Food of the Seventies, Edible Orange Wax Harmonica

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I remember as a child these orange harmonicas that you could play it and then eat it. And they tasted GOOD!
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Joe Baker - May 20, 2007 - Report this comment
More than tasted GOOD, they were the primo of all the wax candy (wax lips, etc.). Could chew a box of them right now.
Debbie - July 18, 2007 - Report this comment
I have found wax lips at Cracker Barrel, but no harmonicas....wish someone would make them. They tasted better than the lips.
Chumpowie - October 04, 2007 - Report this comment
I read that the original company was bought out back in the early '80s and the molds were discarded/detroyed. I agree with the others, they really tasted good. Wonder what was in them?
Cindy - July 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember the orange wax harmonicas. It would be nice if someone would bring them back out . It has been years and I still crave them. I eat wax lips but that don't taste as good as the harmonica.
Willie Ame's Fro - September 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I always wondered exactly what that crazy flavor was. I have a pretty sensitive sense of taste bu could never quite place it. Anybody know?
Kathywkfc - September 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm really glad to have found this page. The orange wax harmonicas were the best. First play, then eat. They had the best flavor. Wish I could enjoy one right now.
pebblz - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
i don't know what the flavor was in those harmonica's but i so looked forward to going to our local five and ten every Oct to get them before halloween. Funny the strange things that bring back such great memories of childhood. Happy Halloween all!!!!!
Maureen - October 02, 2008 - Report this comment
The quintessential Halloween treat! I've been looking for them for years. My children are now in college and they never had the pleasure of those incredible, edible, superb novelties! How wonderful to share the memory.
mike dee - October 09, 2008 - Report this comment
The ultimate halloween treat as far as im concern were those great orange flavored wax harmonicas! I think they cost a dime in N.Y. during their heyday and you had to stock up between the middle of Sept. until Oct. 31st, after that they were gone until next year. Let's face it " It's the great pumpkin Charlie brown", pumpkin seeds and orange harmonicas made halloween night so much fun..PLEASE SOMEONE INVENT A TIME MACHINE!!
apower - December 16, 2008 - Report this comment
I miss those orange wax harmonicas. The company that made those, also made a 5 pc. pack of the sweetest wax lips, that you could chew like gum. They were so good. I have been trying to make them. I wish I could find a recipe, or some company needs to bring them back, the kids( and adults) would go crazy for them nowadays
Conchita - January 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Reading everone's comments brought back all my childhood memories. Good memories that kids nowadays will never write comments like these or talk about with people who lived through this time. Does anyone remember Morton's Potato Chips that came in a gold tin can (almost like the cans that come with different flavored popcorn for Christmas season)?
Mayk40 - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
OH THOSE WAX HARMONICAS WERE THE BEST. I also liked the wax lips, and wax moustache, but the harmonica was the best. You can still get the Lips at pary City, but they are .99 each and they taste slightly different.
Mary - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
My sister and I used to sit on the back stoop of our house and play, then eat, those yummy orange harmonicas. We loved them so much, and we were recently talking about them. Gosh, I wish I could find a pack to send to her! What a treat!
fnewk - May 31, 2009 - Report this comment
WAX HARMONICAS! My favorite. They even smelled so good I had to start eating them immediately one note at a time. I wonder too what that flavor really was. Maybe it was a concoction of toxic chemicals and we're all lucky to have survived them.
Debra - June 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Wax Harmonicas! Oh how I loved them and wish I had some right now! They were the best,delicious in the world. I couldn't wait for them to come out around Halloween just to spend my allowance on them. The smelled and tasted soo good!!!!!! Memories
nancy - June 14, 2009 - Report this comment
i would love to find them! a company named wack-o-wax makes lips and moustaches but they are not the same
HJ - June 24, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG!!!! Those orange harmonicas were the best. Wasn't there a cool silhouette of a witch flying in front of the moon on the packaging? THOSE DAYS ARE GONE FOREVER
Roger - July 09, 2009 - Report this comment
They not only tasted good they sounded pretty good too. I used to chew them one note at a time.
Jeff - August 15, 2009 - Report this comment
LOL I can't believe there are so many orange wax harmonica fans like myself! I used to look forward to them every Halloween in the mid 80's. They were so good, you could trade one harmonica for several of the "good" chocolate bars. Those were the days.
TomL - September 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Wax harmonicas had different stickers on them. My favorite was the Haunted House. The Witch was cool, too. With so many people interested, some enterprising company should make them again!
Jules - September 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I sadly found out that the Orange Harmonica Co was bought out in the early 80's and the molds were destroyed. How freaking sad is that! My heart actually hurt.
