It's a Retro Candy Summer! Top 8 Candies That Remind Us of Our Childhood 🍬🍭

Remember being a kid...and going to the candy store during Summer break? 

Getting together with friends, riding your bikes with pockets full of change, and picking out your favorite candies? 

We do! 

Nothing compares to those carefree days...and the candy was pretty great, too. 

Let's take a walk down memory lane. Here are some of our favorite nostalgic candies – the ones that make it feel like a Retro Candy Summer! 


1. Pop Rocks

Nothing says summer fun like the explosive sensation of Pop Rocks. These fizzy candies popped and crackled in your mouth, creating an experience that was part snack, part science experiment. Available in a variety of fruity flavors, Pop Rocks were a must-have for any kid looking to add a bit of excitement to their summer day.

2. Ring Pops

Ring Pops combined two things kids love: candy and jewelry. They were perfect for showing off to friends while enjoying a sweet treat. Whether you were pretending to be royalty or just enjoying the sugary goodness, Ring Pops were a staple of our Summers.

3. Pixy Stix

These long, thin straws filled with flavored sugar were a simple...yet still irresistable. Pixy Stix were perfect for sharing with friends or enjoying all by yourself. The intense burst of sweet and tangy flavors made them a favorite for kids looking to keep their energy levels high during long summer afternoons.

4. Candy Necklaces

They made us feel so fancy! These colorful strings of candy beads doubled as fashion accessories and snacks. Plus, we could continue our Summer adventures completely hands-free. Is it just me, or can you still remember the taste of the string when you finished one? 

5. Candy Buttons

Candy Buttons were as much a visual delight as they were a tasty treat. These tiny, colorful candies came attached to strips of paper and were perfect for peeling off and enjoying one by one. We loved them...even though we couldn't always get them off the paper!!

6. Fun Dip

Fun Dip took the simple joy of flavored sugar to the next level. Each packet came with a candy stick that you could lick and dip into brightly colored powdered sugar. I mean...what's better than dipping sugar into more sugar??

7. Now and Later

Now and Laters are another Summer classic! Known for their long-lasting chewiness and bold flavors, these bite-sized taffies provided an intense burst of sweetness that could be enjoyed immediately or savored over time. We really got our money's worth with these!

8. Wax Bottles

Wax Bottles may just be our all-time favorite nostalgic treat. Also known as Nik-L-Nips, these were filled with brightly colored, sweet liquid. You'd bite off the top, drink the sugary syrup, and then chew the wax like gum. It doesn't get better than that, right? 


Did we miss any? What candy fills you with Summer Nostalgia?

Let us know in the comments! 


  • Sherry Wilkins

    Mine were strawberry ropes

  • Elaina Allen

    My favorite candy necklace For sure lots of memories