When I was a kid, I don't remember really having "snacks" like we do nowadays. You ate three times a day and if you were lucky, you might get a bowl of ice cream before bed. Reaching back in the dusty archives of my memory, I do remember a few special treats we cherished as kids.
10.. The aforementioned ice cream before bedtime, usually neopolitan or chocolate. If Granny was treating you, it might be black walnut or butter pecan ice cream if she could procure some.
The exception to this was if you were sick. If we suffered a childhood malady, Dad would stop at this certain store (I don't remember what kind it was) and bring home sherbet. Sherbet was considered a better alternative to ice cream if a child was running a temp. Usually, it was orange sherbet but I do remember a happy exception: pineapple sherbet the time I had the mumps.
9. Once in awhile, we had Jiffy Pop popcorn.
8. Sometimes Granny would give us change out of her change purse and we would walk 3 blocks to the market and get an assortment of penny candy.
I saw an assortment of penny candies at Woolworth's in Branson, MO, similar to what we used to pick up as kids. However, there were no candy cigarettes which was my brother's favorite!
Speaking of candy, here's a quick list of the ones we enjoyed when I grew up (all heavily influenced by granny because she is the one who purchased most of it):
7. Circus Peanuts
6. Orange Slices
5. Root Beer barrels
4. Spearmint leaves
2. Brach's mix (an assortment of candies you could buy by the pound)
1. However the main treat I remember as a child growing up was homemade Chef Boy Ar Dee pizza and Pepsi. The pizza was made on a Saturday night (by my dad) and we consumed it by sitting around the black and white T.V. watching Perry Mason and swigging Pepsi from a glass bottle. We bought an 8 pack of 16 oz. bottles of Pepsi once a week and all of us had to share it. (Or was it a 10 pack?) Once the bottles were empty, no more soda until next grocery day.
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 5.) Write a list of your 10 favorite snacks growing up, and just because I like traveling down memory lane. What was your favorite snack? Share in the comments or link up at Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.