July 12, 2006

The cent that went a long way

You all know that I spend precious little time with my son - what with work and all. So we try to maximize our time together.

This weekend, we are going on a road trip, just me and him, to visit friends in Philadelphia. So - any bloggers out there in Philly who want to hook up! Give me a holler!

This past weekend, I took my boy to a penny candy shop. Just minutes from our home. A genuine, real deal, penny candy shop. It has been open for more than 70 years and is completely the same as it was 70 years ago. And - wait for it - the candy costs a penny!!!!!!! That's right folks, one cent. Click here and see a video link for Baldingers.

Sure there are other candies there that cost more, 5 cents, 10 cents, 15 cents, 25 cents and more, but there is an entire table of penny candies that still cost a penny.

So, in we walk. I was in search of a non-candy seasoning item and the boy was in search of a bucket!

He amazes me for a three year old. You would think that he would just start grabbing everything - but he doesn't. He is very discriminating. He fills his bucket with only the things he likes and a couple "extras" for mommy and daddy. He only takes one or two pieces of the candy he likes and then he is ready to check out.

His bill? $3.00. My bill? $25.00 Now, granted I did get many things that were not candy and were quite pricey, but I also got some favorite candies as well. Butterscotch Buttons, Brach's Nougat Chews, and Charleston Chews to be precise.

So, if ever ya'll are headed my way, I'll take you to the candy store down the road for a real treat!

Posted by Oddybobo at July 12, 2006 10:27 AM | TrackBack

How Sweet!

When I was in Germany, I used to take walks. The forest was all around, obviously- but the amazing thing was- in the middle of the forest, there would be a playground. It just appeared.
My favorite was a little candy shop- a small stand-alone thing in the middle of nowhere. Ahhh how I loved it!

Posted by: Rave at July 12, 2006 10:53 AM

Mmmmmm candy... :)

Posted by: Richmond at July 12, 2006 11:10 AM

Charleston Chews, Yummmm. I don't like the little ones they are packaging these days though. Not quite the same. The other is Goetze's Caramel Creams. Aren't you lucky to have a penny candy store right around the corner?

Posted by: Tink at July 12, 2006 11:14 AM

How cool! Sounds like a great time and that your boy is very sharp.

Posted by: vw bug at July 12, 2006 01:48 PM

Sounds like my kind of place! I like those peanutty chick-o-sticks, myself.

BTW, nice to visit your blog again, Oddy. Your lil' boy is getting so big! Time flies! I'm back to posting, too. (I used to be ManicViking--long story.)

Posted by: Sir Ian Cognito at July 12, 2006 09:42 PM

Last time I saw penny candy was in the 80's. One local drug store had tiny 1-cent Tootsie rolls.

Posted by: Harvey at July 25, 2006 09:58 AM