Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sugar Rush

There's a new kid in town, and this new kid is Boo-Bah-Lou Candy Cabin. I used to get my fix of candy from my childhood from my enabler/promoter of bad habits, Jeanna. Just kidding, Jeanna! ;)

Boo-Bah-Lou has all the candy from my childhood, as well as novelty items. Since this week is The Student's last week with us, we went for a drive and hit up Boo-Bah-Lou for a sugar fix.

Now I know where the phrase "Like a kid in a candy shop" came from! Adults, teens, and kids of all ages were going gaga for candy. It's amazing how much candy The Student and I purchased even though we don't normally eat much candy! I guess it's a novelty thing.

The Student purchased items he had never tried before. He said that as a kid, he LOVED Nerds. This particular combination of Nerds was new to him. He was also curious about Razzles. I think the part about it being the candy that turns into gum was particularly interesting to him. Oh, and isn't that the biggest Tootsie Roll you've ever seen?
I purchased Whoppers for Hubby, Cow Tales for my friend's Mom, and a few other confectionery delights to share and sample with everyone in the household.

The Student and I are both big Chronicles of Narnia fans. In the book, there is mention of Turkish Delight. Of course, being in a candy store one would probably find Turkish Delight. There it was, so we had to get some.

The Student and I gave it two thumbs down. I don't get it! The candy wrapper says that it's "Full of Eastern Promise"! It's full of awful jelly ickiness! Perhaps jelly candies are an acquired taste. I'll tell ya, it's a taste I haven't acquired. Not a fan. It wasn't just the jelly texture that threw me off. It was the actual taste. I couldn't make out if it tasted more like roses or cherry to me. This is weird, because I have a very acute sense of smell and taste.

Two thumbs down!!!

Hubby had never seen Popeye Candy Cigarettes before. What?!?! As a kid, we used to get those all the time! Well, not all the time. Every once in a while, we'd save our allowance and head to the corner store (depanneur, in French...since we grew up in Montreal). We'd pay 50 cents for 50 Swedish berries or 50 gummy bears or gummy worms. We'd also load up on various flavours of licorice (both the flat kind and the shoe string kind). I think my fave was the grape, followed by mint.

I also purchased Bubble Yum bubble gum in Hershey's chocolate flavour at Boo-Bah-Lou's. Chocolate flavoured gum seems just so different to me. I haven't tried it yet.
Of course, I'm a sucker for novelty items and had to get this Tootsie Roll lip balm. I can tell ya that it smells just like Tootsie Roll! You almost want to eat it. Not sure if it's a good idea though, because Little One keeps trying to eat her mama's mouth!
Not a big fan of jelly beans, but I do like Jelly Belly jelly beans. I think it's the whole gourmet flavoured aspect of it. It's not your ordinary jelly bean flavours. Remember I told you about my acute sense of smell and taste? Well, you can blindfold me and let me guess which flavour of Jelly Belly jelly beans I'm sampling and 99% of the time I will get it right. My ESL students find it amusing and amazing to witness that. Yes, it's one of my many hidden talents. LOL! The Fun Dip and the Fuzzy Peaches didn't last long at all. The Nieces were over for a movie night and devoured the candy! A night of Twilight and Fuzzy much more can you ask for?
Little One wanted in on the candy action too. She's a cheeky little monkey! She was inching her way towards the candy! She was originally placed on the play mat with her head in the opposite direction and she was on her back.


robert said...

Growing up in Germany it was mostly the TV which brought these sweets to us.
Reminds me much of the time two and a half decades ago - thank you!
Nice to see her getting into the adventure of movement. Please have a nice weekend.

hotmommy said...

toooooooooooooooo cooooooooooooool! thanks for the mems, chris! reminds me of when i was a kid and when 1 cent candies actually costed just a cent! we'll have to go there next time we're up for a visit with you guys. who luvs ya?

Barbara said...

ooooohhh candy is one of my biggest downfalls! Love it! Great post. Love all the photos.


t said...

