Retro Easter Candy

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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I’m low on time today – due to the day job and putting together an interview with Mark Sisson for In the meantime, here’s my nephew/godson with some of the Easter ‘candy’ I shipped to him. He loves his chocolate cigarettes while he reads


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12 Responses to Retro Easter Candy

  1. Sal says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Ahaaa…I love it! I remember as a kid buying those bubblegum cigars and toting them around like the real deal….How did I ever survive childhood with such horrendous items available to me (which I purchased myself with lawn mowing money, no I.D. required)….

    And I never did take up smoking…Although a nice Caribbean nation cigar with some Old Vine Zin is an occasional treat to my palate.

  2. Chris DeCoster Sickler says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Now that is one good lookin’ kid! He must have a good lookin’ Mom!

  3. Jeannie Queenie says:

    April 6th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    He looks like a sweetheart if you ask me, cigarette or no!
    Yes, I too remember those ‘cigarettes’ we kids enjoyed eons ago.
    Hopefully this satisfies his urge and he never takes up the real thing..that would be a good thing!

  4. clark says:

    April 7th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Rock throwing/BB gun and dirt bike/motorcycle age, those are the days.

    As I began to read the comments I thought to myself, self, everyone I know who liked those things didn’t smoke when they grew up,… and then I read the first comment.

  5. liberranter says:

    April 7th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Ahhh, that does indeed bring back memories: the chocolate “Lucky Strike” cigarettes and the pink bubblegum cigars. I too was “addicted” to these sweets as a kid and, like Sal, I never took up the “real” habit either.

    Karen, you might have mentioned it in a previous post, but what is your source for the candy cigarettes? I’ve never seen them for sale in a retail outlet, so I’m assuming you have an online distributor.

  6. Wayno says:

    April 7th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I like the Mills Fleet Farm calendar in the background. Great stores.

  7. Tom Osborne says:

    April 7th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    What a cute boy! He’s got good taste in reading. I didn’t even know they still made candy cigarettes (which I, too, really used to like), figured they probably were banned even before Joe the Camel was, since the state figures children have no ability to make their own rational decisions. (I liked these things, but never chose to smoke.) That won’t be the case with your nephew/godson, who, I am sure, is empowered by his family and his own good sense to know what’s what.

  8. Dave K says:

    April 7th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Looking forward to reading your interview with Mark! I recently started reading the Primal Blueprint. Thank you very much for introducing me (and I am sure others) to Mark and his material.

  9. Karen De Coster says:

    April 8th, 2010 at 6:26 am

    You can buy them online – I buy from We all loved these things as kids. We watched the adults smoke and we mimicked them endlessly. It wasn’t the end of the world for a child, but as you know, now it is considered a horrific crime to give these to children. To hell with that. My nephew loves them.

  10. Alex says:

    April 8th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    It’s amazing how stupid child-rearing and nanny-state pedogy has overreacted to various joys of childhood. I can’t think of one kid, gowing up, who bought candy cigarettes and pined for “the real thing.” Pretty soon the only approved snacks for children will be USDA-issued rice cakes with the sayings of Mao printed on them in Red Dye No. 3 (because No. 2 was politically incorrect).

    I have no problem finding in the “brick and mortar” stores most of the varieties offered on, including “Black Jack” gum. However, if anybody comes across an extant Marathon Bar—the 15-INCH-LONG CANDY BAR (!!!) which I haven’t seen in decades—let me know. The Marathon Bar was definitely a bargain for kids with little candy money in the stagflation days of the 1970s!

  11. Robin says:

    April 9th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Alex, you’re spot on with the Marathon Bar observation. I remember it standing out from the other chocolate bars in the mid-Seventies, which were all shrinking in response to the effects of inflation (just as so many products are shrinking now).

  12. Michael says:

    April 9th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Nice. I used to buy the “Lucky Strike” ones for a quarter many moons ago. I think they had some sort of powder so when you blew (mimicking the reverse of inhaling) “smoke” would rise.

    Definitely a picture that I’d venture to guess was at least 20 years old (if it weren’t for that 19″ LCD flat panel monitor). ;)

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