Thursday, August 3, 2006

Goodbye Reed’s

There once was a company that made boiled sweets (hard candies) in Chicago. Founded in 1893, The Reed Candy Company used copper kettles to boil sugar and corn syrup and other things together to create flavorful treats. In 1931 they started making their most famous product, the Reeds’ Butterscotch candy roll. Later they added more flavors including Cinnamon, Root Beer and Butter Toffee.

At some point in their history The Reed Candy Company was bought out by another Chicago area based sweets company, Amurol Confections (known for their novelty gums like Big League Chew and Bubble Tape) ... and they in turn were bought by Wrigley’s (also based in Chicago). The larger distribution chain should have helped, but I still rarely saw them at drug stores or groceries. I usually saw them at newsstands. Reeds continued to be made with startling consistency from the taste and packaging I remember from my childhood.


For those who have never had them, Reed’s are kind of like Lifesavers, except there’s no hole in the middle, just a slight dent. They’re individually wrapped, which makes for extra-sanitary sharing as well as the ability to pop out the individual candies and put them in your pocket for later (try that with a Lifesaver!).  They come with eight little pieces in a roll. But what was really extraordinary about them was the incredible amount of flavor packed into such a small candy. Part of this was the exceptional texture - these were high-quality boiled sugar sweets that had very few voids or holes so they were extra smooth on the tongue and dissolved well.

The Butterscotch ones used real butter and had a nice hit of salt to them. Though I’m sure the recipes changed over the years (going with artificial flavors and whatnot) they were still much more flavorful than many other candies.


Cinnamon was not for the faint of heart. The little dented red disk had a smooth and soft mouthfeel at first and then exploded with a very strong cinnamon flavor that could rival an Atomic Fireball. It was like the flavor popped and sparkled with itty-bitty reservoirs.

Other roll candies and mints came in cinnamon and butterscotch but no one else made a Root Beer candy. Soft and spicy with a complex flavor that just made you want to roll the little candy over and over in your mouth. Reed’s Root Beer were my go to roll candy - they had the satisfying freshness of a mint and the tingly “activate those salivary glands” stimulation of a fruit sour.

They were always a 10 in my book. But I guess I ignored them and now they’re gone. Back in April they told their distributors that they weren’t going to be making them anymore and the supply was cut off. There are still a few places you can find a reserves on the web (and happily these hard candies are pretty durable when stored correctly):

I got my last rolls at Powell’s in Windsor, CA but they said that they will not ship nor sell whole boxes at any discount.

Butterscotch Reed's (revived by Iconic Candy)UPDATE: Reed’s are coming back. Iconic Candy of New York is working on their final formulations and packaging design and hope to have Reed’s back on store shelves in a limited number of flavors by the end of the year.

You can see the preview of their new candy revivals here. They’re also working on Regal Crown Sours and Bar None.

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Name: Reed's Cinnamon, Butterscotch & Root Beer
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Reed's (Amurol/Wrigley)
Place Purchased: Powell's (Windsor, CA)
Price: $.89
Size: .90 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Hard Candy, United States, Wrigley's, Discontinued

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:36 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Shame, I think they’re one of those treats that people forget about because they don’t look particularly intersting, so they just get left aside.

    They’re the ones that people realise they do really love if they try them again, it’s just that we’re dazzled by 50 dozen different Kit Kats and “Limited edition Siberian ice blast” varitieis of every-which-thing. Not that I’m complaining, I happen to love any and all varties of sweets and treats.

    Comment by GTO on 8/03/06 at 8:20 am #
  2. Oh how I LOVED Reeds when I was growing up.  I was a cinnamon fanatic.  So sad that they are no longer making them.  I never tried the root beer flavor.  I guess it’s now or never.  Thanks for the heads up.

    Comment by Karen on 8/03/06 at 8:22 am #
  3. great site with good look and information…i like it

    Comment by Dirk Karl Ma?at on 8/03/06 at 9:24 am #
  4. Reed’s root beer and the giant rolls of Lifesavers sour cherry were my absolute favs when I was growing up. Too bad they’re both pretty much gone now. It makes me sad.

    Comment by krooie on 8/03/06 at 11:42 am #
  5. Very sad.  I adored the root beer ones.  I still remember the old packaging they had when I was a kid.  A victim of distribution.

    Comment by Dave on 8/03/06 at 4:20 pm #
  6. Oh no! I love, love, love the root beer ones. I’m going to have to try and get my hands on a few more packs while I still can. Thanks for the heads up (as sad as it is), Cybele.

    Comment by Nic on 8/04/06 at 11:43 am #
  7. oh, the rapture of reed’s peppermints!!!  possibly the coolest girl in junior high turned me on to these back in the 70’s.  they were the most gorgeous creme de menthe-y green. the flavor was a bit like crysto-mint lifesavers but less sweet.  super refreshing.  it has been decades since i was able to find a roll anywhere.  mystery solved. (much to my dismay)

    Comment by anne on 8/05/06 at 10:14 am #
  8. I’m going to miss Reed’s!

    Comment by Shmeder on 8/08/06 at 6:22 pm #
  9. Dear Cybele - Grandpa really loved the Reed’s root beer roll.  I liked it myself - it was one of the few rolls of candy that I would eat all of and not find the balance of the candies covered with lint on the bottom of my purse.  I really thought they were gone long ago but then again I never went looking for them.  Love, Mom

    Comment by Mom on 8/11/06 at 4:49 am #

    Comment by FRED ADKINS on 8/16/06 at 11:18 pm #
  11. I have always loved reed’s cinnamon candies. When I was a boy, in West Virginia, in the 60’s my mom bought Reed’s Cinnamon, (Red) and Reeds Mint (wintergreen?) the color was green. The past few years, I would buy them at the Dollar General Store. They they quit sellng them about 3 years ago. The only place that sold them after that, was Cracker Barrel Restaurant.  And the price was 3 times higher than Dollar General. But, I bought them up until about a year ago. Now, they no longer have them either. I have been searching the internet, as to where I can find them. Now I find that they are no longer making them. That saddens me very much.
    I Also liked the Butterscotch and Butter Rum, but, didn’t really like the Root beer flavor. There was another root Beer Candy, however, and they were called Root Beer Barrels, and were shaped like little barrels.

    Comment by Joe Taylor on 8/24/06 at 7:46 am #
  12. My mother loved the Butterscotch ones, and always had them in the candy dish in her living room—from when I was little until most recently—she is 94. If i tell her they stopped making them, she might figure there is no reason to go on living. I’ll remind her that there are still real root beer floats, and that will keep her around a while longer.

    Comment by burl barer on 9/27/06 at 10:02 pm #
  13. I went to every store in my city looking for Root Beer Reeds. I’m sorry to hear they aren’t making them anymore. I used to mix root beer Reeds with Juicy Fruit gum when I was a kid. It sounds strange but it tasted amazing - kind of like a root beer flavored juicy fruit gumball.

    Comment by Bill on 10/14/06 at 6:47 pm #
  14. Well, now I know why they aren’t around anywhere, anymore.  Not even Cracker Barrel.  The flavors were memorable…was the green one really peppermint? or a wintergreen?  it was unique…as were the others…the butterscotch was unreal.  I actually do some consumer research work for wrigley…I’ll ask about Reed’s when I go out there next week.

    Comment by Jeff on 12/05/06 at 10:03 am #
  15. Reeds Sour Cherry…Oh say it ain’t so.  The shape, the sour, the perfect hard candy.  I am not and never was a hard candy kinda girl.  Yet here I sit at my computer..on line trying to google my one and only.  Bring back the traditional suede Gucci loafer in all colors and bring back Reeds Sour Cherry and perhaps Butterscotch too.

    Comment by Barbara Ann on 1/17/07 at 4:03 pm #
  16. One box of Reed’s Root Beer left in my stash and then I don’t know what I will do. This stinks!

    Comment by Henry on 1/17/07 at 7:08 pm #
  17. March ‘07 and I am remembering a mentor of mine and Reeds Cinnamon candies were one of his favorites. After one or two of them Reeds became one of mine too. Sad to know they are both gone. R.I.P Reeds and John A. you are missed

    Comment by Bryan W on 3/18/07 at 9:00 am #
  18. Reed?s root beer and the giant rolls of Lifesavers sour cherry were my absolute favs when I was growing up. Too bad they?re both pretty much gone now. It makes me sad.

    Comment by 3D Konfigurator on 3/27/07 at 10:04 pm #
  19. GIVE ME MY REEDS ROOTBEER CANDIES!!!!!!  They are the best candy that my mom and I ever shared.  It breaks my heart that we can’t get them anymore.