Love all the candy! Sweatpea is getting big! She is such a cutey pie! She is much sweeter than any of that candy! I can gobble her all up- but I won't! Mahahaha!

Shannon said...

YUM! Sugar! Not sure about the chocolate bubble gum... you'll have to let us know how it is. At the Fancy Food Show in NY this year I tried chocolate with cayenne pepper for the first time. This, also, did not sound right but it was awesome! The taste of chocolate, then the warmth opened up a deeper chocolate at the back of the palette. Mmmmm...

Maria said...

I love it! We have been down there with the kids a few times and I found a few things that brought me back to my childhood!

C said...

Two and a half decades ago sounds about right for me too. Okay, when you put it in decades, I all of a sudden feel old! LOL!
Have a wonderful weekend too! Thank you again for all your great comments! :)

C said...

Who luvs ya? LOL! You are too funny! For sure we'll head over there when you come visit! We'll have to head to the Chocolate Works too, of course! My next post is about the Chocolate Works. You'll like that one.

C said...

Thank you :) I'm not really much of a candy lover (chocolate is an entirely different story though!), but couldn't resist! The store was so much fun! I did feel like a kid in the candy store!

C said...

She sure is! Can you believe she'll be a year old in 2.5 months???

Uncivil said...

I was over at Jan's Poodle & Dog blog earlier and she had mentioned something about "Nanner nanner boo boo"????
Now you have a "Boo-Bah-Loo"???

OK....Nanner Nanner Boo-Bah-Loo to my sweet darling Poo Poo!!!

Cherry said...

Yesterday I went to a Japanese Market and I was standing there staring at all this candy and thinking... I really should get some of this for Chrissy! You can ask Eric... I said that!
Specifically the Hi-Chews because I think of you every time I see them. In the usual Asian Market I go to weekly they have them but with English on the wrapper, and this place it was all in characters I couldn't read. So of course, Chrissy needs all of this!

Alright, so I must say, I am one of the people out there that enjoy Turkish Delights. But not the kind covered in chocolate or traditional flavored ones like the orange blossom or rose water. I grew up eating Liberty Orchard's Applets and Cotlets' and now their other various flavors.
I think it must be one of those things you have to grow up eating to get the texture. My buddy, JellyJules, feels the same way about them that you do but her grandmother and daughter enjoy them so she still buys them at Christmas. My grandmother enjoyed them and mother still enjoys them, so I still find myself buying a box every year or so. I guess its a big grandma memory for me.

Yesterday I got Fizzy Cola Bottle Gummies, and they are almost gone already. I am a big fan of the gummies, specifically the sour/sweet kind.

Let me know if I can send you some interesting things I have found down here. Or anything you want me to look for. I am going to be sending you a package soon (I've said that for almost a year).

BTW - I saw FIZZ in your pictures. I recently found ZOTS which are like FIZZ and were a childhood favorite of mine. I think I ate 4 strings worth on night last week while I was stressing about work.

Mmmm sugar!
(sorry for the long comment)

caninecologne said...

hi ci - wow, what a fun store! i love candy!

have you tried the jelly belly's that are called 'bernie bott's every flavor beans'? they are tied in to harry potter (hence the curious name). their flavors are pretty gross and they taste gross too, like black pepper, grass, vomit, booger, earwax (as mentioned by Dumbledore in the book/movie),etc. i'll stick to the regular flavor jelly bellies, thanks very much!

as for turkish delight - you may have tasted one that had rose flavor in it. that's a popular flavor - at the international store near our place, they sell turkish delight as well as rose water and orange blossom water in bottles, used to flavoring desserts...i'm not too keen on things that taste floral.

they still sell candy cigs eh? not very politically correct! ha ha.

the fuzzy peaches sound delicious. i've never heard of that brand 'maynards'. is that from canada only?

hope all is well with you! we are having a major heatwave (90's). by the way, katie reyes from the canadian little league team IS Filipino. she was born in Texas but her parents immigrated to Vancouver. She was also the first girl to score a winning run in the Little League World Series. Unfortunately, Canada was eliminated early in the game.

