We all know that I love candy. As I wrote in my last post, I went into an old fashioned store with old school candy in it. However not all of it was rare, hard to find candy like the cigarette sticks, but some I just hadn’t eaten in a very long time and had sort of forgotten about. Some of these included: Pixie Sticks, Smarties, Sweetarts, Nerds, Fun Dips, and Air Heads. When you think about it, all of these with the exception of the Air Heads, are the basically the same thing – colored sugar. Some like the Pixie Sticks and Fun Dips are in the powdered form while Smarties and Sweetarts are in solid form. But whatever, I used to love to eat all of these and decided to take a trip down memory lane.
I started with the Air Heads strawberry flavor. I took one bite and thought, “This is disgusting!” But choked it down because heaven forbid I waste 10 cents. Thankfully I still really liked the Cherry flavor and semi-liked Watermelon. Hmm, onto the next candy the Smarties. These were heavy duty industrial sized not like those puny ones you get at Halloween:
That’s a mangled paper clip on top of the Smartie so you can get an idea of size. They look like Vitamin C tablets and ended up tasting about the same as one. Chalky and gross.
Moving on to the Pixie Sticks. I guess I inhaled as I was trying to dump the contents in my mouth because I ended up choking and coughing. Further proof that I could not ever be a Coke addict. Or Meth or whatever other powdered drug there is because I would not be able to snort it. Not that I tried snorting the Pixie Stick but you get my point. Drugs and Pixie Sticks are not for me.
Fun Dips! I remember these being fun – as their name suggests.
Not so. I and my face are not having fun:
My jaw tightened into this vice grip and I didn’t know whether to swallow or spit but was momentarily paralized and couldn’t do either. And my left eye started watering and twitching. So I thought the fun must be in the stick you use to dip into the sugar. Again, not so.
It tasted like I was eating chalk and a calcium tablet. Why I thought this candy equaled a good time I have no idea and why the stick used to be my favorite part will forever remain a mystery.
I didn’t buy any of this but I used to really like Bubbalicious Gum. Mostly grape flavor. I had some a few years ago and not only did the flavor run out in .5 seconds, I put my hand up to my jaw while chewing. Remember in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when they gave everyone gum to chew so they could use it to stick the antena back together? Well, notice Freud. That’s what I looked like. Plus I had an added problem that I didn’t use to have. I started drooling. Apparently that much gum was too much for my mouth to handle at once and I had trouble keeping it all inside. That was the last time I had Bubbalicious.
Anyway, I made it through the Sweetarts and Nerds though there was a little jaw tightening and slight eye twitching going on. And for the record, I brushed and flossed my teeth immediately after. Twice.