    Comment by Abbey on 4/05/07 at 2:58 pm #
  20. My Father bought this company back in the mid 80’s. Profits were bad and the factory was out dated. He moved the products to Mich to be made and sold the plant. I remember as a kid all the candy we would have around Halloween. In time they sold the candy and the gum divsions. My folks still have a few boxes of the candy and teaberry gum around at there home. I believe it was the best made candy just a poorly ran company.

    Comment by David Maude on 6/11/07 at 8:17 am #
  21. we now have no butterscotch but we have PLENTY of Root Beer REEDS - about 50 left. or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by ANTONIO DUMAS on 6/11/07 at 9:20 am #
  22. Oh yes Reed’s Cinnamon Candy’s were the best. My best friend and I use to buy them by the box when heading back to school at the bus station. We boared at the school so had to get enough for the week. There is nothing like them as I have tried many many Hard Cinnamon Candies. Good bye to an era of delight.

    Comment by Linnell on 6/22/07 at 12:31 pm #
  23. My dad was the purchasing agent at Reed Candy for many years, and our family enjoyed lots of candy growing up!  It is heartwarming to read of many others who really enjoyed this great product!

    Comment by Ron MIchaelson on 7/31/07 at 1:02 pm #
  24. For a short in the late 1970s, my mother worked at the Reed Candy factory in Chicago, which, if memory serves, was off of Belmont and Southport Aves.  I remember walking there w/ siblings to see her, and that she had to wear a hairnet and earplugs.  There were some railroad tracks nearby that may have passed right in front of the factory.  It’s all townhomes now, has been for a long long time.  Funny, I never did develop a taste for Reed’s, but they are still a cherished memory.

    Comment by Gus on 8/10/07 at 11:27 am #
  25. Looking to see if there is a history of “Reed’s” Candy Company that can be found anywhere. I had contacted Wrigley last year and they said they could not assist me. Surely there is at least a Biographical Sketch somewhere of the founders and/or history of the company?


    Scott Reed

    Comment by Scott on 8/20/07 at 3:33 am #
  26. Scott Reed, Try LOTTO GUM. They were the ones that bought the candy part of the company.

    Comment by David on 8/20/07 at 4:54 am #
  27. I have a candy jar from Reed’s Candy Co. from 1921.  I wonder if it would be worth anything today.  Anybody have any idea where I could find out something about it? Cinnamon way yummy.

    Comment by Bernadette Crist on 9/06/07 at 1:50 pm #
  28. Reeds Rootbeer update, at the moment we are currently SOLD OUT of all flavors except the Toffee flavor, we have about 100 rolls of this . we hope to get some more of the other flavors in soon, someone says they have lots to sell us. i will keep you posted.
    Antonio - To The Moon Marketplace

    Comment by ANTONIO DUMAS on 9/06/07 at 3:26 pm #
  29. Thank you for the information. Now I finally know, why I can’t find Reed?s anymore..

    Comment by James on 9/12/07 at 8:56 am #
  30. Dear Scott Reed and others who may have worked at the factory on Fletcher Street in Chicago,

    My name is Bill Reed, Jr. Grandson of William Thomas Reed, former President of Reed Candy Company while it was still family owned.  After my Grandfather passed away in 1968, my Dad, who was VP at the time (to the best of my knowledge) sold controlling interest of the company to either Loews or Lorillard—I’ll have to check.  Eventually our family was out of the business all together.  I also remember clear as day the smell inside the factory on Fletcher Street—the cinnamon and butterscotch definitely stand out!  I remember picking and eating pieces of the broken candies out of the reject kettles while they were still warm!  I was only about 4 yrs old at the time.  It’s really great to read all the comments and to know that something as simple as candy has been able to touch so many lives!  I’m also sorry to find out it’s not being manufactured anymore—my supplies have run out, except for a few ‘vintage’ rolls.

    Bill Reed, Jr.

    Comment by Bill Reed, Jr. on 9/13/07 at 5:58 pm #
  31. Hello Bill Reed!

    I was very thrilled to see your posting this morning! I was curious if you may have any more information or leads on the company. Also….there has been a persistent rumor that our branch of the family was related somehow to the “Reed Candy Company” Reed’s from long ago. My Reed’s (Marcellus James Reed) came to the Chicago area from Pennsylvania around 1840 and then moved to Racine Wisconsin and was a Candy Maker/Grocer. The sons ended up being Candy Maker’s as well. I was curious to know if you have many records on your ancestors and the original “Reed” who formed the company. If you would like to communicate directly my e-mail address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Best Regards!

    Scott Reed

    Comment by Scott Reed on 9/14/07 at 5:00 am #
  32. I started as the plant accountant at the Fletcher
    street factory in 1978 and left as the controller in 1981 to work for Salerno Cookies. During the time I was at REED’S they were owned by HP HOOD, INC of Boston. The REED corporate offices were in Rolling Meadoes, IL. New products were introducted at that time which were supposed to save the company. These products were “THE MINT” a knockoff of Velamints and “SPOUT” gum which was imported from Korea to compete with other liquid-filled gums.

    I remeber well how swarms of bees would gather by the trash cans on Fletcher street in the summer when garbage pickup was late.

    Sorry to hear REED Candy is no more!

    Comment by Scott Monday on 9/20/07 at 6:24 pm #
  33. What a disappointment to read that Reed’s Candy’s are no longer being made. As a kid here in Denver I can vividly remember Reed Butterscotch, my absolute favorite. I was also partial to the Root Beer, and if I’m not mistaken, Spearmint, Yummm.
    It’s sad to see that a lot of my childhood favorite candys are disappearing.  I am also looking for “Black Cow” Toffee suckers.
    The ritual on Saturday Movie Matinee day was to go to the candy counter at the theater and buy a box of Jujubee’s, a black cow sucker and a package of necco wafer candy, that pretty much kept me busy during the double feature.
    The next thing I’ll read is that Theater Pop Corn is being discontinued.

    Comment by Ron L. on 9/20/07 at 9:15 pm #

    Comment by ANTONIO DUMAS on 9/21/07 at 4:50 am #
  35. All this talk about reeds candy rolls, and yet nobody mentions the best, Reeds lollie pops. To the best of my memory, they had 3 flavors, rootbeer, butterscotch, and cherry. They were spade shaped about the size of a serving spoon, and had a saftey handle looped out of it’s wide side. Reeds had a tang to it’s flavor, that can’t be matched. I woke up a 5 am this morning wanting some reeds, and thought that I would Google Reeds to find out where I could get some. I am really bummed out to find that they are no longer being made.

    Comment by Robert Bergman on 11/04/07 at 3:33 am #
  36. Sorry to hear Reeds Candy is no more.  They had several great flavors that I recall.  Among those
    were root beer, cinnamon, butterscotch, spearmint, peppermint, wintergreen, sour cherry and I even remember black licorice too.  Does anyone recall any more flavors than the ones I listed? 

    I still have some root beer and cinnamon left.  Guess I’ll break em out for special occasions.

    Comment by Matt on 12/01/07 at 5:46 pm #
  37. I am very disappointed that you have stopped putting the candy cane lifesavers in bags this Christmas.  I always bought enough to last me through the year, because I really enjoyed them.  Now I have to buy two other flavors that I am not too fond of, in order to get the candy cane lifesavers that I love, and also is more expensive.  Please consider putting the candy cane lifesavers back into bags—-in fact I would like to be able to purchase them all year.

    Thanks ,

    Shirley Daniels

    Comment by Shirley Daniels on 12/05/07 at 4:02 am #
  38. I have been looking everywhere for the candy cane lifesavers and so have my friends.Are they gone forever? It was something we bought every Christmas.Thanks.

    Comment by Patty Wills on 12/13/07 at 5:26 pm #
  39. Bring back Reed’s! I had no idea they weren’t around anymore. I had a sudden urge for some Reed sour cherry candy and was checking out several online candy stores when I saw this blog. They really were far superior to LifeSavers IMHO.

    Comment by Linda Sicker on 1/02/08 at 2:46 pm #
  40. Many years ago, I bought a bag of Reed’s Butterscotch at a local Walgreen’s.  Reed’s was hard to come by here in Florida and I couldn’t wait to get home and open it.  What a crashing disappointment when the taste came across as butter rum.  I was so incensed that I wrote the company (Wrigley’s, I believe) and asked them why they would change the recipe on a proven, beloved product which had such a unique and perfect flavor.  I got back a form letter and some gum.  I wrote again demanding a personal response.  Another form letter reply and gum.  It was a sad, sad day.

