With only 43 days left till Halloween I sit at my desk staring at all the Halloween candy we carry wondering who’s going to take the ghosts and goblins treats back to green this spooky season.
Halloween is my favorite time of the year, the memories of shopping with my mom to get my boxed Halloween costume that came with the mask that made my face sweat all night and watching the piles of candy and fruit I would see filling my pillowcase as I went door to door. Ahh such sweet memories!
My favorite treats back then were the regular size Snicker bar, and those bags of M&M’s that seemed to last all night. Now it’s the mini snack size candy bars that get all the attention along with gummy earth worms, gross candy body parts, or those skull shaped lollipops that turn your tongue purple. What happened to the nostalgic candy treats like smarties, pixy stix and jawbreakers?
Now it looks like this years “Green” version of the real apple treat is apple flavored candy warts. A far cry from the real apples I use to get in my pillowcase! It will be interesting to see if the natural popcorn balls and the real fruit once again begin to fill up those blinking plastic pumpkins and those designer treat bags this season.
As a kid, nothing was more disappointing than to run up the sidewalk to the biggest house on the block, stand in line at the door till they guessed me and be handed a real apple, ugh! Not that I was ungrateful, but being born into a family that owned the largest wholesale candy company in Pennsylvania, this was my chance to get a bag full! For some reason back then we never had any candy at home.
After sitting behind this desk for the past 28 years, surrounded by even more candy choices than when my father owned the company,I now understand… it’s the last thing you want to take home!
Like my parents cupboards were when I was young, I find mine at home minus the candy, but filled with the salty snacks like chips, pretzels and peanuts. I now understand the meaning of the old cliche “don’t bring your work home” LOL.
I wonder if the person who came up with that cliche owned a candy company like we have the past 70 years?