Looking Sweet

Sparky and I went shopping. Specifically we went to E & S Sales in Amish country. This particular store has a wide variety of foods from canned and dry goods to bulk baking and even a huge selection of fresh produce. They also have a bakery. There is one thing I’ve noticed is that their selection of sweets is far superior to any grocery in the area. They out do even the candy shops! The big draw is that E & S has really good deals on a variety of foods. They purchase short dated and out dated goods. Now, I’m a practical person. I have been described as frugal by my friends and cheap by my enemies. So we breeze through the aisles grabbing up the deals we can use until we get to the candy.

The candy takes one aisle on both sides. These are long, long aisles! They have bulk candy (You want Jolly Ranchers? Hershey kisses in any variety? Giant jelly beans? They’ve got them). But what makes my heart happy is the selection of gummies. They had all the flavors of rings – apple, peach, pineapple, cherry, lemon, blueberry and even the mixed bag! I love peach rings. Then they also have the gummie bears in all flavors, either mixed up or by individual flavor. They sell the sour patch kids in bulk too. And then there are the novelty gummies. Chicken feet, penguins, fried eggs, frogs, butterflies, worms, flowers, Christmas trees and snowmen, turtles, brains and skulls, sharks, fish, pigs and dinosaurs. I could go on but the variety is endless. Often they have closeout or discontinued candy – in the bulk and in your standard candy bar selection. They had Hershey’s Gold 4 big bars for a dollar. Midnight Milky Way bars 3 for $1, Payday, Zero and Chunky were 5 for a dollar. It is a candy paradise! We decided that in honor of the impending end to 2020, we’d splurge and get some candy. Sparky had a really hard time deciding and gave up in frustration before taking a deep breath and buying a huge bag of chocolate covered almonds. I went for the ultra sale candy. I got Gummie Berries, some Hi-Chew tropical fruit, some peach rings (did I mention I love those things?) and some really good eggnog caramels.

My infatuation with candy began early
Early morning raid of Christmas stocking
Stocking footed skid to the Easter basket
Basket with chocolate or sweet-tart shocking

Hoard the bounty all for myself
Myself to savor every sweet
Sweet caramel, jelly bean or licorice
Licorice being my favorite treat

Mint chocolate and almond bark white
White bunnies or peanut butter eggs
Eggs creme filled, fudge or cherry cordial
Cordial not as sister pleads and begs

She demand a cut since hers is gone
Gone down greedy gullet in less than a day
Day 30 and I still have a large stash
Stash the candy and charge what she will pay

Rationing the candy until the next holiday
Holiday candy lasts Christmas to Valentine’s
Valentine’s treats lasting to Easter
Easter chocolate the others outshines

Suck on candy canes and mints
Mints and anise bears call my name
Name my favorite sweets and make a list
List of candy to buy – I have no shame!

55 thoughts on “Looking Sweet

    1. Punam, I am a generous person. Please feel free to visit and select whatever treat you’d like from the candy dish! (I have lots of candy and I will share – just not my younger self with my sister!)

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        1. Thanks! One of my sisters could never save any candy (or money for that matter). She would eat her candy in a few days and then be sad and want some of mine… Of course it was in my favor because she hated licorice so the trade would be 10 black jelly beans for 1 red one!

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    1. Hehe! Just knowing it is available is almost enough for me – but when I’m stressed a little chocolate is a delight – and better than hitting someone or hitting the bottle!

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                1. I can see that. Sometimes a nice walk can clear the head and calm the heart. Of course that wouldn’t be an option when in the truck… Good thing you have the writing, photography and knitting!

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  1. “I have been described as frugal by my friends and cheap by my enemies.” you say, Val . But you have ,not any ennemis. Only friends ;
    I was pleased at reading your description of the the Amish grocerie . I wanted to be there with you ! This made me think of the antic groceries or butcheries of ny childshood .
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    1. Michel you made me smile – I think on xanga and WP I have only friends. In my work life there were many who disliked me and were looking for an excuse to exert power or authority over me… The Amish grocery is so much fun! I’m thinking that I will be taking my friend saintvi there soon – weather permitting! It is very much like an old fashioned grocers. The only thing they don’t have is meat – but that is at the butcher shop down the street!