    Whay can’t some candy maker buy the rights to the old recipe and put it back into production?  I always felt that the old product suffered from limited distribution.  I would like to see the return of the original recipe in the squares that they used to sell at Kresge’s bulk candy counter in Michigan.  (Remember the joys of the dime store candy counter?  Wal Mart’s candy aisle just isn’t the same.  The spending of a quarter meant agonies of indecision.  10 cents for jelly beans and 15 cents for gum drops.  Or 5 cents each of red hots, tootsie rolls, peanut butter logs, butterscotch, and root beer balls.)  Yet another Reed’s product was a can of butterscotch discs.  They sat so flat and tidy on the tongue and you could add a new disc when the old one got a hole sucked in it.  They looked like Bingo markers, not the regular candy’s biconcave disc.

    Before all of the old candy makers die off, someone really needs to resurect that butterscotch recipe and whoever holds the rights to it, needs to have a heart and share it with the world.  Reed’s Butterscotch tasted like NONE OTHER and shouldn’t be a lost treat.

    Comment by Rebecca Scully on 1/04/08 at 7:35 am #
  41. I had my first Reeds Peppermint in July 1965 on Johnson Island, SW of Honolulu, while on a search mission for an Air Force transport that disappeared enroute from Tokyo to Honolulu. Have carried Reeds Peppermint and/or Cinnamon since 1965. Was told I was shipped the last two sleeves of the Peppermint in the Amurol warehouse from a person at Amurol Products. When those were exhausted I began carrying Reeds Cinnamon. Ordered my last Reeds Cinnamon from a candy company in Victorville, Ca (I believe) and now down to 5 rolls in the freezer.  Called Amurol about a year ago and was asked how I got their number.  Called Wrigley and those people were absolutely uncooperative.  Does anyone know where I can get Reeds Cinnamon?  If not, what is recommended as substitute?  My preference is still Peppermint.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Donell Mathews, Colonel, USAF (Ret) on 1/07/08 at 3:14 pm #
  42. I have lived for 20 years in a home in Winnetka, IL which I have been told was previously the home of Mrs Reed of the Reed Candy Company. If this is true, I would love to learn more about the years she lived in the house and any changes that were made to the house at that time.  Perhaps Bill Reed Jr., grandson of William Thomas Reed, would have this information?  With thanks, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Comment by M. J. LaViolette on 1/13/08 at 5:10 am #
  43. OH MY GOSH!! I can’t believe I have so much company as a lover of Reed’s candies. I could echo everything Joe Taylor (entry #11) said….Dollar General….Cracker Barrell….looking looking….a mission, really for Reed’s Cinnamon candy. A little store near me in Steamboat Springs, Colorado would order me a case of them but last summer the manager called me with the bad news that they were no longer available through their distributor. I decided to research my favorite candy on the Internet, only to learn they’re not being made anymore. PLEASE!! Someone!!! I beg of you to start making them again! I got “hooked” on them in high school & several of my 7 children love them as well as their spouses. My husband would buy them for me for Valentine’s Day! There IS a market out there!
    Sincerely, Cheryl Smith

    Comment by Cher yl Smith on 1/31/08 at 4:40 pm #
  44. Lets just raise 10 million,buy the rights.
    They were never sold at gas stations,poor marketing by Wrigleys.

    Comment by dave on 2/19/08 at 2:19 pm #
  45. Reed’s peppermints were the best! And the cimmomon was a close second.  I remember the candies were individually wrapped and the peppermint had a silver wrapper. I wish they still made these, as the peppermints were unique and didn’t taste like any other company’s.

    Comment by Dan Redfield on 5/10/08 at 4:35 pm #
  46. If anyone has a source for the Reeds root beer flavor candy, please let me know…937-299-2558

    Bob Krotts

    Comment by Bob Krotts on 5/29/08 at 8:06 pm #
  47. I was pleased to stumble upon this site as the founder, William Thomas Reed, is my great great grandfathers brother, James E Reed. My uncle, Reed Lepley, is actually named after the Reed family. My aunt has the original picture of the Reed brothers taken after the Civil War. My grandmother, Lila Lepley, is grandaughter of James Erastus Reed. Which means Bill Reed Jr and my grandmother are cousins.

    Bill, we haven’t much information about James Reed’s involvement with the territory of Montana. Would you happen to know more specifics regarding this part of our family history?

    Wasn’t he one of, or the first marshall of the newly formed Montana territory? My great grandmother, Margaret Reed Peterson- daughter of James, used to keep a framed certificate of his appointment to this position. The framed certificate went to Great Grandma’s niece Helen the last we heard.

    If you can fill in any of these gaps, please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). My aunt Margaret and I are working on our family tree and would love a bit more detailed information on all of the Reed brothers in the picture. The picture lists (on the back frame) their names and occupations only.

    Comment by crystal oatley on 6/02/08 at 6:16 pm #
  48. Those look very very good i wish they still have those cuz i want some!

    Comment by Candy Lover on 7/10/08 at 6:14 am #
  49. Does anyone know of any candies that can imitate at least the flavor of the cinnamon role?

    My dad was really upset after reading about the close and i wanted to know if i could buy him anything similar in taste just so he has something other than the one role in his car that he doesn’t want to waste

    Comment by Mike on 8/07/08 at 4:13 pm #
  50. For those of you who are Reeds cinnamon candy lovers, don’t give up looking for them!  We were shopping at a small country store near our home (Rexford, NY) and to our great surprise, there they were on the shelf.  We purchased 2 boxes of them.  Apparently, they are a product which the distributor still has a supply of.  The candies are fresh and we are thrilled to have a stock of our Reed’s candies back!

    Comment by Lorie on 8/13/08 at 2:02 pm #
  51. For Lorie.

    Can you please give more information on the location of the Reeds products?

    Many thanks.

    Don Mathews   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Donell Mathews, Colonel, USAF (Ret) on 8/13/08 at 2:09 pm #
  52. Reeds rootbeer and cinnamon candy rolls were great, but my favorites were the suckers—just like Robert Bergman desribed,#35, but orange too. No one I ever talked to remembered them! Thank you all!
    I would love to get some if anyone knows…
    Yum !  Jane O

    Comment by Jane Onken on 9/01/08 at 10:38 am #
  53. My dad found a half a roll of the cinnamon rolls in his jacket pocket on a fishing trip this week… you should have seen his face light up with joy…

    Can someone please recommend an alternative candy for me to buy him?

    Comment by Mike on 9/01/08 at 10:41 am #
  54. To Mike:
    It looks to me like your Dad could have cashed in on that find! Ten bucks to taste a piece of Reeds again! It’s been awhile since he wore that jacket! That’s great.
    Jane O

    Comment by Jane Onken on 9/03/08 at 1:08 pm #
  55. I quit smoking 36 years ago with the help of Reeds candy.  I found the sharp, tangy taste of their root beer, cinnamon, and spearmint flavors helped cut the craving from my 3-pack a day habit.  It would have been so much harder without my candy fix!

    I’ve been searching for a source in the hope that my son could use them in the same way.  I have tried other brands and none so far matches up.

    Thanks for the quick trip down memory lane!

    Comment by Andy on 9/13/08 at 5:12 am #
  56. I have two beautiful Reed Co glass candy jars about 12 inches tall and 4 inches wide. One is Reeds butter Scotch Patties and had a screw on lid. The other embossed in the glass says Reed’s Peppermint Patties and Eugene O. Reed Co.  Chicago and had a cork or paper stopper lid.

    Comment by Al Finseth on 9/23/08 at 4:08 am #
  57. There has got to be a way to bring back Reed’s candy.  How do we find out who has the recipes?  They are not doing anyone any good by sitting in some safe somewhere.  Someone needs to get ahold of that recipe and let the world enjoy them once again.

    Comment by Syd Symon on 9/25/08 at 1:33 pm #
  58. Agreed,

    Either sell it to a candy company or put it online so people can try their hands at making it…

    I watch food network… ill try making them

    Comment by Mike on 9/25/08 at 1:48 pm #
  59. I elected to receive updates to my previous comment (#40) and so occasionally receive a new email.  I decided to do a little Internet research and when you search “Reed’s” you are sent to Wrigley.  So I sent them an email requesting a personal reply.  I got a form letter by email.  They DID however, include a phone number which I just finished calling.  I got a real, live person on the other end and she was able to pull up my email. 

    In my email to Wrigley, I cited this blog and requested that they put the candy into production again.  If they are unwilling or unable to do so, I requested that they sell the recipes to another company.  Perhaps if the faithful readers of the Candy Blog, POLITELY make their wishes known to Wrigley, we will get what we desire.  So if you have a minute, try calling 1-800-WRIGLEY and state your case.  I didn’t think to do so, but maybe the next guy can ask Wrigley to reply directly to this blog.

