Retro Sweets and their history

April 21, 2021

Candy (sweets) and chocolate has evolved quite a lot over the past 100 years. If you check out Retro Sweets and what you can buy right now, you will notice many differences that have changed since the 1950s (however a lot of these sweets will still be available!). The ingredients have changed, not to mention packaging is very different too. But this goes to show that all industries evolve, and candy is no different. It always comes with something new, engaging and very different. Go and check it out for yourself. You'll be absolutely amazed with what's happened in the sweet industry.


The timeline of Retro Sweets

One interesting thing about candy is that Joseph Fry was the one that invented the modern candy bar in 1847. What he did was he mixed sugar, cocoa and cacao butter into a paste, then he used a mold to create the candy bar itself. A year later, John Curtis created the first branded chewing gum. That one was named The State of Maine Spruce Gum and it was made from tree sap!

Retro Sweet Hampers

In 1854 we had the first Whitman’s Chocolate box hitting the scene, which made a huge difference. Then in 1979 William H Thompson decided to create Thompson Chocolate with the idea of delivering only the best chocolate on the market. Candy corn was created in 1880 when the Wunderle Candy Company experimented with various Halloween candy formats. This Retro candy is still in many Retro Sweets Hampers all over the world, a testament to its quality and legacy.


Retro candy during the 1900s

Early during the 1900s we were introduced to the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, which is now a staple candy in America. During the first decade of the 1900s there were a lot of different sweets created, like the Necco Wafers, Chiclets, not to mention the famous Toblerone was created in 1908 as well. As you can see, the industry started to innovate early during the 1900s, and it continued to stand out with its extraordinary features and unique benefits.

Later on during the 1910s, other companies invented a variety of candy too. The Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews were designed in 1917 as a protein based ratio for troops. 1914 is when the Health Bar was invented, and a few years after that we had the Clark Cups or the iconic Turtle. Then during the 20s we had the Juicyfruits, Chuckles, the Baby Ruth Candy bar, the Mounds Chocolate bar and many others. It was around this time that people started to offer sweet gifts, hampers, boxes etc.. and it hasn't stopped since. In fact most of the above mentioned sweets are from across the pond and can be found in our American Sweet Hampers.


Since then, companies have continually invented new, creative candy types to enjoy with friends and family. There’s no denying that despite the newer ingredients and modern manufacturing options, retro sweets still have their charm. They remind us of our childhood, and they continue to impress with the amazing quality and extremely good value for money. They make for the perfect gift when presented in gorgeous wicker hampers, baskets or boxes.  That’s why you want to take your time and cherish these amazing, tasty sweets that stood the test of time. Plus, these are sweets that made people’s lives better and brought them a moment of happiness and fun!



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