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  2. what a great fun post, written no doubt on a sugar high!

    Now you have me craving for chocolates and caramels … i somehow doubt you would willingly share them with anyone 🙂

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    1. Kate you are so very wrong! I will share willingly to any who come visit and want to dip their hands into the candy dish (That is not a typo I allow double fisted candy grabbing)! I’m only stingy with my sister and only my younger self!

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                1. They didn’t have much but they weren’t poor. When Sparky came to meet my family he was very impressed. He thought we were really rich because we had placemats on the table and a real sugar bowl! I still chuckle. When we got married we didn’t have a pot to pee in but I found 4 placemats at a garage sale for 25 cents – to continue the illusion!

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  3. In summer in small town Maine we visit the general store and buy penny candy by the bagful. Because of COVID we couldn’t go last summer. Your post makes me feel as if I did go so thank you!

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    1. Oh! You really should take the time to visit. The Amish communities here are very large and there are several stores. E & S is my favorite but we’ve gone to several others to get meats and cheeses.

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  4. I love going to E and S. I like their cheeses too. I try to avoid walking down the candy aisle. I used to be able to eat lots and lots of candy, but now that I’m older I don’t feel good if I eat much. Same for potato chips. Sad. I never could save candy. If it’s there I have to eat it, so I try not to have it available. Have you tried any of DeBrands chocolates? They’re made in Ft. Wayne. They’re the best chocolates I’ve ever tasted. Beautiful too, but expensive.

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    1. I’ve never had DeBrand’s but we have the South Bend Chocolate Factory here and it is good too and pricy as well. I prefer the German chocolate or the Belgian chocolate. The Brazilian chocolate has less sugar but tends to taste fruity. (I’m a chocolate snob). We usually end up going down the road to Yoder’s Cheese and Meats to get the smoked gouda and the smoked cheddar cheeses… So tasty!

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    1. Hehehe~ I hear you. I have so much candy in my pantry that I’m going to have to start eating it. The idea was originally to share at Halloween and Christmas but those family gatherings were/are cancelled.

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  5. An Amish shop – how delightful! There is a general store in Blue Ridge, Ga that has an assortment of candy and things we don’t see much like Clover chewing gum and Licorice chewing gum. We love going there because it is like going back in time. I love your poem.

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    1. Thanks Eugenia! There are some dime stores that carry the old time candy. You can get Beeman’s gum and Clove, Teaberry, and my favorite Black Jack! They even have Necco wafers! There are some candies that are surrounded by nostalgia that are inedible – circus peanuts come to mind but E&S carry the circus peanuts in several colors (but they are all banana flavor – ick)!

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  6. Since learning of sugar’s addictive properties, I’ve become a candy snob. I restrict myself to only the very best which means very dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups. Why, it’s practically health food with only 3 grams of sugar each. That said, I still enjoy hearing about your enjoyment of the more sinful varieties of candy.

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    1. Yes sugar is addictive but since I don’t smoke, drink alcohol, no caffeine, and I don’t cuss or swear or dance dirty, I have to have one vice… Dark chocolate is my favorite. I love the Sarotti zartbitter Schokolade. Of course it is hard to find in the US but my sister got me hooked on it when her husband was stationed in Germany.

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  7. I love going to the Amish mart on 27 towards Richmond…Love the bulk items they carry and the bakery is excellent.
    It’s about 45 minutes away and I don’t go often so when I do I stock up on certain things I like and need and they are always cheaper than corporate things in our local stores. Bulgar wheat is one of those items, It runs about 75% less there. I have a hard time in the sweet aisle 😦
    THey have so pickled items that are very tasty.

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    1. Ha! You are right about the pickles too! We were looking at those as potential Christmas gifts (my mother likes pickled anything almost). Had to laugh at the pickled okra – can’t imagine that pickling it would improve the texture!

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  8. I actually stretched a Halloween stash, clear to the following Halloween. There was also the giant candy cane that sat in the trunk of my car, for three years. You guessed it, I’m not big on candy canes. My weaknesses are jellied citrus candies and sea salt carmels, as well as any sort of chocolate.

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