When I was little, candy was the be all and end all of everything in my world. Food was always healthy, including the snacks, drinks and sides. I was told to eat my vegetables and had no dessert if I refused the good stuff during meals.
Of course I had my tricks. I hated steak, which is ironic considering I can’t physically eat steak now and would kill to do just about that. But in those days, steak was the enemy. I would sometimes chew it, put it in my napkin and flush it later that evening. And the green beans? During one of our moves, the workers found petrified green beans lined up along the tracks near the folding sections of our table. <whistling and looking up in the air>
But back to the C-A-N-D-Y! Desserts were usually on Sunday and nine times out of ten it was ice cream. Everyone loved ice cream. But it just wasn’t C-A-N-D-Y! Your mom wouldn’t buy you candy at the store. Not normally. I do remember sitting in the cart eating Necco’s at the commissary, only to be immobilized by a licorice one. BLAH.
I’ll never forget watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the big screen for the first time. During the opening credits, giant images of candies passed before my ever-widening eyes as I stared in utter disbelief. The chocolate factory was a place of sheer magic for every little girl and boy. Gene Wilder’s dreamy voice swirled around and through me, truly carrying me to a world of imagination.
So when you had candy, like on Halloween or for a special treat, it was a very big deal. My fondest candy memories revolve around wax lips, candy sticks, candy cigarettes, Nik-L-Nips, candy buttons, candy necklaces, Honees, licorice pipes and fun dip. Later in life it was Christmas boxes of Lifesavers, Garbage Pail Kids, Smooth and Juicy gum, red hot toothpicks, Pop Rocks, Garbage Can-dy and Bazooka bubble gum. Remember the comic that came with Bazooka bubble gum? If you got the fortune, “Help! I’m trapped in a bubble gum factory!” then you scored!
Do you have any favorite childhood candies that you remember?