The biggest problem about writing about forgotten brands of food is that there is often no way of getting them back.* Many of the things I'm writing about can be found in some way -- DVDs, CDs, old videotapes, etc. But once food and candy goes, there's no way to get it back.
Which brings us to Regal Crown Sours.
I first saw them in the late 60s. Large tubes (maybe about 5 inches and about 3/4 in in diameter) with hard candy. They were made of up individual candies, each wrapped in wax paper, in sort of a flying saucer shape. And they were sour.
Oh, not as puckeringly sour as things like Sour Patch Kids today. But compared to the usual hard candy fare -- Life Savers, lemon drops -- pretty sour.
The candy was imported from the UK, though I believe they originated in Denmark. They came in several flavors: Sour Cherry, Sour Orange, Sour Grapes (yes), and, my favorite, Sour Lemon. As least twice the size of a Life Saver, they were a great bargain. I tend to like things tart, and these were just wonderful.
Over time, though, they vanished. I haven't seen them in a candy story in about 30 years and the last time I tried them was nearly 20 years ago, where I found them in the United Kingdom pavilion at the Epcot Center. In among the faux-British shops was a candy store, and which sold -- yes -- Regal Crown Sour Lemon.
They were just as good as ever.
After the Internet came along, I learned about various old time candy sites and went to see if any of them had it. Alas, the only place I've been able to see the Regal Crown sours are on lists of discontinued candy no longer available.
At least there is a possibility, with the interest in sour candy, that someone might bring it back. Of course, they'd have to deal with old folks like me saying "It's not the way I remember it," but I think it'd be worth it for another taste.
*Sometimes even the recipe is lost forever. Leiderkrantz cheese was discontinued by their last owner, Borden Foods, a couple of decades ago, and it would be impossible to get it back. The cheese's flavor depended on a specific culture of bacteria that was in the original factory (when they moved to a new one, they had to scrape the walls so that it could establish itself) that gave it its flavor. No one analyzed what the bacteria was, and it is impossible to duplicate, so even if someone wanted to bring it back, they're out of luck.