Snacks that Bring Back Childhood Memories
One of the best feelings in the world comes with remembering the good old days. It’s when we relieve memories of our childhood. Like that of the summer we discovered the joys of catching salagubang and how, in that same year, we also learned to climb trees and pick aratilis. That time we actually anticipated family outings and reunions, because it usually meant going to the beach. That time we played all day under the scorching heat of the sun, giving us deep tans that some of us have carried and embraced well into adulthood. That time we actually dreaded going to school, and perpetually prayed for a longer recess period. That feeling we get while opening our lunch box–the sheer anticipation that comes with finding out which treat Mom has included in our loot.
Speaking of baon, PawnHero takes you to a trip down memory lane by listing some snacks that bring back our fondest childhood memories:
White Rabbit (Original)
Iced Gem Biscuits
Captain Sid Butong Pakwan/ Dragon Sid
What it is: Dried watermelon and squash seeds, respectively.
Why we love it: Popping the shells open were such great boredom busters. For those of us who don’t know how to crack it open, sucking the flavor out of the seeds would suffice.
What it is: Fruit-flavored candy that looks like a pacifier.
Why we love it: Though the candy detaches from the ring just before you pop it into your mouth, it’s still useful when we want to pretend we’re infants.
What it is: A tube-shaped lollipop with a hole on top, which you can blow like a whistle.
Why we love it: It has a pull-out stick that looks like a flute. It even comes with a song sheet. No pleasant sound can ever be made, but we like to pretend we’re some music whiz anyway.
What it is: Disc-shaped candies made from the fruit of Chinese Hawthorn. It was originally a sort of Chinese traditional medicine, used to deworm little kids.
Why we like it: Well, we played pretend communion with it, occasionally changing the words to suit our childish (blasphemous) humor. i.e. “Katawan ni Kiko?” “Macho”
Nata de Coco
Sunshine Green Peas
LALA Milky Chocolate
Mysterious Cherry Gum Balls
What it is: Little cherry-flavored gum.
Why we love it: It cost merely 25 cents per piece, plus, it colors the mouth and lets us pretend we have lipstick on.
As much as we’d like to travel in time and go back the time when the most difficult decision we had to make was to choose between two animated series, it is just not possible. We are left with no choice but stay here, in this time, where we have to hustle each day to be able to pay the bills.
Those days of pure whim and happiness may be over, but we can always make the most of what we have now. As novelist Tom Robbins puts it, “It is never too late to have a happy childhood.” Make the child in you happy. Go to a theme park or the zoo. Go eat some ice cream in a playground. Swim in a giant ball pit.
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