Food of the Seventies, Milky Bites

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I remember Milky Bites from the late 60's, early 70's. Basically a small raspberry jelly bar covered with milk chocolate ... I don't remember the maunufacturer ... possibly knickerbocker? The jelly was comparable to that used in kosher chocolate covered jellu rings.
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msskate - December 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to get the jelly bars in New York.They were delectable.They were about 2 inches long chubby and had jelly in them.Have you found anything like them.Yes they were by knickerbockers.That is how I just looked them up and got to your site.
bb - December 10, 2010 - Report this comment
must find these candies, use to have them in New York. My search took me to this sight. Any info on this candy would be great. Havent found a good substitute yet.
bobby - October 27, 2011 - Report this comment
i think they were called royal knickerbocker jellies. they were covered in a purple aluminum outside and the other side of the wrapper was paper. they cost 2 or 3 cents.
elizabeth - November 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been searching for Knickerbocker Royal Jellies for 30 yrs. They must have gone out of business. The closest I have found so far are Dark Chocolate coveried raspberry jellies from Al Richards Chocolates located in Bayonne, NJ
Peter - November 23, 2011 - Report this comment
Knickerbocker candies NYC NY has been out of business from the early 80's. They were located on Canal St. at the intersection of West Broadway. They ware missed.
Skiskelski - June 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I bought them on the corner of 8th & brooks Manville NJ in the 70's
jl - October 10, 2012 - Report this comment
That was my grandpa who made them.
bap - December 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I bought milky bites at the Coney Island restaurant in Perth Amboy, NJ in the early 1960's. Wish I knew where I could buy them today.
Mary Miller - February 27, 2013 - Report this comment
My uncle always brought us Knickerbocker raspberry covered chocolates when I was a little kid in Kingston, NY. He had a candy store and sold them there. Seventy years later I still long for one of those sweet treats!
N. Hart - March 04, 2013 - Report this comment
OMG! My Father would bring a box of knickerbockers home and keep them in the frig. As a child, I thought the color of the foil was so pretty! I wish, I could see again a picture of the wrapper. jl, you posted that your grandpa made them? Perhaps, you may have a picture of this great tasting candy?
al - March 23, 2013 - Report this comment
we called them knickerbocker jelly rolls.
mo jo - April 07, 2013 - Report this comment
We got them from Pals in Pequannock, NJ. They were the BEST!
Jim - October 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember those "jelly bars" so well. They were only wrapped during the summer months, to offer some protection from the hot weather. According to a local business who did distribute the product, the company is long gone. It truly was a delicious product!
Christine - November 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Knickerbocker was by far one of the best candies of the past, they remind me of a wonderful era in the Bronx and North Jersey. Attention to the heirs of this wonderful company, please bring them back, I am sure they will sell very well with original recipe. Not many of the other companies are just not as satisfying. It was one of those candies well worth the calories. Come Back Knickerbocker !!!
Tony DiFilippo - May 02, 2014 - Report this comment
It was in fact my "grandpa" Antonio Di Filippo,who made and ran Knickerbocker candy.
Donna Marie - May 12, 2014 - Report this comment
WOW! good to know that others remember my favorite candy from long ago.I lived in NJ and grandparents kept them "hidden" down cellar in the rafters...miss them!...and the candy, too!
joe gerardi - August 04, 2014 - Report this comment
ive been looking for milky bites for a long time .i use to buy four or five at a time they were only a nickel back then.i liked them a lot i have bought everything that has come close to the taste .that were my favorite candy lived in paterson,n.j.back in the late 40s early 50s.
Mike - December 30, 2014 - Report this comment
wow..i'm soo glad to see others remember knickerbockers.. I used to get them in Kearny,NJ.seems like I'm the only one in my family that remembers them.the chocolate covered raspberry jelly candy today ain't quite as good
ed b - March 19, 2015 - Report this comment
worked at Sidoroffs liquor/deli in jersey city in the 70's, always a favorite of mine.
