Just a peek in the window sort of tells it all in retro deliciousness. Why there are gigantic Pez dispensers and boxes of Mallo Cups, Blow Pops and Candy Buttons just staring right back at you. Looking for A Bit-O-Honey Bar or maybe some wax lips? Step right inside. They're not far from the circus peanuts and orange slices. As I wandered the isles of this candy-copia, I was tempted by the Chick-O -Sticks, a strange, toffee-ish, peanut-flavored candy that sort of looks like a chicken leg that we used to beg our mom to buy us a the swimming pool concession stand.
And then there was the mysterious Zero bar, all covered in white chocolate. Why was it called Zero? Certainly not for its calorie count. There were Charleston Chews, Whatchamacallits and Heath Bars along with the elusive Cherry Mash candy, a concoction manufactured in St. Joseph, Missouri, just north of my hometown of Independence.
Mounted near the ceiling in one corner of the shop is an old Lifesaver counter display. For many years, I thought a cherry Lifesaver could cure all ills. And a Butter Rum Lifesaver: how forbidden that sounded -- almost like treats for marauding pirates.
Nearby, there are boxes of candies from the past, including the Goo Goo Cluster. I remember the first time I ate one was on a family trip to Nashville in the mid 1970s. They sold those caramel, nutty turtles at the Grand Old Opry, and many people say the candy's name is an acronym for the legendary country and western show.
Nearby is a box for Old Henry! candy bars, and then across from it is a container for Tootsie Pops. Do you remember the Tootsie Pop ad where the little boy walks up to the toothless turtle asking him how many licks it takes to get to the chocolate center of a Tootsie Pop and he gets sent on to the scholarly owl who seems to have the answer? I remember watching this ad on our black-and-white TV and never realized until today that it was actually in color.
Today, I'm sharing with you a video of the old Tootsie Pop ad that certainly caught my attention as a five-year-old. And just how many licks did it take to get the the center of a Tootsie Pop?
Oh, I think about one.
(I can't quite figure out why there's a big black space below, but if you look for the arrow on the left, click it, and the video will play.)
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter