Everlasting Gobstoppers are one of Willy Wonka's favorites. They are actually jaw breakers that change colors and flavors.
While jawbreakers have been known as Gobstoppers in the United Kingdom for at least eighty years, Americans were introduced to them in 1976 by Breaker Confections.
They are named after the Everlasting Gobstoppers in Roald Dahl's children's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" which later became the movie, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." In the story, Gobstoppers are purported to last forever and therefore the name, Everlasting Gobstoppers.
When I was a kid in the late 80’s, I attended summer camp sessions with a canteen. My parents would give me 15 dollars to use in the canteen to last the whole session, with the promise that I could keep any money that was left-over. With that in mind, I tried to make that money last as long as I could—mainly by always getting gobstoppers at snack time, which were much cheaper than candy bars or sodas.
However, at one session, I ate so many gobstoppers in the Georgia heat that I got pretty sick to my stomach. My memory of going to the camp infirmary is wonderful—the sweet camp nurse fussing over me, the cool, air-conditioned room with clean, not sandy sheets, the quiet respite from a busy sleep-away camp. My eight-year old self was thrilled. So while I can’t say I learned my lesson, since I kept eating gobstoppers everyday at snack time, I can say that they made an indelible impression on me. I’ll still buy a box of them if I’m on a road trip and enjoy their changing flavors and colors. ~ Susan from Georgia