Last year for Valentine’s Day, my wife bought me FOUR POUNDS of Boston Fruit Slice candies. I sometimes buy them in the supermarket, but it’s maybe four ounces, and it’s a mix of flavors. I am reasonably sure that the supermarket chain simply buys them in bulk like this, assembles the smaller packages, and sells them at a pretty good markup.
It took us a while to work our way through all four pounds. Six weeks, maybe, and probably a little longer, because our daughter came home from college at the beginning of April and we weren’t quite done with them.
Since then, I occasionally get ads on Facebook from Nuts.com, which sells pretty much any kind of bulk candy you can think of. May have to do this again.
The original Sky Bar was made by Necco (the New England Confectionary Company), one of a number of candymakers based in Cambridge, MA. Necco was at one time the biggest candy company in the country, but eventually went out of business in the 2000s. Some of its brands, most notably the Necco Wafers, went to the Spengler Candy company, but the rights to the Sky Bar went to a woman from Sudbury, MA, who owns a gourmet shop there. She started making them herself, using quality chocolate and fillings (unlike the original, which really wasn’t very good), selling them in her store. She’s subsequently started manufacturing them on a larger scale, and now you can buy them online or in shops (mainly in Massachusetts, but in other locations around the country as well).
My wife and daughter bought one for me a few weeks ago, while they were checking out a new candy shop in our city. I have to say, it’s really very good, even more so when compared to the original, which used cheap ingredients. The fillings are also much improved, while sticking to the original types – chocolate fudge, peanut butter, caramel, and vanilla. Though it will probably appeal mostly to geezers like myself who have some nostalgia for it, I hope people re-discover it and buy enough to keep it in production.