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Ask anyone what they most identify with their youth and it will probably include some reference or another to¬†Rockledge Squirrel Removal a particular candy. We now have our memories of mom’s specialty dishes – the comfort food that immediately transports us to a simpler time; memories of those toys that sparked our interest and attained our loyalty; memories of those games we all played with friends during seemingly endless summer days which only ended when mother called us in for supper; and. . .the candy we adored. Oh that candy; the sight of that sends our pulse racing. What else would inspire otherwise health-conscious adults who are so picky about their diets to bite into pure, unadulterated sugar with childlike excitement? It’s the candy of our childhood; the sweets and treats for which we saved our money, begged mom and dad to buy, and travelled by bicycle or foot to retrieve with pockets full of change and a one-track mind.

We have our own mode of transportation at our disposal and we are in control of the shopping carts, most of us have found that the novelty of candy has worn off a bit. There is something about being a kid and wanting what you can’t have whenever you want it, relating to this decadent – and occasionally forbidden – taste in your mouth, about the sugar rush – and feeling of total and complete satisfaction that follows. It’s a feeling that is hard to recapture – as a lot of childhood is tough to recapture; but it is not surprising that retro candy is so popular to a generation that pays homage to its first sweet tooth. So what’s your soft spot?

Generations of children to follow can be seen riding their bicycles down their street with necklaces firmly between their teeth. It was worth the inevitable tacky neck.

I loved the sheer joy of being able to divide these gumdrop nubs into colours. I ate the green first (not my favorite) and slowly moved up through the flavours till I got to red. Dots were first introduced in 1945 and continue to be a favorite treat.

Atomic Fireballs – There’s nothing better than when hot and sweet collide and not many do it better than the Atomic Fireball. Created in 1954, the Atomic Fireball was reflective of the 1950s atomic culture and quickly became a favorite candy for kids of all ages. The Atomic Fireball is a cinnamon-flavored jawbreaker that – upon sucking on it – offers alternating waves of sweet and spicy. A favorite childhood pastime in my neighborhood? Seeing how many Fireballs we could eat at once.

Pixy Stix – Okay, I dare you to think about something more incredibly gratifying as a kid than being able to pour straight sugar into your mouth. Resembling packaged straws, Pixy Stix are filled with powdery goodness in a variety of flavors and has been gaining our attention since its inception in the 1930s.

Ring Pops – Another rung on the candy jewelry chain, ring pops were glitz, glamour, and deliciousness when they appeared on the scene in the late 1970s.

Regardless of which type of retro candies you revere you do not have to let them go just because your youth has long since finished. Candy purveyors – whose job it is to follow candy trends – have long recognized our love – and fierce loyalty to – the retro candies of our childhood and have made it available through their shops – traditionally and online; a great way to accessorize a birthday or anniversary party, a themed decade party, or to treat yourself with something that will always hold a sweet place in your heart.

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