So the prompt is to list eight of my favorite candies. I could go back to my original post on the subject, but that would be cheating. Besides, I have no trouble thinking of favorite candies. Here they are, in no particular order.
M&M’s, both plain and peanut
This goes without saying. I know they have caramel ones now, but I haven’t tried them. I’m sure I’d like them. As you’ll see, I like caramel.
Brach’s (pronounced “brox”) is a big candy manufacturer in the Chicago area that made chocolate and non-chocolate candies. Royals are caramels that are wrapped around a flavored core. They come in vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, maple and one or two other flavors, and are a mite tasty. Brach’s has merged with the Ferrara Pan Candy Co. (which I discussed in my earlier post) and are now known as the Ferrara Candy Co., but have kept the Brach’s name because everyone knows it.
Good & Plenty
I like licorice (it tastes like ouzo) and these are especially tasty. A big box of them lasts almost an entire movie, too. And you can’t beat the commercial…
They also made Good & Fruity, which were shaped the same but were fruit flavored. They were good, too.
Hard candy in general, really. I like dissolving them in my mouth. It’s almost a feeling of accomplishment to feel one shrink down to nothing. Life Savers are good because of the hole: you’re not just working from the outside in, but from the inside out.
As long as I’m talking about hard candy, I have to include this one. They used to keep them in bowls around one place I worked, and I learned to like them. They’re basically a hard candy, but somewhat pliable, and they last much longer than Life Savers (you could spend an entire afternoon sucking on one). They come in some interesting flavors, including watermelon, sour apple, and I think even grapefruit.
Fannie May candy
This Fannie May has nothing whatsoever to do with home loans. Fannie May was, and still is, a Chicago institution, a chocolatier that’s been around since 1920. They make the standard box-candy fare, but are known for Pixies, which are caramel and pecans covered with chocolate, called “Turtles” by the rest of the world. Check out their website for more details.
I am famous in my family for being able to catch a tossed Peep and in one motion stuff it in my mouth. These used to be an Easter-only treat, but I see they’ve expanded to cover other holidays, like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Hallowe’en, and probably Arbor Day. And, speaking of expanding, Peeps do in the microwave.
I include Frango Mints because they were originally produced in the kitchens of Marshall Field and Company, a famous Chicago retailer which was bought out by Macy’s, who proceeded to wipe the name off of everything except the hearts and minds of Chicagoans. I worked at Field’s briefly (it’s where I first saw Mary) and sold Frango Mints, as well as Frango Mint liqueur (I worked in the wine and liquor department). Reading up on their history, they were first made by Seattle’s Frederick and Nelson store, which was bought by Field’s in 1929. Field’s immediately asked “Can you show us how to make Frango Mints?” Macy’s sold the brand name Frango to Garrett Brands, who also operate the Garrett Popcorn Shops in Chicago, a little over a year ago.
See any favorites here?