Candy in the 1950’s


My report is about different kinds of candy.  People in the 1950’s loved to eat candy.  They ate many different kinds.  Some candy that they ate was introduced in t5he 1950’s but most was introduced many years before.  I am going to tell you about all of these.


Pez was invented in 1927 by Edward Haas.  The word “Pez” comes from the German word for peppermint.  In 1952, Pez was sold as a cigarette substitute.  It was changed into a kids’ candy because people were not buying it.


The gooey inside of a Jelly Bean dates back to Biblical times as a Mid-Easter candy known as Turkish Delight.  The shell coating comes from a process called panning.  It was first invented in 17th century France.  In 1930, Jelly Beans became a part of Easter celebrations.


People in the 1950’s loved to go to fairs and eat Cotton Candy.  Cotton Candy first appeared in 1900 at the Ringling Brothers Circus.  It is made from 100% sugar.  The sugar is melted and the machine spins the liquid through tiny holes and olls.  They use dye to make different colours.


Cracker Jack is a mixture of popcorn, molasses and peanuts.  It was first made by Frederick Rueckheim and sold at the first Chicago World’s fair in 1893.  The boy on the box is Rueckheim’s grandson Robert and his dog Bingo.


Candy canes were first made over 350 years ago.  They were straight and completely white in colou8r.  In 1670, a choirmaster bent the sugar sticks into canes to make it look like a shepherd’s staff.  In 1950, Bob’s Candy Canes became very popular.


In 1954, marshmallow Peeps were introduced in the shape of Easter chicks.  More than two million Peeps in many shapes are still made today.  Other candy invent ted in the 1950’s includes Junior Mints, Smarties, Popeye Candy Sticks, and Starburst.


In my report, I learned that candy has been around for a very long time.  The people of the 1950’s were just like us when it comes to candy.  They loved it.  I also learned that the price of candy was very, very low.  I hope that you have enjoyed learning about candy.


By Murray