    Comment by Rebecca on 9/29/08 at 8:55 am #
  60. I’m #43 on this blog. Thank you, Rebecca #40 for the heads-up and for being pro-active in trying to get Reed’s Candy to hit the market again. I will definitely call the 800 number above. Did you give them the blog address?
    I too get updates and am amazed at the interest in putting Reed’s Candy back on the market.
    This could be a real, successful grass-roots campaign!
    Cheryl Smith

    Comment by Cheryl Smith on 9/29/08 at 9:42 am #
  61. Hi Rebecca!
    What did the person at Wrigley say to you about making Reed’s candy?  Did they say they would think about it?  I don’t know why they stopped making it.  It is such an awesome product.  I love the cinnamon flavor.  They are the best!
    I will try and call Wrigley and see how far I get.  Do they have an email address?  We should get ahold of that and bombard them with emails.

    Comment by Syd Simon on 9/29/08 at 9:43 am #
  62. Hi,

    I am blogger #39 and just got off the phone with Wrigley. I spoke to a young lady who was very sympathetic and said she would pass my comments along, to whom I don’t know. I told her there were a number of people who missed Reed’s candy.

    Comment by Linda Sicker on 9/29/08 at 10:58 am #
  63. Well folks, I just spoke with “Mel” at Wrigley who said she had just had another call a few minutes before from someone requesting that the company either start making our beloved Reed’s candies or pass the recipe to another candy company. She was very nice & promised to pass along my comments & request. Hey! It’s a start!!
    Cheryl (Blogger #43)

    Comment by Cheryl Smith on 9/29/08 at 11:31 am #
  64. I spoke with Mel also.

    Comment by Linda Sicker on 9/29/08 at 11:43 am #
  65. Great… I just spent 12 bucks on ebay for 3 “vintage” rolls for my dad and you guys are getting them remade, which will probably wind up being at like 50 cents a roll… way to screw me up guys… lol

    Comment by Mike on 9/29/08 at 2:30 pm #
  66. Never mind the 12 bucks; you actually found them! If we are successful in getting them produced again, especially at 50 cents a roll, I’ll buy you a few dozen rolls! lol.

    Comment by Linda Sicker on 9/29/08 at 2:45 pm #
  67. #20 here, I might have to visit my folks freezer and see how much candy we have left, maybe do a raffle for some of the candy

    Comment by davd on 10/03/08 at 8:10 am #
  68. Cinnamon Reeds-definitely only for a true cinnamon junkie, oh how I loved them.  So sad to hear that yet another great candy is no longer available.

    The individual wrappers also meant that if you found a forgotten roll the left over candies weren’t too sticky and dusty to eat!

    Comment by norby on 10/03/08 at 1:17 pm #

    Comment by Lori on 10/10/08 at 9:00 am #
  70. For those who can go back to the 1950’s with Reed Candy, my Dad, Lloyd Junghans, was the Chief Chemist with the company until we moved to Orlando FL. in December of 1958. I to have many great memories of visiting my Dad at the company plant. For a number of years after Dad left the company he continued to correspond with C.D. Reed. But with everything time past, my Mom past away, and I was drafted and Dad just last touch with the Reed family. It was a slow day here in Baghdad so I Googled Reed Candy Company and got to see some great pictures of the plant, and I was able to buy an old tin. My Dad past away in 2001, but it’s great to know that the company still lives on.

    David Junghans

    Comment by David Junghans on 10/25/08 at 4:08 am #
  71. Besides the Reeds candy anyone remember the sour lemon drops that were packaged just like reeds, I cant remember the brand and would like to find some.
    email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Jennifer on 11/22/08 at 5:06 am #
  72. Cybele's avatar

    Jennifer - I remember another discontinued candy called Regal Crown. They had a sour cherry and a single flavor lemon roll and I think a mixed fruit.

    They were little pieces, a bit thicker than Reed’s but wrapped in white waxed paper. The rolls were longer.

    Could that be it?

    Comment by Cybele on 11/22/08 at 7:44 am #
  73. Oh my god, I was just in the mood for REEDS and always bought them in long island, westbury at the local 5 and 10 store and now they don’t carry them, I can’t believe they are truely gone forever, loved cinnamon and root beer and also Royal crown sour cherry and lemon which has dissappeared. I also have a hard time finding Charms candies another individually wrapped candy that tastes great and can’t be found anywhere but online now. So sad that all the great candies are going bye bye. I want my cinnamon REEDS !!!!

    Comment by Michele on 12/07/08 at 4:52 pm #
  74. Boy , this is the first time I found this site. I sad to here no more REEDS cinnamom . I used them for a sore throat . Best thing I ever found for a sore throat . Now what????

    Comment by Paul Jones on 12/14/08 at 8:43 am #
  75. I remember my Grandpa always carried a roll of Reeds Sour Cherry in his overalls.  I was always begging for a candy.  I’m sad they are no longer being made.  It’s been 45 years, but Jolly Rancher Cherry is the closest…if memory serves.

    Comment by Carla Tedford on 12/26/08 at 10:16 am #
  76. Does anyone know the recipe for Reeds Cinnamon candy?  If we can’t have the real thing, maybe we could try making it ourselves

    Comment by Sue Ketron on 1/12/09 at 2:44 pm #
  77. haha, very good point, if they arent going to do anything with the recipe at least make it public so that fans can try to enjoy it

    alton brown in good eats from the food network has a good episode about how to properly melt sugar for different candy consistencies, all you need is the flavor

    Comment by Mike on 1/12/09 at 2:49 pm #
  78. I heard Reed Candy was no more.. I’m a farmer and remember sitting with my Dad mining the cows sucking on my Reed Root Beer Candy.. Dad would yell at me for putting the whole roll of candy in my mouth.. I’ve searched for a replacement Root Beer, but nothing close.. So sad.. If anyone knows of a good root beer please let me know.. Gee I’d buy the rights, but what few farmers like me that are left, lucky we can pay the taxes..

    Comment by Andy Vavrek on 1/31/09 at 1:11 am #
  79. In the back of a basement closet I found 3 large butterscotch colored Reed’s Butter Scotch Wafers Pure as Gold antique tins.  Anyone know if these are worth anything to anyone?  They say 20 lbs. on them.

    Comment by Cathy on 1/31/09 at 3:27 pm #
  80. I’m craving Reeds Cinnamon Candies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My daughter is pregnant & I’ve got the craving
    for something unavailable. Just my luck…lol

    Comment by Kathy Witherspoon on 2/01/09 at 9:02 pm #
  81. I have a Reeds cinnamon reusable bank tin that I found in some things from my mother-in-law. It is burgandy,white & gold. A one time it contained individually wrapped cinnamon candy. I am wondering if it is worth anything. If anyone knows about it I would like to hear from you.

    Comment by Janie on 2/21/09 at 9:32 am #
  82. so sad to hear… I loved Reed’s candy back in the day, especially cinnamon. It was difficult to find as an adult so my brother and I were always on the lookout for it. We would come across it in the most random places! But it’s been a long time since we could find it, and now I know why.

    Comment by Brenda Liddon on 3/17/09 at 11:52 am #
  83. For commenters #71 & 72…I remember those candies as well.  Especially the sour cherry.  They were packaged somewhat like Reeds but did have a whita, waxed paper type wrapper.  I’ve been looking for them as well as the Reeds.  The sour cherry and Reeds cinnamon were my favorite that I bought every time I went to the skating rink when I was a kid.  Let me know if you find out what the sour cherry brand was.

    Comment by Kathi on 4/08/09 at 8:18 am #
  84. I believe the sour cherry candies were made by Regal Crown. They were also a favorite of mine and no longer are made, either.

    Comment by Linda Sicker on 4/08/09 at 8:41 am #
  85. I feel so incredibly sad that REEDS is no longer in business.  One would think that with such a high volume of people inquiring, that the person who has that recipe would come forward.  It’s obvious that something that good and popular would not just be thrown away.  So, c’mon, WHOEVER AND WHEREVER YOU ARE, MAKE SOME CANDY! If you don’t, you’re a fool. But don’t try to fool a REED’S customer.  We’ve got those flavors memorized down to the very last taste.I LOVE CINNAMON EVERYTHING but I have never, ever found in all my trips to get candy,anything that even comes remotely close to REEDS CINNAMON CANDY.Please REEDS, you’re not just delicious candy, but you’re a WONDERFUL CHILD HOOD MEMORY. NOW GET TO WORK! YOU COULD BE MAKING A FORTUNE!!!  THANK YOU!

    Comment by Lorraine Jacobson on 4/18/09 at 11:14 pm #




                REED’S CANDY!!!
              YOU’RE ONE OF A KIND!

    Comment by Charles Mostert on 4/18/09 at 11:36 pm #
  87. Hi

    My grandfather was George Washington Reed the brother, my uncle who started Reeds candies.

    I remember the cases of candy around christmas

    To Mr. Bill Reed Jr.

