Satisfying the Sweet Tooth with a Bag of Fish

Just the other day, I was finishing off some of the Easter candy still floating around my house (yes, we were still finding some of those plastic Easter eggs in the weirdest places) and I came across a fun-sized bag of Swedish Fish.  These days the little bags include some small gummy round fish eggs that kind of gross me out, but the Swedish Fish are the same.  The same gloriously gummy, red soft chewies that I have always loved.  Opening the bag, I couldn’t help to think about my favorite corner store (do those even exist anymore?) that my friends and I would sneak off to after school to buy some candies.


I will for sure be dating myself here, but the store right across the street from my elementary school, Al’s Corner Store, sold them for a penny a piece when I was a kid.  So I’d scrounge up pennies or nickels that I’d find between the couch cushions to head to Al’s after school for a snack.  I probably visited Al’s everyday.  I just loved Swedish Fish back then and, come to think of it, still kinda do.  To tell you the truth, I’m probably a bit atypical when it comes to candy preference.  Most women crave chocolate.  Pounds and pounds of chocolate.  Me?  I crave sugary candies.  My favorites as a kid were probably Swedish Fish, Pixy Stix, and Watermelon Air Heads (had to be watermelon) – in that order.  And I’m sure I owe all my childhood cavities to these tasty treats too. Ha!

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It’s nice to know that my son is, so far, following in my footsteps (well, without the cavities…yet!).  When he’s craving something sweet, it’s hardly ever for chocolate.  Sure, he likes a gooey s’more just as much as the next kid, but he definitely prefers DumDum’s, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, and Skittles.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we used these as rewards for going potty when we were potty training…or maybe he’s just like mom.

I’m gonna go with the latter.

What was your favorite candy as a kid?

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  1. Everyone talks about sweet tooth alternatives but I think its totally okay to satisfy sweettooths with a sweet every once in a while!

  2. Chocolate has it’s place, but I usually prefer fruity candy when I’m having a sugar craving. Jolly Ranchers are my favorite!
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  3. Thankfully, my favorite childhood candy is still around – Rolo’s! LOVE them. I also liked those Swedish Fish (and now I have to pick up a bag because I am craving them!)
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  4. I have not seen that they come with fish eggs now, umm that grosses me out too. lol My favorite candy as a kid was rock candy. You could only get it at the candy store in the mall (which was an hour away from where we lived at the time). It was a treat when I actually got some. Now my favorite is probably chewy sprees but I love all kinds really. haha

  5. My favorite was butterscotch discs. Those were always really cheap. I love them then and I still love them today!!
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  6. I really don’t have a sweet tooth…never had. I have a lot of friends who do
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  7. Oh, I love these! I remember them being a penny, too. Putting them in a little paper bag and having them be counted at the register.
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  8. I loved Fun Dip as a kid. :) and Grape Laffy Taffy!
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  9. I loved the Marathon Candy Bars. I haven’t seen those around for years!

  10. swedish fish is on e of my favorite candies. I even got my kids like it
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  11. My favorite were Sugar Babies! I still love them!
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  12. The Swedish Fish were my fav! I get them a lot still…also love Sour Keys!
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  13. I love pixie sticks. I remember pretending that candy cigarettes were real.
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  14. Oh, I love sweedish fish! My favorite was Starburst!
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  15. Gummy Bears! While I do love a good hunk of chocolate every now and again, those darn gummy bears are my weakness!
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  16. I was having a weak moment due to hormones and had a tiny bag of those Swedish fish recently. As a kid and still today my favorite sweet is chocolate caramel anything.

  17. Swedish Fish are one of my favorite candies. I could finish the whole bag on my own! Sometimes we mix them with a big bag of popcorn on movie nights :) Sweet and salty YUM
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  18. Yes Swedish fish are still around for sure. I love them!
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  19. I loved all sorts of candy. But one of my big favorites were SweeTarts.

  20. When I was a little girl my favorite corner store candy was Lemon Heads, little candy balls that tasted like sour lemon. Mmmmmmmm good.
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  21. I always loved Gummy Bears when I was a kid and also the Charms Blow Pops. I would eat so many Gummy Bears and get the worst stomach ache!
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  22. I loved Airheads and Nerds when I was little. Now, I want all the sweets I Can find!
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  23. I’m totally a sugar bug. I love rainbow nerds, skittles and starburst!
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  24. I love fuzzy peaches. They’re definitely my candy weakness!

  25. oh the joys of childhood!! I loved going in with my change and picking out all the glorious candy!! Today candy is so overpriced and not too many options on the penny candy.
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  26. I like Swedish Fish! My favorite types of candies has to be tart flavor like Nerds and Sour Patch kids.
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  27. I like swedish fish, but I’m not a purist and prefer the mixed colors. I also really like sour patch a lot!
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  28. Oh yes, Swedish Fish are still around. My sister in law buys them in bulk lol. I am more of a chocolate kind of girl, but when all else fails, a yellow Starburst will do.
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