Ali D. LeMort - March 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Be still my dark choc raspberry jelly heart !!!!! Have long fantasized of these memorable delights. 2cts a piece at Irv Silvermans newsstand in E. Rutherford circa 1960's - 1973 prior to my having moved out of state. NOTHING has quite replaced such a taste sensation. NOT even my own attempts at recreation has slaked my desire !!!!! Tis unfair
Charlie - April 04, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to get a Quarter from my Mother and get 10 Knickerbocker "Jellies" and a Yoo Hoo from Kazies on Wilson Ave. in Newark N, J. on my way home from school 1971 1972
Ray H - April 14, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to buy Knickerbocker Jelly rolls as a child and the closest you can buy now are the Jell Rings made by Joyva in Brooklyn, NY.
Smokey - April 25, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to get Knickerbockers in Brooklyn and Queens as a kid in the late 50s-early 60s. We'd go 'sewer fishing' and take our few coins to the candy store for them. We were poor, but thinking about those candies stir up some great memories. Closest you can get now is the Joyva Jelly Bars. They have a website that isn't maintained, but there's a phone number to contact them.
Larry - May 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I sure do remember Knickerbocker jellies. You could get them at Dave's candy store in the 50's for two cents each. He also had a swankier jelly candy in the glass case two for a nickel. My father found the motherload of Knickerbockers on Canal St. in Manhattan and brought home a giant box. Tony, was Canal St. where the factory was? Trader Joe sells very similar jelly candy, at least they used to.
Dennis - August 05, 2015 - Report this comment
I was born in NYC in 1946. I lived on 8th St. by Thompkins Square Pk. My best memory is of that candy! I do enjoy the Joyva jelly rings but I don't know why they have to use dark chocolate, milk chocolate is so much better!!!
MICHAEL KALMONSON - December 06, 2015 - Report this comment
Archie - April 17, 2016 - Report this comment
Sure miss those little Mom and Pop candy stores...they carried everything...wish somebody would start making them again...all that money in would be a Goldmine...
Bob M - June 14, 2016 - Report this comment
Yes, my dad would send me to the candy store on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 212 street in Queens Village in the late 60's to buy a few Royal Jellies in the purple wrapper. Delicious! That candy store had everything!
Mike M - July 26, 2016 - Report this comment
Glad I fund this site. Those Knickerbocker Jellies were fantastic! For a while in the late 50s/early 60s I couldn't find then I was in a candy store one day and there they were! I bought several whole boxes over the next year or two. Others came close but not as good. Please bring them back!!
Larry - August 15, 2016 - Report this comment
Yes the Knickerbocker factory was in one of those very old buildings on the north side of west Canal Street and that's where my father would stop off on the way home from work to buy a whole big box full. I used to savor them. I liked to nibble off the outside layer of chocolate first, tho sometimes I'd just munch down on them.
Maryanne - September 28, 2016 - Report this comment
My dad was a NYC firefighter near the Knickerbocker factory, and would bring home boxes of the raspberry jellies sometimes. I STILL crave them, and there is nothing that comes close. Nothing. They were perfection. Not squishy, no artificial chemical-y taste - just simply perfect.
Larry - November 30, 2016 - Report this comment
Oh wow you got them too, Maryanne! Have u tried the Trader Joes chocolate covered jellies?.
msskate - April 06, 2017 - Report this comment
Tony I wish your family had kept them alive. As you can see in the posts nothing compares to them and also I am not the only one missing them. My relatives would send them to me in Florida after we moved.What a wonderful memory for you! You should be very proud of your grandpa for touching so many lives.
Chuck Dowd - June 12, 2017 - Report this comment
Knickerbocker jellies were originally 2 cents in the early 60's when they started wrapping them the price went to 3 cents. My grandfather had the company's local trucking contract. We always had a box in the fridge. In the mid to late 60's they started making them in flat retangular bars. I don't remember when but Knickerbocker sold the receipe for them to Joyva which changed the shape to rings that are still sold today. Joyva is in the bushwick section of Brooklyn, n.y.
hetty - July 12, 2017 - Report this comment
try Sweets brand chocolate covered jelly sticks. they have cherry, raspberry and orange and dark chocolate kinds
Snipe - March 10, 2018 - Report this comment
Loved em...Try Joyva Ring Jells ,closest thing.
Carl Albrecht - March 25, 2018 - Report this comment
Mary Miller, my wife Cathy (Hainer) grew up in Kingston and was just fondly remembering milky bites. Was your uncle’s store called Rutzie’s or similar? That’s where she got em.

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