Brach’s went downhill before Farley’s & Sathers bought them, as far as I was concerned. They moved a lot of their production out of the country. Many of their products are made in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. While I don’t think that always means that something is worse, I think that many times the company that originates the recipe loses sight of what made that candy so popular by subcontracting the production.
Anyway, I’ve had the Yummy Earth, but I think the lemon is far too strong (though very authentic). Too much lemon oil makes it downright caustic if you eat more than one.
Hammonds, in Colorado, makes some wonderful candies in a line called Pantry Favorites. They come in a tin and are the time honored sanded hard candies.
The lemon is quite good and probably better than I remember the old Brach’s.
Unfortunately they’re not that easy to find and stupid expensive.
Pure Fun in Canada makes really nice candies too, though their citrus ones are a rock type and usually come in a citrus mix. They don’t fit in the mouth quite as nicely as the Hammond’s.
Last is Claey’s, they made old fashioned sanded hard candy drops. They’re probably the easiest to find and the best price:
I can’t vouch for their lemon drop though, but their root beer is very good.