It was so exciting to have a nickel in one's hand and head for the candy counter of a neighborhood store. Selecting the candies to be put into a brown paper bag was serious business. It took a lot of concentration.
My absolute favorites were rectangular shaped chewing confections called "Squirrel Nuts." They came wrapped in waxed paper that had, sure enough, a picture of a little squirrel on the front.
They had little chunks of nuts in them and were so sticky, sometimes we couldn't even open our mouths when they were melting inside. They were almost guaranteed to pry up tooth fillings.
We used to walk to a neighborhood store called "Johnny Gorman's" to buy penny candy. Excursions there were pretty doggone exciting.
Johnny Gorman's is long gone now and childhood days seem like eons ago. But man, the thought of eating a Squirrel Nut again is pleasant to contemplate.
By the way, the penny candy displays shown in this post came from the Berkshire Mountain Country Store in Western Massachusetts.
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