Thursday, February 24, 2011

Penny Candy Nostalgia

Penny Candy Store, Boise, ID by John Collias

Penny Candy Store by John Collias

The picture above reminds me of Bill's Market, a small store in the community where I grew up. I have fond memories of my mother taking me and my younger sister, Teresa, there to get penny candy. The candy was kept behind the clerk's counter which made it impossible for children to see ( I'm sure that was the whole idea). I remember my mom lifting Teresa and me, so we could look at the candy over the counter and tell the clerk exactly what we wanted. He would then place the penny candy in little brown sacks, one for my sister and one for me. Here are a few of the sugary treats I'd choose...

Bazooka Bubble Gum


Tiny Wax Bottles. The liquid inside was pretty much tastless.

Jolly Ranchers

Tootsie Rolls

Smarties. For some reason, we liked to dissolve these in water.

Licorice. My sister liked black licorice. I hated it and stuck with red.

Candy Necklaces...loved these, but couldn't figure out why our necks got so sticky.

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Marilyn said...

That is so cool you remember that. That was where I would get my penny candy when I was a Kid. Wish the place was still there. We were able to take an empty pop bottle and trade it in for candy. Three pieces for a small bottle, and five pieces for the bigger bottle. Those were the days :-)

rubyslipperz said...

That is an amazing co-winky-dink...! I, too had a "Bill's Market" in my hometown growing up! I walked by it each day to and from school. I remember candy sitting all around the check-out counter.


bbsmum said...

Why can't we get FiveBoys bars any more?
Bother. Now I'm hungry.

DeeAnn said...

bbsmum- I hate to admit this, but what, exactly, is a FiveBoys bar?

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