Jujubes are small, chewy candies in assorted fruit flavors of lime (green), violet (purple), lemon (yellow), wild cherry (red) and lilac (orange).
Jujubes were first produced some time before 1920. The jujube is an edible berry that grows in the tropics. But the name of the berry has nothing to do with the make-up of the candy, which is more likely related to one of the basic ingredients of both Jujubes and Jujyfruits, ju-ju gum. The original flavors were lilac, violet, rose, spearmint and lemon.
I was raised in Hollywood, Calfornia. My mom was a movie reviewer on radio KMPC and used to take me to movie premiers on the Boulevard 2 or 3 times a week from 1953 until 1959. Although I enjoyed Charms candy drops and the occasional Big Hunk, 9 times out of 10 I got a box of Jujubes.
Mom liked them because they would keep me occupied for most of the feature (we usually had 2 features, a cartoon and newsreel most of the time) and also it was not messy to eat. The flavors of Jujubes were also very neat. The grape and the lime were my very favorites because they tasted so rich in flavor.
If I was very good, and took out the trash or something else particularly good, mom would come home with a box of Jujubes as a treat. I kept them in my "secret cigar box" with my picture postcard collection, cowboy sheriff badge, and toy cars. ~ Christian from California