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Guess what?!  The original recipe for Candy Sticks with the melt-in-your mouth texture is BACK!

The same Candy Sticks you ate as kid while channeling John Wayne, Danny Zuko, or Ponyboy, are now at your fingertips.

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So, why did the recipe change in the first place? Well, back in 2011, Brooklyn-based World Confections, the manufacturers of Candy Sticks, reconfigured the formula to use all-natural, pure cane sugar.

America revolted.

Company vice president, Drew Cohen, and his brother and business director, Scott Cohen, say they received numerous heated letters, e-mails, and calls begging for the return of the original recipe that made this confection a cult classic.

“It was nuts,” says Drew. “We were getting e-mails every day from Southern California to Northern Maine. We were literally hearing from consumers across the country.”

The brothers took all the feedback to heart, and went back to the original Candy Stick recipe that their grandfather and great uncle created back in 1952.

On April 1, 2013, the Original Recipe Candy Sticks were reborn and restocked on store shelves.

So, what’s been the reaction so far?

One customer actually held a “tasting party” at his house to celebrate the return of “Confection Perfection.” The party feedback ranged from “These are amazing” and “Oh my God, Yum” to “They taste just like I remember” and “I feel like I’m 10 again.”

Other customers thanked World Confections profusely for listening and bringing back the good stuff.

We thank World Confections for caring about its customers and giving them a taste of the past.  After all, candy is one of the greatest memories from childhood.

And, we also love happy endings.

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If you’ve been missing chewy Black Cow caramel candy, I’ve got good news. It’s back—and it’s chewier than ever.

Black Cow Caramel Candy

After a 25-year hiatus, Black Cow—the sister candy to Slo Poke—has officially relaunched in two new formats: 1.5-ounce bars and bite-sized chews. The chocolaty-caramel treat has also undergone a reformulation.

“Originally, Black Cow was a Slo Poke caramel dipped into a compound chocolate,” says Rich Warrell, director of sales and marketing for Classic Caramel, a division of The Warrell Corporation and current manufacturer of Black Cow and Slo Poke brands. “Our version is a firmer, full-flavored caramel with real chocolate in the piece itself—like a much richer Tootsie Roll, which is also a type of a chocolate caramel.”

Slo Poke Bar

Just like Black Cow, Slo Poke will now only be available in bar and bite-sized formats, which is a bit of a bummer if you’re a sucker fan. Rich Warrell did confirm, however, that the recipe for Slo Poke is the same. No sucker stick, same taste, no problem on my end.

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Contest Winner!

Michele Levinski is the winner of the “Guess which classic candy is coming out of retirement?” contest. Michele was the first person to guess Black Cow. (She actually guessed “Chocolate Cow,” but close enough.) As the official winner, Michele will receive a case of Black Cow caramel candy. Congrats Michele and thanks to all who participated. We had more than 275 guesses!
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The history of Slo Poke and Black Cow reads like the resume of a serial job hopper. Both brands have changed manufacturers multiple times before finally landing in Classic Caramel’s facility in Camp Hill, PA.

M.J. Holloway & Co., Beatrice Foods, Leaf Brands, Pittsburgh Food and Beverage Company, and Gilliam Candy all played a part in keeping these two brands alive and well in America. (At one point M.J. Holloway had extended its line to Banana, Orange, Pink, and Purple Cows.)

Black Cow TubThroughout all of the company hopping, a few things have remained the same. Both candies are still wrapped in brown and mustard-yellow packaging and both kept their same nostalgic logos with the rounded sans-serif fonts.

Come to think of it, a Slo Poke and a Black Cow should still last though an entire “Rocky” movie, too.

Black Cow bars and bites are available exclusively at Candy.com. Pre-book now for March 15 ship date!


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In just a few short weeks, a classic American candy is coming out of retirement. During its initial launch period, it will only be available at Candy.com. Woot!

Guess which candy is making this huge comeback and you’ll automatically be entered to win a case of it! (Enter your guess after this post or on our Facebook fan page.)

Next week, I’ll announce the winner … and the much-loved brand coming out of retirement. Expect to be wowed!

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