He held out a large box of candy..."Aren't they good?" The Whangdoodle munched one happily. "This is my favourite kind. I have a very sweet tooth you know. Would you like to see it?..."It's this one here", he said, indicating it with his tongue. "See the little daisy on it?"Apparently, there's a movie of the book but I have never sought it out, preferring the fantastical images I have in my mind. However, I can just imagine Terri illustrating the Whangdoodles sweet tooth!
I received The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles as a gift for my 9th birthday from family friends who had immigrated to New Zealand from America. I vividly recall when their grandmother came to visit bearing gifts including American candy - cinnamon flavoured chewing gum; bright pink Hubba Bubba and cute Pez dispensers and lozenges seemed very exotic to a young child in small town New Zealand.
Growing up, sweets (or "lollies" in kiwispeak) were special treats. These are same random memories:
- sucking on homemade hard toffee watching fireworks on Guy Fawkes nights;
- making home made honeycomb when I was babysitting - watching the golden syrup foam up when you add the baking soda;
- going to the movies with 10 cents in my beaded purse - enough for a packet of slightly effervescent Fruit Tingles and a popsicle. I like Fruit Tingles better than Sparkles boiled lollies;
- chocolate fish, musk sticks and big bags of pink smokers;
- trying to avoid getting any Harrogate flavoured Mackintosh toffees in Christmas lolly scrambles;
- going to Jesus Christ Superstar as a ten year old at Her Majesty's Theatre on Queen St in Auckland and sharing an enormous bag of chewy Milkshakes (Her Majesty's was a Victorian-era venue demolished when I was at university);
- working as an usherette (my parents ran the local cinema) and intervening in Jaffa and Snifter fights; and
- reading American books and not being completely sure what M&Ms and Mars bars are.
What sweets do you recall from your childhood?