Food of the Seventies, Black Cow

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toffee candy bar on a stick with choclate on the outside, a lot like the sugar daddy.
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Kim - September 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been searching for the Black Cows cousin, the "Purple Cow" that was sold in the 70's as well, right alongside the Black Cow. The Purple cow was a purple taffy like sucker on a stick. It was a wonderful grape flavor. I've NEVER EVER forgotten the purple cow. I used to save up my coins just to race down the the drug store in 74 and buy a handful of Jolly Ranchers (two for a penny!) and a big purple cow sucker. I loved that purple cow and I know that it existed!
Mary - September 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Yeah! I remember the purple cow, but I sooooo loved the black cow. I wish we could find them somewhere I guess they don't make them anymore.
Rebecca Hale - April 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the flavor of the purple cow. I would buy it at the little league games when my brother played. Do they make it anymore?
Allison Lulek - May 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I bought these Black Cow suckers by the case full in California when I visited in 1984, wish I could find them again! I loved them
Marge - September 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I've been hunting on the net for black cows for years now and can't find them anywhere. I remember them as a big caramel sucker on a stick just like a Sugar Daddy except covered with a chocolate coating. Don't know why they never brought them back with the rest of the old group of popular candy.
El Robbo - April 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Black Cows pop up now & again @ stores here in the greater LV area. Maybe try to find an online retailer that carries them?
Gibby2 - September 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I WANT ONE!!! I remember having a BLACK COW when I was in the first grade (early 1990's) and that's the only time I ever remember having one and it was sooo good, that I still remember what it was like to eat it...and I'm 26 now and only had it that one time!!! I always hope to run across one for sale in the store. The Sugar Daddy just isn't the same.
km - September 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Every Saturday night after church (way back when!) we would stop at the local corner store and Dad would buy a handful of "black cows". Dad has been gone for awhile now but I remember it like it was yesterday.
marge - December 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I have heard they are bringing back Black Cow candy in the near future...
Dan - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Great tooth extractor! Don't bite them it islike supergluing your teeth together. They were good!
Steve - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Never saw the Purple Cow but ive been looking for the damnable Black Cow on the internet for years. Like the rest of you no such luck. I'm off to search LV area candy stores now.
Derek - July 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I bought a Black Cow yesterday. It was in the old candy area. It was manufactured by ClassicCaramel. It was not even close to the original. It wasn't even on a stick. It was a chocolate flavored caramel like a Reson without the chocolate covering. I was very disappointed. Was not very good. Where's the original black and purple cows?
Coleen - September 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the old black cow suckers everywhere I go!! Please bring them back to Topeka, Ks. I would like to try the grape cow. I have never heard about them.
Frederricko - September 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I found a Black Cow today AND a Slo Poke, but it was not the same as I remembered. It wasn't in a waxed wrapper and it was soft. I thought about opening one and letting is sit on a shelf for a week or two, but I don't think that it is made the same way. I guess the original company that used to make Black Cow was bought by Classic Carmel in 2009.Classic Caramel has an online site
David - October 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember seeing a cartoon TV commercial for Black Cow when I was little. It was very surreal, cleverly done, and it stuck in my mind. I'd love to see it again, to see how it squares up with my memory of it. I can't find anything about it on the web, except for a reference that singer/songwriter Mike Clifford did the voice-over. Any ideas?
Deonn - May 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I just bought an 1890 Packard organ at an estate sale, and to my surprise I found a paper bag inside with a purple cow, black cow, and a sugar daddy. All in perfect condition. It was fun to show my nephew who is 9.
Ronie - August 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I found the new black cow and was way excited until I opens it and saw there wasn't any chocolate on it I have been reading about the remake of the original they say it's just as good if not better I completely disagree...I think if they are going to make it they need to keep it original.
Myrna - September 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I agree with Ronie... I was so excited when I found the "new" black cow in individual servings, then found it at another store at a bigger piece without the stick handle. The mixing of the chocolate into the toffee is NOTHING like the flavor of the old heavily chocolate coated black cow on a stick that we used to buy at the old Pic Theatre in Satanta, KS... I would love to have the OLD recipe back, the new one just doesn't "get it"!
Martha - November 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember going to the neighborhood grocer with my grandma and if she had enough money after her purchase she always splurged on us kids. The Black Cow Sucker was my favorite, but it was carmel on a stick covered in chocolate.... mmm, yummy! As I read the entries her I had an idea. I will buy Sugar Daddy suckers and dip them myself. WOALAH BLACK COW SUCKERS!!