Tess - September 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm 52 and back in the 60's and at least part of the 70's we could always find them. What a shame that they're no longer made. Kids today are really missing out on a special nostalgic treat. I'm pretty sure the flavor was clove. How could anyone be DUMB enough not to have realized the historical, cultural and emotional value those things had. So sad. Yeah, it WOULD be great if someone would make them again. How hard could it be? So many other kinds of candy we used to have back in the day can still be found, like the wax lips. At least the harmonica DID something.
Staley - October 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the wax lips, wax harmonicas and the little wax bottles with liquid inside. When I took Junior High drama, the teacher stated firmly on the first day that no gum chewing was allowed in the theater. I asked "can we chew wax?" as a joke, and everybody laughed. A few minutes later, one of the girls came up to me and asked quietly "you have some wax?"
Matt - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I just found this page. Bless you people for your nostalgic sense.
Holly - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Beamans gum (white packaging) smells like the old wax harmonicas and lips, though doesn't quite taste the same! The new lips just don't taste right! I try them every year, hoping that the old recipe shows up again!
Holly - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment I found a picture!
Fran Sherrill - December 09, 2009 - Report this comment
kenneth - December 21, 2009 - Report this comment
As I recall the flavor was like the checkerberries,(Galtheria?), that grew in the woods all around where I lived in New Hampshire. The leaves tasted like wintergreen, but the berries tasted like the wax-harmonicas to me. I miss both here in South Fl.
Randy - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
For some strange reason I was thinking about the old was harmancas today and got to thinking to myself that it must have been a false memory or something. I mean they couldn't have actually made a harmnica that you could play out of wax right? So I googled wax harmanica and found this site. At least now I know I'm not crazy and that my early childhood memory of the wax harmonica was real.
Lucy - January 21, 2010 - Report this comment
My friend bob and i have looked for years for wax harmonica but know luck we went to gift show etc. why can't they come back with them they make wax lips so that company should make wax harmonica what in ideal i want a patton on that and i want my cut for my ideal
Martin Abrams - February 20, 2010 - Report this comment
Every place I go I always look for Wax Harmonica's (Orange in color) they were marketed more around Halloween time, but they were sold all year long. The label that you pulled off which was stuck to the wax had a witch on it dressed in black.They were available when I grew up on long Island in the 60's and in the 70's. They were working harmonica's that were made of wax that you could break off a section and chew for hours. In fact you would chew it until your jar hurt. The next day your jar was killing you, but you were a kid and you would do it again. In the past years I've found red wax lips which are okay but that orange color had a unique taste. Do you have any Idea were I can find this candy?
KSteno - March 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Damn It! I was looking for "Astro Pops" to suprise my wife...then I searched for Wax Harmonica for my own guily pleasure, only to find that my childhood favorite has fallen into the hisorical abyss. A Sad day
kurt - July 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Gotta agree with all the rest of you, there was just something magical about getting a wax harmonica in the trick or treat bag. In the 70's i easilly got several every halloween.They were delicious and no other candy brings back the magical memories of those terrific by gone halloweens. I wish so bad that someone would start making them again.God i miss the good ol days. I think about the old ben cooper and collegeville costumes and the wowee witch whistle wax harmonica....such beautiful memories.
wild bill - July 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved the orange wax harmonica! Back in the '70s we would trick or treat for over 2 hours with hundreds of other kids. Now trick or treat is almost nothing more than a memory with less than4 or 5 trick or treaters at our door, how sad.
heavysole - September 09, 2010 - Report this comment
You could chew the wax for such a long time. It stayed soft and had a nice sweetness. And, the harmonica really produced harmonica sound.
matt - September 10, 2010 - Report this comment
loved orange harmonica, loved the white teeth and red lips, loved the fangs and loved the mustache....only thing you can find now is teeth and mustache....i would give 5 bucks for a pack of gatorgum.....
Ernest - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
WOW! I remember these wax harmonica's! I think they said WOWEE on them and you could choose a Witch, Owl or Pumpkin on the front and you would play the heck out of it and then chew it like gum...the flavor was so good Y can still remember them. They cost 10 cents. I wish a candy company would bring them back!!
Todd - November 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Unreal of the harmonica freaks they were just the best taste in the world. I still can remember it like I had it yesterday. I really miss it. The colored water tubes were good but did dry out after a little bit. But I am now thinking of the taste of black cat and green cat gum. Oh was so good. I also remember ginger beer and the wampole licorice lozenges. If I find anything that tastes like harmonicas I will post
Joseph - November 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I know this has been said here many times, but I too LOVED those orange wax harmonicas. I would love to find a place now that sold them.
sandy blue - March 06, 2011 - Report this comment
i remeber these as a kid.i would go down to my local small grocery store and picka few of these up. it was always a treat. thought surely i could find them on the internet
CM - April 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Tore into these things back in the late 80's around Halloween, so they couldn't have been just limited to the 60's and 70's. Wish they would bring these things back!
simple simon - April 04, 2011 - Report this comment
...those were the days my friend...I thought they never end... I was suprised that it actually played music. Mine didn't last long, although I wanted it to.
