Hall's Corner in my hometown of Duxbury, MA. Sometimes I would just browse the stores ranging from a five and dime, to a Rexhall's Drug Store with soda fountain, to a clothing store to a bakery and finally to what we would now deem a local convenience store.
I don't remember the store's name, but I can envision it clearly. It sat on a corner and the door faced the corner itself...crooked to all the other store fronts. Walking in you heard the bell that announced the comings and goings. It was a very small store and very packed with goods. Newspapers, magazines, soda but most importantly....candy. Especially penny candy...
Money was hard to come by and I earned mine mostly from baby-sitting at that age. I charged 50 cents an hour and 75 cents after midnight. I loved it when they stayed out late....more money for me! I always did more than just baby-sit....picked up the house, did the dishes. Those kinds of things usually meant I'd get called back. But I digress...
Candy in the 1950's was different from today, especially the penny candy. Bins and bins of choices...in jars, on counters, behind glass doors, on shelves. We all had our favorites. Some of mine were candy cigarettes (yes, we pretended we were smoking them and if you were lucky some of the sugar powder would come off and make it look more real).
Atomic fireballs....they seemed to last forever. I always saved the wrapper because my mouth needed a rest before I could finish the whole thing. Red hot dollars weren't red hot but they were an early exposure to strawberry licorice candies that have addicted me as an adult.
Many of the candy bars are still out there today.... Snickers, 3 Muskateers, Tootsie Rolls, Chunky Bars...and from time to time I can still find a Charleston Chew. My grandmother kept those in the freezer. Upon taking it out she would smack it on the counter to break it up into little pieces. I still prefer mine unfrozen. LOL!
Soft orange chewy peanuts, candy button dots, Chuckles, Necco Wafers, Nougats, caramel creme rounds.....so many choices. Is it a wonder that the dentists love to see us? LOL!
I've found some of my older favorites that are no longer in stores being sold at Vermont Country Store. No longer "penny" candy, but sometimes it's worth it to bring back the memories.
Another old favorite I found there are raisin biscuits....these were a real treat in our house and I haven't seen them for years. Looks like they are now made in the UK...don't think I need to refresh my memory that bad. LOL!
I don't remember having any type of soda at home but I do remember stopping in a local restaurant in Hall's Corner for french fries (oh my were they good) and a vanilla Coke. At home our treat was either Kool-Aid with sugar added or Zarex. Zarex was a sweet fruit syrup that was mixed with water. Orange and lime were the two flavors in our household. It came in a clear little jug with a handle. [It appears that someone is bringing it back as ZaRex...gotta love the baby boomer market!]
So, what was your favorite candy from your childhood? Is it still available?
Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu