I thought it was just me. In the couple of weeks before Hallowe'en I was looking for a sentimental favourite in the bags-o-candy section of the bigscarymegamart. Yes, I was looking for molasses toffees.
The little molasses toffees, in orange, yellow and black wrappers were a mainstay of Canadian Hallowe'ens (much like UNICEF boxes). The candies had a distinctive, smoky flavour. But gawd, they were sticky. I mean really sticky. Kids with fillings ran the risk of losing their dental work, children with a wiggly tooth or two would be a quarter richer because those loose teeth would miraculously fall out. The longer you waited to eat the candy, the harder they would get.
There was something reassuring seeing those toffees in the stores. Regardless of the numbers of new and funky candies, chips, or (heaven forbid) chococovered raisins, these Halloween Kisses meant that things were right in the Hallowe'eny world.
But this year they (like UNICEF boxes) did not appear in stores. According to Cadbury Schweppes, the makers of Allan Candy Molasses Kisses, these candies are passe. Production stopped in Sept 2005.
I wonder how many signatures we'll need to get them back into production...
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