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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Why On Earth Did We Buy That Stuff?

Who among you remembers the hard striped Christmas candy.  My mom always had a bowl of it sitting out at Christmas.  They always stuck together in one weird shaped ball.  Sort of looked like an asteroid all decked out for the holidays.  Pretty much, they all tasted the same except for the one with the wide green stripes.  No one wanted to eat those.  The bowl sat there virtually untouched through out the holidays while the chocolates, nuts and fruit slowly disappeared.  They were kind of pretty, I'll grant you that.  Ever put one in your pocket for later?  What did it look like when you took it out?  Bethca you didn't eat it.  They still sell it.  Does anyone still buy it?

18 comments:

  1. I remember striped hard candy canes, we bought them every year until I broke a tooth on one. Now we stick to chocolates. Soft centres only.

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    1. I buy a box of candy canes every year for the decorative aspect. No one eats them and around March I throw them out.

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  2. They never came into our house. If my mother couldn't make them, very few treats did. As a young thing I longed to taste them, but it seems I didn't miss out on much.

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  3. That candy was always in the Christmas stockings Santa gave us at the church party. Yes it was all stuck together. I had forgotten about it.

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  4. Terrible hard candy was a part of Christmas memories of the 50's. I was just thinking of them the other day and wondered if they were still being used. I am sure they are, but not in my house. Besides sticking together, they stuck to your hands and then your teeth. I am sure they were responsible for quite a few cavities. I have dishes of brightly colored M&Ms, and Kisses around, and I am sure that when my family comes tomorrow, they will eat them all.

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    1. Whatever candy is left over at the end of the day goes home with the family. I can't have it in the house.

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  5. I do remember Hard Candy. I did eat it, I was a kid, today I think I would pass, but it does look pretty. And yes, the green stripe candy was the best.

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    1. Dad always said they were good for a sore throat.

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  6. No, I don't buy it. As children it was always in our stocking. Since we rarely had candy it was a treat. I don't associate a color with the flavor but do remember one tasting very root beery.

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  7. Always a bowl of it around during the holidays when I was growing up. That ended up just as you described--stuck together and icky. I was never a mint fan. The only way I can take it is covered in chocolate. In fact, I'll eat most anything covered in chocolate. If you dipped a hubcap in chocolate, I'd eat it . . .

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    1. Just about everything benefits from chocolate.

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  8. I remember those red and white striped candies ... I choked on one when I was seven or eight and it scared me to pieces! I won't even try them now. Like Diane, I'll eat anything if you cover it with chocolate, though ...

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    1. Well, maybe not those hard candies....somehow I don't think anything will fix those.

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  9. I was always and still am a chocolate gal!

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  10. They always looked so colourful ...

    It was always the chocolates, nuts and fruit that dis-appeared so quickly in our house.

    All the best Jan

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