Classic candies Alexander the Grape, Mr. Melon and Johnny Apple Treats are back
It's no trick — these treats are back.
Lemonhead candies are celebrating their 55th birthday this year. The tart treat has long been a staple of the Chicago-based Ferrara Pan Candy Company, a classic American confectioner that traces its roots back to 1908. A few years back, Ferrara Pan merged with Farley's & Sathers Candy Company of Minnesota, forming Ferrara Candy Company. The company is still keeping it old school, however, churning out countless Chuckles, Jujyfruits, Red Hots, Boston Baked Beans and, of course, Lemonheads.
Now the iconic Lemonhead has reunited with his old buddies. At the recently held Sweets and Snacks Expo, Ferrara revealed that it is bringing back the beloved Alexander the Grape, Mr. Melon and Johnny Apple Treats. The retro-styled packaging is a nice touch, too.
It has been years since these candies were sold, though Ferrara Pan did offer similar sweets under its "Head" branding — Grapehead, Cherryhead and Applehead. Still, the classic names were missing, and some swear they did not taste the same.
Astute candy aficionados will note that one of the family is rightfully remaining in the past. The racially insensitive Cherry Clan were originally known as Cherry Chan, a reference to the fictional detective Charlie Chan, whose image once graced the box. Cherryhead will suffice in the modern age.
A spokesman for the company said to look for the comeback candies in a Walgreens near you. Better yet, a box is only a quarter, which feels like a pretty old-school price. Check out a video below.
Were any of these your favorite? What other classic candies need to come back?