With Halloween fast upon us, it’s hard not to reflect back to simpler times.
Back when you would roam the streets with a pillow case full of candy. (Yes… we used pillow cases back then.)
You would return home after a long day of trick-or-treating, dump your booty onto the table, and examine your spoils. Some Snickers, Kit-Kat, Swedish Fish, and maybe even a Reeses Peanut-Butter Cup or two… if you’re lucky.
It’s a trap!
During this ritualistic process, you would break the candy into two piles…
The Good candy and the Bad candy.
You know what I’m talking about.
Now, as an adult, I would totally eat most of what I used to consider ‘bad’ candy. But back then, there was definitely two distinct piles.
Here’s a few of the candies I hated getting on Halloween.
Listen, maybe they are good, I just wouldn’t know because you dumped them into my bag unwrapped. No way I’m eating that.
I love lollipops, but Dum-Dums were meh at best. Get me a Tootsie Roll pop or even better – a Blow Pop! Dum Dums were small, no treat sat at the center, and always half unwrapped for some reason.
This Bubble Gum:
First off, it was always rock hard… teeth shattering hard. Second, it was the same flavor as the gum that came in packs of baseball cards – and nobody ate that!
Mary Jane Candy:
These are one of those candies I hated as a kid, but enjoy now. They used to creep me out. Bent up, half-opened candy that looked like it was around when Lincoln was President.
Do I even have to explain?
I would eat the yellow and orange ones, then toss the rest.
Small plastic bags of home popped popcorn… seems sinister to any child. I just assumed it was poisoned.
This Mint Candy:
I could get these anytime I wanted… at my great-grandmas house, which also fits the description of who usually handed these out.
Good & Plenty’s:
No. Not now… not ever.
Another one of those candies I would have no problem eating now, but for some reason hated as a kid. To me it was basically a Mary-Jane on a stick.
I didn’t mind getting money, I would add it to my Garbage Pail Kid fund, but I didn’t want something I could easily find digging through my couch.
Obviously this post is tongue-in-cheek. Free candy is free candy, It was just fun to reflect back to a time when things like crummy candy was such a big deal.