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TEN FROM GEM: FAVORITE CANDY!

In honor of Halloween, Good Enough Mother has a special TEN From GEM for you this week… my favorite candies ever…oh yes – today, it’s all about the sugar!

Wasn’t it GREAT to eat candy when we were kids? You could eat packets of sweet stuff and non-stop bars of chocolate and never put on a pound! Those days are sadly long gone but for a moment I am going to revel in a simpler time, when candy was king. But if you are feeling health conscious on the candy front, pop on over to our sister site Angry Trainer Fitness where Alfonso is counting down the Ten Healthiest Candies For Halloween…

Okay so here goes, my Favorite Candies, again, in no particular order. Sweet!


In honor of Halloween, Good Enough Mother has a special TEN From GEM for you this week… my favorite candies ever…oh yes – today, it’s all about the sugar!

Wasn’t it GREAT to eat candy when we were kids? You could eat packets of sweet stuff and non-stop bars of chocolate and never put on a pound! Those days are sadly long gone but for a moment I am going to revel in a simpler time, when candy was king. But if you are feeling health conscious on the candy front, pop on over to our sister site Angry Trainer Fitness where Alfonso is counting down the Ten Healthiest Candies For Halloween…

Okay so here goes, my Favorite Candies, again, in no particular order. Sweet!

BIT O’HONEY: These were popular when I was in grade school and I ate them with abandon. Obviously this was before I was afraid of pulling out 15-year-old fillings but even now, the gooey chews with a taste of honey would almost make the trip to the dentist worth it.

PAY DAY: CH-CHING! Now this is what I’m talking about. No government taxes taken out here. But honestly who can eat one of these now without having a stroke just THINKING about the calories? Some mystery nougat covered in salted peanuts? And they actually make a KING SIZE version that my son had the nerve to buy for me the other day. Of course, I was obligated to eat it. The entire thing. In one sitting.

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BABY RUTH: I have only lately started getting into these and honestly since I’m not a HUGE chocolate person, more than a couple of bites is a bit too much. But I can gobble down 4 of the Halloween size bars with no problem; isn’t that about the same amount of candy? And of course the bar went down in movie making history with this unforgettable scene from Caddy Shack…

ALMOND JOY:  My candy tastes and preferences can be directly linked to my mother, Anne Syler, maybe because she shared her candies with me from an early age. All I know now is that while she has somehow managed to keep it under control, I have developed a raging sweet tooth.  Anything with coconut is a favorite, including Mounds and Almond Joy.

BIG HUNK: Long before I wanted to date or marry one, I fell in love with these Big Hunks! The thing I liked best was that each bar would last me a couple of hours. My parents liked them because my jaws were too tired from chewing to talk. Imagine that…

GOOD N PLENTY: This is another one that I can trace right back to mom (gee, thanks!) Candy on the outside, black licorice on the inside; no movie could thoroughly be enjoyed with a box. Or two.

LICORIE PIPES: Yes, I love licorice and I loved it even better when it was stamped out into the shape of a pipe. Not sure why, maybe because my dad smoked a pipe and I thought I could look cool and satisfy my burgeoning sweet tooth at the same time. All I know is I found some of these the other day and it was better than winning the lottery.

CANDY CIGARETTES/BUBBLEGUM CIGARS: Really now? Who thought it was a good idea to get kids hooked on the idea that smoking was cool by providing them with candy cigarettes? Not sure who it was but back when EVERYONE smoked, so did we and the ones that had the little sugar that puffed out of the end when you blew on them were the best of all!

RICE PAPER CANDY:  When I was a kid growing up in Sacramento California, every winter we would drive up to the snow.  There was a gas station close to our destination on route 80 that sold this rice paper candy. My sister, Tracy and I thought it was the coolest thing and that no one had cooler parents. Until adolescence.

CINNAMON TOTHPICKS: I know, I know, these are not really candy but rather sticks of wood that taste like candy and I LOVED them. When I was in about the 5th or 6th grade, we would save our allowance and buy several packs, then resell them at school for a slight profit. Even then I was hustling.

HUBBA BUBBA BUBBLE GUM: The big huge secret about me is that I am a gum connoisseur. I don’t just chew the stuff I savor it. As un-ladylike as it is, I am rarely without it. I chew it unapologetically, with my mouth open (despite early admonitions that I would look like a cow) and snapping and popping like there is no tomorrow (annoying, I know). Back before sugar-free became the norm for me, I would buy an entire pack of Hubba Bubba and plow through it in serial fashion, one right after the other, the way chain smokers go through a pack of cigarettes. It really is a wonder I have any teeth left at all.

Now, I have to add one teeny twist to this but I must let you in on the ONE candy I absolutely HATE! Ready? Here goes…

CANDY BUTTONS: WHAT THE HELL WERE THESE ABOUT? Little drops of taste-like-nothing sugar placed strategically on white paper? What kind of treat is this? I’d rather run naked in the street! Well maybe not after eating all this candy!

So those are my favorites  – but what are yours? Send over you lists but also tell me WHY they’re your favorites. What memories do you associate with each candy and when was the last time you enjoyed them…

Okay, let ‘er rip! And pass me the Good N’ Plenty – I’m ready for my sugar rush again!

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