Food of the Seventies, Spoon Candy

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This dessert treat mentioned by others was delicious and just as described. I was in Kindergarten when it came out, which was 1972-1973, and it indeed had a very short life span, not lasting beyond 1973. I've never forgotten the commercial for it: Husband: Hey honey, this isn't the dessert you usually make for us. Son: Yeah mom, what's this stuff? Mother: It's Spoon Candy. The commercial was what got me to ask mom to try it out. It was delicious and the only reason we stopped buying it was because of its discontinuance.
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    spoon candy was a pudding dessert with a chocolate topping that you had to break with your spoon to eat, yum.

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Amy-Vancouver-WA - August 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Thank you so much for posting the photo. All-time best dessert of my childhood. Jell-O needs to bring it back!!
tim - August 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Looks like you can recreate this by making vanilla pudding and chocolate magic shell.
Noelle - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been telling my family about this for years and nobody for Spokane had heard of it (I was living in Las Vegas during the years that it was made.) It was the best thing ever!!! It came in different flavor combinations like P.B. and Chocolate, vanilla with Chocolate, Chocolate with Chocolate, etc... I think we need a petition to Jell-O to remake it!!!
Adam - October 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh yes, a bowl of Quisp cereal followed by a dish of Spoon Candy was heaven on earth.
Susan :) - October 27, 2008 - Report this comment
It looks yummy!
Diana - November 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I still miss this dessert it was sooo good! we made it all the time, and then all of a sudden it was gone!! no explination. I still wish they made this.
becks - November 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Using 'Chocolate Magic Shell' is not the same taste sensation as whatever Jello had used for the topping of Spoon Candy. My fav was the Chocolate Chocolate!!! Nothing has ever compared to that most delicious dessert! I grew up in Long Beach, Calif. No body I know remembers it at all.
lori - November 27, 2008 - Report this comment
i would have never remembered this dessert named spoon candy!! i knew it wasn't shake a puddin but for the life of me had no recollection of it's name but will never forget how it tasted!!! it was my absolute favorite! the peanut butter pudding with the chocolate candy top..omg...soooo good! what a great site this is :)
Boog Doty - January 04, 2009 - Report this comment
My god. S P O O N C A N D Y. I'm literally weeping.
Boo Bunnie - January 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Spoon Candy was pure bliss! I remember cutting the corner off the little packet and squeezing out the topping out onto the pudding. I still long for this treat...
theo - January 15, 2009 - Report this comment
what was the reason for the cancellation of this heavenly treat
Patrick - January 20, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom made this for me when I was a kid... geeze I must have been when I was four or five ('74 or '75). I loved this stuff... I can't believe I found a page on this!
Evette - February 05, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG! My sister and I have been talking about it for years, and nobody else but us remembers it. It is so nice to see that there are some fellow "spoon candy" junkies out there. I am all for petitioning to bring it back!!!!! Btw, my favorites were p.b and vanilla
Kimmy - February 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks for the delicious memories! I never would've recalled the name, but now that I see it I can almost taste it! I loved the PB & Chocolate!!
YOLANDA - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Shaun Partridge - February 28, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was a little kid in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, my Mom used to make me Spoon Candy. No one I'd ever met remembered or knew about it. Then I meet this guy, Boyd, who when I tell him about this magical, pudding treat I used to eat, says, "Oh, yes. Spoon Candy. I have a whole box of it. Probably the last on the planet." He'd bought it in San Francisco at an Asian store in the early 80's. He took it home and made it and it still tasted great. So five years go by dropping hints that I would love to have a box of this Spoon Candy. He finally gave me one and then I waited nine years before eating it because when I remembered that when I was a kid, I would eat it while watching "Land of the Giants". In particular, the vanilla pudding with the chocolate topping. My favorite. The box of spoon candy that Boyd had was the carmel pudding with hard, chocolate-flavored topping. So I waited for years because "Land of the Giants" wasn't out on DVD yet. This had to be done correctly. "Land of the Giant's" eventually comes out on DVD and my girlfriend finally make the spoon candy. It came out PERFECT! The chocolate topping wasn't lumpy, everything blended nicely, we let it set in the refrigerator and then when it was time, we brought it out and put "Land of the Giants" on. My girlfriend had never experienced Spoon Candy, being born in '77. All I can say is it was one of the strangest moments of my life. It really was like getting in a time machine and going back to 1972. That first bite brought back so many weird memories. It really tasted like the early 70's. I kept the box and the packaging inside. I would really love to have the vanilla with chocolate topping. But I'm just lucky to have been able to eat Spoon Candy so many years later. My girlfriend loved it also and now understood why I'd obsessed over it for so many years. Why doesn't Jello bring it back?
Lori Dodds - April 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I have never forgotten this little piece of heaven found in a dessert! I'd give my right arm to get it back! I just saw someone selling an EMPTY BOX of spoon candy on ebay for 50.00! Unbelievable. My absolute fav was the peanut butter with choc topping, although they were all amazing.Please Jello--bring it BACK!
Tammy - April 17, 2009 - Report this comment
ooooo.. i found this site hoping to find a recipe for it or some place to buy it. I thought I was going nuts. Mom my didn't even remember this. My fav was the PB. Good memories
Joni - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Spoon candy and Fruit float. 2 of the best desserts ever! I wish they would bring both back. My best friend and I used to make 2 boxes at a time, add cool whip to the pudding and spread in a 9x13 pan and then cover the top with the chocolate. Amazing!