    Comment by edward banks on 4/30/09 at 8:52 pm #
  88. i used to buy these wonderful reeds lifesavers everytime i saw them ,which was at service stations & restaurants type places.always thought it was so unusual stores never sold them.what a loss to such a fantastic product.everone i talk to that remembers them have the same opinion. this would be a fantastic business venture for someone..PLEASE

    Comment by mark sipes on 6/05/09 at 6:09 am #
  89. I was just wondering if there was some place that I can purchase Reed products specificly the rolls of cinnamon.

    Comment by Darryl King on 6/05/09 at 12:00 pm #
  90. response to #89



    Comment by mark sipes on 6/05/09 at 2:03 pm #
  91. I was Director of Operations for Reed in the early seventies and witnessed the beginning of its downfall. It beagn when Hood took all the cash Reed was going to spend on national distribution of The Mint, after its test markets showed it to be a winner. Some over-management by Hood and mis-management within Reed were too much to overcome dspite the quality of our products. It is a pleasure to see so many people recalling Reed and its products.

    Comment by Jim Bourg on 6/23/09 at 7:37 am #
  92. I have been looking everywhere to find the Reed’s
    candy rolls.  After not being able to find them anywhere, I decided to search on the internet.  So disappointed to find that they are not being made anymore.  I, too, cannot understand why some company and/or somebody in the know would not immediately jump on this product.  I bought them for years and do not believe that there is another candy mint on the market that is anywhere near as GREAT as the Reed’s were.  I loved the root beer, cinnamon and butter scotch.  I so hope that someone somewhere will jump on this for all of us Reed lovers.

    Comment by June Shoop on 6/29/09 at 6:58 am #
  93. I have started a group on facebook to bring back Reeds.

    Comment by mjak on 7/12/09 at 3:04 pm #
  94. mjak - what’s the name of the facebook group for Reeds?  Just went through 50+ pages of Reeds and didn’t find it.  Thanks!

    Comment by Kathi on 7/13/09 at 9:36 am #
  95. I just joined. It’s Bring Back Reeds.

    Comment by Linda on 7/13/09 at 9:55 am #
  96. LOL, yeah It would have been helpful if I put the name of the group up!!!  Thanks Kathi, it is Bring Back Reeds.

    Comment by mjak on 7/13/09 at 10:28 am #

    Dear Kathi,

    Thank you for contacting the Wrigley Company to request information.  We are always happy to hear from our consumers and will be happy to answer your question.

    We will certainly pass your comments along to our Marketing and Corporate Development directors.  Your point of view, along with other comments we may receive about this issue, will be carefully considered.

    We thank you once again for taking time to contact us.


    Molly Flay
    Consumer Affairs Representative

    Please do NOT reply to this email.  If you would like to respond to this message, click on the link below.

    Comment by Kathi on 7/14/09 at 5:14 am #
  98. Is it just me or was that an automated response?  Therefore meaning that its possible no one will look at the emails?

    Comment by Mike on 7/14/09 at 5:18 am #
  99. Could be, but still, if lots of people start emailing, maybe they will get the message.

    Comment by Kathi on 7/14/09 at 5:20 am #
  100. Some of us actually called Wrigley last year. Please refer to blog #59. You can reach them at 1-800-WRIGLEY. I don’t think too many of us called, so I don’t know if more peple called that would have a stronger impact than an email or not.

    Comment by Linda on 7/14/09 at 6:11 am #
  101. Rebecca #40 and #59 here.  Just got off the phone from 1-800-WRIGLEY.  I asked if anyone actually reviewed the calls and was told that they do.  I gave the girl the address of this blog and asked her to have someone at Wrigley respond directly to the blog.  It would not hurt if all of you, again politely, called the 800# and stated your case.  We baby boomers are not necessarily the demographic the company is aiming for.  I asked that if Wrigley wasn’t interested in producing this “niche” product, that they offer the recipe for sale to some company willing to go for the nostalgia factor and make a candy with a built-in fan club.  Perhaps if we pester Wrigley long enough, they will take the trouble to respond.

    Comment by Rebecca on 7/14/09 at 9:35 am #
  102. I added a petition link to the website at facebook.  My hope is too gather enough signatures to present this to Wrigleys and maybe interest them in offering these candies again.  If not Wrigleys prehaps we can interest another company.  I know it is just a candy but it was special to me.


    Comment by mjak on 7/14/09 at 3:12 pm #
  103. For Jim Bourg - I found a copy of “Reed Candies Product Specifications dated December 1978” which listed you as a receipient.

    Comment by scott monday on 9/09/09 at 8:21 am #
  104. I’m surprised no one has mentioned Reed’s Teaberry!

    Comment by John on 11/04/09 at 6:07 pm #
  105. Teaberry was the best!  I don’t even know what teaberry is, or was, but I loved them.  Root Beer was fantastic too, I remember they didn’t crack or split, so you never cut your tongue on them like you did on the Brach’s pick-a-mix root beer barrels.

    Comment by Alex on 11/09/09 at 8:41 am #
  106. If we all miss Reeds so much maybe we should email the Previous owner.  With a reciepe and people that love the product stranger things have occurred.  I too loved the product.
    Durand, IL

    Comment by Karen on 12/21/09 at 3:39 pm #
  107. Can anyone as of today (2-8-2010), tell me where I can buy both Reeds Cinnamon and Root Beer candies? In addition, since apparently they’re not going to be manufactured anymore, is the recipe or the company for sale? They, by far were the best hard roll candy EVER!
      Just like so many other great items, food or otherwise, a little promotion wouldn’t have hurt a bit, they’d probably still be here!
      I’m sitting here with my mouth watering just at the thought of popping one in my mouth.

    Comment by Mike on 2/08/10 at 5:15 pm #
  108. My point is made!  A little promotion can go a long way…Regal Crown Sour Cherry and Lemon, as much as I loved them, I forgot about them until they were mentioned here.
      Again…mouth watering! I want them so bad right now, along with the Reeds, I can’t explain it!!!

    Comment by Mike on 2/08/10 at 5:29 pm #
  109. What can we do to bring back Reed’s Cinnamon Candy Rolls?  I know that if Wrigley were to manufacture them again, they would sell like hot cakes.  Maybe we could get petitions together and give them to our local TV, radio and newspaper personalities to hold a campaign to “Bring Back Reed’s!”  I’m game - is anyone else?

    Comment by Yvonne "Taylor on 2/18/10 at 1:53 pm #
  110. Wonderful candy.  Wish that you could still buy them.  Literally the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by June Shoop on 2/18/10 at 2:41 pm #
  111. Always loved your candy. I have Reeds Candy Jar—on the front is Reed’s Patties, Reed Candy Company, Chicago. On the bottom Pat D. June 28, 21.Around bottom circular—-Smalley Kivlan Onthank Boston????? Worth anything???  It is about 12 inches high with cork around the lid not very big around—can’t get an adult hand in the jar but a child’s , maybe…...

    Comment by KAREN MATTHEWS on 3/10/10 at 11:26 am #
  112. Does anyone know a sucker possibly by Reed’s called the pooka sucker? My brother and I would dance around when our great aunt came to visit because she always brought what we called “plooka suckers”. I read in a book about a sucker called Reeds pooka sucker. The colors were subdued colors…purple, yellow, green, etc. and were a real treat!

    Comment by Hal on 4/24/10 at 6:28 pm #
  113. Cybele's avatar

    Hal - it was called Paloops.

    They were the original “safety sucker” that used a loop of string instead of a stick. They were introduced in 1933. There’s a mention of them in this Time Magazine article.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/25/10 at 11:50 am #
  114. #113, thanks for your answer. Of course, that makes good sense. “Plooka” for Paloops, just what a child might say. The mystery is solved!

    Comment by Hal on 4/25/10 at 6:57 pm #

    Comment by Jessie brissett on 5/11/10 at 6:07 am #
  116. Great story Jessie!

    Comment by Linda Sicker on 5/11/10 at 6:18 am #
  117. I too have fond memories of REED’s, old time favorites were RootBeer and Butterscotch.  However, recently I been thinking about an infrequent favorite…Teaberry.  Yes, I know about the gum by Clark, but I remember the Teaberry Reed’s.  I can’t do gum and miss the little disc’s of pleasure.
    I will miss the company, the product, and the flavors.

    Comment by R-B Honney on 5/23/10 at 10:02 am #
  118. I am really missing my Reeds Cinnamon and Butterscotch candies!!!!!!!!!  They have been my favorite for years! Most recently I had purchased them at Cracker Barrel, I was unable to find them anywhere else. I don’t understand why they were not in grocery stores and gas stations by cash registers!                       
    Kathy Brown:(

    Comment by Kathy Brown on 6/04/10 at 5:53 pm #
  119. I grew up an Reed’s cinnamon candy. I’ve stopped growing! Need Reed’s!!!!!!

