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When we were young, there was no feeling like finding a dime on the street or in the couch cushions. It was like finding buried treasure. Coin in hand, we would rush off as soon we could on bike or on foot to the local candy shop or convenience store to buy candy. And starting in 1972, for many of us that candy was Bottle Caps.

Front of the original Bottle Caps packaging. Image courtesy Jason Liebig from collectingcandy.com.

Yep, that’s right folks, one of our favorite childhood candies first hit the shelves 50 years ago.

Introduced by Breaker Confections, the soda-flavored tablet candy looked like, well, little pop bottle caps. They originally came in a green pouch featuring an anthropomorphic bottle cap on the front. Inside were around 24 bottle caps that tasted like either cola, root beer, lemon-lime, orange, or grape soda. They were similar in texture to Smarties or Runts with the same tartness, but a little sweeter.

Of course, over the years since its introduction, there have been many changes to Bottle Caps and it’s maker. Breaker Confections changed its name to Willy Wonka Brands in 1980. Eight years later, the brand was sold to Nestle who once again changed the brand name to Willy Wonka Candy Company In 1993. Today, Bottle Caps are being made by the Ferrara Candy Company, makers of some of your other childhood favorites like Atomic Fireballs, Lemonheads, and Fun Dip.

The candy Bottle Caps themselves are little smaller today, and the indent that used to be in the bottom is now flat. And though they still taste as delicious as you remember, you won’t find Bottle Caps in lemon-lime flavor anymore.  It was replaced by cherry a few years ago.

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Also gone are the Bottle Caps characters and green pouches. Today they come in a variety of different purple packaging from 24-piece rolls (think Lifesavers) to 190-piece boxes with “fizzy” designs.  (Interestingly enough, at one time the Willy Wonka Candy Company made “Fizzy” Bottle Caps. They tasted just like regular Bottle Caps, but turned all fizzy when you put them in your mouth (sort of like Zotz.)

Fifty years later, Ferrara still invites you to “pour yourself a handful of Root Beer, Cola, Cherry, Grape, and Orange— no bottle opener needed”. So, say Happy 50th Birthday to Bottle Caps, by picking up some for yourself today. They’re sure to “quench your thirst for fun” just like they did fifty years ago.

With summer over and the kids going back to school, why not send them off with sweet lunchtime treat from Stuckey’s? Imagine their surprise when they find a Stuckey’s pecan log roll or pecan praline tucked into their lunchbox.

Maybe you have some kids off at college for the first time. Well, nothing says comfort food quite like a box full of Stuckey’s treats from home like our bags of Hunkey Dorey and other flavored popcorn and pecans. (And go ahead and throw a couple more pecan log rolls in there for the road trips back home on weekends.) They make great snacks for late night study sessions, too!

Oh, and let’s not forget that autumn will be here soon, so let them keep warm with a Stuckey’s hoodie and some comfy Stuckey’s branded socks.

Whether it’s back to school or back on the road again, wherever you’re headed be sure to take some Stuckey’s along. For all these treats and more, visit our website at www.stuckeys.com. (Because, after all, they really do grow up so fast.)

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