The other night over supper, Christopher Robin and I started talking about candy. He really only has one kind of candy: chocolate. Milk chocolate, preferably imported Dairy Milk bars with hazelnuts. He will make do with Dove, the square single bite servings, which he eats by the hundredweight, I’m not kidding. At Easter, he splurges on Cadbury eggs.
I’m not a big chocolate girl. It’s all right, you know, but there are so many other kinds of magnificent candy that chocolate almost seems a waste. Sarah Addison Allen wrote a novel called The Sugar Queen, and it was packed with all the candies I so love (If you have not read Allen, hie thee away and find a book immediately. They are kind, uplifting, rich romances with lots of magic…and absolutely unique.)
Give me Red Vines over caramels, Jelly Bellies over truffles, Smarties over a Hershey bar. I don’t know why—it’s just that I like those little servings of something so uncomplicated.
I do, however, like candy bars (especially Godiva Raspberry bars and Skor bars, not that I am hinting or anything). My conversation with Christopher Robin made me remember the candy machines my grandpa kept in the lobby of his Exxon gas station. Us kids got to fill it up sometimes, putting the Pay-Days and Clark Bars, Clove and Juicy Fruit gum. But one of the best candy bars of all time was the Seven-Up Bar. It had seven sections, each with a different filling—coconut and macadamia nut and some kind of jelly. There might have been caramel and some kind of creamy filling. (I discovered, looking it up online, that the 7-Up bottling company actually bought the name from Pearson’s candy….how’s that for a Trivia fact?)
When I poked around on the Internet, I found a lot of candies I’d forgotten: Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies, Pop Rocks and Sixlets, and rolls of Tropical Fruit LifeSavers, which we adored as children. I know it is not politically correct, but I still really love to nibble candy. I have made my way through many a deadline week by sucking on Jelly Bellies or Skittles.
How about you? Are you a chocolate person, or not? Do you have a favorite candy bar? Do you remember some old-school candy that was a favorite?