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Brach’s Candy Pick-A-Mix Was So Fun and Yummy

Remember Brach’s Pick-A-Mix?  This was the best part about going to the grocery store as a kid. My favorites were the Neapolitan Coconuts. The Milk Maid Royals in the colorful foil wrappers weren’t bad either. The ones I liked the least were the jelly nougats. They kind of grossed me out, like the candy version of a fruitcake or something.

Brach's Candy Vintage Candy Bin

Vintage Grocery Store Bin

The one thing that stands out in this picture to me more than anything are the red yarn ribbons in the little girl’s hair. Cindy Brady always wore them on the Brady Bunch. My mother didn’t like them and she never let me wear them. When I did wear ribbons, they were always satin, preferably double-sided.

Brach's Candy Vintage Logo

Brach’s Candy Vintage Logo

Brach’s Candy

I don’t know whatever happened to the Brach’s Pick-A-Mix bins. You could always find them in grocery stores, but they just disappeared one day. It’s the one vintage brand I’ve never seen paraded on T-shirts, and it’s very difficult to find items with the old Brach’s logo. Images of the bins are also really hard to come by.

 

 

For another post on the a favorite candy of Generation X, visit Collecting Candy.

Brach's Candy Pick A Mix

Brach’s Pick A Mix Candy | Photo Courtesy Your Pal Dave on Flickr

Where To Buy Brach’s Candies

There are several online candy companies that sell Brach’s Candy. I’ve had the best luck finding the Jelly Nougats and Milk Maid Royals on Amazon. I found the Neopolitans on Old Time Candy.

What was your favorite Brach’s candy?

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62 Comments

  1. Gary

    I was quietly sitting here before the sun rises, reminiscing of my childhood and found this thoughtful missive that inspired some youthful emotions.
    Both summer vacations and Christmas trips to Grandma’s farm in Idaho would always be highlighted by Brach’s candies. Grandma would prepare the house (and her Chrysler land yacht) with plenty of bowls filled with jelly bean nugates, Neapolitan Coconuts, caramels, Royals, and hard candies like Butterscotchs and peppermints. My favorites were also the Neapolitan Coconuts.

    By the time the week was over, nary a wrapper was to be found nor any latent piece candy. I was thorough in my salvage and overhaul efforts of those bowls.

    Indeed, I would love to see a Crystal bowl on the table filled to overflowing Brach’s Candies again, but all that’s left is a rusty old file cabinet of memories tucked somewhere between my ears…. And a small chalice of caramels my beautiful wife bought at the grocery store yesterday, 😁

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    • David Baros

      Absolutely, positively adored your post about yesteryear and these delectable candy memories. ☺️

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  2. Deb

    I would LOVE to see these back in the grocery stores. That was my favorite part of grocery shopping! Picking all my favorites…yum!!!!

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    • Dick

      Never could afford them but I sure stole a bunch of it.

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      • Jennifer

        You and half of Generation X. LOL!

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      • Gary

        Now we know why the candy bins eventually disappeared, lol.

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        • David Baros

          Yup. Probably a big part of why they disappeared.

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      • Paul

        Me too.

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  3. Dawnelle R Hoover Bryant

    How about the individually wrapped large cinnamon gummy bears❤

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  4. Anonymous

    Please bring back the Brachs, Pick A Mix – what’s the big deal ???

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  5. Matthew

    I used to work as a vendor in some grocery stores in the early 2000’s around the northern MN/WI border. Remember seeing them back then, but seemed to have disappeared around 2005-2007. There was a sample box on the display (10cents each, or 3 for 25 cents or something), so I was dumping change in there several times a week grabbing a few candies.

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    • Jennifer

      I remember when the sample boxes started appearing! I really miss those Brach’s displays. They were the highlight of trips to the store with my mom.

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  6. Angela

    Ahhhhhh. I remember the anticipation of getting to the part of the grocery store where the Pick-A-Mix stand was. I’d start watching my mom’s face to see if she would look over there or look at us to give us the “okay” signal. It was rare thing for us to be able to make room in the food budget for such a treat, but when we did–the chocolate ones filled with orange or cream nougat were my favorites. MMMmmmm!!

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  7. Jill

    Loved the chocolate covered creams!!!!!!! I haven’t had much luck finding them

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    • Anonymous

      Last time I found them was more than 15 years ago at a store up north. The orange were my favorite.

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      • Conrad Good

        Orange for me to.

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        • Dana

          The orange cream chocolates are exactly why I’m searching in here now!! My fav!!

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          • Jennifer

            Yum. Takes a special person to love orange cream chocolates. =) I like them!

        • C-Rod

          Yup, the orange for me too, wish I could find them or something similar but no luck

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  8. Chris

    I liked the sparkles fruit flavored candies and the gumball zingers

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    • Jennifer

      I have no memory of gumball zingers!

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      • Anonymous

        They were like cherry blowpops without the stick. I thought they were called “Gumdingers”.

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        • Anonymous

          Abbracabubble was the most recent name.

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        • David Baros

          I don’t think those were Brach’s candies or from the Brach’s Pick-A-Mix bins.

