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Soda Fountain and Chocolates

Yetter’s in Millvale, PASaturday morning.

 I wanted my grandchildren to see an old time soda fountain. It was too early for ice cream so we bought some things to-go, for later after the Children’s Museum-snacks,  bottles of water, chocolate coins and some sour patch kids from the candy selection. 

We will return for ice cream before they head home. 




Molasses Swamp Switched for Chocolate Swamp?

I like molasses. Granted it’s been a few years since I’ve played CANDY LAND, but I missed the old Molasses Swamp. You get mired in a Chocolate Swamp these days.  I read it was changed because today’s children don’t know what molasses is!

Molasses makes me think of cookies.  Here’s a recipe (use butter instead of shortening) for Cookies-Molasses Crinkles. My mother baked them for years.

And yes the Candy Land artwork is different on the board. There’s a lot more “stuff” and it looks a bit clown-like now. I miss the ice cream floats. You still advance on the board by drawing a card with a colored square (or two) and moving your gingerbread piece to the matching color.  The plastic gingerbread game pieces look like they are dancing nowadays.  The classic candy Valentine conversation hearts bit the dust, too. 

The board game is 67 years old, says it was created by Eleanor  Abbott, a polio victim herself. Children in the hospital wards, afflicted with the disease, played her original game. Milton Bradley manufactured the first game in 1949 but now the brand is Hasbro. 

My granddaughter Maura brought it to my house while she’s visiting. We played it a lot.

When I played with Anna (almost 13)she had the original version as an anniversary edition in a tin.  

Another opportunity for me to feel antique and reflect how everything changes. Rapidly. 


I went and got out the jar of molasses out of the pantry. An old grandma on the label. Guess it is old fashioned. 

Where did Grandma Nutt come from? 


If you go to the wiki link above you can see the image of the original board. 


California Mandarins are Controversial

Recently a friend at my dinner table admired the centerpiece of bright orange fruit.

So refreshing in the middle of winter.

Easy to peel. A burst of taste on the tongue. Seedless, too. MMmmm.


But did I know that certain brands are irrigated with wastewater from oil production? she asked.

Was my brand the contaminated brand?

I’ve been thinking about these concerns as I admire the pretty orbs. Looking at the little stickers on the peels. Reading the minimal print on the package. Wondering.

There are stacks of boxes of these mandarins at the markets. Piles and piles of bags of this particular produce.

Thinking I was getting some vitamin C.

Yikes

 *Stanford weighs in on mandarins- link

 

I put them in pretty Spode bowls.

*Here’s what fact checking Snopes Report oh my Quarreling Clementine says


I worry about food safety.

*There’s been a bill proposed to require labeling

*Labels may be required on produce irrigated with refinery wastewater 
*There was an intense marketing campaign to get kids to swap candy for this particular fruit.Swapping Sweets for Fruit

Perhaps you knew all this already.

I did not.

Growers say the are not genetically modified.

*Four links in blue above -covering the controversies.

I read one about California beekeepers being upset, too.

Thanks R for inspiring this post!


Be My Valentine Gallery 

But first- Who is working quality control at the candy heart message factory?

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and Be My Valentine Gallery – Hearts around the house

Red Cupid photos courtesy of my friend Joanne (wood cut creations by Sue John’s husband)

  Candy from my sister. Sweet!
  Tray of raspeberry jam hearts at Colangelo’s bakery in the strip

  And the one I brought home with me to devour!
 

 

 


Treat: Weekly Photo Challenge

Sweet.  A fun challenge to respond to this week.  Treat.

Jen H says “Treats and indulgences can take many forms. Share yours with us!”

Here’s a gallery from our recent trip.

