“Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.”

The rain this morning was heavy for a while. The wind is still blowing. All my windows are closed to keep out the damp cold air. I’m even wearing socks.

I went out for breakfast and brought Gracie. I left her in the car with a couple of windows open. That’s when it started to pour. I had to run outside and shut the windows. Gracie was in the middle of the seat away from both windows. No dumb animal is my Gracie.

I used to love Bonomos turkish taffy. My favorite was vanilla. Banana was my second favorite. Finishing a whole bar was a huge investment in time and effort. To make it easier, I’d crack the bar so they’d be smaller pieces to chew because larger ones took forever. My jaw always got tired.

Fire balls were a challenge. The contest was for who could keep it in the mouth the longest without having to take it out for a breather. I used to move the fire-ball from one cheek to the other hoping it wouldn’t burn as much. My sister put it in a bowl of water so the red would wash off. In actual time, the burning didn’t last long, and the red disappeared, replaced by white. I liked it when the fire-ball finally got small enough to crack with my teeth.

When it came to penny candy, I always wanted the best buy for my penny. I’d look up and down the rows behind the glass counter trying to find the candy which lasted the longest. Even pennies were hard to come by so my candy choice had to be a wise one. Mint Juleps were a safe choice. They took a long time to chew and they had a great flavor. Banana splits were also a great choice. Like Mint Juleps, they took a while to chew. Root beer barrels, Squirrels and Mary Janes were also wise purchases. The only soft candy I usually bought was Bull’s Eyes. I always ate the outside caramel first and saved the middle for last. It was like having two different pieces of candy.

I wouldn’t dare eat most of those candies now, with the exception of Bull’s Eyes. Teeth are hard to come by.

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14 Comments on ““Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I haven’t thought about Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy for a long time. Remember Rex Trailer used to do ads for it on BoomTown? He’d tell us to put it in the freezer and then smack it down to break it up. And he’d smack it into the palm of his hand and it would break up so nicely. I didn’t have the patience to put it in the freezer and I could never get it to break either.
    Bull’s Eyes are a major addiction. I usually pull the caramel part off and eat that first then I eat the white sugary part. It must be done that way or it doesn’t taste right.
    My favorite penny candies were the candy pills stuck on what looked like adding machine paper rolls and the candy beads that were strung up like necklaces. Jewelry and food in one handy item. 🙂

    It’s raining and cool here. Rocky is at day care bonding with his new little brother. I will bring them both home later on this afternoon. Life should be even more exciting than it already is.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I remember Rex and the freezer. I always got it to break into some big and many little pieces. The edges always were the small pieces.

      That is exactly how I eat Bull’s Eyes. I don’t know anyone who eats them in bites. I remember those paper dots. If you weren’t careful, you’d be eating a bit of paper as well. I never liked the beads but my sister’s loved them.

      The rain had stopped here, but it has started again and is fairly heavy rain.

      Rocky will get plenty of exercise with a new little brother to play with. That sounds like great fun. My cats would leave home if I brought home another dog.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Windy and cool here today and it’s really nice. No rain has fallen so I had to go outside to water the flower beds, the ground is so dry that only cacti would survive there otherwise 🙂

    I guess we had similar candy here but with totally different names. I always wanted fruitgums, preferable with black currant taste or chocolate. I’ve never been a fan of hard candy to be honest. Anything chewy usually goes down though 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      The rain has started again and is pounding the window. It has been raining most of the day. I’m glad the grass will stay nice and green.

      I am a chocolate fan as well. Mostly I buy candy bars, one when I go shopping. I don’t think there is anything with black current sold as I don’t remember seeing it.

      Have a great evening!!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    Thanks for reminding me of Bonomo’s Turkish Taffee. I always wondered what was Turkish about it. Breaking it up in small prices was the way to go. It was better in nostalgia.

    My favorite candy was even today is Hershey’s milk chocolate and Milky Way bars. Chocolate in any form beats everything else in the candy department.

    Today it’s partly cloudy and warm again.

    • katry Says:

      I don’t even know why it popped into my head, but I’m happy I reminds you. Yeah, the Turkish part always confused me a bit as well.

      I love Milky Ways and Snickers, but I also like Twizzlers, my only non-chocolate favorite.

      When you say warm, I think hot.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Of course, sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don’t. Twizzlers are my other half’s favorite. I can’t get excited about them. M&Ms are nice also, peanut and plain. The peanut ones make me feel like I am doing something a little healthy. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        That’s funny. I totally understand why the peanut M&M’s would make you feel s if they are something healthy.

        I prefer Mounds, not Almond Joy.

  4. Birgit Says:

    “I don’t want chocolate, I would rather have a man!”:
    Sorry, it’s sung in German, but we love this song and this crazy lady. You may recognize the melody of Percolator.
    Back to soccer, next game …

    • katry Says:

      I love this lady’s style: her movement, her singing and her clothes. I totally understand why you love this lady and this song. I did recognize the melody.

      Enjoy the game.

  5. Aimee Says:

    love the Taffy ..especially salt water taffy. What a treat that was to be at the shore and have some change to buy some. Bulls Eye were indeed an addiction.

    • katry Says:

      I was surprised when I was young and found out salt water taffy had no salt water in it. You would love the taffy place here on the Cape where you get to choose your flavors from so many choices.

      I still buy Bulls Eyes every once in a while.

  6. MT C Says:

    Pennies were not frequent visitors for us either. The usual candy treats we had were either from the huge maples in our yard in the form of maple candy or from my great-aunts store of rock candy that she kept in sealed jars in her vegetable cellar. Store bought was really rare.

    And true, teeth are hard to come by and expensive, too!


    • katry Says:

      We had two corner stores near us. One, the white store, had the best penny candy counter. The store was run by two nice old ladies, and that’s where my penny and I always shopped. They were quite patient as I looked and looked. Spending a penny was a serious enterprise.

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