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  9. Darin

    Don’t forget Circus Peanuts by Brach’s! I loved filling those bags up with the white nougat and juju bee chunks. Bring those bins back!

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  10. Terry

    Do you still make the gum zingers ?Their were red and looked like a fire ball..

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    • Mark Latting

      Hey I remember my pa keeping a bag, and would allow me a piece or two a day, they were very poor but made room for candy. Don’t remember anything that I did not love.

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  11. LauraS

    omg love this. My grandmother use to get me and my sister bagfuls of Brach’s candy, with all the flavors there. And back then, it wasn’t too big of a deal with all of it being out in the open like that, so one time, I decided to let my fingers do the walking, put some in my pocket, and when I got home with my grandmother, she was like “how did you get all of that extra? I have a lot here.” I was like, “um,,, I reached in the bag, when you weren’t looking.” She new better then that LOL.

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    • Jennifer

      Laura – You just made me realize that one of the universal experiences — a collective experience — of Gen-Xers the world over — was stealing Brach’s candy. LOL!!

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      • James

        No, the world all over was not stealing the candy. I grew up with the displays in the stores and lived the candy but never took one that wasn’t paid for.

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      • Paulie

        Dont think those sweets were available outside North America.Instead we had “pick”n mix” most famously available in Woolworths and known to all gen x’ers as “pick ‘n nick” i.e. steal. Most likely a contributing factor to Woolworths going tits up in the UK

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        • Jennifer

          That’s so funny! I’ve never heard it called pick ‘n nick until now. Accurate!

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  12. Mona

    I loved the coffee candy. It was so good! I wish they still made them.

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    • Gabz

      Me too, and i have been looking for them or any trace of what happened to them but no one seems to remember they existed.

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      • Sarah

        Same. Trying to find the Brach’s coffee candy I remember from the 70s. I can picture the wrapper with tiny coffee cups on it. With coffee being so big now, thought they could be popular again.

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  13. connie

    Bring back Brachs coconut neapolitan squares.many miss them.

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    • Carolyn Cramer

      Amen!

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    • Anonymous

      Yes, please!!

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    • DAVID

      This is funny me n my mom was just talking bout those and the pick n mix stations

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      • Jennifer

        Brach’s was a sweet memory I shared with my mom. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Christina

    I loved the fat chocolate candies with a filling. Some were raspberry or orange. I loved them. what were they called?

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    • Jennifer

      Right! I loved those. I think they were called cremes. I’ll have to do some research. I liked the raspberry ones!

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      • Jose

        I believe they were call Chocolate Cremes.

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        • Lyndi

          Do they still make these? I’ve tried looking for them and didn’t know what they were called. I want them so bad!

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    • Anonymous

      Royals. I liked the vanilla.

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      • Casey

        Has anyone found the chocolate cremes? I was going to order some for the holidays!

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  15. Julie

    They need to bring the pick a mix back!! Oh how I miss it!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Mmmmmm!!

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    • Jennifer

      I miss picking from the buffet of candy in all the bins!

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    • DAVID

      Amen they do

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  16. M

    I recently found Brach’s Pick a Mix at the Topps market on Ft Myers Beach, Fl. Got a few handfuls of the milk maid caramels, slightly stale. About 2013 There was also a pick a mix at the Publix Market at Ft Walton Beach FL.

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    • Jennifer

      Thanks for letting us know! I love the Royales!

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  17. BobBarley

    I wish I could buy just the Rum flavored Milk Royals caramels. They were the best.

    I would love to be able to find a Pick A Mix display in my area, but just like many things from my era, they will never be seen again. Too bad, miss the old days.

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  18. Jennifer

     That is so funny that you liked them. And, you have such great taste in food. It must be me! I liked the cinnamon discs, too. And butterscotch. =)

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  19. Jennifer

     There’s a FB page for everything including “Bring Back Twigs.” Yes, I came back and updated the post. Sorry about that! They were difficult to unwrap. LOL!

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  20. Andi Fisher

    Ha-ha the nougat jellies were my favorite – still love them although I rarely eat them!  My palette was not sophisticated enough to enjoy coconut yet! My second favorite was the cinnamon discs – yum!

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    • Vicki

      I loved the jelly nougats too. I found a bag of nougats at dollar General before Easter. But they are no longer thick rectangles. But flat rounds of candy. I miss the royals and the jelly

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  21. Scott Carpenter

    (Ha! Funny – I read this earlier on my Kindle but when I came back to comment, I forgot that you had called out the Neapolitans also. I remember they were often hard to unwrap, but I didn’t mind.)

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  22. Scott Carpenter

    Oh!  I had forgotten all about these. I remember seeing them now, but my mom would rarely indulge in this kind of thing. I really liked the look and taste of the pink and white and brown ones. I guess they’re called Neapolitan Coconut Sundaes, I learn now, and, OH NO!  Horrors!  According to a couple of web sites, they’ve been discontinued. Just this summer. This is as bad as when I learned they no longer make Twigs.

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  23. Jennifergendell

    I didnt like the jelly nougets or those weird sesmame ones. My favorite were Royals–YUM!!! We still have them here in NH at Market Basket.

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