Jolly Rancher’s Stix

At some point, while I was in elementary school, Jolly Ranchers became THE hot candy. The candy store next to school was selling out of them daily. Then they started carry the Jolly Rancher’s Stix and things got weird. At first my schoolmates were just enjoying them, then one day, a kid who had been working on his Stix managed to make it look like a knife. After that everyone started to try to shape their Stix into dangerous looking knives. One month later, the Stix were banned from school. They would still sell out every week at the store, but they went “underground” after that.

I had not thought of them in years until I saw this ad for Stix posted by Cosmo Lutz that features artwork by Mad Magazine’s Don Martin.

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[via] Cosmo Lutz

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2 thoughts on “Jolly Rancher’s Stix

  1. mwentworth says:

    Yeah, these were implements of SELF destruction also. They seemed to be prone to being manufactured with air bubbles that open up after sucking and became torturous little devices that tried to shave off your taste buds. Having said that, I loved them; I would usually break them in half or thirds and put a piece in my mouth, slowly letting it soften and form to the roof of my mouth, like a retainer.

    However, I must say, as much as I loved them, I think this was the vanguard of the new age of green candy that shoved apple down our throats instead of lime.

    GREEN=LIME!!!!

  2. I loved them so much when I was young. I remember making them into points, I guess that would look like a knife. I wonder if you could melt down the Jolly Ranchers and form them into a Stix shape somehow?

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