Snickers used to be my bar.
It’s everybody’s bar. It’s the number one seller in the America.
The pic above is John Lokar, the candyman, 1981. He owned L&M Candy on East 185th Street. He had everything, including baseball cards and tobacco.
I also had a taste for Nestle Triple Deckers. Long gone.
My wife had a nostalgic longing for Valomilks. She recently bought one at a specialty store and didn’t like it. Too sweet.
My dad was a Planter’s Peanut guy, and he also liked Mr. Goodbar. I used to buy a Mr. Goodbar before I visited his grave.
Kit Kat: not bad. Kit Kats were from Canada when they were good.
Canada, that’s a great candy-centric vacation.
Chunky . . .
I miss Chunky. No, I miss the idea of Chunky. I miss Arnold Stang (who did Chunky commercials).
My grandmother Anna Soltzberg had a candy store at 15102 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, from 1927 to 1937:
I studied this photo with a magnifying glass. Here’s the inventory:
Mr. Goodbar, Ivory soap, Sensen breath mints, Boston Wafer, halvah, Ringo, Lux and Lifebuoy soaps, Coca-Cola, peanut bars, chocolate-covered cherries, Maxwell House coffee . . .
Uneeda biscuits, Dentyne, Lifesavers, Tootsie Rolls, Oh Henry, and cigars: White Owl, Dutch Master, Websters, Cinco, Murad, John Ruskin and Charles the Great Pure Havana.
Candy was a low-cost entry point for immigrants. John Lokar — the man with the gigantic Snickers — was a Slovenian-American candy wholesaler. I bought new baseball cards from him in 1981. Didn’t make any money on it.
When did Snickers come out?
1930. Frank Mars named the bar after his horse. (Googled.)
Here’s an ad from the December 1980 Candy Marketer. Lokar gave it to me:
Jaw Breakers. I haven’t had one of those since the Center-Mayfield stopped their 25-cent Saturday matinees.
Reese . . .
Who was Reese?
For relatives only: candy-store photo . . . Anna Soltzberg, apron; her husband, Louis Soltzberg, behind counter; her sister-in-law Lil Seiger, behind counter; and two unidentified women.
Anybody have strong feelings about MilkyWay? I doubt it.