy!!

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  5. Lizzie Fisher’s was a. great place. It took forever to decide what we wanted to buy for a nickel. Those were the days my friends.

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  6. Kocher’s Store on Center Street just above the 4th Ward school was THE place to get penny candy in our neighborhood. Great selection and they sold a lot of 2 for, 3 for or more for a penny. One of my favorites was the black licorice rolled around a red cinnamon candy that looked like a record. Loved the Tootsie Rolls, Mary Janes and wax soda bottles too! They sold bottles of Catwissa lime sodas for 8 cents too. I loved that soda. Yum.

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  7. My grandparents owned 2 different stores on E Market Street. First one was close to KVS but it was before I started school. I do remember the candy but the big item was his ice cream….The second one was on the corner of E Market and Nassau Streets but it was a very small mom and pop (Rumples) I could always get a few pieces when I visited them..

    Oh and one of my favorite items were the fizzie tablets I would get at Foust’s store on W Mahoning Street. They were meant to put in water but I liked just letting them dissolve in my mouth.

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  8. I lived in Danville 1945-1957. I remember buying candy at Ashton’s on Bloom St. near the RR track. Also, there was a store between Center St. and Bloom Street, probably a block of Pine St. for penny candy and cho cho’s.

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