Growing up as a chubby kid I have many candy and sugar memories that still resonate with me today. Yeah, I was a chunker. Even wore “husky” sized pants. Thanks to an Italian mom and her side of the family that all lived on our street I was constantly treated to delicious food, and just as many snacks no matter what house I wandered into on any given day. Even though I don’t ever want to wear “husky” sized pants again I do miss those happy days of my youth with my great aunts and uncles who are now long gone. Wonderful memories remain, and sometimes all it takes is a little reminder to bring them to the front of my mind. Usually, they are food related, and walking into Economy Candy recently brought some flooding back. Here are a few that are some of my old childhood favorites, and many that could be found in the candy dishes at my relatives’ homes.
Candy Cigarettes / Bubble Gum Cigarettes – Kind of politically incorrect now but I love these chalky sugar sticks.
Candy Canes – Still love them during holiday time. Were always on the Christmas trees.
Pez – I’m surprised my teeth did not rot away from cavities eating so many sugar cubes. The dispensers are collectors items now. Wish I still had them.
Jelly Fruit Slices – I don’t know why but all my older relatives had these. Kind of a weird candy. Not really fruit, but all sugar.
Tootsie Rolls – Still love them. Even though they still get stuck in my back teeth.
Charms Blow Pops – Grape is still my favorite.
Mary Janes – I swear these things could rip the fillings out of your teeth.
M&M’s – Eat the green ones.
Licorice Pipes – I prefer black licorice. Pipes, laces, pieces.
Candy Buttons – Colored sugar dots on paper. Always end up eating some paper.
Charleston Chew – Best when refrigerated and cold. Teeth killer.
Fun Dip – Dipping a sugar stick into more sugar.
Nik-L-Nip – What the heck was this? A wax soda bottle with colored syrup.
Bottle Caps – Love them, especially the root beer and grape.
Pop Rocks – One of my all time favorites. My mom hated it.
Smarties – round flavorful sugar droplets.
These are just a few overall of the many that I liked and still indulge in on occasion. So many from my childhood to remember. Am I missing any here? What was your fav?