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Highly questionable candies from our childhoods

Remember candy cigarettes?

Today, we all wonder “Who thought that was a good idea?” At the time, of course, those cigarettes made for good old-fashioned pretending (although that chalky taste was more like a Tums than candy).

After I mentioned some potentially deadly toys on Friday, I was thinking of the questionable candies from our childhoods. Below are a few from the 1960s and 1970s.

Which ones do you remember?

Cigar gum

For when we wanted to play cops vs. crime bosses, or Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti-western.

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Candy cigarettes

Because who didn’t want to be the Marlboro Man?

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Or this chick?

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Jelly Belly in champagne bottles

Back when we could only pretend to get drunk.

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Mint Julep-flavored candies

Because playing house was more fun when you added booze.

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(Source: OldTimeCandy.com)

Candy swizzle sticks

See above.

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Space dust

Isn’t this what Elton John was on when he wrote “Rocket Man?”

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GIANT Pixy Sticks

So kids could ingest even more pure sugar at one sitting.

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(Source: OldTimeCandy.com)

Cinnamon toothpicks

Remember when your mom said no running with scissors, sticks or sharp objects, unless of course, it was a flavored toothpick stuck in a kid’s mouth?

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(Source: OldTimeCandy.com)

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