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!
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?