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invention of Life Savers Candy by Clarence Crane in 1912.

by Categories (that only make sense to me)

1. Atomic Fire Balls
2. Jaw Breakers
3. Life Savers (I got a book of these one Christmas that I savored til June)
4. Red Hots
5. Smarties
6. Sweetarts
7. Candy Corn

8. Bazooka Bubble Gum
9. Beemans gum
10. Black Jack gum
11. Teaberry Gum (my fave, gum wrapper chains, hours of time well spent?)

12. Blow Pop
13. Bubble Gum Cigars
14. Rainblo Gum
15. Chiclets (the tiny size Chiclets are more fun)
16. Bubble Yum

17. Candy Cigarettes
18. Candy Watch
19. Nik-L-Nips (wax syrup bottles – Yum, chewing on the wax)
20. Wax Lips  & Fangs (loved these! think Halloween)

21. Junior Mints (remember that Seinfeld episode)
22. Milk Duds (movies, movies, movies)
23. Whoppers (more movies)
24. Sixlets (bad chocolate but that tiny BB size morsel!)
25. Sugar Baby (even more movies)
26. Planter’s Peanut Bar (what’s with the spectacles)

27. Sugar Daddy (pulled my fillings out)
28. Slo Pokes
29. Tootsie Pops
30. Tootsie Roll
31. Rolo

32. Snickers
33. Kit Kats
34. Twix
35. Pay Day (sigh, perchance to barter)

 Why do wintergreen Life Savers spark when crunched?

Friday, April 27th, 2007

-from Topic post, Candy Freak

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Life Savers, image released to public domain by SCEhardt

-image by SCEhardt, released to public domain

When I was a kid, I collected things. This is no surprise to anyone who knows me. Stashing is cumbersome in adulthood. But as a kid, it was a goldmine.

I tended to be the slow, silent type who savored and squirreled things away. I cached items like carefully folded and dog-eared Life Savers books (12 candy rolls in every volume), a Mount Everest of Halloween goodies, bags of Tootsie Pops and Rolls, the half-bitten ears of milk chocolate Easter bunnies, and Peeps.

Okay, the Peeps didn’t last long in my sock drawer; they turned hard, chewy, and plastic tasting. And they made my socks smell like, well, that Peep smell. But the point is I could trade out bits and pieces of buried treasure to my brothers and sister for more valuable commodities. Important things like dusting the furniture, ironing, or doing the dishes (my chores).

Instead of cattle, cowrie shells, whale’s teeth, ornamental jewelry, tobacco, rice, indigo, wheat, or maize, I bartered candy.

“Hey, how about 3 Atomic Fire Balls, 1 pack of Black Jack gum, 3 Blow Pops, and a Wax Lips for dusting the living room?” 

Pledge anyone?

I didn’t end up using the secret barter system all that much. The truth is I liked the savoring a lot more than I liked the bartering. I’ve never been all that interested in money. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the economics of candy. It might have afforded a much sweeter ride through later life. For now I’m left with visions of a 401-Kandy-K dancing in my head.

Friday, April 27th, 2007

-related to Topic post, WRITING TOPIC – CANDY FREAK

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