I can honestly say I do not have a single sweet tooth in my entire mouth. There is no way I could single any one tooth out as being more attracted to sugar and candy than the next. I grew up with many different types of candy, from chocolate to chewy, from sour to long-lasting. Fortunately, many of the brands I grew up with are still readily available for my children and I to enjoy. I have listed my five favorite candies that I still buy for my family.
Tootsie Roll Pops
A tootsie roll pop is a tootsie roll enveloped by a mouth-watering, flavorful, hard candy shell and resting on the end of a stick. My favorite flavor growing up was Raspberry, marked by a dark red wrapper. Many of the wrappers throughout the 1980’s had pictures of childhood activities, from baseball and bicycling to Frisbee and swimming. These pictures made them fun to collect to see who would unwrap what. The candy is good for children, for they last a long time and there is always that special prize waiting in the middle.
Every kid growing up in the past three decades has enjoyed Pop Rocks. The tiny particles of sugar have trapped carbon dioxide inside, which fizzes and bubbles when exposed to our mouths. This makes for a fun, if not somewhat scary, experience. There are myriad urban legends about mixing them with certain sodas to create an explosion within the stomach, but these are completely unfounded and Pop Rocks are still sold today.
Candy Buttons are tiny dots(buttons) of candy placed onto a strip of paper. Very basic, but very entertaining. No matter how hard you tried to carefully extricate the candy from the paper, there would always be some paper backing left on the candy. So most of the buttons tasted like paper. We try to get our kids to eat these, but we usually end up finishing most of the paper strip ourselves.
My favorite hard candy of all time is definitely the Jolly Rancher. The candy is simple, just a small rectangle of fruit flavor, but is extremely addicting. My two favorite flavors were lemon and green apple. These were great candies to trade with friends to get what you wanted. Today, children have many variations of the original candy, from jellybeans to chewy candies to soda pop.
The best chewy candy of all time, no offense to Now and Later, is the Mamba. The candy is so great it shares a name with the highly toxic Mamba snake. What great marketing! The Mamba has different flavors packaged inside, and you never knew what 3 of 4 flavors you would receive. The candy is a soft chewy candy, which allows children and adults alike to down dozens of the tiny rectangles before realizing their bellies are aching.