Tami - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG - this is like a reunion! I was born in 1962, so we had all the "great" desserts. Whip n chill, spoon candy, shake -a- puddin', jello 1-2-3.....but spoon candy was my all time fav. Vanilla with that thick layer of chocolate - magic shell doesn't cut it - this was pure heaven! My sister did find "whip-n-chill" at the Vermont General Store - they have a website and you can still buy it. I suppose all of these great desserts we ate are gone because they wern't good for us...hey, we survived! Thanks for the memories.
Erin Hogan-Sinclair - July 12, 2009 - Report this comment
My Aunt Judy and cousin Greg were the mother and son pair in this commercial that ran in the Wichita, KS and Long Beach, CA markets. If anyone knows how I can find this commercial please let me know.
Judy Hogan - July 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I am the one that my neice Erin, mentions in the above comment. I was pregnant in 1973 and was asked to come to a "taste testing" for a new dessert product - my son Greg - age 6 at the time was invited too. We would each be paid $10 for the honor!!! That was a good amount then! We went on the appointed day and we ended up making a commercial!!!! It showed only in a few test markets. To this day, I never viewed that commerical. I am trying to find that commercial now somewhere on the internet! It was a fabulous product! My son and I discussed (on the commercial) how much we knew the "Daddy would love this dessert too"!!!!! It was discontinued due to the high price of sugar...if y ou remember back them there was an embargo on sugar from Cuba and it killed Spoon Candy!!!!!PLEASE, DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW WHERE I CAN SEE THIS COMMERCIAL????? Thanks!!!!
Cheryl - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, I've been telling my German-born husband about this delicious stuff. I was born in 1964, so all the great TV desserts were part of my life. This was the best!!!! Please bring back Spoon Candy!!!!
Cindy - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I can't believe I am reading this stuff. I was always asking people if they remembered spoon candy and nobody did! I actually think people were thinking that I was making it up! I don't understand why Jell-O doesn't bring this back! I would certainly be buying it! If anyone knows where it can be found please do tell!
Kirsten - August 08, 2009 - Report this comment
This was the best dessert ever. I remember my parents buying this for us, and being one of the first things I learned to make. I loved the toping. My sister and I also remember this - but it seems like it was later than 1973. They also had a peanut butter flavor. it was the BEST. I wish they would bring it back.
Michelle - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I googled Spoon Candy on a whim today and can't believe what I'm seeing! I tried explaining it to my husband and he'd never had it. It was my favorite dessert and I never understood why it went away. Intersting to read the reason was the sugar cost/embargo. Shaun Partridge - you are the envy of all Spoon Candy lovers! To have an original box and experience the bliss 20 years after it was discontinued! Unfortunately, we all know if Jello did decide to bring it back, the recipe would be altered and it would never quite match the wonderful memories we all have.
Barb - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
My parents both worked, so my brother and I used to save our allowance so that we could make this afterschool. My favorite was the Caramel with Chocolate. Nothing compares to it still today.
Becca - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I was born in early 1970s, so no, I had no memory of Spoon Candy. But I read about it in a JELL-O book, so it would be cool if we have it again on the supermarket shelves!:)
robin - August 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I totally remember Spoon Candy! Especially the peanut butter chocolate one. Soo cool to find out other people remember it, and to see the original box.
Robert - September 12, 2009 - Report this comment
YES!!! My Grandmother made it for me. I loved the PB. Yum. I still remember the day she came home from the grocery store WITHOUT it. They stopped making it. I was so sad. THEY NEED TO BRING THIS BACK!!!
Lynn - September 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Ohmigosh, I had this maybe one time, and I *still* remember it, 34 years later. Thanks for posting this, I've been trying to find it!
Tim - October 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I tried to figure out the name of this stuff forever. The peanut butter with chocolate was teh best. I miss it...
Mitch - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Un-believable!! I just turned 40 in October and I can still remember eating this in a bowl at the kitchen table. Every single comment previous to mine is so accurate, BEST DESSERT EVER!! For years I have thought that maybe I dreamed about this heavenly flavor but now I know there are other who experienced the taste. the hard shell is a flavor that I have never since experienced. I just couldn't remember what it was called. I can now die a fulfilled man!!!! God bless us one and all!!!
Ron - November 22, 2009 - Report this comment
This was the best desert I ever had. 35 years later I still remember how great this desert was. It was fantastic. Please JELLO people, bring this dessert back for the unfortunate people who never had it!!!
Shawn - November 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, can't believe I found this site. Like everyone else has already said, hardly anyone seems to remember this but those who do can't forget it.
Darren - December 13, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG!!!!!!!! Are all of you from Mission Hills CA. I feel like I just walked into a 35 yr spoon candy reunion. When I was a kid my mom used to allow my friends and I to have spoon candy parties. Since then I could never find anyone else that heard of it. All of us that had the opportunity to enjoy spoon candy are a part of a very special and elite group of society, and I salute you.
Evette - December 15, 2009 - Report this comment
My sister and i were starting to think we were the only two people who had ever had Spoon Candy. I beleive as a child i consumed my weight in spoon candy.
