In a fit of vicious anxiety, I called up one of my best girlfriends and started hammering her with my out-of-control crazy vibes. It sounded something like this: “I’m freaking out. What if my book events are horrible? What if no one has any fun? What should I do? I haven’t done enough and I don’t know what I should do and what if…blah, blah, blah.”
Her response: “You should check out the Nostalgic Candy website! They have a fantastic box of 1970′s candy.”
This was a brilliant response for two reasons:
- It’s an affordable and fun way to bring a taste of 1970 pop culture to my events
- She totally derailed my crazy train with thoughts of candy
As a child, I didn’t have a sweet tooth for chocolate or cookies or cake, but I LOVED any fruity candy that had a powerful sour/sweet punch. Just thinking about some of those candies sweeps me into a wild vortex of nostalgia…but in a good way. So I’m going to list the candies that can, with one taste (or even the memory of a taste), magically send me back to my sweetest memories of the 1970′s.
It plays a supporting role in my novel for a good reason. It is and has always been one of my most favorite sour treats, especially in a movie theater. Give be a Coke, a bag of popcorn, a box of Lemonheads and roll the previews. My jaws are locking up right now just thinking about it.Zots
Do you remember Zots? It’s a hard candy with a sour, fizzy center. Oh how I adored Zots! And I just found out I can still buy them! Happy, happy, joy, joy! Pop Rocks
If no one shows up at my book events, maybe I’ll just swallow a packet of cherry Pop Rocks and chug a can of Sprite to end it all…or has someone proven that’s a myth yet?Sweetarts
To this day, I am absolutely incapable of eating a package of Sweetarts without sorting them into colors and arranging them into cute little patterns before I taste one.Pixie Stix
A tiny tube of taste explosion. I have not tasted one of these cuties in over thirty years. I wonder if I still love them?
And now you know way too much about my sugar issues. How about you? What candy flavors can zap your sour mood and zing you straight back to childhood?
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