Our city's team, Parkview Little League (known as 'West' for the LL World Series) won against Georgia (Southeast) last night AAAAAND won agains Chinese Tapei (Aka Taiwan) today!!!!! That was so awesome! They may be baseball studs, but once they get home, it's homework time and back to doing chores and shit! ha ha

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C said...

I know! Tee hee! The chocolate flavour bubble gum sounded a but *odd* to me, so I decided to buy some! I haven't tried them yet. I remember as a kid I used to like root beer flavour bubble gum! I also liked butterscotch flavoured Lifesavers!

I have tried the chili chocolate before. My Mexican students introduced me to the combo and I resisted at first, but it was actually pretty good! In fact, Canine Cologne sent me some chili chocolate covered mangoes the other year, and they were soooo good! Even my husband (who wasn't always adventurous with food before he married me) loved them!

C said...

I think it's such a neat store! Hey, next time we should meet up at the Chocolate Works or the candy shop! It's halfway between your neck of the woods and mine! ;)

C said...

LOL! You're too funny!

C said...

OMG! I just sent you an e-mail! BTW, Hi-Chews are my fave! I was addicted to them when I was teaching in Japan! My students introduced them to me one day and then...BAM! I had to have them! My fave is grape! Hi-Chews are so neat. They're not hard, but not too soft. They're sort of chewy, but not too chewy. They're the perfect my opinion! LOL!

I used to love fizzy cola gummies too! FIZZ too! I did buy some, as you saw in the pic, but my nieces ate them! LOL!

*sigh* Gotta love old school candy! Brings back good memories!

Hope you had an amazing birthday, Cherry! XOXO

C said...

gropo!!! "You're such a gropo!" as in one who gropes others?! ;)

Hey, I've been watching True Blood with my summer student! You got me hooked! That show is CRAZY!!! It's pretty racy too!

Haven't tried the Jelly Bellies you mentioned. The thought kind of scares me! LOL! I think I'll play it safe and stick to the ones that sound a little less adventurous! I'm a wuss...I know!

You haven't heard of Maynard's??? OMG!! I am soooooooooo sending you a box of Maynard's goodies!!!

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louann said...

Tootsie Roll!!! I ahven't seen that in such a looong time!!! Yummyness.

C said...

Trying to think of what kind of candies they have in the Philippines that we don't have here. I remember a few, but can't think of their names!

bert wolfe said...

hi gropo!

thanks in advance for the maynards - i hope they're not candies that melt because we are having one big fkg heatwave here. it's kind of cooling down to the high 70's though.

so, do you have hbo or something? are you watching season 2 of true blood? TEAM ERIC!!!!!!! hot Swedish sex on a stick!

or have you borrowed the season 1 dvd? yes, it's pretty racy but it's everything twilight didn't have like SEX, Blood, Violence, and more nekkidness. i love it - it's so trashy and out there!!!!!

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bert wolfe said...

hi c- that was actually me, caninecologne. i dind't realize my husband (bert wolfe) was signed onto google.


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C said...

Yo, gropo!
HAHA! Your comments always make me laugh! Hopefully the Maynards won't melt. I won't send chocolate (I intended on sending some) because I have a sneaky suspicion that it'll melt since you guys are having a heat wave...and forest fires, and such!

I'm watching Season 2...I totally missed Season 1!

caninecologne said...

hi c- it's me again and with the correct avatar - (love bert's funny picture - he combed his hair into a bowl and put on some funny looking sunglasses).

omfg - season 2! i just watched episode 11 - eric is so hot!!!! way hotter than...dare i say, edward cullen? wut wut? ha ha.

but seriously, the man is gorgeous beyond words - 6'4" of delicious Swedish Viking hawtness...every line he utters on that show is sultry and evil...his smoldering smirks...woo...let me fan myself here.

plus, skarsgard in season 2 has better hair. if you saw the first episode of season 2, you already know why. anyhow, dont' want to bore your readers about my latest man crush...

only one more episode of true blood left.

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Karen MEG said...

I've got holes in my teeth, this was such a sweet post :).

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