Today I’m going to step a little sideways and cover a topic of confection that is just on the edge of candy – Harmon’s flavored toothpix.
Some of you may be old enough to remember the happy toothpick mascot on the small wax-paper packets that contained Harmon’s Fire Pix. Produced in McCook, Nebraska for nearly half a century, Bob Harmon ran the business until his retirement. A few years later, he would briefly return to selling flavored toothpicks, before his passing in 2008. The Harmon’s Webstore is no longer selling product, though the website remains here. [Edit: I’m told that Bud was Mr. Harmon’s first name, not Bob.]
I’ve talked about my love of cinnamon-flavored candy here on the site many times, so it should come as no surprise that I was a longtime fan of Harmon’s Hot Cinnamon Fire Pix. Since I grew up in Nebraska, they were always readily available at just about every sales counter in town.
I’ve always had fond recollections of them, but as a collector I learned that Harmon’s produced more than just the cinnamon-flavored Fire Pix – so I set out to get them all. After years of collecting I finally completed my set of Harmon’s flavors, and now I’m going to share them all with you. Here we go:
From everything I’ve been able to turn up in my research, those are all of the flavors of pix that Harmons ever produced.
I have one other piece related to Harmon’s flavored pix – a vintage candy trade ad. This showcases all of the flavors that were sold at the time [It would seem that the Lemon and Anise pix were introduced in 1973]:
And that’s everything I’ve got for today. See you next time!