The other day, I went out to look for Toblerone bars to put in my grown kids’ Christmas stockings. I didn’t want the huge bars. I was looking for some smaller ones that are actually hard to find. I went to three stores and didn’t find them. Finally, at Fred Meyer I decided to get the bigger ones because I could not find the small ones. While I was in the candy aisle, there was an older gentleman stocking up on boxes of chocolate assortments. He was looking for one brand in particular. I don’t remember the brand but I know it was not a brand I had ever heard of. He put about 30 boxes into his shopping cart. An older woman came around the corner into the aisle and made a comment about him not leaving any for anyone else. He smiled and said there were still two big boxes in the back and he would pull them to the front of the shelf so they would be easy to find. He did just that as she examined one of the boxes in his cart and asked what was special about those particular chocolates. He explained that they are made in the town where he was born and raised and he grew up with them at Christmas time so now, every year, he buys them for everyone in the family and it has become a tradition. They all look forward to those chocolate boxes. She put the box back in his cart and maneuvered her cart past his saying she was looking for orange sticks. I had just grabbed a box of orange sticks (a favorite of my mom’s when we were growing up) so I showed her where they were on the shelf. So what did she do? She loaded up her cart with about 20 boxes of orange sticks because she can only get them at Christmas time!
I got to thinking about candy and Christmas and my childhood. I remember looking forward to the bulk hard Christmas candy assortment my mom used to buy. She would put them in a clear class candy jar with a lid on it (which I later learned was called an apothecary jar) and they were so pretty in there. She would let us have a piece each day as we got close to Christmas day. By night time on Christmas they were usually all gone! My favorites? I loved the candy ribbon ones but there were also some little round shaped ones that had white in the middle with a picture in it. I don’t know what those are called but I really enjoyed those. I can’t seem to stop thinking about those Christmas candies and it has been about three days. I think I’m going to have to go out and buy some so I can get it out of my system. Don’t worry, I won’t get more than just one bag. I’ll leave enough for everyone else!
Do you have a favorite Christmas (or other holiday) candy you remember from childhood? What is it?
(Originally posted in December of 2014)