Don’t talk of Snickers, Reeses and Three Musketeers.
While I love these old standbys, they won’t soon disappear.
I remember those odd sweets from the days of my youth
Those tasty concoctions gone for many a year.
Penny candy is a phrase I recall. You could load up your
Pockets for just a few cents. Squirrel Nut Zippers were sticky
As were Mary Janes and BB-Bats, but I often thought
The thought of a squirrel’s nuts in a zipper quite icky.
Can you recall those packets that looked like medicine tabs?
But they proclaimed “just add water” and soda would appear.
Did you fall prey to Fizzies? Did you find just like me
That Root Beer flavored Alka-Seltzer tastes somewhat queer?
I remember “Chum-Gum” with two sticks to the penny,
The Atomic Fire Ball and the colorful Jaw Breaker
On which your dentist made much money.
While Crow licorice dots were a sure bad-breath maker.
Some treats were not treats, you did not want to eat.
Wax made to look like teeth, tongues and lips
It was nasty to chew and to taste
But it made great witch fingertips.
How about candy bars? Bomino’s Turkish Taffy?
Big Hunks and Zagnuts – are they gone from the scene?
(What the hell is a Zagnut and why chew on one?
I’m sure that the Zag thought it was quite mean).
Can you find on this day the bubble gum cigar?
How ‘bout candy cigarettes or a licorice pipe?
Not politically correct or the right role model
But isn’t candy for fun, and not for the hype?
I remember in college – my roommate’s gift from home
Contained these things called Pop Rocks and they were a hit,
Until out of the shower my damp foot found one on the floor.
The shock from that pop ALMOST made me *hit!
So let’s bring them back, these treasures of old
And restore the old prices as they were before.
A dollar for candy is entirely too much
And the dentist increased business they’ll surely adore.