Down the street from our home in Long Beach, California, on the corner of Dairy and Norton Street, the Chun family owned a liquor and convenient store. In 1986, my mother would give me a dollar for my school lunch every day at Jane Addams Elementary School. Lunch was only 65 cents. That would leave me with 35 cents of candy money.
I would go to the Chun's every day after school and buy candy. Back then, I could buy a Mr. Goodbar chocolate bar for 25 cents and have 10 cents left over to buy 2 packs of Sixlets. Sugar Daddy's were 5 cents and Chick-O-sticks were 15 cents. I loved Now and Later's but because they would rip my fillings out of my teeth if I chewed them, I rarely ever bought them.
When I got sick of Mr. Goodbar, I would eat a 3 Musketeers or a Baby Ruth, both also cost only 25 cents.
Today, the average candy is about $1.50.