Friday, July 5, 2019

Sweet Memories: The Childhood Visit to the Candy Shop



Few things bring as many wonderful memories to mind as when my dad took me on a trip to the candy store. I would slip my little hand into his and walk for 20 minutes to the sweet store of my dreams ..

It reminds me of when life was so much simpler: when I had my dad watching over and guiding me every day, when other people solved all of life's problems, and when pieces of candy were the only pick-me-up I needed for being bullied at school or not fitting in. It was just temporary but it was all the happiness I needed and could afford. The shop had posters of my favorites cartoon characters, like Smurfette and the Berenstein Bears, and had balloons, decorations, and toys strewn about.

The store was so colorful and promised endless tasty rewards at arm's length. I would save up my $2.00 allowance a few times a year so I could get my favorite candies. Although there were plenty of candies that sold for a penny each, my most loved sweets were 5 cents each. Jelly nougats were tender, chewy pieces of marshmallow-like goodness, filled with bursting bits of jelly beans. To this day these candies are one of my favorites. No stores around me sell them, even around the holidays.





The candy shop also made me feel like I was rich. Although we were somewhat poor when I was a kid, having $2.00 in a penny and nickel store brought a feeling of abundance few other places could provide. It's the same feeling you get as an adult when you don't have a lot of money but you know you can afford a couple of bags of goods from the dollar store.

Sometimes I would head for chocolates or coconut candies, but I went head over heels for my fruit slices. Flavors of watermelon, orange, cherry, lemon, and lime burst into the mouth with a jelly softness and a light tang, all rolled in a thin coat of granulated sugar. These confections are also hard for me to find locally, so I get myself a pack online when I get the craving.





I remember my great-grandmother telling me of how walking into the general store, full of new products, candies, and foods promised of better times than the day-to-day farm life that caused her struggle and strife. Her eyes would light up when she could afford a few sticks of peppermint candy, licorice, or caramels.

Sometimes the good old days were hard, but I would give anything to have the simpler times and small sweet rewards that came with it.

What about you? What is your favorite candy from childhood?

16 comments:

Homemaker'sThoughts.blogspot.com said...

I love this. In the small town I grew up in we didn't exactly have a candy shop but the corner drugstore had an area with pretty jars of candy that I just loved to go to and stare at. All the oldies - licorice, peppermint sticks, all kinds of hard candy, caramels (those were my favorite). Giving out a dime for a few pieces of candy just made it seem so extravagant. Good memories! Mary S.

The Quaint Housewife said...

Mary, it did seem extravagant back then. So much fun for so little. Thank you for reading :D

Kathy T. said...

We had a “dime store” called Sprouse- Reitz when I was growing up in AZ. It had a candy counter there, and they also had roasted peanuts, etc. I remember my and my mom’s favorite candy there was called Cream Filberts. It was like a hard round ball of sugar fondant vanilla goodness and when it all dissolved there was a hazelnut in the center. So yummy. I found them a few years ago and had some sent to my mom as a surprise. Such a trip down memory lane! My favorite candy now is Tropical flavored Smartees. I have to get them on Amazon. We have a candy store in the mall here, but it’s so expensive.
Thanks for the memories, and the pictures are gorgeous!

Kathy T

The Quaint Housewife said...

Kathy,

Is this the Kathy T has that been reading my blog for years? There are no Google Plus profiles anymore, so I can't tell!

Those cream filberts sound quite good. I don't think I've ever heard of them. Sometimes I like to experiment with candy purchases at Big Lots as they sell some candies from Europe no one else seems to carry. I remember Smarties quite well from childhood.

Love,

QH

Kathy T. said...

Yes....I’ve been reading for about 3-4 years 😁

The Quaint Housewife said...

Kathy,

Awww, thanks! You're one of my original followers!

QH

LaurelWoods93 said...

I remember as a kid back in the early 90s, my Mimi always had a glass bowl of lemon drops in her room. Every visit she would give us a sweet treat before we left. Even now, I will get a bag of them and it takes me back to the easy days with her. I just wish I could've had more time to spend with her. It's funny how such a simple sweet can make you feel so much. My favorite would have to be lemon drops or cherry jolly ranchers as my dad always had those on him.
Thank for this QH.

Olivia

The Quaint Housewife said...

Olivia, that is a lovely memory and sentiment about your Mimi. It makes me want to call my parents too because you reminded me of how much I miss them. I love those candies because they have some tartness to them. Best wishes to you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is such a lovely post! I had a few sweets that I like when I was a kid (in Europe). The ones that I liked the most were and still are amandine candies. This is a hard candy that is made with cocoa powder and coffee I think. I also used to buy them for my maternal grandmother when I was an adult later and visited her (usually twice a week). She loved them so much. I'm going to call my mother today to tell her about it, thank you for bringing back this wonderful memory QH! (Mia)

The Quaint Housewife said...

Mia, thanks so much. That sounds like a tasty candy and tasty memory:) I was wondering why they don't have more candies around with coffee flavoring. I am so tempted to go on a candy rampage now. Haha!

Love,

QH

Mary said...

Those candy’s remind me of a candy a friend of my grandmother used to have in a glass covered dish in her parlor, she called them Dutch coffee drops.

Mary said...

There were two favorite candies of mine, I don’t know what the first was called, but they were a chewy coconut slice, each slice was colored brown, white and pink like Neapolitan ice cream, the other favorite was Goetze’s licorice bullseyes. They were like the caramel ones except the caramel like candy was licorice surrounding a soft white sugary center. I would go to the news agent in town, he had a candy counter made of glass filled with every kind of candy imaginable. Children would line up to select the candies we wanted and they were given to us in little brown paper sacks.

The Quaint Housewife said...

Mary, I remember when 25 cents would fill up one of those little paper bags in penny candies. It sounds like there are a lot of candies they don't make anymore, unless I'm just out of the loop!

Janine said...

I had an aunt who also kept lemon drops on the coffee table. So hard to stop eating them! My mom would buy some sort of pink candy only for long vacation car trips. They are so difficult to find today. We would also get peppermint sticks from tourist shops.

The Quaint Housewife said...

Janine,

I am wanting all the candies you mentioned now!

QH

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