Benson & Hersheys

Actually, I just made that up. But candy cigarettes are still a thing, albeit a weak one, and Will Truman bought some:

The “Carton” doesn’t actually say “cigarettes” on there anywhere. I don’t know if that’s a recent development or they never did. I can see why they don’t now… The pieces themselves don’t look nearly as cigarette-y as I remember them. I suspect this was the case before. But in my mouth they look as much like a glorified toothpick as anything… They taste exactly as I remember them.

This looks like the package Truman posted; interestingly, the inevitable “Frequently Bought Together” section lists those candy bracelets that always broke when you tried to stretch them, and the infamous Nik-L-Nips, wax bottles containing some mysterious colored liquid.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    26 July 2014 · 10:44 am

    Yup. The candy ones I remember had rough sides and a red smudge at one end. I don’t remember any having a tan band at the other end — I guess they weren’t filtered.

    There were also gum cigarettes, wrapped in paper, I guess because unlike the cigars they were sold in packs and had to be kept from melting together in the box.

    I never picked up much of a candy or gum cigarette habit, nor gum cigars really. If I wanted gum in those days I mostly went for Bazooka or Fleer.

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