It’s October already! This time of year goes by way too fast, don’t you think?
I’ve decided to focus on Halloween all month for my Friday favorites posts. I’m kicking things off with some nostalgia for the bygone days of my youth when I would go trick-or-treating and get lots of candy. Was it me, or did it take forever to get dark on Halloween? It was uncool to be trick-or-treating if it was still light out. And do you remember those costumes back then with plastic masks that you could barely breathe in and that nasty little rubber strap that would never stay on? Ah yes, those were the days.
I remember being fond of the neighbors who passed out candy bars. Those were the prized candy items. If you were giving out popcorn balls, Smarties, Sugar Daddys, or those tiny Dum Dums lollipops, you were not my favorite house. And just what were those weird, orange peanut-shaped candies? Blech! Of course, you may disagree with me on these. Maybe you loved Smarties? I always felt they tasted a bit like chalk, not that I know what chalk tastes like. I just think that Sweetarts are way better. But then along came Sprees…
Anyway, here are my top five favorites for vintage Halloween candy.
Charms Blow Pops
Now this is a lollipop. Decent size, great flavors, and there was gum in the middle! Which reminds me of the Tootsie Roll pops. Those were gross. Chocolate in the middle of a fruit flavored lollipop? No, thank you!
I shudder to think of eating these now. Basically a packet of flavored sugar. The trick was to open them wide enough so that you could spill the entire contents in your mouth at once. Yikes! But I sure loved them as a kid. They were a cheap candy so you got a lot of them in your trick-or-treat bag. By the way, I knew some kids that used pillowcases to collect their candy. Meanwhile, I had a rather small plastic orange pumpkin that required me to go home every now and then to unload! The trials and tribulations of a trick-or-treater. Sigh…
Yup, Snickers were the best candy bar to have in my Halloween haul. Milky Way was my second favorite. I wasn’t too fond of 3 Muskeeters but they would do when the other two ran out. Haha. These days I much prefer Almond Joy but I won’t say no to a Snickers! I do have to wonder what the deal is with these “fun size” candy bars now. What’s fun about less candy? Give me the full size, please!
These strawberry licorice sticks were the only kind of licorice I would eat. If it was an off brand or had a different texture – nope. And do not give me black licorice. Eww! I’m not picky, really.
I have to say that I still love these. If you like sour candy, they will rock your world. These hard candies have a wonderful sour and fizzy center.
So what’s your favorite candy that you remember from your trick-or-treating days?
If you want to see a funny skit about Halloween, check out this fun video from a Jerry Seinfeld stand-up routine: Halloween