Jolly Rancher Stix
Growing up in Litchfield we had a small store just down the camp road from my house. It was called Whip-Poor-Will Variety because it was on the Whip-Poor-Will Road. The owner Roger, was a great guy, and would let us rent movies for free as kids. The store was very small but he had the essentials; gas, milk, bread, soda, beer, chips, candy, and even a kitchen that made delicious pizza and italian sandwiches.
One of the best things he sold was the 10 cent Jolly Rancher Stix candy. Jolly Ranchers are still around but the stix candy isn’t which is sad. The stix was about 6 inches long, 1 inch wide, and like an eighth of an inch thick. Similar to that of today’s Airhead.
Roger carried six to eight flavors: apple, grape, cherry, watermelon, fire, strawberry, and punch to name a few. I can also recall lemonade and pink lemonade but Roger never carried those.
The stix was great because it lasted such a long time there was just something about biting a hunk off and pulling the wrapper back up to put it in your pocket.
Currently they come in little inch long rectangular pieces and the flavors are primarily blue raspberry, apple, watermelon, grape, and lemon. Yes they offer other flavors in specialty bags I don’t see those flavors in stores.
There was something special about the classic stix that I miss and the current batch of Jolly Ranchers just aren’t the same.
For those wondering what an italian sandwich it’s called a sub or a grinder elsewhere, but trust they are not the same.