Vincek Cakes

Frozen Wind/Icy Wind on the left (and a  recipe for icy wind cake I found for it online)

Vincek Ledeni vjetar (left)and on the right Vincek Boem šnita

from Vincek Bakery in Zagreb Croatia 21959096210_5936ff047f_k

Matthew saw the cake we ordered and said, “Ahhh famous frozen wind cake”  Icy wind came up as the recipe but we liked the sound of his calling it Frozen Wind.  It was delicious.

candy window in Salzburg

Two Windows in Salzburg- same store

gummi treats

morning treat

Morning treat

tea and apple studel

Tea and Apple Strudel on the Sound of Music bus tour.  Notice there are two in a paper for “takeaway”

with nuts

 

salzburg nockerl

You saw the Salzburg Nockerl on a recent post

Perhaps chocolates are your treat  -another window in Salzburg

chocolates

or perhaps you prefer something salty

pretzels in SalzburgSalzburg


I’m not saying “eat them”

-just sharing what products caught my eye on Columbus shelves when Laura and I were out for the afternoon.

A conglomeration of color and taste.

I recommend the sriracha movie my son showed me.

  

this is beer

 


Does One Eat the Pawns You Capture?

Or is it good for several games?

Saw this chocolate board and chessmen when I visited NYC – Spring Break.

If you want one, they will make it for you, fresh!

Li-Lac Chocolates Window                       They bill themselves Manhattan’s Oldest Chocolate House”

8th Avenue at Jane Street, Greenwich Village

Chocolate Chess SetOops you can see my reflection, too.


Miniature Dog and Boy Amid Jelly Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amid, Amidst, AmongWriting Tips Blog describes the difference of these three words.

You decide if I made the right choice- amid.  Amidst is outdated but I chose that first.  Then I wondered if I chose correctly.

The more I thought about the choice, the more confused I became.  But we are among friends.

mini dog and jelly beans

Where did that boy go?

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“There he is. Is he going to throw that stick, or what?  I’ll fetch it.”

IMG_4919[1]A washcloth and some multicolored jelly beans. Miniature train people.   Taken with a Canon Power Shot at school.

Photographer Christopher Boffoli has the best use of the miniatures I’ve seen.  He’s created a  book Big Appetites.

Creative and humorous, his work cheers me.  Makes me laugh.

 


Chocolate Covered Bacon

I happened to be at the Milk Shake Factory on Carson Street last Wednesday.  Did I mention that they have Happy Hour and all Milkshakes are half off fro 4-6 PM?  You might remember the post I did of the place.

It’s right down the street from the Post Office where I had to mail a couple of packages.

Anyway, the chocolate covered bacon,  by Edward Marc Chocolatier, was looking at me.

There are eyes on it, aren’t there?

Once my friend  R brought some over to the house but I can’t remember how it tasted except I know how bacon tastes and I know how chocolate tastes but can’t remember the combo.

Didin’t buy any , just got a half price milkshake, but caught a shot of it with the phone and wondered who got the idea to dip bacon in chocolate.

 

chocolate covered bacon

 

 

There are recipes for chocolate covered bacon all over the internet ( I just checked) and it says that it is a popular dish at state fairs.

 


Guess How Many Jelly Beans in a Glass Quart Jar

I counted them.

One person guessed just two under the exact total.  The jar was theirs.   If you guess without going over,  I’ll send  Jelly Beans to the one closest.  I think you could google the question but that wouldn’t be fun.  The contents are the tiny jelly beans.

Lots of people don’t even like to eat them but they’re colorful and at this time of year, plentiful. There are all sorts of flavors, too    Not just the fruit, spice or pectin.  Did you ever put one in your mouth and guess what color it was?

Scroll down to see a simple jelly bean art design I made to photograph.

All things Jelly Bean  today is inspired by fellow blogger Inside the MInd of Isadora and her post  Create More Love where she showed a Kina Grannis music video with Jelly Bean Stop Action for the entire video using 288,000 jelly beans. And if you want to know more about the History of the Jelly Bean click here

Jar of Jellybeans

And if that isn’t enough, head on over to the Jelly Belly Art Gallery and see Mona Lisa or the Girl With the Pearl Earring or Marilyn Monroe or Elvis created entirely wtth-   you guessed it- JELLY BEANS.  Did you know there was Jelly Bean Art before today?  I just found out last week.

jelly bean art

I’ll post the number of Jelly Beans in tomorrow’s post.

We’ll see who comes closest without going over the number!