    Comment by Jack Simpson on 6/25/10 at 7:10 am #
  120. Reed’s also made a killer fruit flavored assorted candy that was only sold in a big bag. The flavors were so smooth and mild and included orange, lemon, lime and cherry. The flavors were not bitter or tart but extremely smooth. As much as I loved the Root Beer one’s, these fruit flavored ones were a hidden gem.

    Comment by walter pompei on 8/09/10 at 6:13 pm #
  121. I am 48 and as a kid, I loved to go to our local penny candy store, Lepley’s in Sunbury, PA.  By far, my most favorite candy was Reed’s Cinnamon life savers.  I LOVED the way they burned my tongue!  I bought them up until a few years ago, when I couldn’t find them anymore.  If they are truly gone, it’s the end of an era.

    Comment by Don Woodring on 8/26/10 at 10:40 am #
  122. I have e-mailed wrigley and they said they feel that it was not that popular and that was the reason they were not making it anymore. I miss them to. I sure wish they would reconsider. they were my favorite

    Comment by Michelle McIntire on 11/29/10 at 7:56 pm #
  123. How long has this been going on?

    There is still serious love for this candy and they need to bring it back!

    If anybody has a non-Facebook petition link (I don’t belong), i would love to sign it.

    Comment by cam on 12/23/10 at 1:28 pm #
  124. I lived a stone’s throw away from the Reeds Candy Company that was located on the 1300 blk. of West Fletcher St. in Chicago, IL, in the 70’s. I can still remember the smell of that candy as it floated threw our windows in the summer.

    Comment by Mark Buell on 1/11/11 at 4:25 pm #
  125. Oh yes, I agree with # 52 and #35.  I have been going crazy asking people my age if they remember lolly pops made by Reeds candy co.  They were flat,kind of oval shape, very clear red orange and brown.  They had a rope to hold on to, the flavors were cherry, orange and root beer.  I ate them all the time at the movie theater, the cherry were my fav but love them all.  No one remembers them but me, and now two other people.  Thank goodness.  I knew I wasn’t dreaming.  Thank you for remembering too! Sure wish I could have one.

    Comment by Jan Talesfore on 1/12/11 at 10:55 pm #
  126. Well, I just found this blog while searching for REEDS cinnamon candy rolls. Oh! I am so disappointed! The other cinnamon candies on the market don’t stack up. I used to be able to order it from Vermont Country Store, but they stopped carrying it. Now I will have to suffer. I’m glad I’m not the only one out here who was crazy for these wonderful candies.

    Comment by Bette Fleming on 1/19/11 at 1:50 pm #
  127. I can tell anyone about this forgotten Brand and what became of it due to regulation of putting certain oils in candy. I worked in several large candy production factories in the Chicago area. To name a few Leaf/Brachs/Melville confections/Bunty/Schuters/Chapman & Smith/F & F/Mars/Fererra Pan/ I was an operating consultant & production engineer along with a packaging specialist. Ask Me: at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or call me at 417-848-8296 I will give you the time of day and you can then write to this forum and share what I tell you. I can tell you things from the inside of these huge living-breathing insitutions where candy was designed for more than just the taste that a child may like; instead I can tell you how some very sucessfull types of candy evolved by simple mistake or how it had to be modified to fit a certain package diamension and why different brands of Peppermint candy canes taste different just because the sugar comes from a different geographical location.

    Comment by Clifford VanNatta on 1/21/11 at 9:48 pm #
  128. aw! rats!
    reed’s candies have always been hard to find so I bought them whenever i ran across them… noticed that i haven’t seen them in a long time and decided to look for them on the web and was so sad to find this blog and that they are no longer being made -one more small thing thats wrong in the world… they are starting to add up

    Comment by edwardferry on 3/25/11 at 5:01 pm #
  129. I am one of the few who mention loving Reed’s lollipops. Now I know why I can’t find them anywhere. They were the best and I would have loved for my children and grandchildren to have tried them. I am 63 years old and I still miss those flavors. They were the best.

    Comment by Karen Bobik on 3/29/11 at 11:57 am #
  130. I’m proud to join the chorus of Reed’s butterscotch fans.  Butterscotch is my favorite flavor of anything, including Jello butterscotch pudding.  But nobody did butterscotch like Reed’s.  Reading the blog entries from the many people who worked there and the Reed relatives has been a treat—almost as good as savoring those great Reed’s butterscotch candies.  Damn, it’s a shame, but I joined the FB group and feel the same way as all of you—somebody should find the recipes and start making Reed’s candies again. Real quality candy, unlike most of the junk that’s sold today.

    Comment by David Ogden on 5/31/11 at 12:58 pm #
  131. I too was sorry to hear they stopped making them. As a kid growing up in the 60’s I enjoyed the peppermint, cinnamon an butterscotch. I’ve looked around for along time with no luck. Wrigley’s it’s time to bring them back. I’m sure you will make your money off them.

    Comment by Jim Elkins on 5/31/11 at 6:03 pm #

    Comment by GIOVANNI on 6/07/11 at 8:16 am #
  133. I was craving my cinammon reeds and this is where I end up!! I don’t know what it was about that candy, but I would go through about 2 to 3 rolls a day!  I, too, would not share these, but if i did give in to someone they would only get one and I would stare at them like I mean business., they knew I would not let them have another one..when my kids were little, they too got hooked on them and then POOF they were gone..I’m calling the wrigley 1-800 number, when I could find them I was lucky if they had more than 3 or 4 rolls left…how I miss them!!!

    Comment by Renee on 8/31/11 at 5:24 pm #
  134. Hello to all Reed candy lovers.  I lived literly less than 5 houses away from the Reeds candy factory that was on the corner of Lakewood and Fletcher.  I remember the smells, knew the factory in an out.  Used to go there asking for free candy and security would give it to us. Nothing like it ever!!!  I remember sneeking into the factory through the roof ventilation system, we were kids with maybe 4-6 of us at night time just to get a bag, a bad thing to do, I know but couldn’t resist the taste.  So many storys to tell about Reeds and what us kids called the rocks (the lot adjacent to the factory) the candy dumpters that always had a large beehive in it (taking advantage of the unused candy sugar)  The supply trains we would sit on top of (always parked on the side where the tracks ran through) live in that neighborhood for over 13 years.  Will never forget it, never, good times!  very good, sweet times.  :^(

    Comment by Javier on 10/26/11 at 7:36 am #
  135. My Grandmother was Helen Reed, who became Helen Kolbe after marrying Walter Kolbe who she met at Northwestern University.  She started her family in the Winnetka home mentioned in an earlier post.  They sold out of the candy company and moved to Patagonia, Arizona in the 40’s purchasing the Rail X Ranch which was a 22,000 acre cattle operation with a stunning guest resort called Casa Rosata.  My grandparents are both passed away, but my grandmother wrote her memoirs, and one of the most knowledgeable family historians is now my father Walter Kolbe who lives in Southern Arizona.  These posts have been coming in since 2007; still a lot of nostalgia out there for Reed’s candy.

    Comment by Susan Reed Kolbe on 12/18/11 at 4:44 am #
  136. Hi,
    My family loved Reed Peppermint and Spearmints where can we find these mints.

    Comment by Luz on 12/22/11 at 5:22 pm #
  137. I have been looking all over for REED’s butterscotch.  I grew up in Ohio and ate REED’s on a daily basis.  I will miss REED’s candies - they’re the best!

    Comment by Marlene on 12/28/11 at 5:17 pm #
  138. This is the first blog I have ever done.  But I am so happy at my age(79) I can finally tell the world how much I miss Reeds candy!!! I really believe that had some of the best flavors in hard candy that has been ever produced! How I would love to enjoy the once again.  TO DIE FOR!!!  Maybe when I do and reach that heavenly place,they will have a candy store with those old time Reeds suckers and candies.

    Comment by Rona Lucas Cusick on 2/14/12 at 9:52 am #
  139. What a great blog, Rona! What a shame that we may to die before we taste them again, if even then. Look how many years this blog has been here and how many people have written their personal stories, even Reed family descendants! At least this elite group that we belong to can still remember the taste. Our children, grandchildren, etc. will never know what they missed!

    Comment by Linda Sicker on 2/14/12 at 11:53 am #
  140. Some of you may know me. I am a Retro-preneur who brings back iconic candy gone but hardly forgotten. My last venture was the return of Bonomo Turkish Taffy see: on you tube at “bonomo turkish taffy” “unwrapped” or “kid in a candy store”
    Also in google at “fortune Magazine Bonomo Turkish Taffy”
    I am working diligently on the return of both REEDS ROLLS and REGAL CROWN SOURS. I would very much appreciate if anyone can give me contact information for the son of William T. Reed (originator or Reeds Candy Co) or other family members or administrators or employees of the Reeds plant.
    Keep an eye in this blog and our website for updates.
    I can be reached at info at iconiccandy dot com

    Comment by Kenny Wiesen on 2/18/12 at 5:32 pm #
  141. The root-beer, cinnamon & Butterscotch were the best. Its odd, you take Reed’s continued availability as a given. I would see Reed’s rolls wherever I went and then one day I realized that I could find them no more. There was no candy like them and i hope and pray one day soon I will see them on my corner candy store shelf once again.

