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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Trick? Or Treat?

I don't know how much actual trick-or-treating is done in these more safety-conscious times, but I just wanted to share an idea for a harmless way to mess with the kids' minds if they come to your door:

Give them candy they've never heard of.

The idea came to me while browsing through the Sweet Nostalgia website, where you can order hard-to-find candies...they're still being made, though their heyday has long since passed. Can you imagine a child's reaction upon being presented with a Goo-Goo Cluster, an Idaho Spud, or an Abba-Zabba Bar?


At 3:47 PM, Blogger maryk said...

You can get goo goo clusters at CVS at Ansley Mall in the $1 section.!

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Erich said...

I actually just received my order today of assorted stuff (no Goo Goo Clusters, but a number of other items). Maybe I'll bring some to Doug Dank tonight to share.

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous bernie tanaka said...

I don't know about a child's reaction, but i'm sure an ADULT would be pleasantly surprised...and some of the candy the nostalgia site has is still available, but you'll have to look for it...I've only found Squirrel Nut Zippers at 2 local gas stations by the registers...hope your friends enjoy the treats!

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Chris KL-99 said...

Yeah, Goo-Goo Clusters, if you don't already know, are named for and the longtime sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry, hence the quasi-acronymic name. I'd guess they're available in decreasing quantity the further you got from Nashville, but I used to see them in A-town here and there. (I _think_ we carried them in my old video store for a while, but this could just be senility playing tricks on my memory...)

Now, "Alexander the Grape" is the candy that _I_ miss...


At 12:26 PM, Blogger maryk said...

Those Malties were GROSS!
Thank god for good old beer for washing down.
But thanks for bringing!

Marathon, anyone? anyone?

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Erich said...

Mary: Isn't it strange how it takes a malted-barley beverage to get that malted-barley taste out of your mouth?

Sadly, the Marathon Bar is no more, although the Sweet Nostalgia site suggests the Curly Wurly Bar as a reasonable facsimile.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Erich said...

Chris: Apparently, "Alexander the Grape" has been renamed "Grapeheads," to go along with the more popular Lemonheads. (At least, I assume Grapeheads are a renamed Alexander...they are made by the same company, Ferrara Pan.) What were they thinking? The name was the best thing about that candy!

At 3:28 PM, Blogger maryk said...

fuck the curly wurly bar! I will accept no facsimiles!


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