Gary from Col,Ohio - April 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember these. I have always talked about these to my co-workers. I am a big 70-80's collector of video games, toys and everything. I got these all the time on halloween. The last time I saw these was in 1995 or 6. I lived in Youngstown Ohio and at a video rental place called Moovies they had them. I bought several of them because I never would see them anywhere. I still have a few of them that I never opened. I have to put a pic on sometime. You can email me at if you like old retro stuff. Put orange wax harmonica in the subject.
DAB - June 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Growing up in East Boston MA, we had the awesome candy store called Geena's Sweet Shop. They had EVERY awesome candy you could imagine. Well, my mom knew the owner, and one day brought home a whole case of the orange wax harmonicas for us kids. We split them up equally.and me being the emotional saver in the family took them and put them away. Well, a couple of years ago my dad passed and we had to sell the house. While cleaning out the attic I came across my memorioes/nostalgia box. To my amazement my wax harfmonicas were in there! I still have them, but would never eat them now that they are so old. I can't believe I found this blog page. It makes me wonder if I should sell them. Maybe keep one for me and auction the others off on EBay. What do you all think? I have 9 of them.
tickles2wo - June 17, 2011 - Report this comment
No child nowadays could have the kind of memories we had as children in the 60's. The local five and dime store carried all the toys in plastic packaging and the penny candies and fun candies that made our childhood wonderful. I remember those waxed harmonicas, the fangs, the witch's nail tips (remember those) made of black wax. The lipstick candy (they were so tasty and good). I looked forward to Halloween and coming home with paperbags filled to the top with candy. Kids today will never experience the fun we had when we were kids back then. Such sadness for all children everywhere!!!!
Mary Beth - September 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I looked forward to the wax whistle every Halloween when I was growing up. I am so sad that my grandchildren won't be able to enjoy them too.I can't imagine why they were discontinued! If you are out there and can have anything to do with getting them back, I sending out a PLEASE!
Scott - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Had em in South Florida too. Great memories.
Jenny - October 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Best Halloween Treat ever!!! Something I truly wish I could share with my grandkids. The flavor was very similar to gum flavor that was popular, I'm thinking T-berry gum.
Tammy - October 26, 2011 - Report this comment
We were just talking about the wax harmonicas today and the wonderful taste! Nothing else like it. I wish I could share it with my grandaughter.
amy - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
My dad sold candy wholesale when I was a little girl and every year he would bring a few boxes of those wonderful Wowee Whistles home, orange harmonicas as you all refer to them, and we gave them out on Halloween. I loved them! My dad still remembers how quickly the candy stores sold out of them and that was why he always brought them home early in the make sure we had them to give out. I also got to take them to school for the classroom Halloween parties every year.
Joanna - June 18, 2012 - Report this comment
A prompt from my writers group was "things you miss from childhood". When I got to remembering about the wax candy items, I just had to search the net (because I didn't know what to call that delightful little musical instrument that wasn't shaped like a real harmonica). I'm 72 & happy to know that others share my happy memories of these tasty treats.
Charlotte - September 06, 2012 - Report this comment
The taste was fantastic, but the smell was even better. These were my favorite Halloween treat!
Andrea - September 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I gave up on Bonomo Turkish Taffy... They came back, so who knows?
LADON - September 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Roy - October 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the black outline of the witch on the sticker the most...and the taste of that wax was so was incredible. I would chew the notes one at a time and wind up with the short high note whistle and ride my western flyer bike blowing that high note...when your parents could let you ride until after dark without fear.
Emily - October 08, 2012 - Report this comment
We had a corner store called Meisters, they sold everything. They had a barber in the back of their store and I walked with my little brother there so he could get his flattop haircut. We would either get a five cent icecream or penny candy when we were done. During Halloween season we brought the wax harmonics/whistles, which we loved. We also bought wax teeth and my mom, who is gone now, Would talk with a British accent. I am crying now because I miss her so.Who would think a little thing like candy could mean so much? would put them in and talk with British accent as if she was the buck toothed queen. I laughed so hard and just loved it. I can remember it so clearly and I am crying as I write this
rob - October 26, 2012 - Report this comment
if my poor memory serves me correctly, the wax harmonicas i remember eating were wintergreen flavored
Richard Parker - December 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved the wax harmonicas and wish so bring it one will
Donald - December 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Im 50 now and i still crave the wax harmonicas we had as kids.Dont know how but somebody should start a petition to American Confectionary co to bring them back.I think American Confectionary co was either taken over or is in Canada now..
