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Taste Buds Gone Retro

Retro candy

Come get your retro candy at Wockenfuss!

When walking down the Ocean City boardwalk, it is not uncommon to spot acid-washed, high waisted jeans throughout the crowd of adolescent beach-goers. Teenage boys are seen skateboarding passed in cut off Iron Maiden t-shirts, on their way to parties where the music is played on record players they bought for three times the original price. Trends of past generations are cool again and we have to face the facts: retro is in. While we reminisce about our glory days, let’s give our taste buds a blast from the past and revisit a few of the treats that were popular before the turn of the millennium.

The 1960’s

The 60’s were about peace and love. The Beatles were flying to America and man had landed on the moon.  Mothers gathered around floral furniture and snacked on Lipton onion soup dip and desserts encased in gelatin. Mad Men types shook hands over shrimp cocktail and Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon recipe shook the kitchens of the world. Taffy was popular and candy bars were being packaged in brightly lit wrappers. An ambrosia layer cake was a staple of this generation and one bite could transport you into a flowery tunnel of nostalgia. This famous cake of the 60’s was typically made with 4 layers of golden cake, filled with a fluffy icing and packed with tropical fruits and miniature marshmallows.

The 1970’s

Nixon was the president and disco balls showered the dance floor with aluminum-induced sparkles. When you attended a party in the 1970’s, you were more than likely going to find trays of deviled eggs, veggie platters with Ranch dip, “Pigs in a Blanket” and clams casino. Chewy caramels and hard candies were sure to be found in the hands of every kid on their way home from school. This era was all about fondue. A staple dessert would be to dip strawberries, melons, or marshmallows into a warm, gooey pot of melted chocolate.

The 1980’s

Computers, hip-hop, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ronald Reagan – welcome to the 80’s. Friends and families were typically found devouring bowls of spinach dip and sloppy joes. Pasta salad was a hit at every party and pizza rolls were kid’s favorite bite-sized snack. Candy was being produced in all shapes and colors. Bright and bold sugar-treats filled the aisles of every convenience store.  The household baker was typically whipping up a batch of Trifle for special occasions. This 80’s delicacy was served in a large, glass bowl and typically consisted of tinned fruit, custard, whipped cream, and sponge cake.

When you’re walking down the boardwalk in your oval sunglasses that are fashionable again, you may not crave a piece of cake covered in gelatin. You may not have the need to cover your fruit in a chocolate fountain and you may not reach for the brightest candy in the store. However, you may feel the urge to taste something sweet and that desire is one that remains the same throughout the ever-evolving universe.

Come to Wockenfuss for all of Your Retro Candy Needs!

Since 1915, Wockenfuss has been a family owned and operated business creating the finest confections in Baltimore, Maryland. With our nine convenient locations throughout Maryland, there is sure to be a Wockenfuss store near you. Come visit us to see our selection of summer favorites such as chocolate seashells and saltwater taffy. We’ll be happy to help you select the perfect sweet treat, whether for you or as a gift for a loved one.

If you have any questions about our sweet seasonal candies, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling us at 1-800-296-4414 or emailing When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter,Google+, and Pinterest too!


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