Debi44 - December 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I too LOVED spoon candy back in the day. Hands down, best dessert ever. I grew up in Northridge, CA and after a spending all day at Zuma Beach during the summer, my Mom always gave me and my brother icy cold dishes of the chocolate-pb flavored spoon candy. It was so good it almost made it worth it to get totally sunburned at the beach. I also miss Pup n' Taco grape slushes, Pioneer chicken, Carnation breakfast bars, those weird chocolate space sticks that tasted like vitamins, Tang and a bunch of other long gone things that made growing up in the 70's/80's in the San Fernando Valley so awesome! Thanks for the memories.
Cheerio - January 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm from Mason County in WA State and my sis and I LOVED Spoon Candy too! I was about 8 years old when it was introduced. I once talked my Mom into letting me put all of the chocolate topping into a single dish. It was sooo good! I too miss the Carnation Breakfast bars, the space sticks, and especially Milk Chocolate Chunky Bars. Hmm, all chocolate. :-) Glad to see that so many others liked Spoon candy. I'm going to write to Jello about bringing it back and hope others will too. Cheers!
Lindy - January 22, 2010 - Report this comment
My brother, sister and I wanted to try Spoon Candy after seeing the TV commercials. However my mom would not buy it. We pooled our money and went to the grocery store and bought two boxes (different flavors)and then made it ourselves. Yummy.
Cyn - February 02, 2010 - Report this comment
My friend Dana was lamenting the same thing, she remembers watching "The Point" on TV while eating Spoon Candy, and how no one ever remembered it. loved it. I didn't remember the name of it but when I saw the picture of the box, it all came flooding back! Oh how delicious this was-- that first little 'snap' as you broke through the chocolate. I did also find a recipe, which looks like it might be pretty good! Nothing will ever replace that artificial instant goodness, but at least we can get a glimmer...
Laura Saloy - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I certainly remember spoon candy, it was so fun to make and a treat to eat cant jello make it for this new generation of people who may actually enjoy how smooth and creamy it is joy to your mouth.
Cheryl - February 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have a box of it. Never opened it. I loved this when I was young. Wish they'd bring it back! Glad to hear others loved it also!!
Jill-o - March 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Ahhhhh, someone else remembers too! .....Every once in a while I think of spoon candy and how extremely good it tasted at 10 years old. My family was crazy about it. There is no way a box could have survived in our house unless it was cast in concrete and dropped into the deepest lake. Disputes ensued over who snuck to the refrigerator and ate more than their fair share. It got so bad we had to stick individual name flags made of toothpicks and paper in the tops of the chocolate. Sometimes that didn't work and the person who made the batch ended up eating it all before anyone else knew. I really think Jell-o discontinued making spoon candy to save families like ours from self-destruction. There would have been spoon candy anonymous groups all over the country if it had continued into the 80's. I also remember the chocolate flavored peanut butter of the 70's, it was like a low-budget Nutella, also deadly.
Bonnie - March 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved, loved, loved spoon ups is what I knew it by. I lived in So. Cal. and we just thought this was the biggest treat ever. I hope they bring it back and don't mess with the flavor or recipe! Also, does anyone remember the marathon bar? It lasted a long, long, long time... that was the commercial on it anyway. I loved those two products and wish they still had them. That would be on my list of bucket list foods!!!
Shannon - March 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED Spoon Candy! If they brought this back, I would so buy a case of it and feed it to everyone I know.
Melise - March 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Yes, spoon candy was the sh*t. I am so happy to know it had so many fans! LOVED IT!!! Bring it back!!! Maybe someone could dream up a mock recipe and sell it. I would buy it!
Caroline - April 12, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! I can't believe I found this site...I've been asking other people I know around the same age if they remembered this stuff and no one could remember it, not even my husband!! I didn't remember the name, but figured it was probably Jello that made it. I can't say I loved the stuff--it was ok, but it's a fond memory from my childhood in Wisconsin in the 70's and my Mom made it a lot!!! I'm glad I finally found it--I knew I wasn't crazy!!!
Xavi - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
My sister always told me about this amazing treat that my mum would buy for her when she was little. She would tell me, "Too bad you were born in '92, dude. You would've like this stuff." So I would ask her about, wondering what it was, what it tasted like, what it was called. But she could never, ever tell me the last bit! I recall her telling me it was vanilla pudding from Jell-O, underneath a hard chocolate layer. She said it was a fun treat because she had to break the chocolate with a spoon to eat the pudding. I could imagine whow it looked, but never could I find it online. And now to-day, while I am looking through pages of vintage candy (my favorite candy of ALL time is the tasty candy cigarettes, not the gums, but the little sticks^^), and I landed on a 'Discontinued Candy' page. And I see 'Spoon Candy', and I told myself, "No way!" I looked up Spoon Candy, and sure enough, it was discontinued by Jell-O, and looked nearly how I imagined it to be. And after reading the description, and all of you guys' commentary, I have comcluded that this is it! I am all for signing that petition! It is not cool I never got to taste this piece of heaven! :O -Xavi
Elana - April 22, 2010 - Report this comment
The best was the peanut butter "pudding" with the chocolate top. My husband is 5 years younger than me and looks at me like I'm crazy when I get rhapsodic about it.
Lucy - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
My husband didn't believe me. He never heard of it, but seeing all your comments makes me wonder why it isn't reintroduced. I am now only eating natural foods, but come on, even I would serve this to my kids and grandkids....Where to I sign?
