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Judy Spooner: What was your favorite candy?

Last week, husband Gary and I were discussing the candy we liked when we were kids. Getting money to buy candy was a big deal and we enjoyed the memories of saving up to buy our favorite treat.

We agreed that Butterfinger candy bars were at the top of the list, but we also liked Seven Up bars.

Sadly, they disappeared in the '70s when the Seven Up Bottling Company bought the rights and took it off the market because of product confusion.

"That doesn't make sense," Gary said. "I think I can tell the difference between a bottle of liquid and a candy bar."

Eating a Seven Up bar was like getting a box of chocolates. Enrobed in milk chocolate were little squares of orange jelly, maple, caramel, Brazil nut, fudge, coconut and cherry.

The jelly was our least favorite filling, we said, but retired Newport Police Chief Veid Muiznieks, said he looked forward to the jelly.

Veid said he saved the Brazil nut until last. His other favorite candy bar was Baby Ruth, also a candy bar with nuts.

"I'm getting a theme here," I told him. "You like candy with nuts."

"I'm a little nutty," he said.

"I think anyone who knows you would agree," I said.

Most people who've played trivia games know that the Baby Ruth candy bar was not named after Babe Ruth, the famous baseball player. But there's more to the story.

According the history of the Curtiss Candy Company, it made a candy bar in 1900 and called it Kandy Kake. The company renamed the candy bar Baby Ruth in 1921 when Ruth's fame was on the rise.

The company claimed, after failing to negotiate Ruth's endorsement, that the candy bar was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth, and not Babe Ruth.

The company's story sounds a little fishy to me given the fact that the candy bar was re-named 30 years after Cleveland left office and 17 years after his daughter died.

When I asked Grey Cloud Island Town Board Member Pam Dupre about her favorite candy, she also remembered Seven Up candy bars and agreed with Veid that the jelly was really good.

Dupre said she liked Sweet Tarts, but her favorite thing was getting a nickel from her grandmother and spending it on penny candy. "You could get three things for a penny," she said. "I thought I was rich."

I e-mailed Cottage Grove City Administrator Ryan Schroeder asking about his favorite candy. It was Nut Goodies, he said, which he only got about twice a year at his grandparents' home.

When I thought about my favorite candy, I was back at Cecil's Deli in my old neighborhood staring at the candy rack wondering which one I'd choose.

I enjoyed asking people about their favorite candy. They smiled and remembered a piece of their youth when life was a lot less complicated.

What was your favorite candy?

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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