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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sweet Memories


Theme Thursday - Candy

How well I remember Saturday outings to the California Theater on Mendocino Avenue. Once inside the doors, my first stop in the small lobby was the well-stocked snack bar.  My order was almost always the same: a box of Good and Plenty, please. This winning combination of chewy mouth-watering licorice enclosed in a crunchy sugar coating was my idea of sweet perfection.

The Cal, as the theater was affectionately known, has been gone for years, torn down in the name of progress to make way for Macy's.  Decidedly different from today's monstrous cinemas, there was only one theater and one main feature.  We'd patiently sit through the cartoon, newsreel, and often a serial (Hello, Zorro!) before eagerly viewing the movie we shelled out our coins to see. I vaguely remember double features, such a bargain. Kids really could spend all day at the movies.


One Good and Plenty box would be consumed before the cartoon was finished, so I would often find myself returning to the snack bar for more treats. Charms lollipops, buttered popcorn, and cinnamon flavored Hot Tamales were all high on my list; but my junk food highlight was always found in that festive little box of pink and white licorice gold.

8 comments:

  1. sweet indeed,
    I like reading you.

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  2. yum. have eaten my fair share of good n plentys and hot tamales...going to the movies was so much fun as a kid...happy tt!

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  3. Ymmmm, nothing like movie and sweets. Good write. :)

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  4. yum...I haven't thought of hot tamales in years! Don't you love how certain foods bring back memories!

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  5. Saturday at the movies were the best. And Good n Plenty were my favorite treat to get. That and Jordan Almonds.

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  6. Oh dear, Jan! I does not like licorice. But I will happily give to you all that I ever get. ;o)

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  7. Ever the pracmatic Aussies we call them 'Bullets' I don't mind them but no self respecting Australian would watch a movie in the 60's without rolling "Jaffas" down the aisle, chocolate balls coated in orange flavoured candy Rarely eaten, always rolled. What happened to the double feature?

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  8. Do you remember Jujubes? Those were my favorites. I can still taste them.

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