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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Most people remember a time that is free of care and ignorant of the workings of the adult world. In those times there is always a special treat that is reminiscent of warm evenings of baseball, tag, Annie Annie Over or just walking with your best friend in the neighborhood under the yellow light of the bug enshrouded, incandescent street lights at every corner.

You recall your favorite sweet in a Chunky Bar, a long-lasting Sugar Daddy Pop or a box of Boston Baked Beans which weren't beans at all but a delicious mouthful of crunchy candy coated peanuts. These memories stir feelings of safety, well-being and good times.

Then on those rare days when you had the chance to go to a real baseball game, it wasn't complete without a box of Cracker Jack. This treat was immortalized in the song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in 1908. Popcorn and peanuts coated with sweet caramel, Cracker Jack included a prize in every box. There must have been a company secret that, no matter how you shook it or which end you opened, caused the prize to always be at the bottom of the box. Everyone would be watching to see what you might get.

When you got older, a little red box of Sen Sen would find its way into your pocket to freshen your breath at a moment's notice. Those tiny squares of licorice-like candies were also looked at with suspicion by a vigilant mother who may have suspected experimentation with cigarettes in emulation of James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Candy cigarettes however, in the authentic looking box and with the red colored end to look aglow, were provided by the same mother in recognition of completing your chores on time.

The nostalgic candy of our early days will always bring back fond memories because treats represent the good times.

by: O'Ryans Village


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