And if you are a committed vintage-file like me you want even your Christmas candy to have a vintagey vibe. Fortunately, the perfect source exists, The Vermont Country store.
Their catalog is chock-a-block with old school candies you can't find anywhere else and my husband's aunt has been to the actual stores massive candy room.
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This year I gave holiday baking a pass, and instead ordered oodles of candy from the Vermont country store. There where so many options in the catalog that it was very, very hard to decide but I selected four varities to order.
1) Bendick's Bittermints:
Warning: For serious mint lovers only! Remember that old York Peppermint Patty get the sensation commercial:
Cost $22.95 eek! for one box
2) Orton's Fudge
I've always loved fudge and I feel like good quality fudge is hard to come by. This is supposed to be old school copper kettle fudge and I was pretty excited. It was by no means bad, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I did really love the maple walnut flavor and the chocolate walnut was great too. I just wasn't crazy about the penuche flavor and I have had better fudges from craft markets and such.
Cost: $22.95 for 1.5 lb sample box
3) Giant Gum Drops:
You know when you have a childhood memory of something and then the adult revisitation of it just doesn't live up to expectations, thats how I feel about these spice drops. I have clear memories of loving these as a kid, but as an adult I only really enjoyed the licorice drops. I still ate quite a few and they are tasty, and a testament to the addictive nature of sugar.
Cost $12.95 for 1.5 lb bag
These are by far my favorites. I love everything abut this candy from the adorable mid century packaging to the pretty colors of the fondant slices to the super minty flavor. These old school candies come in cinnamon, spearmint, and mint flavors and are usually pastel colored but for Christmas they come in traditional red, white, and green. Merri-mints where popular in the 50s and then the company was bought by Sara Lee in the 1968 and they disappeared for a bit. However, recently candy purveyors like the Vermont Country Store have resurrected them. After one taste I am now a life long fan.
Cost $24.95 for one box, price for sure but they are impossible to find elsewhere