I was finishing off a box of Malteasers the other day and I started wondering – who doesn’t like candy?
Then I started thinking back to the penny candies and treats I used to love as a kid. The highlight of my week was a trip to the local candy store with a dime clutched in my hand.
A dime went a long way back then and the hardest part was choosing which candy would fill the paper bag the storekeeper would hold onto while you picked out your goodies. For instance:
* a cup (like the ones they use in hospitals nowadays for pills) filled with cinnamon hearts – 1 cent
* a triangle-shaped container filled with powder that we sucked out through a licorice straw – 3 cents
* a chocolate bar (Sweet Marie was my favorite) – 5 cents
I didn’t buy chocolate bars very often. Even at that early age, I was learning to figure out economics. I could buy a whole bag of penny candies for the same price as that chocolate bar, and those candies would last longer.
Sponge toffee, gobstoppers, Lik-M-Aid (almost like jelly powder with a candy stick), chocolate coins covered with gold wrapping, Turkish taffy – loved them all.
But no list of candy would be complete without mentioning candy cigarettes. We thought we were so grown-up walking around with that “cigarette” between our fingers and flicking our imaginary ash, ignoring the fact that our lips were white from the coating and that the ends disintegrated when the sugar melted.
I’ve been on Google and there are quite a few on-line stores that still sell “retro” candy. I think I’m going to have to make up a shopping list.
What about you? What was your favorite candy as a kid?