    Comment by Jordan Maxx on 3/26/12 at 1:58 pm #
  142. If anybody has copycat recipes, I’m really suffering from withdrawal!

    Comment by cam on 3/26/12 at 2:42 pm #
  143. I say buy the company out!
    They failed because Bob Evans was one of the few places you could buy them!
    If you sold them in Speedways and 7/11s,you couldnt make enough of them!

    Comment by STRYK3 on 6/27/12 at 8:05 pm #
  144. Just found this forum. My Grandfather and father bot carried a pack of Reeds, on flavor or another. On long trips we would have a number of different flavors.
    Like many others, I would love to be able to buy thse or at least knock offs

    Comment by Bruce on 7/25/12 at 2:33 am #
  145. Apparently, Reed’s are coming back!! Iconic Candy is working on getting them into stores. Can’t wait for my Reed’s Butterscotch.

    Comment by drew on 8/04/12 at 2:50 am #
  146. Iconic Candy is trying to bring Reeds & Crown Regal Sours back! Google website.

    Comment by Kdugan on 8/04/12 at 8:44 am #
  147. My daughter, Susan Reed Kolbe, wrote to this site (#135) earlier so I thought I would update a few things. My grandfather , William Reed was president of Reed Candy Co. from - cant remember - untill his death in 1938 from “consumption” (read: lung cancer). According to his will , the company would remain in the family and not be sold only if my father would quit the Continental Illinois Bank & Trust and become General Manager of the company . My grandmother remained President and sole owner . During WWII, Dad worked at the factory almost every weekend and on Saturdays I would often go down with him and was allowed to roam the factory. There were washtubs of the warm broken candy at several places along the production line and everyone could help themselves to as much as they wished. To this day I can hardly stomach any Reeds or other hard sweet candy! At the end of the war , Dad was worn out and he and Mother decided to move to Arizona a place they had come to love . They sold thier inheritance rights to my uncle , Bill Reed , to use as the down payment on the Rail X Ranch where I grew up. The factory on Fletcher is long gone but its legacy lives on in that the development which replaced it is known as Sweeterville .

    Comment by Walter Reed Kolbe on 9/28/12 at 1:23 pm #
  148. i worked at reed’s candy company when i was a teenager along with my mom.  my main job was cooking up lunch for the workers but when i wasnt doing that i would work the lines.  that candy was absolutely amazing and i still dont understand to this day why it didnt out sell lifesavers.  my fav was the butter rum flavored.  we also packed black jack gum which was another fav.

    Comment by Sherrie Clayton on 10/22/12 at 2:48 am #
  149. Reeds candies were never marketed correctly,only available at Bob Evans,few retail locations.
    Cant purchase something you cant find!

    Comment by DAVE on 10/22/12 at 3:19 am #
  150. We have just received 100 rolls of butterscotch let yes know
    If we can help. Thank you.

    Comment by Antonio dumas on 10/22/12 at 5:13 am #
  151. This is in response to Kenny Wiesen (#140) asking for info concerning the son of William T. Reed . He (William T.) was the son of William P.(Phleps) Reed , my grandfather. The originator of the Reed Candy Co. was Eugene Reed along with my grandfather. They started the company in washtubs in the basement of my great grandfather house during the big depression of -I think- 1896. Ehey sold the candy door to door. My grandfather was an engineer and invented the machinery that gave each piece it’s individual wrapping. Unfortuntaly , he never patented it.  He , and my grandmother had 2 children; a son , William Tounsend Reed and my mother Helen Nevada Reed (married: Heleh Reed Kolbe). My uncle Bill (William T.) and aunt Elisabeth Townsend Reed had 1 son , Billy Reed . Uncle bill took over the Reed Candy Co. in 1946 when my parents moved west to AZ. My uncle bill sold the company to P. Lorriad (sp?), the cigerette company in the early ‘50’s and my cousin Bill managed it for awhile and then took his inheritence and became an early developer in -I believe- Breckenridge, CO. Uncle Bill died in the early ‘60’s and cousin Bill in the mid ‘70’s , both helped along by alcoholism . When my grandfather and later my father ran the company it was well marketed and highly successful. It was later that marketing went downhill and caused the company’s demise . I have a collection of marketing memorbilia that is quite facinating .

    Walter Reed Kolbe 10/23/12

    Comment by Walter Reed Kolbe on 10/23/12 at 12:09 pm #
  152. P.S. (#113) Yes the suckers were called Paloops and were a huge hit for many years . My grandfather also invented them after witnessing a neighbor’s son fall and jam a stick sucker down his throat and do serious damage to his vocal chords .

    Walter Reed Kolbe ; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Walter Reed Kolbe on 10/23/12 at 12:30 pm #
  153. OH CRUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to see these come back on the market.  I loved the rich flavors as a kid and now would love that same taste.  So many candies seem to have lost the zip they used to have and it is like watered down root beer for one. Maybe we should start a “grass roots campaign”. smile

    Comment by Marla on 10/25/12 at 6:54 pm #
  154. I am greatly encouraged to hear that Reeds may be on their way to a comeback!

    I will be among the first to buy boxes of my favorites - but I am salivating just thinking about the Cinnamon!

    Comment by Zman on 11/02/12 at 2:22 pm #
  155. I grew up at 1228 w Fletcher st, two doors down from Reeds until about 1967. I remember walking along the tracks and seeing the sugar that spilled out of the rail cars. If I remember, there was a store at the corner of Racine and Barry the sold Reeds, but that was a lifetime ago.

    Comment by Howard Eastman on 11/24/12 at 10:21 pm #
  156. For Walter Kolbe.  My maiden name is Margaret Fraser Reed, I am the granddaugther of your aunt Elisabeth Reed, “Billy” was my father! I have attached my email address… I would love to hear more about what you know of our family’s history!

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Margaret Young on 12/03/12 at 8:21 am #
  157. To Walter Kolbe.  Are you the one who supplied the hard Reed candy to the sailors on the USS Outpost AGR 10.  I remember having them passed around in CIC in the late 50’s but was unable to recall who provided them.  I believe it was a family member who sent them to you . . .thx, joe zurine RD2

    Comment by Joe Zurine on 12/27/12 at 6:53 am #
  158. I remember the Reeds commercial:

    “Extra, extra, read all about it!”

    “Read what, son?”

    “Reeds butterscotch candy, with the big bold taste, at candy counters everywhere!”

    Comment by Tom Rottmayer on 1/25/13 at 4:38 pm #
  159. This is Walt’s daughter Susan.  I will alert him of your recent posts and ask him to reply.

    Comment by This is Walter's daughter Susan; I see your recent on 1/25/13 at 5:16 pm #
  160. I guess that I am older than most of you, but when I was growing up in Cleveland I remember stopping at the Rexol drug store on my way to school and stocking up on Pallop Reeds (I think this was the name).  They were the same candy as the rolls of Reeds that you all remember.  They were a lollipop with a twisted paper loop for a handle.  The candy was spade shapped and about as thick as the lossenges. When sitting in class you could put the candy in your mouth and pull the loop out of the candy. The candy was just the right size to hold between tongue and roof of your mouth.  Then I could sit back and enjoy.  My only worry was having sister Agetha call on me.

    Comment by Jerry Oliver on 2/17/13 at 6:22 pm #
  161. Yes, I remember the wonderful Reed’s Paloop Suckers.  I wanted my kids and grandkids to experience them and tried to find a source on line to no avail.  They were the best, very smooth on your tongue, never a problem of getting a taste bud stuck or cut in a hole as what happens when sucking most other hard candy.  Let me know if ever they start making their quality hard candies again, I DO MISS ALL THE VARIETIES THEY MADE AND WOULD CERTAINLY BE A GOOD CUSTOMER,,,

    Comment by Carole on 3/03/13 at 2:12 am #
  162. Hello! So happy to find this thread… Just want to know if anybody knows the late Roque Fuentes? He’s my grand uncle. He used to work in this company in the 60’s. just want to know where he is buried? Or any idea? Thanks! ~ clarice .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Clarice AMISTOSO on 4/08/13 at 11:29 am #
  163. I have been craving Reeds Cimmamon and have been looking for them for a while. I miss them just the best hard candy ever.  Please bring them back.

