Retro Revival

Classic candies and other treats help boomers recapture the joy of childhood

When Carroll Day Kimble spotted the bubble-gum cigarettes nestled among the wax lips, strips of candy buttons and Sky Bars in the Groovy Candies assortment, tears sprang to her eyes. "I remembered being 10 years old and how a puff of powdered sugar came out when you blew on them," recalls the voice-over casting director, 45, in Los Angeles. "I loved my childhood. It was about family and friends, not about the horror of life and all the terrible things out there."

With its assortments of all-but-forgotten childhood treats from the 1950s and '60s like pumpkin seeds, licorice pipes, candy necklaces,...

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