“After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers.”

Today is summer. The sun is bright. The air is so still nothing is moving. It is already hot. The prediction is for 80˚. I’m planning on a languid day.

We had rain just about all day yesterday with thunder in the afternoon. I heard small rumbles then a few loud claps. Henry barked when the thunder was the loudest. He has now saved me from thunder and too many car doors to remember.

When I was a kid, popsicles were only a nickel, and I could buy them from the ice cream man, Johnny, who came every afternoon. Root beer and cherry were my favorites, but orange was an acceptable substitute. Hot days were unkind to popsicle lickers because the popsicles seemed to melt faster than they could be licked. The sticks would have drip marks in the color of the popsicle. My hands would get sticky. Sometimes my fingers even stuck together, but I thought it was kind of fun to stick and unstick. I haven’t had a popsicle in a long time.

I bought a few single serving Table Top pies: blueberry, apple and lemon. I had the apple last night. It was tasty and had a lot of apples. On the kitchen wall, I have a Table Top Pie tin from when they used to sell the big pies in real tins instead of the aluminum they use now. My mother used to buy Table Talk Pies, mostly apple. My father loved apple pies.

Our freezer often had a bag of Hoodsies or Hoodsie Cups if you’re using the official name. Each of them came with a wooden spoon which really looked more like a small tongue depressor. Once you peeled off the cover, the ice cream underneath was both vanilla and chocolate. One year my father gave them out at Halloween. Kids tried to come multiple times. Our yard that night was littered with covers and cups. My father never gave out Hoodsies again.

I loved Drake’s pastries. My favorite was Drake’s Devil Dogs followed closely by Funny Bones, a sort of Devil Dog but with peanut butter inside. I liked Drake’s Yankee Doodle cupcakes, a bit like a Hostess cupcake but with no frosting, because you got three in a package. My mother often packed a box of something Drake in the picnic basket for the beach. Even now, I’d never say no to a Ring Ding, a chocolate round cupcake with cream in the middle and the whole thing covered in chocolate. I know from experience one Ring Ding is never enough! It is chocolate after all, the food of the Gods.

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6 Comments on ““After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers.””

  1. Bob Says:

    You have picked my favorite topic, chocolate anything. When I was a kid in NYC the ice cream man came down the street every afternoon innthecsummer. The truck had a set of bells attached to the top of the windshield and the ringing bells drew all the kids to the truck. There were two companies that had trucks, Good Humor and Bungalow Bar Ice Cream. Good humor was my favorite and their chocolate eclair bar was and still is my ice cream bar of choice. Bungalow Bar trucks carried cups of real Italian ice. My favorite was strawberry or lemon. Both also had cups of ice cream in the usual flavors with the wooden spoons you described. We generically called all cups of ice cream ‘Dixie Cups’ regardless what the vender called them. Bungelow Bar carried the generic ice cream sandwich and Eskimo pie bars.

    When we moved to Dallas in 1953 there were no Good Humor or Bungelow Bar ice cream trucks. There were generic ice cream trucks which didn’t have bells but had speakers playing monotonous kids music music over and over. They didn’t have the variety of Good Humor bars and so I develop a liking to Popsicles. The Popsicle came with two sticks so that you could separate it into two smaller bars. I never liked to share when I was a kid. My favorite flavor was the red ones.

    We couldn’t get Drakes or Entemann’s pastry here in Texas so I became a fan of the Hostess chocolate cupcake. To this day I adore the chocolate cake filled with cream in the center and the white squiggle on the top. A Twinkie is a suitable substitute in a pinch. Of course any kind of chocolate is good, Ding Dongs, Oreo cookies, chocolate candy bars and chocolate ice cream. Thankfully, my metabolism is good and I don’t weigh too much or have diabetes.

    Everything I liked in life was either illegal, immoral or fattening. I had to give up illegal when I became a professional pilot. I had to give up immoral when I got married, therefore the only thing left is fattening. πŸ™‚

    Yesterday the temperature equaled or exceeded the century mark and is forecast to give us a repeate performance this afternoon.

    • katry Says:

      I’m right with you and chocolate.

      My ice cream man was unaffiliated. He had a white truck with Johnny’s Ice Cream on it. We’d hear his bell and run home for my favorite was the cones with chocolate and nuts on top. We called it a Drumstick. It was a dime so I didn’t get it as often.

      Hoodsies started being made in 1947. They are still really popular especially at kid parties as they are easier to serve than a bowl of ice cream.

      Those were Popsicles I talked about above. The red was cherry, one of my favorites. Sometimes I’d break mine in half and trade for a half of a different flavor.

      I also like Hostess Cupcakes. My local bakery makes a cupcake they call Hostess, but I think the packaged cupcakes taste better. Chocolate is the best of all foods!!

      We will be hot today and through the weekend. Boston will hit 90˚ but we will be in the 80’s.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’m back online again, it only took them one day to send me a router instead of the now died modem that I had.

    I love chocolate but oddly enough not as ice cream. Lots of new names I had to check online but we had similar things here just with other names. Long time since I had a popsicle, they sell them at work but since they have “real” ice cream I never buy them. Back in the days they had all kinds of flavors, like coca cola or Fanta orange, now I think they mostly have pear and a synthetic pear that isn’t too yummy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I think we can buy frozen apple pie now days but I must admit that I can’t remember ever seeing anyone selling pies back in the days, not even bakeries. Strange since I’m pretty sure they would have sold very well! After all everyone loves apple pie πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      That was quick.I’m glad to have you back. I thought you’d be off-line at least a few days.

      I love chocolate ice cream and anything with chocolate chips. My latest favorite is Mint Chocolate with Chips. I also like gelato.

      I think our town bakery sold pies and Table Top Pies have been around since 1924. They make flavors like blueberry, apple, lemon, chocolate eclair, pineapple, cherry, pumpkin, peach, banana creme and chocolate creme. I do love the lemon.

      Have a wonderful Day!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Whatever you’re talking about, I love chocolate too πŸ™‚
    Another nice hot summer day here and time for a longer bike tour today. This time river (Rhine), several lakes and the walkable rollercoaster πŸ™‚
    On the train back home two women spoke about Ghana I think. I heard the word “Ghana” several times but couldn’t guess the unknown language.
    The rollercoaster:

    • katry Says:

      That is really cool. It looks fun. I’d never mind the loops on this one.

      It is too hot for outside. I’m already planning to stay home all day. I have wash to do, a book to finish and plan for dinner on the 4th. I also need to put out my July 4th decorations, but I’ll wait for chelate afternoon with high hopes it will be cooler.

      Enjoy your day out and about!!

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