Fridays here at "Into the Fire" are for favorites. I’ll share mine — what they are and why they get that special "faves" status — and I’m hoping you’ll share yours as well. We’ll talk about food, music, art, books, causes, animals, Bible stories and clothes, among other things. (That’s two months of Fridays right there, this may take awhile!) Today, on this inaugural Friday, I’d like to share my favorite candy.
Is it weird for a spirituality blog to talk about candy? Well yes … and no. Yes, at first glance it might seem so, but while we’re trying to get to know each other here, think of it as small talk, a warm-up round, if you will. But really, I think you can tell a lot about a person by what their favorite candy is. Now me, I’ve always loved sweet things. I check the dessert menu first, still eat the occasional Twinkie, you get the picture. For this Friday Fave I’m going to count only NON-candy-bar candy. We’ll talk about candy bars another week — after all, candy bars are a whole other universe.
My all-time favorite candy status goes to Junior Mints. They melt in your mouth. You get chocolate AND mint. You can share them (if you want) or mooch them if you didn’t buy your own. ‘Cause really, what kind of friend won’t give you at least one when they’ve got a whole box? And the second runner up has got to be Sugar Babies. I remember walking into the store as a really little kid with my pocket bulging with all the change I could scrounge to hit the candy counter, and my first pick would be Sugar Babies. I lost at least one filling to those caramel beads of heaven.
So what about you? What candy would you spend your last dollar (or 75 cents) on? Any favorite memories that go with ‘em? Were you an Airheads kid? Did you pour Pixy Stix in your Coke? Are Skittles your sugar-high source? Let us know. And if you have suggestions for Friday Faves topics, send ‘em in. TGIF!
Bradbury-Haehl is former program specialist for youth and young-adult ministry of the Diocese of Rochester.