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Saturday, August 25, 2018
The Sweet Shop
The Sweet Shop
Every town had a sweet shop. Every kid spent time at the sweet shop. There were sodas. Comic books and candy. Lots of candy. I’m sure much of that candy is still around, just not in the same kind of knock yourself out with sugar as the sweet shop venue of my youth.
If you found a quarter on the street on the way to school, you would end up in the sweet shop after school. It was not uncommon to find an occasional quarter. A quarter would get you a sleeve of bazooka bubble gum complete with a comic, a Hershey bar, a pack of nickel nips and a comic book.
If you find a quarter today on the way to school you have found only one fifth of a decent candy bar. Today you almost never find four dollars and seventy-five cents laying around in the street, probably why kids don’t go to a sweet shop today, and why there are no more sweet shops in every town.
Inflation killed the sweet shop.
If inflation had not killed the sweet shop, politicians would have done it instead. If we can’t have plastic straws or soda with our happy meal, I’m pretty sure the sweet shop would have been outlawed.
Probably a good thing, all that candy and sugar is not a good thing especially for a growing child with a mouth full of brand new teeth.
Still I have fond memories of the sugar poison we found at the sweet shop.
Lik-M-Ade…a powder that you added to water to make a delicious sweet drink, except we never added it to water, we just licked the powder straight.
Nik-l-nips…sweet syrup in wax bottles that were made to add to water and make a sweet drink, only we just sucked down the syrup much like we licked the Lik-M-Ade powder. Some people even ate the wax…eww...I had standards.
There was chocolate, Hershey’s, Nestles, in various bars, M and M’s, and the greatest bar of all…Chunky, WHAT A CHUNK OF CHOCKOLATE!
There was licorice whips, Good and Plenty, Dominoes Turkish Taffy, jelly beans, Tootsie Rolls and of course, Cracker Jacks…ALL IN ONE PLACE! Does anyone remember Chuckles, Bit-O-Honey, Black Jack gum, Raisonettes, Goobers, Red Hots, Ju Ju Bees, and don’t forget the very refreshing Jr. Mint?
I assume some of these are still around but you don’t buy them at a good old fashion Sweet Shop. You could also get sodas at the sweet shop. You did not just get a coke, you added a shot of syrup and had a Cherry Coke. Ever had a Lime Ricky? An Egg Cream*?...Yum!
Also at the sweet shop we would pick up a pack or two of Topps baseball cards. For a nickel you got five baseball cards, mostly players from the Philly’s or Cincinnati that we used for flipping and trading. Occasionally you found a Yankee or a Dodger or a Giant, that was like hitting the jackpot. There was also a slab of gum which smelled really great, but tasted like cardboard.
The sweet shop was not only where we nurtured bad teeth, it is where we hung out, argued about the best sports team and considered fraternizing with that other gender which was becoming less annoying and more intriguing.
Growing up we didn’t have video games, or social media, but dammit, we had The Sweet Shop, and that was pretty great.
*Did not have an egg, was originally echt creem, from echt, Jewish or German for real.