Kerry - May 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I was born in 1963 and grew up in Torrance, CA and remember this being sold at Lucky market. It was great! I loved the caramel flavor. Kraft owns Jello now...let's blast them with emails and tweets and see what we can do! Can you imagine how much of this they would sell at Walmart??
Margo and Melody - May 31, 2010 - Report this comment
We have spent nearly our entire adult lives trying to remember the name of this dessert. We both grew up in southern California in the 70's and this was THE quintessential treat. Just read on line that it only took 2000 people to bring back Good N Fruity from the dead. There is power in #'s! Let's start an online petition, make Jello Corp do the right thing!
Jen - June 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I have been thinking about this forever! How do we get it to come back?! This and Libby's Fruit Fluff came out and the same time and were the best!
Jo - June 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I am AMAZED that others remember Spoon Candy!!! I love the P.B. and, agree, Jello needs to bring it back. Does anyone remember Carnation Breakfast Squares?
chris - June 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember this dessert--it was delicious! My favorites were the beanut butter and the butterscotch. Yes, I remember carnation breakfast bars. they were awesome.
Jill - June 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in Cerritos Calif...this was the best ever! We all need to E-mail Jell-O/Kraft and tell them to bring it back. It's worth a try!
Brett in Milwaukee - July 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Tonight I found an old dish that was like the one that used to hold my beloved (but forgotten) SPOON CANDY. Then I found this picture, and it was like being hit between the eyes. Like "LOST" is to television shows... Spoon Candy is to desserts. Best. Dessert. Ever! (Ya, Jell-O/Kraft need to bring it back-- or at least post the recipe! Maybe someone should send them all these comments = I'm ashamed I had forgotten about this part of my childhood)
Erin T. - August 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember the exact aisle and shelf in the grocery store where we would get the Spoon Candy box in Sacramento. I had forgotton the name, just that it was Jello with a hard candy top. I think PB and Butterscotch where our go to's. I was clearing out my Dad's house and found the pudding dishes from my childhood and had an overwhelming desire to taste Spoon Candy again. Lo and behold I find this site. Thanks for keeping the memory alive. (Not to mention validating it. I was getting worried I had dreamed the whole thing up along with chocolate space food sticks.)
Wanda B. - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Jello has GOT to bring this back. I just had a snack pack pudding (totally not the same) and every time I do, I reflect on Spoon Candy. Come on Jello!!
Gail M. - October 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I was born in 1968. The youngest of 7 girls. My older sisters used to make this INCREDIBLE DESSERT: Spoon Candy!!! Chocolate w/ Chocolate shell you had to break with a spoon!! IT WAS HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!! My sister's and I would sit around the kithen table...yes, All 7 of us, and WOW...we were SO HAPPY!!!!! YUMMMM!!! Why on earth is it gone??!!! It is an OUTRAGE!!! I want it again to share wth all of my sisters ...GREAT MEMORIES, GREAT DESSERT, GREAT TIMES!!!! It's one of the BEST memories of my childhood! LOVE IT!!! PLEASE, JELL-O...MAKE IT AGAIN!!!! PLEASE!!!!!
Liz C - October 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I can't believe I just found this blogsite....been asking everyone I know about this dessert and NO one knows. I grew up in Long Beach, CA as another blogger did and I was born in 64...and I do remember this so well....I loved it. We definitely need to get JELLO to bring this back. It was delish, easy and did have a unique taste....miss it
DANNYDOY - November 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Pat Hunt - March 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I was telling my friend who is living with me now, about spoon candy. She is 20 years older than I, and never heard of it. She thought I made it up.It was my favorite. I didn't know so many people liked it too. I wish they made it still. Until they start making it again, I'm gonna see if I can make it myself
Valleygirl - April 13, 2011 - Report this comment
It looks like Jell-o is bringing back Spoon Candy, only they are calling it Temptations by Jell-o. Three flavors, but not the well-loved peanut butter. I can't wait to try this. I have very fond memories of this childhood taste treat.
kimsmiles - April 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Like many of you, I remember Spoon Candy being the best dessert ever! Nobody knew what I was talking about ... until I found this page! I hope they do bring it back.
RAHRK - May 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember Spoon Candy growing up in La Puente, CA. Best thing that I ever tasted. The peanut butter was divine. Not too many people remember this dessert. The Temptations by Jello is not Spoon Candy.. sorry Jello can't trick us!
toni - May 20, 2011 - Report this comment
My mouth waters when I think of it! I miss Spoon Candy!
LisaLoo - July 20, 2011 - Report this comment
Nobody knew what I was talking about either! I LOVED spoon candy!!!
Marisa66 - July 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I totally remember this and I've been trying to think of the name of it for years. My mom used to make for me, it was such a great treat! My mom would make the peanut butter one too, it was like a custard consistency. So delicious!
AnneinWI - August 02, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG, I loved the peanut butter flavor. Jello, please bring this back.
Andrea66 - August 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I have been craving this since they discontinued it and always look for similar items on the shelves, to no avail. Childhood memories! I liked the butterscotch best.
tuckmics - August 08, 2011 - Report this comment
We kept a box around for 10 years before eating it, as Jell-O had discontinued it. That and Fruit Helper were our favoirite desserts in the early 70s.
JVoss7 - August 09, 2011 - Report this comment
Holy cow~!!!!! I can finally show my husband that this product actually existed!!!! We lived in Hales Corners, WI when I remember my mom making this dessert for us!!! LOVED IT!!!!!!
