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
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?
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