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Mary Janes are bite-sized peanut butter and molasses candies originally made in 1914.

Mary Janes

History

Mary Jane is 95 years old and still going strong. In 1914 Charles N. Miller named this bite-size peanut butter and molasses candy for his favorite aunt, Mary Jane. Over the years the company has tried out variations on the basic molasses and peanut-butter flavor, but none could compare to the original Mary Jane.

Mary Janes Memories

Mary Janes candy boxI remember when I was a very young we lived way out in the sticks in South Carolina. We were extremely poor and on our birthdays we really received any gifts or a cake. I do remember that there was a little country store that we had to walk to. This little store was ran by an elderly couple. I only remember calling them Mr. & Mrs. Gray. My memory is so clear now that Mr. & Mrs. Gray always gave us kids a small penny bag full of Mary Janes.

By the time we shared with the other 4 siblings we averaged about 3 or 4 Mary Janes apiece. It was always such a treat. We thought this was the greatest thing in the world. Isn't that something that after all these years I remember that generous couple and how they shared with such an open heart. This is one of the few good memories I have growing up. I was five when this happened. Now I'm almost 50! ~ Sheila from Virginia