Mary - August 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I thought Spoon candy was a figment of my imagination since none of my friends remember it. BUT, my 5 siblings remember and still talk about today! We are all in our 40's now!!! Spoon Candy was so delicious, we never forgot! Our fav was the PB. Jello doesn't even make the PB pudding anymore. Pleeeeeease at least give us the PB pudding!
Carol - August 15, 2011 - Report this comment
This stuff was wonderful! When it was ready to eat, the shell on top was similar to the dip toppings for ice cream, and the pudding wasn't a nasty, oily kind of thing, but more of a fluffy kind of whipped concoction. At about the same time this was available, Jell-O also had another yummy treat called 1-2-3, which settled into a parfait-like layered dessert of both pudding and gelatine, with one layer being something of a combination of the other two, as I recall. Both of these were fantastic, as far as quick and easy desserts went, and I wish they'd both be put back into production!
Jolene - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember eating this all the time when I was a kid and loved it. Does anyone else remember Fruit Float. I would love to see both of these come back.
Grace George - October 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Loved reading other comments. My sis and I have talked about this over the years. I bought and fixed a similar dessert tonight. It was Jello "Temptations". This one was the "Boston Cream Pie" flavor. Basically the same thing as the vanilla Spoon Candy and it was similar to the original. My favorite variety was the PB, which I remember to be more mousse-y than pudding-y. After Googling, it looks like Temptations by Jello has three you-make varieties, (no PB, darn it), and 6 ready-to-go varieties, (ick).
Hani - November 06, 2011 - Report this comment
This wasn't available in Texas where I grew up, but my parents bought a couple of cases when we visited family in Wisconson because it was so good. They rationed it out, and I remember when we made the last box in the mid 80's. It was still as good as ever, but we were sad to know we'd never eat it again.
Spoon Jones - February 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Oh em gee! Please Jello, for fcuks sake, bring back our beloved SpOoNcAnDy. We're dying here. jOneSiNg!!!
mary - February 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Jello makes a no-bake dessert that is pretty close to the peanut butter variety. It even has a chocolate shell top. I often don't use the chocolate crust (included) and put it in dessert cups. I miss this, fruit float, seven up candy bars, aspen soda, and prontos.
Cerise Karpinski - February 19, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG I think about spoon candy every now and then so I decided to google& WOW I can't believe that soo many people remember it. Just like everyone else, any one I talk to never heard od it. I was starting to think I was obducted & fed spoon candy. I am from Michigan and I never had it here. I moved to Sanfernando Valley, CA and that is where I found it at a corner grocery store in Canoga Park. We ought to form a spoon candy chat room. My favorite was the peanut butter with the hard chocolate on top. YUM YUM! I'm calling Jello tomorrow and I hope everyone else does to to say{ WE WANT IT BACK!!!!
Lindy - February 19, 2012 - Report this comment
My husband bought something at a dollar store called Jello Temptations. My daughter made it today and i's similiar to Spoon Candy. It's vanilla pudding that had a chocolate topping you put over it. As it chills in the fridge, the topping gets hard. Not exactly Spoon candy but the next best thing. The only problem is being at the dollar store mostly likely it's not being made anymore. I looked it up on the Jello site and couldn't find it.
Nancy - March 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved spoon candy!! I lived in San Diego, CA and was born in 1964. No one else had ever heard of spoon candy so I am so glad to have found all of you spoon candy lovers. I also loved the chocolate space sticks that had the vitamin taste. I can't remember the name, maybe Orbit something. I never was a pop tarts fan but there was a product in the early 70's called Danish Go Rounds and they were delicious. Another great discontinued food was a mix called Beef Ole. My Mom would make it for dinner and it was served over Fritos. Another long lost favorite, Tangerine lifesavers. Does anyone remember the Jenos pizza tray that had three rows of mini pizzas, pepperoni, sausage and cheese? What I wouldn't give to be able to eat any of these products again.
Mike Irwin - April 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Spoon Candy = Best. Childhood. Memory.
Robert - April 29, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was a kid in Omak, Washington Sppon Candy was the greatest thing I had ever tasted. I was crushed when we couldn't get it anymore. I assumed that our grocer just stopped stocking it, but it appears that it went away all together. What a shame- that stuff was awesome!
Byrd - May 10, 2012 - Report this comment
OH! Been thinking about this treat for a while now! That was my favorite (back) in the day!
Jannelle - July 10, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG!!! So, I'm not crazy!!! No one I know personally knew what I was talking about. Didn't help much that I didn't know the name, and have been dreaming of this for years. This was my FAVORITE ever. I'd come home from school and my mom would have it ready for me. I'd lay across her bed and watch cartoons while I ate this amazing treat. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE [[[JELL-O]]] BRING THIS BACK...YOU'D MAKE A KILLING!
Nadia - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG! Thats what it was called! AMAZING! Weird when you can literally remember what something tasted like 40 years ago! Jello does have something now similiar but its not even close to Spoon Candy. Please bring it back!
Suz - August 29, 2012 - Report this comment
EVERYONE....Please send email to Kraft Foods asking them to bring this back! WE CAN DO THIS! Also there is a recipe for it on the web, just Google it.
Dan - November 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Crap, I loved this stuff!! Always in our kitchen growing up in Long Beach, Ca.!!