Katie - February 10, 2013 - Report this comment
My brother is 70 & he had yellow wax harmonica when he was 4 & dad made him burn it as dad was kind of mean& I have always wanted to surprise him with another but cant find one.He was so hurt as he had just got it.Thank you for listning
Steve - May 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved, loved, loved the wax whistles!!! They were my favorite. I remember having to wait at the bottom of people's driveways for your turn to go to the store because there were so many trick-or-treaters out. Feel sorry for the kids today. Won't know the excitement level that produced!
JuneMoonSpoon - August 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Co-workers and I were just talking about the wax Harmonica!!! I saw above someone mentioned the wax bottles with the juice. I'd forgotten about those. Co-worker gave me a box of Cracker Jack - no "S". :-) It has the old school look to it, I think she said she ordered a case from the company. No real prize, not even a tatoo, definately no Ruby Ring!!!!! More of a tip...go to the website for more etc etc etc.
Harrison - August 25, 2013 - Report this comment
dose anyone know the name of the maker of the orange harmonica?
mark - October 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved browsing through all the comments here. I loved those whistles as well along with the lips and the juice filled wax bottles and the mustache and finally the black witches nails.the whistles smelled sooo good.some of my best childhood memories...
Scott - December 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember these from when I was a kid. So much fun. I am sad to hear that the molds where destroyed and I'd like to personally meet the person that did it so I can hit him with a ball bat really hard. There has been much discussion about the taste of these. I recently chewed some Clark's Teaberry gum and it tasted a lot like these harmonicas. Well guys, want to pitch in a few dollars and create a new mold?
Kirk - December 30, 2013 - Report this comment
The orange wax harmonica was available around Halloween in the Cleveland, OH area as recently as 1993. I was 31 at the time and still bought them. They were not made in OH. They were my favorite of the wax candies.
lauri - October 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I was looking on line to see if I could find my favorite halloween treat to share with my kids and grandkids best treat in the world
Becky - October 21, 2014 - Report this comment
So many fond memories of the sweet orange Halloween harmonicas! I wish my kids could experience the flavor,texture and fun of such a unique wax candy! Why would ANYONE destroy the molds? CRAZY!!!
Rich - October 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Yes I got the wax harmonica a couple times in my childhood for halloween. I specifically remeber the first one I got and the "huge" (for a kid) decision I had to make between having this wonderful musical instrument or actually eating it. I remember how tempting the aroma was and tried hard to only take a couples of licks. But before I knew it those ever larger licks were turning into ever-so-small bites(not so big I wont be able to play t the notes now) until the first note fell apart and I gave into temptation figuring: "what good is an incomplete harmonica?" Before I knew it all i had to show for tht wonderful treasure was a malformed ball of wax, a deep sense of regret, and a vow to never eat a waxed harmonica again(A promise I broke and made every year until I was too old to trick-or-treat. A Plea to those of you who still have one or more of these marvels saved from you childhood....get it to a qualified mold maker they will prolly need 2 of to slice in half along the seam..and the other to check the mold maker's result against. Then get a few made out of plastic and get thhe notes tuned by adding or subtracting very small amounts of plastic from the inside of each note's chamber ( guitar tuner or other similar device can be used... do this with a copy which hasnt had the parts sealed together (use tape or whatever to hold a temporary seal to check the notes....then get the result to the same mold maker as before and send the resulting molds (or copies thereof ) to a confectioner to make the blessed things with different flavorings and orange food coloring. Get some blessed labels made that look close enough to the original but do no infringe on the copyrights and lastly SELL THEM TO US. We Will pay the price, cant you see how many of us want these treasured goodies again???? Maybe we can get a kickstarter account going and take our nostalgic craving to the public for help!? But in either case preserve whatever you have so that if you dont want to do this someone else CAN.
nebb - January 11, 2015 - Report this comment
i once bought a small vial of BIRCH essential oil when i opened it and sniffed the first thing i thought of was the halloween harmonica,when i mentioned this online someone that worked for a pharmacist said that that they were flavored with PEPSIN which was used in beemans gum as a digestive aid. it sounds plausible exept how could achemical produced from pig intestines smell so minty? yet the dried testicals of musk deer do smell heavenly ! yikes!
gatorsoft - August 13, 2016 - Report this comment
Wow! I had forgotten the wax harmonicas. I was a nut for all the wax candys: lips, fangs, mustaches, but the harmonica was the apex!
cevin - October 20, 2016 - Report this comment
id just like to see a picture of one again.

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