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#MicroblogMondays 73: Dynamints!

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Back when we were little, my grandparents would take us to the A&P and buy us Dynamints and Fruit Stripe gum.  Dynamints were suppository-sized Tic Tacs that came in a three-flavour pack: grape (which was the best flavour), orange, and cherry.  Not only were they a delicious candy, but it was fun to shake the box and annoy everyone around you.

I really miss Dynamints.  I don’t think they make them anymore.

I’m also missing root beer flavoured and Stick-o-Pep Lifesavers.

What candy or former food product do you miss?


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1 Vasantha Vivek { 01.18.16 at 6:00 am }

I miss the drink Jigarthanda at my place.

2 One and Done? { 01.18.16 at 6:44 am }

Oh man, Fruit Stripe gum was fantastic! When we lived in Phoenix I got horribly addicted to Limon 7 as a kid. http://www.mexgrocer.com/95600-00101.html

3 Heather { 01.18.16 at 7:48 am }

Your post reminded me of velamints and close-up gum! But what I really miss is brach’s sparkles. I haven’t seen those in decades. An oldie but goodie!

Thanks for the memories. πŸ™‚

4 Lori Shandle-Fox { 01.18.16 at 7:59 am }

I can’t say I miss them because most of my favorites are still around: Reese’s, (especially the little ones), Hershey’s chocolate, M & M’s, Kit Kats… but I miss freezing Charleston Chews & Marathon Bars & nearly breaking your teeth on them. Call me a baby but my favorite part of fruit stripe gum is the pretty stripes & the cool zebra on the wrapper!

5 Vaibhav Gupta { 01.18.16 at 8:33 am }

I don’t think there have been any candies that don’t exist anymore in India. It’s a toss-up for me, but I really like Alpenliebe, which is a hard toffee swirly candy. It lasts quite a while in the mouth! πŸ˜€

6 Catwoman73 { 01.18.16 at 9:07 am }

The fact that you connected the word ‘suppository’ to a candy doesn’t exactly make me want to run out and try it… Lol…

I don’t really eat sugar anymore, and I’m pretty sure most of the candy that I liked as a kid is still around. But I do miss going to the little corner store in my town with my $0.25, and choosing penny candy from underneath the counter. That was my favourite thing to do with my allowance. πŸ™‚

7 35jupiterdrive { 01.18.16 at 9:13 am }

It’s currently made, I’m just missing it due to moving away from it’s source, but maple drops. Little maple-leaf shaped hard candy made from maple syrup. I love them. (I did find them on ebay, so I should order them. At some point. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/160921114253)

8 Jenn { 01.18.16 at 10:12 am }

The candies I remember being novel when I was a kid, I think of now and go “Yuck.” Like those little blops of hard sugar stuck to strips of paper and the wax bottles filled with a slurping of syrup. My tastes are much more redness now πŸ˜‰ the things I miss because I can’t eat them are 100 grand, snickers, cookies and cream (I used to eat it slowly like a sucker), and the whatchyamacallit (sp?). I will occasionally get a heath bar or reece’s little ones as those are usually safe. But mostly I just get good dark chocolate bars from the grocery store, mmm.

9 Lindsay | Solo Mama { 01.18.16 at 10:49 am }

OMG Fruit Stripe gum! I still remember the commercial jingle. I also miss those tubes of squishy candy…it was red stuff that oozed out of the tube. I forget the name.

10 Infertile Girl { 01.18.16 at 11:11 am }

Mojos! I’ve been looking for them on and off for years but apparently the manufacturer doesn’t make them anymore. So simple, but delicious. I love candy!

11 anks { 01.18.16 at 11:27 am }

When I was little we had a candy called Paan Pasand which has pretty much disappeared off the shelves now. It was a red candy and the flavour was paan. Sweet paan is an indian delicacy made with betel leaves…

12 suzannacatherine { 01.18.16 at 12:31 pm }

My favorite gum was Beemans (sp?) gum. It was cloves flavoured and wonderful! Of course, that was several decades ago and on the West Coast. I haven’t seen it for years and years and now I live on the East Coast – and there was candy bar called Uno and I haven’t seen it since my West Coast days either. Ah, the memories.

13 Obsessivemom { 01.18.16 at 12:40 pm }

Oh there are plenty of candies that have died out since when I was a kid. I talked about my favourite ones in my post – phantom cigarette candies. I don’t even remember them being advertised at all and yet they were very popular. But then television wasn’t such a big deal then.

14 Chris { 01.18.16 at 12:51 pm }

Never been a candy person but I miss Mother’s Angel Food Chocolate Chip cookies. Yummy.

15 Jessie Francis { 01.18.16 at 1:33 pm }

I miss Giggle Cookies. They were like Oreos, but they had faces on them with eye and mouth holes that showed they had 2 colors of filling that made them look more like faces, and they had chocolate and vanilla ones. I saw a picture of them recently and reposted it on Facebook.

16 Working mom of 2 { 01.18.16 at 1:53 pm }

Annabelle Candy in Hayward, CA still makes some old timers…

Oh, I loved that zebra striped gum! I also remember (not as fondly) bubblelicious, bubble yum, and that gum with the liquid center(?)…

Whatever happened to certs? The fruit flavored were good…

I don’t really long much for childhood faves b/c most of them probably weren’t vegan, which I am now. I do remember the corner store having a ton of licorice flavors…still love me some red vines…

I ate WAY too much candy as a kid…yikes. My kids (other than dark chocolate) rarely get any, even at Halloween.

