Rave: Childhood treats

Here on the fourth floor we love good candy from time to time. Besides adding them to our weekly Yogurty’s creations, on occasion we’ll run out and grab ourselves a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.

While we miss the days of penny candies that actually cost a penny, certain treats have a nostalgic effect and bring back memories of our childhood summers. Below is a round up of candies we loved while growing up (and still love).

The everlasting candy. These gems were great as a candy option you could enjoy for hours, as opposed to devouring in the first 10 minutes. The small ones were the right size for us when we were kids, but now we’d probably need one of the jumbo ones to occupy us. 

Big Foot
Classic, delicious and fruity. Big Foot candies were always a staple in our 5-cent candy bags when perusing the aisle. Now they’re available in different flavours, which brings a whole new ball game. We especially love the raspberry flavoured ones. 

Pop Rocks
Both a noisy and delicious candy option. How many people tried the pop rocks and soda combo to see if that urban myth was true? After rigorous testing, this was proven false by children everywhere. Then more scientifically by the Mythbusters.

Fruit Roll-ups
While we’re not sure exactly how much real fruit is used, or Vitamin C you can get from a Roll-up, we can tell you how delicious these are. Rolling them up and putting them on your fingers, cutting out shapes or eye holes, or smushing them into a ball – these were a perfect recess snack.  

Another example of a great recess snack from our youth…and surprisingly hard to find photos of online. Sodalicious were the perfect combination of two things we love(d), soda and candy. With the different flavours we swore tasted exactly like Orange Crush, root beer, Grape Crush or 7-UP, you had to eat them the proper way, the top first, then the rest of the bottle. Plus, who can forget the awesome commercial – so Soda-licious! 

Fun Dips
Essentially bags of sugar that you dip a sugar stick into. As a kid (or maybe young adult…) what’s not to love?

While not exactly candy, these are quite possibly the perfect summer treat. You could break it in half to share with a friend, or eat it as fast as possible before it melted. Remember when you could win prizes and earn points on your popsicle sticks? We sure do. 

Rave: Childhood summer vacations

There’s nothing quite like summer to make us nostalgic about our childhood. Two months of blissful, school-free days filled with swimming, ice cream and road trips. The heat must be getting to us On The Fourth Floor, because the other day we started reminiscing about our favourite memories of past summer vacations.

My grandparents used to live on a lake near Parry Sound – it’s my favourite place in the world. We’d be outside all day and in my case, most of the time was spent in the water. At night we’d hang around the fire and play horseshoes. I have such great memories of being up there. Lots of laughter, jokes and love.

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Just picture a mini-Lisa jumping off that dock.

I spent every summer from ages nine to 19 at Camp Winnebagoe. Life was good. I made lifelong friends, spent every waking moment outside and learned so much.

I love Murphy’s Ice Cream Parlour in Streetsville. My grandpa used to take me when I was about five, and it was always the happening spot in the summer. All the cute soccer playing boys would hang out there, which was nice little eye candy to go along with the ice cream. I still get a kiddy scoop of Caribou Tracks when I go there now.
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My family always takes an annual summer trip to Stowe, Vermont. It’s the annual Stark Stowe reunion. We make T-shirts every year. We usually stay at the Golden Eagle resort and hit the bike path, alpine slidesBen and Jerry’s factory, and a dinner at The Whip. These trips have become especially fun and meaningful since both my brother and I have had kids.

I loved going to the Toronto Zoo. I always had a fascination with watching animals and thought of it as such an adventure. I still dream of going to African Lion Safari – maybe this is the summer!

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The mighty polar bears at the Toronto Zoo.

I grew up spending summers in Bass River, Nova Scotia. As a city girl, I adapted quickly to country living (with a ton of allergy pills and nose spray) and soon learned to milk a cow, drive a tractor and race around on a four wheeler. My favourite memory is when we spent two weeks camping across Newfoundland with our best family friends. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. 
I loved the cottage that my family used to rent just north of Sudbury. My brother, sister and I would basically be left on our own for the entire time, and we loved it. We’d swim, fish, explore in the woods, read books (well, only I would do that), stay up late and roast marshmallows over campfires at night. I still love going to cottages, and try to get to a friend’s every chance I get. To me, it’s the essence of summer in Canada.

I also spent my summers up at camp in Perth, Ontario. It is where I found my independence, hit puberty and fell in love. I also learned how to build a fire, camp out with just a tarp and play capture the flag. I love the memories that I have and wouldn’t trade those summers for anything.

What is your favourite summer memory? Leave a comment, or tweet us @rockitpromo.