A Remembrance Of Candies Past

Colin recollects some of the favorite candies from his childhood.

Flickr Creative Commons, TBoard
A Remembrance Of Candies Past
Download Audio
Audio Playlist
A Remembrance Of Candies Past

Writer Steve Almond says when he brings up his own candy obsession with other people "there is this immediate outpouring of memories, confessions, opinions, regrets."

There are lots of very good reasons for that. Candy is usually the first thing we, as children, can buy. As soon as you have money, you can but a piece of candy. That means you can actually choose something for yourself without consulting anybody else.
That dizzying experience of being a real consumer is married to, well ... candy. Which has been carefully engineered to make up happy. We discover ourselves through candy.
Are you the kind of person who, after trying a few familiar brands, settles on something tried and true? Or are you a seeker, always believing that the next esoteric candy you try will be the best ever? The answer will say a lot about you.
You can join the conversation. E-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.



E-mail from Woody

What Fun!
Thanks for a great show, it brought back wonderful memories--sorry no one mentioned "GOO GOO Clusters!" (I totally forgot it was Holy Week).

E-mail from Caroline

Napoleon lemon sours, the only candy I eat, was unavailable for several months 2 years ago, then reappeared in the same packaging, recipe completely revised and completely tasteless

E-mail from Karl

Does anyone else remember the "10:30 Bar"?

E-mail from Arielle

Hi Colin,
Not sure if you're live right now with the candy show, but if you are:

My heartbreaking candy story is about Bonkers fruit chews. They were my coveted childhood candy, then disappeared. When I discovered them being sold online in college, I was elated. Imagine my disappointment when I tasted them and discovered they had been reincarnated by a different company with a new (disgusting) recipe. Heartbreak!