Chocolate Cigarettes Candy
In the 21st century they are known as Quality Sticks but you remember them as Chocolate Cigarettes. Each pack has 10 pieces, chocolate sticks rolled in paper.
Chocolate Cigarettes Candy History
Chocolate cigarettes candy, also known as candy cigarettes or candy sticks, has a fascinating history that dates back several decades. The confection has undergone changes and controversies over time due to its association with smoking.
The origins of chocolate cigarettes candy can be traced back to the early 20th century when candy companies sought to create novelty treats that resembled adult items. One theory suggests that the idea originated in France, where candy makers started producing chocolate-coated sticks shaped like cigarettes as a playful imitation of the real thing.
Chocolate cigarettes candy gained popularity and spread to other countries, including the United States. In the mid-20th century, they became a common sight in candy stores, often packaged in boxes that resembled cigarette packs. The candy sticks were typically made of solid chocolate, with a wrapper that resembled a cigarette paper.
At the time, the candy was seen as a harmless and fun confection for children, emulating the behavior of adults without any association with smoking. It was primarily marketed as a novelty item, offering a playful role-playing experience.
However, as awareness of the dangers of smoking grew and concerns over the influence of tobacco-related products on children intensified, chocolate cigarettes candy became the subject of controversy. Critics argued that the candy glamorized smoking and could potentially normalize the habit among young people.
As a result, many countries and regions began imposing restrictions and bans on the sale and marketing of chocolate cigarettes candy. Some governments prohibited the sale to minors, while others went further and banned the candy altogether due to its perceived association with smoking.
In response to the controversies and changing societal norms, candy manufacturers adapted their products. Some replaced the candy sticks shaped like cigarettes with alternative shapes, such as plain chocolate sticks or non-cigarette-related designs.
The restrictions and public perception regarding chocolate cigarettes candy led to a decline in its availability and popularity. Today, the candy is less commonly found on store shelves, and its production and marketing are heavily regulated in many countries.
While the history of chocolate cigarettes candy is marked by controversies and changing attitudes, it serves as a reminder of the evolving understanding of the impact of tobacco-related imagery and the importance of responsible marketing practices when it comes to products aimed at children.
Chocolate Cigarettes Candy Memories
Chocolate Cigarettes as they looked in the 1960s.
Ahh... the mere mention of chocolate cigarettes brings me back to the days when it was "cool" to have a cigarette, but we were way to young to smoke. My sisters and I would walk to the downtown (which, where we lived, was only four blocks long). Each of us had some money to spend at the candy store. Most of the time my purchase was a box of chocolate cigarettes.
When we got outside the store, we each dove into our bags of candy. I took out my chocolate cigarettes, pulled one from the box, and held it in my hand the way I'd seen the grown-ups do. It was hard for me to resist the smell of the chocolate inside the wrapper, so my pretend cigarettes were devoured in a jiffy! ~ Anne from New Jersey
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