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Another boomer candy craving

Chris Bridges | Mar 31, 200006:00 PM

Okay, I've got one for you....at lunch time when I was a second or third grader at St. Catherine of Alexandria School on Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn (1957, 1958, thereabouts), we used to be allowed to walk around the neighborhood (can't imagine that happening now!). I used to cross the street to a little junky candy store and buy goodies. There were the usual wax lips and moustaches, those tiny wax bottles of unbearably sweet yet irritating colored syrupy stuff, Lik 'M Aid, candy necklaces, etc. etc., all of which my mother would die if she knew I was eating. But my delight was something called Mint Juleps--a cellophane packet of five chunky cubes of spearmint-flavored taffy, each wrapped in wax paper, for a nickel. You put one in your mouth and it was hard at first, then softened and you chewed it with great satisfaction for a long time. The flavor stayed true throughout. I would kill to taste one of them again....

Chris Bridges

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