Confections! #socs

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Ah, confections! Foods loaded with sugar and carbohydrates! I love ’em! And it shows, unfortunately…

I’ve always had a sweet tooth, which I inherited from my mother. Mom used to buy Brach’s candies, mostly chocolates, by the box and try to hide them from us. She was never completely successful. Her favorites were chocolate stars (basically chocolate shaped like a star), bridge mix (various nuts and raisins covered with chocolate), and nonpareils (disks of chocolate covered with little white balls of sugar). Around Easter, she liked jelly bird eggs, which were essentially jelly beans that everyone insisted were something else. Oh, and gum drops, spice drops, all kinds of stuff like that.

Confections also include cookies and cakes, which includes donuts. Yep, loved them, too, and still do. And I love them all. Likewise ice cream in just about any form, including Popsicles, which are even labeled as "quiescently frozen confections."

When we were kids we used to eat a lot of confections and never gained an ounce because we were outside playing every day and walked everywhere, or rode bicycles. Even when we took public transportation, we’d have to walk to where we picked it up. We were active and never thought about it. The way things are today, you have to make a conscious effort to be that active. It’s easier in the cities to be active, because that’s the nature of city life.

Things have changed a lot, and not necessarily for the better.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word from plain and peanut M&M’s candies. The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand!

22 thoughts on “Confections! #socs

  1. One of my biggest weaknesses since childhood. Candy is something I always seem to having some craving for.

    A number of years ago I rediscovered Brach’s candies when I bought a couple of bags of bridge mix when it was on sale. I was so impressed with how good it was that I wrote a glowing product review to their email. A couple of weeks later I received in the mail a thank-you letter and a number of coupons for more free candies. Oh happy day!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Brach’s got their start in Chicago and have always had a small-company feel about them, even now. They merged with another Chicago candy company, Ferrara Pan Candy Co., and it was one of those mergers that made both companies better. My mother always had a thing about Helen Voorhees Brach, wife of one of the family members, who was murdered. Moms are like that sometimes.

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  2. Yes I think we all have a bit of a sweet tooth or else there would not be as many doughnut shops around – don’t they are there just for coffee

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  3. Confections ah sweet confections. I liked it better when I could eat as much as I want and not gain an ounce. We walked everywhere too. During time off school we were shooed outside and roamed the neighborhood in packs. Exercise was automatic.

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    1. Precisely… we could eat all the candy and drink all the pop we wanted because we were out all the time, without anything to do but roam the neighborhood and try to stay out of trouble.

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  4. My mom also loved Brach’s candies. I seem to remember the hard Brach’s candies in a bin displayed front and center in the 5 and 10. She was a fan of bridge mix, too. πŸ˜€

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