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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 12, 2005 / 5 Taamuz, 5765

Years later, candy's still dandy

By Lenore Skenazy

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let's think about something happy for a change. Let's think about Lick-A-Maid.

And Smarties. And candy necklaces. And how about those tiny wax soda bottles? You'd bite the top off and go wild — or as wild as you could get drinking half a teaspoon of colored sugar water. Still, that sip was as intoxicating as champagne.

In the past two weeks that my son has become addicted to Bubble Tape, I have been thinking about how 40 summers from now someone will hand him a foot of sour apple Bubble Tape and he'll be instantly transported back to the summer when he was 7. Just like one whiff of wax lips takes me back.

Wax lips. My 10-year-old sister would buy them at the little store we went to on summer vacation and I, five years younger, would marvel at her gourmet sophistication.

Why, she was spending her money on a candy you couldn't even SWALLOW! It was like she was a wine taster or something: she'd chew the wax till it lost its taste, then spit it out as I watched, awestruck. Me, I was just a piker with Pixie Stix — straws filled with tasty sugar you'd pour on your tongue until the straw got so soggy no more would pour out. Of course, by that time your tongue was raw as sandpaper, so who cared?

Memories like these are why nostalgia candy is becoming big business, says Susan Fussell, spokeswoman at the National Confectioners Association. More and more specialty stores and Web sites are popping up to cater to boomers eager for a cheap and tasty trip to the past. Some customers buy the candy for reunions. Others use it as a way to broach the olden days without boring their kids. What child is going to refuse a bubble gum cigar? Or even, politically incorrect though it is, a candy cigarette?

"Our biggest seller on the Internet is candy cigarettes," says Terry Dandrea, part owner of blaircandy.com. "Only they don't call them cigarettes on the box. They say, 'Candy Sticks.' "

Why are they so popular?

"It's not something you're going to find at Wal-Mart," he says.

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It's not something you'd WANT to find, says Jerry Cohen, owner of Economy Candy on the lower East Side. This is the granddaddy of nostalgia candy stores simply because it never stopped selling the delights it sold when it opened in 1937. "I used to use candy cigarettes to draw on the sidewalk," Cohen recalls. Certainly beat eating them.

He has much fonder memories of the jawbreakers and Mary Janes of his youth. And especially of the Lick-A-Maid: "We had filthy hands, but we would put our finger in there. We all grew up normal, nothing ever happened to us."

And that is pretty much the big lesson everyone stumbles upon as they review their candy pasts: Turkish Taffy never DID take out a filling. Frozen Charleston Chews never quite broke anyone's jaw. Swallowing a whole handful of Gold Rocks Nugget chewing gum didn't result in a single recorded fatality.

So if you're feeling a little down or insecure, the way many of us are at present, maybe it's time for a faith-affirming spearmint leaf or candy button (paper included). Or even a few inches of Bubble Tape shared with someone you love.

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