Halloween Candy Battle II: Mary Janes vs. Bit-O-Honey

     For round two of Halloween Candy Battle, I’m going to visit two other slightly obscure confections which seem to become more prevalent around Halloween.  Today I have chosen Mary Janes and Bit-O-Honey.

     Mary Janes are a peanut butter and molasses flavored taffy-type candy with peanut butter in the center, originally made in 1914.  The wrapper features the easily recognizable likeness of the Mary Jane Girl.  Aside from the occasional sighting at a penny candy counter (yes, I’m that old), I’ve never seen these outside of Halloween season.

     Bit-O-Honey  appeared in 1924 and was made by the Schutter-Johnson Company of Chicago, Illinois.  The candy consists of almond bits embedded in a honey-flavored taffy which makes for a long-chewing candy.  While you can still occasionally find the full-sized, segmented Bit-O-Honey bar, these are most commonly seen in the individually wrapped “Halloween size”.

     Ok folks, you know the drill.  Time to choose your favorite.  I’m about dead even on these two so it’ll be interesting to see where the chips fall.


4 thoughts on “Halloween Candy Battle II: Mary Janes vs. Bit-O-Honey


    I rank them as follows:
    1. Squirrel Nut Zippers
    2. Bit-o-Honey
    3. Mary Janes

    That said, they all hold a fond place in my taste buds.

    And i remember these from the penny candy counter, along with Bull’s Eyes, another fave.

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