Tod - December 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Unbelievable! My younger brother and I have talked about this for years. I could never remember the name. Very few of my friends remember it either! Absolutely the best dessert with that hard chocolate topping. Growing up in lacrosse, Washington in the early 70s this treat was an oasis in the middle of a bunch of wheat fields. Jello, being it back!
Andrea - January 06, 2013 - Report this comment
This is so weird. I was on Pinterest looking at food and something brought back the memory of the pudding with the hard topping. I Googled it and came upon this! I'm glad I'm not crazy - I was starting to think I was making this memory up. I didn't remember the name, so now that I know, I will advocate for Jello to bring it back.
Mary Curtis - January 08, 2013 - Report this comment
WOW. I had no idea so many people would remember this stuff all these 40 years later, especially when it existed for such a strangely short period. I don't remember what flavor(s) my family had, just that I sure loved it, maybe too much. :) I've thought of trying to make some myself, just never done it... bet once I do my kids & anyone I know who likes chocolate & pudding will want more. :) Maybe we should circulate a petition to Kraft to bring it back?
Amy-Vancouver, WA - January 10, 2013 - Report this comment
Through trial & error we should all be able to recreate this wonderful treat. Here's my latest attempt at Peanut Butter Spoon Candy: Mix 1 3.4 oz. box of Jell-O instant vanilla pudding with 1 1/2 cups 2% milk, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 4 T of creamy peanut butter (slightly warmed in the microwave 20-30 seconds-stir to smooth) Mix with beater for 2-3 min. Pour into ramekins and refrigerate. For topping I use a simple ganache. Bring 1/4 cup whipping cream to a boil in microwave add 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks and let rest for 2-3 minutes then stir until smooth, pour over pudding mixture and chill until set. You can use semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate depending on your preference. Doesn't quite have the crack on top as I remember-but it's pretty simple and the taste is close! I think I will put in a Brady Bunch DVD and have some Spoon Candy!
Cheryl - Modesto Ca - February 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I was just thinging of this desert and thought i would look it up to see if it could be purchased anywhere. I remember my Mom making it the vanilla with chocholate topping. I always loved it and then it just dissapeared. So we don't have any sugar shortages so why not bring it back jello. My kids should be able to try this.
Kathie - February 18, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember my grams making this but I thought it was in late 70s as I was born in 1970...pb and carmel the best ...was my favorite she would make fosterfarms hotdogs and french fries and this for desert....when I was older I asked her about it but she didnt remember who the maker was....and that was back in 1990 or so...shes been gone awhile...still have a boiled hotdog and some fries to remind me of the great memories...
Robin - San Francisco CA - February 23, 2013 - Report this comment
I LOVED this stuff, and would always beg my dad for it when I was 10 or 11. We would grocery shop, and I could not wait through the drive home to get it started!
Tim S - February 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved this stuff.. Took me forever to remember what it was. I recall a peanut buttery flavor.
Denise V - March 25, 2013 - Report this comment
OMVOMIT G I thought I had dreamed this up! Now I have proof that it wasn't something I imagined! Thanks for posting!
Denise V - March 25, 2013 - Report this comment
should read OMG, darn auto correct!
Toni - April 19, 2013 - Report this comment
This was great stuff! My fav was the peanut butter with chocolate.
Beth - August 11, 2013 - Report this comment
My sisters and I thought we were the only ones who remembered this dessert. It is awesome to see that we are not alone. Oh how I miss this stuff!
T. Arthurson - November 11, 2013 - Report this comment
Ah the bliss of "Spoon Candy." I recall being in early grade school (72-73) when this was still an available after-dinner treat in our Portland, Oregon home. There's a possible reason why this dessert was mysteriously discontinued. I clearly recall becoming violently ill one time after eating this. If memory serves, other members of my family also suffered this disappointing experience. Perhaps that wasn't a fluke incident because shortly after, I seem to remember being told about a few news articles about this product being pulled from the shelves due to reports of people getting sick from the product, possibly because of certain ingredients combined with the home refrigeration process that was part of the preparation. Back in those days before the time of Class Action Law-Suites, oftentimes when a popular product suddenly proved to be harmful, they just abruptly vanished. In any case, what a bummer. I'm wondering if anyone else remembers any stories about people getting ill from Spoon Candy.
Rebecca - November 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I am so happy to have found this.I have remembered the taste of this dessert all my life. I was pretty sure it was store bought but I didnt know for sure. I thought it was butterscotch and chocolate but I guess I remembered the peanut butterbutterbutter and chocolate. It would be amazing if Jello brought this back.
Brian - December 11, 2013 - Report this comment
Living in SoCal in the mid 70's, my step sister used to make this when she babysat. We would sit on the couch and eat it (big no-no) and watch "the 6 Million Dollar Man". Absolute favorite treat.
Jodene - December 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I was back in my hometown, eating dinner with my father and step-mum last night when suddenly I remembered a dessert from my youth that was all creamy and peanut-buttery with a hard chocolate top. I tried to describe it to my Dad who is 83 now, but he looked at me as if I were half-mad. A half hour later the words "Spoon Candy" emerged from my deep, deep memory banks. I blurted it out, a non sequitur to the conversation at hand. This brought a tad more reaction from my Dad. Happily the internet brings back nearly all 70s memories and I found this site. It was a fine, fine dessert. Happy to find others who recall it as well!!
