October quiz and contest: How sweet it is

By Nancy Wheeler | October 1, 2022

Halloween is coming, and candy will be flowing. How much do you remember about vintage candies that made their debuts decades ago? Send us the answers to the questions below and we’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to The Spice Merchant. To enter, mail your answers to The Active Age, 125 S. West St., Wichita, KS, 67213; or email joe@theactiveage.com (please put “candy contest” in the subject line). Entries must be received by Oct. 15.

Answers will be in our next issue.

1.  What flavor is Good & Plenty Candy, believed to be the oldest branded candy in the United States (1893)?

2.  Cherry joined pineapple, lemon, orange and lime flavors in 1935 to create what five-flavor classic fruit roll?

3. What honey-infused taffy with almond bits made its debut in bright yellow and red wax paper wrapping in 1924 and is still sold today?

4. What milk chocolate bar was first sold in 1900 and is known as “The Great American Chocolate Bar”?

5. What M&M color was discontinued because of the dye used to make that color?

6. What sour yellow candy was created after its founder noted the oblong shape of his grandson’s head?

7. What small, brick-like candy was created in Vienna, Austria in 1927 and comes in collectible dispensers?

8. What famous candy was Mr. Owl talking about when he asked, “How many licks does it take to get to the center?”

9. When parents complained that Pixy Stix were too messy, Joseph Fish Smith invented what candy that was essentially the same, merely pressed into round tablets?

10. What candy bar was named after the Mars family’s favorite horse and is the best-selling candy bar, both in the U.S. and in the world?

11. In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one of these marshmallow treats. Today, it takes six minutes. What is the brand name of these candies eaten especially at Easter?

12. Originally called “Chicken Feed”, what rectangular candy represents the colors of the fall harvest?

13. What red-hot hard candy was introduced in 1954 at the height of the Cold War and the nuclear scare?