#atozchallenge: Jujyfruits

From Wikipedia: "Jujyfruits are a chewy, gumdrop-like starch-based candy, manufactured by Heide Candy Company, a subsidiary of Ferrara Candy Company. Jujyfruits began production in 1920. They were popular in movie houses along with Heide’s other gummy candy, Jujubes."

These are still a favorite of mine. They come in seven shapes: asparagus bundle, banana, grape bundle, pea pod, pineapple, raspberry, and tomato, not that I could identify them (except the banana, which is stamped with HEIDE). Doesn’t matter, because the color determines the flavor: black is licorice, green is lime, orange is orange, yellow is lemon, and red is raspberry. Not that it matters, either, because I just pour a bunch in my hand and put them in my mouth.

Jujyfruits and Jujubes, which, unlike Jujyfruits, are small and hard and stick to your teeth and will pull them out if you aren’t careful, used to be made by Heide, which was bought out by The Ferrara Candy Company of Forest Park, Illinois. Ferrara used to make candies like Lemonheads, Atomic Fireballs, and Boston Baked Beans, but now they make most of the candies I enjoyed as a kid in Chicago. There’s a picture of most of them here. Curiously, Jujyfruits aren’t in the picture.

Those of you that remember them, did you like them? What candies did you enjoy?

Back tomorrow with K!

54 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Jujyfruits

  1. Holy moly, John. I’ve been eating Jujyfruits forever, and I never knew the shapes were anything but random. I used to love JuJubes, until one pulled a filling out


  2. I remember these a penny candy. I would buy them and they stuck to my teeth. I did like the raspberry flavour. I liked these suckers that were 2 tones in pale colours and they were chalky…I liked that but no clue about their name. I am more of a chocolate gal


  3. I thought Jujyfruits were okay, but my favorite movie candies as a kid were Raisinets and Good & Plenty. I still enjoy Raisinets when I go to the movies!


    1. The same company that made Raisinets also made Goobers (chocolate-covered peanuts) and Sno-Caps (miniature nonpareils). They’re all made by Ferrara now (Ferrara was bought by Ferrero, who put Ferrara in charge of many of the candies they owned. Confused yet?)

      Good & Plenty (and Good & Fruity) are now made by Hershey’s. I liked both of those, too. Remember the commecials?

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  4. Your comments about the tooth-extracting properties of Jujubes made me think of Bonomo Turkish Taffy, which had the same quality. It was great for when you had a loose tooth that didn’t want to come out — BTT took care of the problem.

    My favorite candy these days is homemade chocolate, which I make with cocoa butter, cacao powder, and maple syrup or honey. It’s easy to make and tastes heavenly. It also gives me insomnia if I eat it too close to bedtime — “close to” being defined as “within 12 hours of ” — which means I can only have it for breakfast. But that’s okay, because it’s perfect with coffee, which is another thing I can have only first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to start the day.


    1. Turkish taffy sent me to the dentist the first time. I was still working with baby teeth, and the permanent ones were coming in behind them. The dentist eventually pulled all the baby teeth so the permanent ones could come in. …

      Sensitive to caffeine, are you?

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      1. Unfortunately, yes. The only upside to it is that it keeps me from consuming too much coffee and chocolate. Much as I love them, I’m never tempted to indulge in either past about 10am… knowing that if I do, I’m pretty much guaranteed of being awake half the night.

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  5. I’ve always loved these. Now I’m afraid I’ll lose a filling or a tooth so I avoid them. I do miss them though.



    1. I don’t even think they make Jujubes anymore, though somebody does. They were never my favorite.Jujyruits, on the other hand, are (relatively) soft, and tasty. Next time you go to the movies, see if they have them. I think they sell them “wherever fine candies are sold”…

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        1. Really, who doesn’t sneak in their own treats at the movies anymore? Bad enough tickets are $10-15, then $3 for a box of candy you can get at Target or Walmart of $1.69?

          Dots and their licorice equivalent Crows are fine candies. They’re now made by Tootsie in a former munitions plant on S. Cicero Ave. in Chicago.

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          1. I thought I’d found a way for 2 to go to a movie theater without mortgaging anything, but what one saves in weekday matinee discount $, might actually go to the burgers, dogs, nachos that at least one theater added to candy, popcorn, and 40 oz sodas!! We’ve lost the point of movie-going!


  6. It’s chocolate for me, especially chocolate and peanut butter, but not at the movies. As a licorice lover, I would get these or Gummy Bears to go with my popcorn. Over Easter we had jellybeans for the first time in a while and I’d forgotten how much I liked them. They were definitely sweeter than I remember but they were good!

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