Where did February go? I can’t believe there’s only another week left of it. I promise I’m not wishing my life away here, but I am more than ready for spring. If February has been any indication, we’re in for a rainy, stormy one. That doesn’t bother me one bit, as I love rain and storms! But I confess even I would love some dry weather here soon. My yard is a swamp, and with several other drivers here in the driveway, the yard is where I park my car. Needless to say, I’m going to have to have gravel dumped where I park….if it will stop raining long enough!
Anyway, the prompt I chose for Writer’s Workshop this week has absolutely nothing to do with the weather. I chose: List your top 8 favorite candies.
Confession time: I actually don’t eat candy all that often. I prefer – and eat – crunchy, savory snacks way more than candy. But as a child, one of my favorite things to do was walk with my best friend to the corner store in our tiny little hometown and buy a piece of candy. Sometimes it was chocolate. Sometimes it was fruity flavored goodies. And sometimes (and these didn’t come from the corner store) it was special occasion candy. Naturally, that was, and still is, my favorite.
Here’s my list…some of these are no longer around today, and sometimes I can find some of these in little rural mom-and-pop type convenience stores. I love getting hit with a little wave of nostalgia when I spot a childhood favorite that I thought was long gone, but was actually just bypassed by corporate big box stores. (Or maybe the candy has been on the shelf since the 70s-80s when I last remember them sold? Oh goodness, I hope not!)
I like both the original roll, and the big, chewy ones. Not the ropes and gummies. I don’t know what it is about them, but man, do I love those slightly tangy, sweet, chalky bits of perfection. And who wouldn’t want to ruin dental work (true story!) on those big, chewy ones? Those were like jawbreakers you could get your teeth stuck in.
Like SweeTarts, but tangier and softer.
- Fun Dip
A stick of hard sugar that you lick and dip in colored granulated sugar, then eat? This stuff was like speed to me. And for times when you wanted to just bypass the stick altogether and directly guzzle the sugar down? You have Pixy Stix.
- Atomic Fireballs
My bestie and I used to see who could go the longest before having to remove the infernal ball of cinnamon deliciousness. It was always her. I could only go so long before my nose started running and my eyes started watering. And even though I couldn’t feel my tongue for a few hours after eating one, that never stopped me from having more!
My Mom once told me she really needed to get the house clean, so she sat me, a not-quite toddler at the time, in my swing and handed me a Slo-Poke sucker. She said it kept me happy and entertained and that I virtually covered myself in it, and this allowed her to get her housework done in peace. Of course, after all that housework she then had to clean my swing and bathe all the sugar off me. It was my first sugar scrub!
- Marathon Bar
If you are so inclined, you can read the description provided by the post I linked to at Bulk Candy Store, but to save time I’ll just tell you that these were simply the best. And it’s a shame they are no longer made.
- Stuckey’s Divinity
This was definitely a special occasion candy for me. I know I can buy Divinity now, or even make some myself. But my favorite was always from a place called Stuckey’s, little roadside stop-offs along the highway where you could by t-shirts, caps, and other state souvenirs, eat, get gas, and get their delicious Divinity. We didn’t do much traveling when I was younger, but my Aunt Sarah, who was in the Army, did. And she’d always bring me a package of Stuckey’s Divinity when she’d come home to visit. Apparently, there are still Stuckey’s stores in a few locations (one of them isn’t even too far from me!), but they’ve mostly been over-run by Luby’s and Love’s and the like. The last time I ate Stuckey’s Divinity was in 1996 when I went on a business trip with the bank I worked for. There was still a Stuckey’s store in Mississippi, where I was living at the time, and we just happened to stop there.
- Pangburn’s Millionaires
Like Turtles, but somehow better. This was my special occasion candy, whereas Turtles were a common item. To be fair, they are my favorite of the two because I used to get small heart-shaped boxes of them for Valentine’s Day when I was little. I haven’t had them in a while, but if I remember correctly, they tasted slightly better than Turtles.
- BONUS: Honorable Mentions
I didn’t include them on my list, but here are two more candies that I really love: The Cadbury Creme Egg and those orange-and-black-wrapped peanut butter chews you always find around Halloween. They are actually bigger-sized Mary Jane candies, but those aren’t found just everywhere, anytime, either.
What are YOUR favorite candies – from childhood or otherwise? Share them with me in the comments. Stay sweet, y’all!