February 3, 2015


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B-B-Bats, Kits, Brach's Neapolitan Coconut Sundaes and Pixie stix!

B-B-Bats and Pixie Stix were popular at the swimming pool; you could get them at the concession stand and they were easy to eat. B-B-Bats were taffy, as were Kits, but Pixie Stix were basically powdered sugar. There was some flavor to the stix; later we would start buying Kool-Aid and mixing the powder with granulated sugar and presto! we had Pixie Stix candy! It had a kind of bitter after-bite.

Brach's candy was available, for some reason, at Sear's here in Topeka. Just as it shows below, you filled a sack with what you wanted. A lot of Brach's stuff was hard candy, something I have no love for, and I thought of it as bridge candy since my mom bought it sometimes for the bridge parties that she and Dad hosted.

Candy was so important as a child. It was exactly like drugs: did we have any candy? Did we have enough? When could we get more? Did we have the money for more? Because we didn't want to run out!

Ah, candy. Makes we want to pour another cup of strong coffee.

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