Jody - March 06, 2014 - Report this comment
I have been trying to remember the name of this dessert for a long time. No one else seems to remember it but me. I loved the PB/chocolate. It was to die for. It was probably full of preservatives, trans-fats and deadly additives, but it was killer delish.
Alan - April 04, 2014 - Report this comment
Yes i remember this also early 1970's Mom bought this it was GREAT why did they stop making it AND how about getting them to make again???
monica - May 14, 2014 - Report this comment
Becs I remember it well and I grew up in Bell Gardens,CA not far from you in Long Beach
Leslie - June 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Look up spoon candy recipe on Pinterest
Ken L - July 04, 2014 - Report this comment
My sister & I so remember this dessert! This was one of the special deserts mom dis for the family along with Jello Pudding and Jello 1-2-3. Would be willing to petition to bring that one back. Didn't realize we we never saw it again after the early 1970's, till I read that it was discontinued in 1973. Had the hardest time finding anything on it till today when I googled "jello desert with hard candy top 1970's. Couldn't remember the name, now I won't forget it.
Carol - August 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I know this wasn't around long, but I miss it SO MUCH! It was an amazing treat, and I loved all the flavors. I'd still be making it today if it wouldn't have been discontinued. It was a toss-up as to whether I preferred this or Libby's Fruit Float, which was also incredible but far too short-lived.
Karyn - September 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Thank you for bringing back the name. I knew it wasn't around long, so I didn't think it could be a well known co. like Jello. My memory was more of a malt flavor on the bottom, but now I think it must have been the PB. WOW, we've all found one another here :) I've gotten that blank stare as well when describing this to someone. At my advanced age, I love a good ganache, and I may try that recipe, but Jello should bring on the sugar and trans-fats, and make it "crack". This ranks up there with Choco-chill which was a chocolate drink. No one remembers that, either. I even had a t-shirt my mom sent away for. I had lots of those in the 70's. Thanks again, all!
Wendy - January 08, 2015 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved this dessert! I've been craving it for YEARS!!! The chocolate is like no other chocolate. I really wish Jello would bring this back. I tried the Magic Shell, but it doesn't even come close to Spoon Candy. Yum The Goood Ol Days.
LD - January 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Loved this stuff as a kid!
FB - January 16, 2015 - Report this comment
In the late 80's, I came across boxes of Spoon Candy still on the shelf in a little neighborhood grocery near where I worked. I excitedly bought all they had. The co-worker with me had never heard of it and thought I was a little nuts. Ten plus years old, but it mixed up and set up just fine. Tasted just like I remembered.
Shawn - January 17, 2015 - Report this comment
How do we get them to bring it back? This was my all time favorite desert!
Christine - April 16, 2015 - Report this comment
This was an awesome dessert! My brother and I only got it on special occassions. I wish it could be brought back for a limited time so my daughter could try it.
Cathy - April 18, 2015 - Report this comment
Hard to believe I found this site. I have been thinking about this dessert for the last few years and remembered it as a favorite from my '70's childhood. Also couldn't recall the name and googled '70's childhood dessert and this popped up. Most recently a neighbor made me a peanut butter pie with a hard chocolate topping and that really brought back the mouth feel and flavor of this beloved tasty treat. Fun to read of everyone else's fond memories!!
KM - October 21, 2015 - Report this comment
Only those fortunate enough to have had the magic that was Spoon Candy for dessert as a child can understand the longing. BRING BACK SPOON CANDY1111111
Carol - January 21, 2016 - Report this comment
What memories this brings back for me, as I loved it, If only they would bring it back...I would be able to fit into my "ditto" jeans! All my attempts to recreate that favorite dessert has added some pounds over the years...dame you Jello!! Think of all the money I have spent in therapy over this spoon candy!
tammy smith - January 22, 2016 - Report this comment
Omg.. Im Crying.. I also have asked people over the years if the remember Fruit Float, 1-2-3 and Spoon Candy. Thought i was crazy. Whats crazy is i cant remember what i did yesterday but ill never forget the taste of these desserts. Please Jello bring them back. Ill pay big $$$$ for any of these
Erica - February 05, 2016 - Report this comment
I lived in Western Samoa as a child in the 70's and a lot of the imported foods came from the States. I loved Spoon Candy. Bring it back. I live in New Zealand now and there are some packet puddings that come close, without the shell but now everyone is reducing fat and sugar, standards are falling!!! What a treat.
Terilee - February 18, 2016 - Report this comment
OMG! I was just talking about SPOON CANDY at work and they think I'm nuts cause they have never heard if it! As well as QUISP, and Food Space Bars!!! There is no chocolate shell that comes close to the flavor of that hard shell. The closest is Chili's lava cake.I used to eat the top and toss the pudding. BRING IT BACK JELL-O!!!
KKF - April 08, 2016 - Report this comment
I grew up in Wisconsin in the 60s and 70s. I remember eating Spoon Candy, one of my absolute favorite desserts when I was in elementary/junior high. Throughout the years I've asked my friends from other States about it, but no one has ever heard of Spoon Candy or knows what I'm talking about. Later found out that we were in a test market for the product. Now it's more than 40 years since I've eaten the dessert and it somehow came up in my high school advisory (I'm sure I was the one the brought it up). Anyway, a student Googled it found this discussion board. So nice to see I'm not the only one who still thinks about Spoon Candy 40 years later :) If so many people loved it at the time, why didn't it go nation-wide?
Julie - June 16, 2016 - Report this comment
I grew up in Oregon in the '70's and SPOON CANDY and GOODIN' PUDDIN' frozen fudge bars were the best treats ever!!! I always bring up how much I miss them and how I can still remember exactly how they tasted. My sister and I are the only people I know who remember them, in fact she sent me this webpage. It is so nice to read that others remember it too! I forgot it was made by Jell-O because the Spoon Candy pudding didn't taste like normal instant or cooked Jell-O pudding, it was soooo much better and the hard topping was to die for!!! I have tried so many times to make or buy pudding and top with Magic Shell or some other homemade "Magic Shell-like" topping recipe, but nothing ever came close to the taste and mouth feel of SPOON CANDY!!! My favorite was vanilla with the chocolate topping. Why hasn't Jell-O brought it back??? Could hardly find it when it first came out because everyone was buying it and it was flying off the shelf, then it just disappeared. Jell-O would have a goldmine on their hands, if they brought it back. I don't get how stupid some companies are. I still crave it to this day and would buy it in bulk if they ever started making it again!!! JELL-O: BRING BACK SPOON CANDY!!!
Michele - August 18, 2016 - Report this comment
One of my favorite dessert as a child. Wonder I'd vanilla pudding with hard shell chocolate sauce would taste like it?
Lisa - August 20, 2016 - Report this comment
Love this stuff. Thinking and dreaming about it for years. P.B.all the way! Jello we need it!
Zach - August 25, 2016 - Report this comment
Based on a long ago memory, I recently had a hankering for this but couldn't remember the name. I searched the pudding section grocery store in vain, and finally googled "pudding with hard chocolate topping" and came across this site - at least I now know I didn't hallucinate this! Given the enthusiasm here, and my fond memories of the short time period my mom used to make Spoon Candy, it seems odd it was ever discontinued.
Jen - January 19, 2017 - Report this comment
I have thought about this desert for years and have always missed it. My mom made this for us on a regular. I have hopped for years I would run across it or it come back on the shelves at the store. Please bring it back!
Melody - March 25, 2017 - Report this comment
You must know that if this many people have such a strong memory of a dessert in a box, it had to be very, very bad for us!
kimberlee - April 27, 2017 - Report this comment
Yes!!!! Finally remembered the name of this- it was my favorite dessert- and I see it was so many others too! Yes Jell-O, P-L-E-A-S-E bring it back. PB and chocolate. Nothing like it, but I am going to try the recipe someone suggested!
ROY - July 25, 2017 - Report this comment
I also remember Spoon Candy, growing up in Cerritos California in the 70's. I often think of this desert and I couldn't remember the name. I just search jello pudding with hard candy shell. Nice!
Fae hart - March 16, 2018 - Report this comment
Just bring it back please
Mindy - April 14, 2018 - Report this comment
Guys! I just tried Magnum Milk Chocolate Vanilla (in the small tubs like Ben & Jerry’s)in the ice cream section, and it was so similar to Spoon Candy, the dessert of my dreams!
Sherry - December 14, 2018 - Report this comment
I’m so excited to find this link !!! I also hope they bring it back!! just happy to find a name for my beloved memories 😄
Vince - January 06, 2019 - Report this comment
We use to have this when our family lived in American Samoa. Everyone in our family still craves Spoon Candy!!! PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!
Sharon - June 26, 2019 - Report this comment
Alan - December 26, 2019 - Report this comment
IS there any way to duplicate spoon candy today?
Bean - December 28, 2019 - Report this comment
Just happened upon this youtube video.
JUDIE - July 16, 2020 - Report this comment
I grew up in Southern California and was about 8 years young when this came out. I loved this stuff. Was there another brand that was like it? I would love to be able to make it or better yet buy it. We need to send more product requests to Jell-O and maybe to stores like Walmart. I am going to facebook now to request it.
Yuda - July 26, 2020 - Report this comment
I am so glad to see there is such a huge Spoon Candy following, as I too was a big fan of this dessert during my childhood. Thanks Judie for the youtube video I shall try it. It is disappointing that with comments as far back as 2008 that Jello has not made so many dreams come true..
Tracy - January 02, 2021 - Report this comment
Loved Spoon Candy!!!
Emily - June 18, 2021 - Report this comment
I also remember the PB Spoon Candy. Broke my heart when they discontinued making it Bring it back Jell-O!
Tom S. of Claremont - August 01, 2021 - Report this comment
Someone just asked me what it was & I responded, "Spoon Candy was a delicious, dessert that appeared briefly in America in the early (or mid?) 1970s, then God decided it was too good for Earth's humans and moved it to a restaurant in Heaven. Those of us who enjoyed this pudding --topped by liquid chocolate that hardened in the fridge-- will conclude our first Heavenly meal with, 'I'd like the spoon Candy, please.'"
Steebo - November 18, 2021 - Report this comment
Great to see so many people remember this. I saw the commercial and persuaded my mother to get it. That was around 1976. I think we only made it once and I thought it was alright. Nevertheless, I recall it from time to time--like this morning when Soundgarden's "Spoon Man" came on the radio.
Teresa Vigil - November 24, 2022 - Report this comment
I came looking for this recipe! It was the best growing up,mi always looked forward to fridays when my mom might make it.

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