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.
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!