Kevin - November 28, 2012 - Report this comment
I too remember the PURPLE COW -- much like a slo poke -- on a stick and grape flavored. I wouldn't say it was like taffy tho. It was more textured like a slo poke. Grape flavored. I got them all the time in the late 70's I was probably about 7 or 8. My favorite candy of my youth
mark - June 04, 2014 - Report this comment
Black Cow patent was bought out by Atkinson Candy Company in 2013. The old company stopped using sticks back in the seventies and the new Black Cows are available here and there or from Atkinson candy company. However, if you liked them then, (60's and 70's)you will hate them now. The Chocolate and caramel are mixed together and you can't nibble the chocolate off the caramel like the old days. Your best bet is to dip a sugar daddy or a slo-poke into some good chocolate. I sent Atkinson my thoughts and they responded quickly and pleasantly enough but I won't buy one again in its current form. The company has changed many times over the years
cori - September 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I too was disappointed to find the new version. I used to love eating the chocolate off the outside of the candy. I was born in 1986 and lived in Columbus ohio. They were available there in the early 90's. Miss them so much. Truly a favorite of mine.
Rob Lambert - October 10, 2014 - Report this comment
Black Cow, originally sold by the Holloway Candy company in Chicago. This was one sucker no one dared to bite. It was hard. It would take two days to finish one off. Black Cow has been around, off and on, since about 1955. Holloway usually advertised all three mainstay products, including Slo-Poke and Milk Duds, in the same TV commercial or comic book ad. Most of Holloway's assets were bought by Nestle or another company around 1990.
Nancy Monio - October 10, 2014 - Report this comment
I found at my local Fleet Farm store my the Halloween candy area a 2 lb bag of mixed candy. In it is Sixlets, Bit O Honey, Black cow and Slo Poke. I was so excited until I tried the Black Cow. I couldn't wait to unwrap the Black Cow to bite off the chocolate, but to my surprise no chocolate on top. I am happy about the Slo Poke because it was good to me but very disappointed about the Black Cow. I will buy another bag at Fleet Farm and I will pass out the Black Cows for Halloween with other candy but I will keep the rest of the candy for my family.
Richard Patton - February 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember as a child going to the Saturday matinee at the theater in the 1950's to see a cowboy movie (25 cents admission). I would always spend my nickel for candy on a Black Cow because it would last all through the movie. My solution to the loss of the true Black Cow sucker is to buy Sugar Daddy's and dip them in melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate - they're almost as good as the original.
Joyce - February 24, 2015 - Report this comment
do a search for Black Cow Candy you will find them
Jesse Glass - March 05, 2015 - Report this comment
There was a great be-bop advert. for Black cow candy from the 50's that ends "Get outta ma way, I wanna Black cow quick!" I'm trying to locate a copy of the advert. It seems to have been done by the same people who did the E-Z Pop Popcorn advert that can be seen on youtube. Any leads would be welcome.
Danielle - April 05, 2015 - Report this comment
I just found a website with the black cow candies for sell on it. I'll have to look it up again and then post the name of it on here for all of you.
Danielle - April 05, 2015 - Report this comment
IT was I'll try to find where you can get the purple cow,too. - June 05, 2015 - Report this comment
Here is some info from a 1986 Chicago Tribune article about the ingredients of Milk Duds (made by Holloway who also made Black Cow): "Whether or not the candy is the worse for it, the making of Milk Duds has changed. When Holloway oversaw the production, the caramel was cooked in kettles over open gas flames in unair-conditioned discomfort. Milk with 8.5 percent butterfat was used, and the candies were coated with real chocolate. Today, the caramel is cooked in steam-jacketed kettles. The butterfat content of the milk has been reduced and something called ``chocolatey coating`` which substitutes vegetable oils for the more expensive cocoa butter, covers the caramel." No wonder we loved the original!!! Higher butterfat in the slow cooked caramel and cocoa butter in the chocolate, huge difference. You can buy the 're-made' Black Cow candy online, or in some stores, but it is nothing like the original sucker.
Dziadzia - May 18, 2017 - Report this comment
The does not sell the original black cow on a stick. They stopped making that in 1998 and is no where to be found. Everything else out there is just trying to copy them.
Mark Riley - January 24, 2018 - Report this comment
Purple Cows definitely existed. My favorite grape taffy from 1974/75. I thought for awhile I was remembering it wrong and going crazy,but they were definitely made by Holloway’s.

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