I used to get whole boxes of liquorice cigars - the ones with the red sprinkles - at my local Costco ($6.39 for a box of 20 or so), ideal for stuffing one or two of those tasty little things into my Hallowe'en loot bags along with a few other goodies. But Costco - the one near Wilson and Dufferin, at least - doesn't carry them any more. They've disappeared from the shelves (Costco has a habit of doing that to items I like), like the even tastier liquorice pipes before them, which, apparently, aren't even made any more. So if anyone knows where I might find those boxes of cigars, I'd be mighty grateful. It has to be in boxes, because the plastic wrapping keeps the cigars softly fresh till they're ready to be inhaled. So forget the bins of loose, open-to-the-air cigars at bulk joints like JohnVince, where the cigars are so hard a kid could break a tooth. I don't want outraged mommies and daddies descending upon me, lawsuits in hand.
Why anyone buys fancy, expensive liquorice I'll never know. Nothing beats the straight-on fake liquorice taste of those cigars (or the pipes, if they still exist somewhere on earth). I always try to make sure there are some left after Hallowe'en so that I get to indulge as well. But where, pray tell, can a liquorice buff find the damn things in the GTA? I'd be most appreciative: if you present yourself at my front door, in costume, naturally, on the night in question, you'll get your very own loot bag, which includes a Lindt's 70% dark chocolate bar, a bag of roasted salted almonds, a couple of Jolly Rancher candies, a Saybon jelly and, in a wan nod toward healthful eating, a box of raisins - though the kids tell me right out every year that they don't like raisins. I tell them right back that they gotta take the good with the bad. All these are items that I taste-test and devour myself - except maybe the raisins. I'd like to add those liquorice cigars again this year. Can you help me, and the poor little underprivileged kids up here in York Mills? Surely there's some rickety old convenience store somewhere out there that still carries the things.