Also it’s hard to believe some of the stuff that was sold and marketed to kids…I remember eating candy cigarettes…and getting those awful wax teeth at Halloween…

17 Working mom of 2 { 01.18.16 at 2:24 pm }

Oh and pixie stix…basically a straw filled with sugar…

18 Jill A. { 01.18.16 at 4:16 pm }

Fudgies. Little square pieces of chocolate something or other. And Root beer flavored Fizzies. They were similar to Alka Seltzer.

Not a candy, but I miss Fuzzy Wuzzy Soaps. They grew hair and had a toy inside. Millions of Fuzzy Wuzzy Soap animals were dismembered on the alter of “I NEED the toy!”

19 loribeth { 01.18.16 at 4:18 pm }

Infertile Girl, I too adored Mojos as a kid. Working Mom of 2, I LOVED Pixie Stix too… and my dad always had a roll of Certs in his pocket. He used to hand them out to my little cousins and always had to make sure he had some when he was going to visit.

And yes, I remember candy cigarettes too. Horrors!! πŸ˜‰

20 Justine { 01.18.16 at 4:20 pm }

I never got to eat candy when I was a kid. I coveted candy cigarettes because they were so VERY taboo, and I like Whachamacallits because of the name. πŸ™‚ (I’m sorry, but I can’t stand with you on Dynamints. I don’t really like mint flavored candy.)

21 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.18.16 at 4:21 pm }

Zotz and pop rocks. Party in mah mouth!

22 Traci York { 01.18.16 at 9:14 pm }

Butterrum Lifesavers. I’m pretty sure they’re still around, but only at specialty candy stores (and I’m afraid to walk in those places – so much to buy!). Also, and I know these are gone, the old kind of candy lipstick. Not the taffy ones – the crumbly ones full of Red Dye #2 yumminess, that really dyed your lips red. It was my all time favorite penny candy.

23 Deboshree { 01.18.16 at 10:47 pm }

Oh my God! What beautiful memories πŸ™‚ I too miss a lot of candies and wafers they used to make when I was in school. I went around looking for a sour candy called “Swad” once but in vain…

24 StacieT { 01.18.16 at 10:50 pm }

I tried to get the boys into Pop Rocks, but they will have nothing of them. Makes me so sad! I loved that stuff as a kid.

25 Persnickety { 01.18.16 at 11:01 pm }

Root beer barrels.
I am in a weird place, there is candy I can’t get here and I don’t know if it still available. Chocolate (even same brand/bar) tastes different in different countries. I miss the taste of UK Cadbury, of Hershey’s kisses. Different countries also have very different ideas of what flavours work with chocolate. (NZ seems to believe that banana, pineapple and kiwi all work well with chocolate- and some do)
I also miss hot tamales and mike and ikes.

26 Kasey { 01.18.16 at 11:22 pm }

Hmmm, not sure I really *miss* these candies, but since I wrote about my grandma today I remember her sending us to the convenient store next to her house with money to buy candy. We would buy candy cigarettes (you probably can’t buy now) and Sugar Daddies – a wonderful caramel sugar on a stick. Now I want to see if those are still available.

27 Persnickety { 01.19.16 at 12:37 am }

I sound a bit harsh on NZ chocolate- which is not accurate, I was just highly surprised at how different the chocolate preferences between NZ and Australia were.

28 Jen B { 01.19.16 at 12:38 am }

Fruit by the Foot. And Butterfingers in the US. We can get them here now but it’s not the same. We used to wait for the every summer when we went camping south of the border. That first stop and first Butterfinger was magical.

29 Amber { 01.19.16 at 1:25 am }

I used to love hard candy. Gobstoppers and Runts were my favorite in college. You can still find them, but I long ago stopped eating them. I regret all the hard candies I used to eat now. Or rather, my TEETH regret them…. Lesson learned the hard way.

30 JB { 01.19.16 at 10:48 am }

I don’t know what I miss most, actually. Maybe those crunchy peanut butter rectangle candy things. I don’t even know what they’re called! But yes to fruit stripe gum!! I love that you went to an A&P. I only know it from Updike’s story.

31 Cristy { 01.19.16 at 3:56 pm }

I remember fruit strip gum! Dynamints are new to me, though. Sound almost like Mentos.

I miss Aero bars. You can get them in Canada, which was one of the highlights of visiting the northern cities, but miss being able to get them here. That and pixie sticks. So much trouble was caused because of pixie sticks. All of it worth it too.

32 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 01.19.16 at 8:25 pm }

I remember Fruit Stripe gum! There was some kind of crazy cartoon zebra on the commercial. Do they not make that anymore?

What about Runts? Do they still make those fruit-shaped candy. I used to get it out of gumball machines – hopefully, with at least one banana in the mix.

33 tasivfer { 01.19.16 at 10:53 pm }

This is a question I get asked every once in a while, especially as I don’t live in the country I grew up in. I remember different sweets from when I was young, but I don’t miss them. I don’t really miss much at all, except tamales and chilli rellenos, mainly because they can be a pain to make yourself – especially when your husband thinks they’re bizarre, so it hardly seems worth doing just for yourself.

34 JustHeather { 01.20.16 at 8:50 am }

OH man! Why do I keep missing Monday’s for a quick blog? I remember Sunday, mid-day Monday (when I am in the middle of something kid-related) and then again on Tuesday. Ugh.
Hmm, I miss so many candies, but mostly because they just don’t exist in Finland. If I was in the US, I’d be able to get many of them, but I’m not, so I can’t. πŸ™ Right now, something cinnamon would be yummy.

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