I didn’t have many opportunities to shop while I was in New York, but I did manage to visit a few local shops to pick up some all-American sweets for our non-American friends.
This time, I found little “bouquets” of Tootsie Roll Pops, as well as Marshmallow Peeps — a traditional Easter-time goodie. They’re called “Peeps” because the first ones produced in the 1950s were little chicks made out of marshmallow. In 1980, the Marshmallow Peeps bunny was introduced. The original Peeps came in pink, white, or yellow. Lavender Peeps appeared in 1995 and blue ones in 1998.
I found a gourmet version at It’Sugar (click here to see the store); yellow chicks dipped in chocolate (three to a pack and not cheap — pun intended). I also bought pink and yellow Bunny Peeps.
I learned from my mother’s friends about Tootsie Pop miniatures. Sheila had some at her house from Halloween; and Rosalie told me they were the perfect size to double as Q-tips (cotton swabs). The next time she came for a visit, she brought me a bag. They’re cute. But not only couldn’t they satisfy a sweet tooth, they couldn’t even fill a cavity.
|“PEEPS” — BUNNIES AND CHOCOLATE-DIPPED CHICKS.
TOOTSIE ROLL POPS IN BUNCHES AND MINI TOOTSIE ROLL POPS.
|MY BOYS LOVED THEIR MINI LOLLIPOP,
OF COURSE, I’D ONLY LET THEM SNIFF.
THEY DIDN’T EVEN TRY TO LICK IT.
Dedicated to My Boy Lollipop… (and Dudo and Moose, too).