Candy Apples

Candy Apples

Nothing says Halloween and hometown goodness like a good, old-fashioned candy apple. These sugar coated, bright-red delights (or variations thereof,) are classic autumn treats for many Western cultures, especially at festivals for Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, since the two holidays fall shortly after apple harvests take place. And luckily, many confection stores now offer them year-round, enabling you get a candy apple fix whenever your nostalgic heart desires. Continue reading...

Candy Buttons

Candy Buttons

For generations of kids, candy buttons have given a big bang for the buck in the sugar high department. Imagine little candy droplets adhered to a white strip of what basically looked like adding machine paper. Inexpensive, they were an easy choice for a kid to make – sugar domes in every color of the rainbow (or at least pink, yellow and blue.) And while they were marketed as being flavored differently, they really all just tasted like sugar – and there was certainly nothing wrong with that. Continue reading...

Candy Canes

Candy Canes

They are the quintessential Christmas confection, a traditional treat beloved the world over. One glimpse of their prominent red and white stripes is all it takes to recognize them as candy canes, a treat that has been putting kids in the holiday spirit for well over three hundred years Continue reading...

Candy Cigarettes

Candy Cigarettes

Years before the public fully understood the dangers associated with smoking tobacco, it was glamorized to no end in movies and on television. And youngsters weren’t immune to the allure of their favorite hero suavely dangling a cigarette from his or her mouth. Eager to imitate the image, but a little too young for the real thing, we settled for candy cigarettes. Now a tyke could hang out on the street corner, a miniature James Dean or Bette Davis, showing that they too had what it took to look tough (fake pack rolled neatly in the sleeve of their shirt.) Eventually, of course, nicotine addiction became frowned upon and so did confectionery replicas of cigarettes, who finally lost their…cool. Continue reading...

Candy Corn

Candy Corn

It isn’t always easy to get kids to eat their vegetables, but create a faux candy version and they will eat it by the bushel. Such is the case of candy corn, perhaps the most enduring Halloween confection of all time. The tri-colored kernels of sugar date back well over a century, and in recent years, have received a few makeovers to colorfully coordinate with other popular holidays. But it is the traditional original version that endures, to the tune of 20 million pounds of stuff sold each year - enough that, if each kernel were laid end to end, would supposedly wrap around the earth four times. That’s a lot of corn. Continue reading...

Candy Necklaces

Candy Necklaces

Candy and jewelry: a pairing of edible and elegance assured to show your love or satisfy your sweet tooth. And, for fans of all things sweet and stylish, it really didn't get much better than candy necklaces. Sitting pretty for years as the epitome of childhood fashion (until, of course, the luxurious Ring Pop arrived on the scene), the candy necklace became an instant classic, one that's provided kids with enough memories to last a lifetime. Continue reading...

Cap'n Crunch cereal

Cap’n Crunch

Of the many modern urban myths that tangentially involve breakfast foods, there is one universally accepted truth that has been handed down unchanged from successive generations since its inception in 1962. Unaffected by the march of time, immune to the threat of the frozen microwave breakfast brigade, this truth goes marching onward in the whispers of knowing children, and in the late-night binge by their parents who remember too late to save themselves: if you eat Cap’n Crunch too quickly, or for too long, you will experience the dreaded Cap’n Crunch Mouth. CCM is an unfortunate malady that shreds the gums and roof of the mouth, rendering the subject useless for the next four to eight hours. Depending on the severity of the damage and the sensitivity of the subject, one conceivably could suffer for several days, unable to chew anything more complicated than oatmeal, which, incidentally, is where Cap’n Crunch got his start. Continue reading...

Capri Sun

Capri Sun

You can't let your kid go thirsty during his or her lunch period or on those long field trips, but the alternatives haven't always been plentiful. Sure, milk is the most nutritious offering, but it doesn't do so well for long periods without refrigeration. And, while soda doesn't require the same demands, it is neither healthy, nor the most friendly packaging for the typical bagged lunch. Parents desperate for choices rejoiced in the early 80s with the introduction of Capri Sun, a juice beverage contained within a handy metal pouch - one that has found its way into countless lunches over the years. Continue reading...