I am a fan of the discussion board www.Chowhound.com
and have been a regular there for many years. Lately I have been checking in on a thread about candy. It is about "worst tasting candy ever!!!!
" but has evolved into a discussion about favorite or disliked candy from your childhood. I have chimed in several times about my likes and dislikes, and been pleased or disturbed to hear others views. The opinions are all over the map, one persons desire is another's pet peeve.
Some of my favorites as a kid were C.Howard's violets, Circus Peanuts (stale of course), Smarties, Reese's peanut butter cups (I tasted one recently and they have definitely changed the recipe, for the worse), Broadway red licorice, Twizzlers, malted milk balls, Sixlets, the original Rowntree KitKats from England, tangerine and tropical fruit Lifesaver's, the original Swedish fish, Smith Brothers honey cough drops, Hot Tamales, and many more.
Some candy I didn't care for were Jordan Almonds, Good and Plenty (but I love them now), chocolate covered cherries in syrup (gag!), Necco wafers, root beer kegs, and 99% of all gum. (I never understood gum chewing, as a kid or now. If I have a piece it is for a minute or so to clean my palate, then discard rapidly.)
It seems that this is a topic with strong emotions attached. There are even collectible books called Remember When
about candy you ate as a kid. So what were your childhood favorites? What made you gag? Have your tastes changed?