    Comment by Judith Russell on 5/28/13 at 5:40 pm #
  164. to all the Reeds lover’s, GREAT news, I just returned from the Candy Show, and recieved samples of the REEDS to be in my store shortly. if you need any further info please email me.

    thanks and have a SWEETER night knowing this.
    To The Moon

    Comment by ANTONIO DUMAS on 5/28/13 at 7:58 pm #
  165. So stupid that Reeds were discontinued. They changed the label, which was also stupid. I’ve heard rumors that they’re coming back, but I suspect they’ll screw it up somehow. No one cares about quality or flavor—they only care about profits. Greed ruins everything.

    Comment by Bill A on 6/23/13 at 7:59 pm #
  166. Tell me about it.  Corporate greed just caused me to lose my job after 25 years and practically forced to take a job with a company where I may be making half of what I do now, if that.  Nowadays it’s mostly quantity over quality.  It’s a shame.

    Comment by Linda on 6/23/13 at 8:07 pm #
    Just read that Iconic Candy will be releasing four Reeds favors, butterscotch, cinnamon, root beer & peppermint in winter 2012-13! Yea! Can’t wait.

    Comment by Kathi on 6/24/13 at 5:34 am #
  168. Reed’s will be returned in Late summer early fall. However which flavors will first be released remains undecided. Butterscotch, Root-beer and Cinnamon remain on a short list, however it is likely only two flavors will be initially launched.  We would like to hear from Reed’s fans as to which flavors thay want most.
    Regal Crown will likely be released in sour cherry and sour lemon first.

    Comment by Iconic Candy on 6/24/13 at 6:04 am #
  169. YEA FOR ICONIC CANDY!!!!  As you can see this should be a great investment for your company. My personal favorite for Reed’s is cinnamon.  Regal Crown Sour Cherry is my favorite & brings back memories of eating them at the skating rink!  Thanks for bringing them back!

    Comment by Kathi on 6/24/13 at 6:32 am #
  170. Reed’s were always to hard-candy exactly what Jelly Bellys were to jelly-beans - a little more expensive and a little harder to find than the common variety, BUT with vivid realistic flavors that made them MUCH MORE than worth the extra effort!

    (And I have wondered if they had some relation to Reed’s Soda, the makers of Reed’s Ginger Beer, Virgil’s Root Beer, and that new Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer.  They hold the exact same vivid realistic flavors nitch in the soda universe, that Jelly Bellys and Reed’s Candies hold or held in the candy world.)

    Comment by Ivan on 9/22/13 at 11:05 am #
  171. And if Reed’s Candies were to only return with two flavors at first, I would have to say those should really be Cinnamon and Butterscotch!

    Comment by Ivan on 9/22/13 at 11:13 am #
  172. Where can I find the Reed’ s candies? Have the come out yet? Love em’! Can’t wait!

    Comment by Lennie Gamble on 11/15/13 at 7:07 pm #
  173. I lived for a while, about a block from the Reed’s factory on the north side of Chicago. It was always great to walk out the front door in the morning and smell what flavor they were making today. I do miss Reed’s.

    Comment by Michael Mumford on 1/02/14 at 2:02 pm #
  174. Still waiting on iconic candy to remake these but they are having issues still.  :(

    Comment by Mike on 1/02/14 at 2:03 pm #
  175. im triing to find out if there is anyone alive who had worked at Reeds candy co . that new my grandfather FRANK SMITH, if so write me as soon as possible please .

    Comment by michael haas on 3/25/14 at 12:13 am #
  176. I remember Reed’s Butterscotch Squares, individually wrapped. They looked like little pats of butter. Reed was stamped on each piece. Reed’s was the best butterscotch, ever. My Gramma would walk me to the Woolworh’s five and ten cent store. It had the old wooden floors, and that certain smell, I loved it. My gramma loved coconut bonbons. They were covered in pink, yellow, white and brown hard icing. She was also fond of those big, spongy, orange peanut shaped candies that were banana flavored.

    Comment by Karen Halaszyn on 3/27/14 at 9:19 pm #
  177. Karen Halaszyn, I loved your description of Woolworth’s and the wooden floor.  So true.  And your grandma’s coconut bonbons.  Simpler times! 

    Reed’s butterscotch gave me a lifetime taste for good butterscotch.  Part of that is being a kid when you discover stuff like that.

    Comment by David Ogden on 3/28/14 at 7:14 am #
  178. I just found Reed’s available in three flavors - Cinnamon, butterscotch, and root beer on

    Comment by Janet on 5/19/15 at 9:07 am #
  179. Cybele's avatar

    Readers, Janet didn’t mention that she works for the Vermont Country Store.

    I will say that it appears that the candies are not like the traditional copper pot boiled sugar candies that had no bubbles or voids ... and the shape is not the same.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/19/15 at 7:10 pm #
  180. Quote:  “I will say that it appears that the candies are not like the traditional copper pot boiled sugar candies that had no bubbles or voids ... and the shape is not the same.”

    I noticed that.  They look *quite* different. That caused me to not order.

    Comment by Alan on 5/19/15 at 7:50 pm #
  181. I noticed the different look too. I ordered the Reed’s and the Crown Regal sour Cherry. I’ll let you know how they taste when they arrive.

    Comment by Kathi on 5/20/15 at 4:24 am #
  182. Am I going nuts or did Lance have a hard candy roll in the 60’s-70’s? I can see the roll in my head as plain as day! I remember the wintergreen (or maybe teaberry?) in pink with the divot in the center like these. The peppermint was white, and they had unusual fruit flavors for the times—sour grape and blackberry. They had rootbeer too. They were similar to Reeds, but they were definitely Lance—I can see the Lance logo on the background of pink with the pink candies scattered like bubbles on it. Why can’t I find any pics of these on Google?

    Comment by Raven on 7/10/15 at 7:35 pm #
  183. I bought Reeds Cinnamon, Butterscotch & Rootbeer from Vermont Country Store. The Wrapper was exactly as I remembered them. Each piece was individually wrapped inside the roll. The roll was a paper sleeve over foil. The only difference was that the individual wrap was wax paper instead of clear plastic but the wax paper came off easier and also had the Reed’s logo on each piece which I thought was cool.
    The shape of each price was close to the original with an indentation. It was not exact but close enough. Clearly this is a high end design.

    The Root Beer was spot on. It was rich and creamy like a home made Rootbeer soda.

    The Cinnamon was great. It was like a red hot, cinnamony and spicy but not too hot.

    The Butterscotch was a classic butterscotch taste made with real butter.

    I look forward to seeing them in the stores. I will definetly buy more.

    Comment by Irving Frost on 7/11/15 at 3:51 am #
  184. Just ordered them from Vermont Country store.

    Comment by Aimee on 7/24/15 at 1:17 pm #
  185. I remember the Reed’s who lived on Kirkwood ave in


    I remember the Reed’s who lived on Kirkwood ave in Sauganash. Every Halloween they would give out as treats a roll of root beer or butterscotch. We would always go back for second treats.






    Comment by Buddy Lange on 8/19/15 at 1:23 pm #
  186. You can now buy Reed’s candies.  Vermont Country Store and others. Look in internet.

    Comment by Bette Fleming on 11/23/15 at 2:07 pm #
  187. Reeds, all flavors can be found here @ To The Moon
    located in Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale) Florida
    33305 is the zip. We will ship 1 roll or case, whatever you like we ship and we only charge what the post office charges us, no hidden fees such as handling. We also stock just about every candy know to the living. over 90 countries of snacks, including Salty black licorice. check us out, google,yelp, etc.. or the website, we do not have a shopping cart but if you are looking for something particular just ask or we can send over a list.
    Thanks. To The Moon

    Comment by ANTONIO DUMAS on 11/23/15 at 4:27 pm #
  188. I grew up in the vicinity of the Reeds factory on Fletcher and Lake. Every day, the smell of a different flavor of Reeds wafted through the air!

    Comment by Mya Nameo on 12/14/15 at 7:02 pm #
  189. Just had some of the new Reed’s Root Beer. Not like the old ones. Now they are just like any other root beer candy. There was something missing.

    Comment by David on 2/04/16 at 8:17 am #
  190. I just bought some of the Reed’s root beer candies. I found them in a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. They were delicious. Individually wrapped inside an outer wrapper. I will definitely buy some more and next time I will also try the other flavors.

    Comment by Don on 10/05/16 at 1:35 pm #
  191. Re posting 47.  My great grandfather is James E Reed. He was North Dakota Marshall and first Senator for Dakota Territory.  They livec inTowner, North Dakota until the homesteaded into Blaine County Montana, where my Geandfather, Robert, remained until his death.  My mother always talked about the candy they always received at Christmas time.  I remember as a child seeing tv ads (late 50’s early 60’s) for Reeds Candy that promoted “We hire the handicapped.

    Comment by Laura Ritter on 3/01/17 at 4:46 pm #
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