Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I want candy

My friend Chris wrote on his blog the other day about candy. It might seem like candy is not an intense enough subject for an entire blog post, but I disagree. I LOVE candy. Part of the candy mystique probably comes from the fact that when we were kids, it was a restricted commodity. At least it was for my family. I remember going to friends' houses who got ice cream for an after-school snack, and I thought they were pretty much the luckiest kids in the whole world.

Even though I'm an adult now and can buy candy anytime I want, some of that childhood awe of certain treats has not worn off. Chris mentioned Gushers in his post, and the same holds true for me. Gushers were so cool when I was a kid, and I was never allowed to have them. Same with Fruit Roll-ups. We always just had the nerdy, home-dehydrated kind made of actual fruit. Boring!

Another near-unattainable childhood candy was Big Chew (that's what I remember it being called, but apparently it was Big League Chew). Looking back, I can't believe this product even existed. If I didn't have such strong memories of coveting it and then savoring it whenever we did get it, I don't think I would believe it. Then again, I also remember enjoying candy cigarettes, so what's a little fake chewing tobacco?

I just know there are other childhood favorites that I'm forgetting, that they probably don't make anymore. Are Spree still out there? How about Pixy Stix or Fun Dip? Pop Rocks? Obviously it's been a while since I took a good look at the candy aisle. What were some of your favorite childhood candies? And what do you think about a parent who allows their child to have pseudo chewing tobacco and candy cigarettes, but not Fruit Roll-ups?


Liz Johnson said...

I really, really love circus peanuts, and I prefer them to be stale. My mom used to buy them on roadtrips and I remember feeling SO LUCKY if we got one. YUM.

Milk duds were another - we only got them if we went to a movie with my dad.

I used to love Fruit Stripes gum, too. And Tiny Bits gum were also awesome. They were the ones that were like miniature chiclets.

American candy was somewhat hard to come by in Mexico, so I remember just staring at the candy aisle every summer in the US and salivating. YUM.

Fromagette said...

Seems like I grew up like you. And yes, somehow we were able to buy gum cigarettes from the ice cream man, but don't even think about asking mom for fruit snacks!

My favorite candies would have to be starbursts or skittles. Or anything chocolate.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

You don't chaw & smoke, do you?, so no harm done. And you're healthier for having eaten homemade fruit leather :-)

ThomasCL said...

Hey thanks for the shoutout, Bridget. I feel famous.
Also, I am a little scared of Fun-Dip. I have had a package of in folded up in my room for about 4 months now. I am just too scared to eat it. It just seems so dry and dusty to me.

EmmySue said...

In the sixth grade I bit down on a Now & Later candy and it pulled out a tooth! Can't beat the kind of candy that not only decays your teeth, but skips right to ripping them out.
We actually gave away pop rocks at the trunk or treat. Still have some left if you're interested.
I think my favorite of all time is Chewy runts... not the regular ones...but chewy runts. Mmmmm.

Bridget said...

Now & Laters are terrible. I like the flavor, but you're right - it seems like it's meant to pull all your fillings out or something. Maybe they're just all stale.

Where on earth did you find Pop Rocks in this day and age?


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