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Reed's Hard Candies

Discontinued in 2006

I was talking to my husband the other day about Reed’s candies, saying that I wished I had some of the cinnamon candies, and he informed me that Reed’s was no longer made. Say it ain’t so! But, I guess it is true. Sigh. That’s very sad news.

I loved Reed’s candies, especially the cinnamon. Reed’s was rolled candy, kind of like LifeSavers, only much better. Each candy was individually wrapped, so they were easy to pop into a pocket or a purse. The flavors I remember are Cinnamon, Butterscotch and Root Beer. I think there was also a mint flavor, but I don’t remember much about it.

My favorite flavor was cinnamon. It was a cinnamon candy unlike any other commercial cinnamon candy I’ve had. The candy disks were smooth, with a little dip in the center, instead of a hole like LifeSavers. The flavor was intense! The butterscotch candies were also good, and were a favorite of my mother. My brother loved the root beer flavor.

The Reed’s candies were hard to find, at least in my area. We very rarely found the candy at the grocery store. We most often found them at the local Ben Franklin’s 5 & 10 store. I remember riding my bicycle to the corner drug store in search of Reed’s candy, and would buy 3 or 4 rolls at a time if I found them. After all, they were only 25 cents a roll at that time. It was a favorite thing for my brother and I to buy with our allowance.

The Reed Candy Company was based in Chicago and began in the late 1800s. Besides the hard candies, Reed Candy Company also made Clark and Teaberry gums. The company changed owners many times over the years, with the last owners being the Wrigley company. The original Reed’s candies were discontinued in 2006.