#37: Tastes Like Childhood

The Challenge: Eat or drink something today that brings back childhood memories.

swedish_fish.jpgTwo words: Swedish Fish! They were like the Cadillac of gummy candy growing up. We rarely got them but when we did, I savored every bite. I honestly haven’t had them since childhood and I’m ashamed that I have deprived myself of such joy all of these years. I have to admit what I was originally looking for was shoestring red licorice. I thought that was so neat that you could tie it in a bow and then eat it. Since we are in a different state tonight (sunny FL) I wasn’t sure where to even start to shop around. The Swedish Fish are a great 2nd choice. Boy do they get stuck in your teeth, though.

sour_patch_kids.jpg I strolled down the candy aisle at a supermarket in Tampa looking for a package of childhood memories. I found them in a box of Sour Patch Kids. As a wee lad, I loved these little buggers. Most grown-ups I knew didn’t know why I’d subject myself to such a horrible abomination disguised as candy. Sour Patch Kids truly are an assault on the ol’ tastebuds; I couldn’t get enough of ’em as a kid. It’s been a long time since I’ve  had one, but they still make me pucker.

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11 thoughts on “#37: Tastes Like Childhood

  1. Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids. cute…..but I went in a different direction. Please refer to challenge #15. Tonight Linda and I went for supper at the Igloo Resturant in Peru. This area favorite has been around forever and is known for it’s porks, fries and chilli. At first I told Linda that I would have a taste of her chilli but then I thought that was wimpy. I decided to order my own, a cup not a bowl. Linda said if I didn’t eat it all I could expect to have the rest cold for breakfast tomorrow! So I ordered this simmering sensation and when it was set in front of me I did an extreme journey to my early days…..chilli every other Saturday supper and most Sunday breakfasts. I couldn’t believe all the beans and I promised Linda a night of mouseees( Kim’s childhood name for fart). I figured it’s been about 40 years since I stuck a spoon into chilli and I am happy to report that I survived to write this challenge.
    Interesting side note was the waitress coming up to us and asking us how’s the chilli? I asked Linda what’s up….did you have anything to do with this? But she said no.
    So there Virginia(mom) I finally did it! I ate a cup of chilli at one sitting. Amen.

  2. Today at playgroup we had “breakfast for lunch.” It completely brought me back to my school days when we had that special treat on our lunch trays. Today’s was super yummy!

  3. Today I decided to go down the candy aisle – like K&J. I wondered what childhood things would still be there that I hadn’t had in awhile – not the candy bars – they’ve always been around forever (or so it seems). Anyway, I looked around, saw…nerds (haven’t had those in awhile), sweet tarts (never did really like those – too tart!), Mike & Ike’s (didn’t like those either). I was hoping to find a little package of smarties, but no such luck, then I bent down & what did a see for 25 cents, but a giant size tootsie pop – cherry flavored. As soon as I picked it up, I remember the taste, but especially looking over the wrapper & seeing all the little characters & wanting to find the cowboy or the indian with the star. I don’t remember if that was good luck or something, but I just remember it was really cool when you got a wrapper that. Any one else remember?

  4. Today I had a grilled cheese for supper – with American cheese – that’s the “best” kind for grilled cheese! The cheese was nice and melty and gooey – just like when I was little!

    And Sue – cherry tootsie pops are one of my favorites, too! (next to Smarties). The Indian with the star was “good luck”, and if I remember, you were supposed to collect them and mail them in for a prize or something….

  5. This challenge was an easy one for me – I had a lot of ideas of meals, snacks and beverages that bring back memories from childhood. I finally settled on the classic combination of food and drink – the rootbeer float! I can remember getting root beer floats as a treat at my grandparents’ house. I love the way the vanilla ice cream would get icy on the edges where the rootbeer would freeze to it! We of course had spoons and Grandma always bendy straws too! There is something special about a homemade float! Yum!

  6. Ok, I’ll admit that I am not doing these in order. I still have a lot of catching up to do. But I had to participate in this one. I took a very different approach. When I was sick as a child my mom always had the cure, Pepto-Bismol and 7-UP. Even though I’m not even sick I took some Pepto-Bismol and had a 7-UP. Definately brought back some memories.

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  8. Growing up, we never really had much candy at home. But, whenever we went to the movie theater, my mom would stop at the Woolworth’s across from the cinema so my sister and I could load up on cheaper candy and hide it in our pockets. I remember choosing Reese’s Pieces and that pouch of flavored sugar that came with a white candy dipping stick. But, I always felt the luckiest when I got to buy my most favorite candy, which at the time was sold only at the theater: SNOWCAPS! I rationed that box so it would last the entire movie — unlike all the times I got popcorn and finished it even before the Previews aired.

  9. Every year for my birthday, my dad would buy me a Baskin-Robbins mint chocolate chip ice cream cake. Even though the chocolate cake portion was always somewhat freezer burned and incredibly hard, the ice cream was as perfect as ever. My dad always had the shop personalize the cake, too, putting a happy birthday message on there for me. Even today, 30 years later, my dad still buys that type of cake for me if I’m in town.

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