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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Most people remember a time that is free of care and ignorant of the workings of the adult world. In those times there is always a special treat that is reminiscent of warm evenings of baseball, tag, Annie Annie Over or just walking with your best friend in the neighborhood under the yellow light of the bug enshrouded, incandescent street lights at every corner.

You recall your favorite sweet in a Chunky Bar, a long-lasting Sugar Daddy Pop or a box of Boston Baked Beans which weren't beans at all but a delicious mouthful of crunchy candy coated peanuts. These memories stir feelings of safety, well-being and good times.

Then on those rare days when you had the chance to go to a real baseball game, it wasn't complete without a box of Cracker Jack. This treat was immortalized in the song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in 1908. Popcorn and peanuts coated with sweet caramel, Cracker Jack included a prize in every box. There must have been a company secret that, no matter how you shook it or which end you opened, caused the prize to always be at the bottom of the box. Everyone would be watching to see what you might get.

When you got older, a little red box of Sen Sen would find its way into your pocket to freshen your breath at a moment's notice. Those tiny squares of licorice-like candies were also looked at with suspicion by a vigilant mother who may have suspected experimentation with cigarettes in emulation of James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Candy cigarettes however, in the authentic looking box and with the red colored end to look aglow, were provided by the same mother in recognition of completing your chores on time.

The nostalgic candy of our early days will always bring back fond memories because treats represent the good times.

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Friday, July 29, 2011
Old time candy is still very popular today. Candy from the 50's are always a big hit for 50's birthday gifts, parties, class reunions, themed parties and believe it or not trade shows. Many of these sweet treats are just as popular today as it was back in the good old days.

Many refer to these as old school candy, but you my be surprised to know that even the youth of today enjoys these candies from the past. We believe that the popularity of these old time favorites has to do with the fact it reminds many of the past and brings back many fond memories of their youth. Whether it is remembering going to your favorite corner candy store or finding it sitting in a candy dish at grandma's house.

We get calls consistently from our customers asking two questions.

1 - Is this candy fresh? As hard as it may be to believe, yes this candy is still being made today and is fresh. The only problem is, what is here today, may be gone tomorrow. The candy manufactures seem to be discontinuing some of the great one's, but they also bring back some of the lost but not forgotten favorites.

2- What is the most popular candy from the 50's ? We get this question a lot as many are planning parties with 50's themes and are looking for party favors, but it was before their time. Although there are many from that era that is popular, we have come up with a list of our top sellers.

Necco Wafers
Hot Dog Gum
Boston Baked Beans
Candy Cigarettes
Bazooka Bubble Gum
Satellite Wafers – also known as flying saucer candy or UFO’s
Candy Buttons
Charms Suckers
Sugar Daddy
Wax Lips
Mary Janes
Flipsticks Old Fashion Lipstick - These are more like taffy now.

Whether you are looking for party favors or just your favorite candy from the past you can find all your favorites at O'Ryans Village. Feel free to call us if you have any questions we would love to help.

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