Many years ago, (oh, maybe 25 years or so) I faked a sore throat in the middle of the drugstore. I faked the sore throat in hopes that my mother would buy me a tin of Sucrets. I wanted the tin. I have always liked tiny containers and “Mindy at age 10” thought that a tin of perfectly round, cherry-red, powdered lozenges (all individually wrapped and lined up so neatly inside of its tin!) was better than a Hershey bar.
I had tasted a Sucrets before and that didn’t deter my desire for a tin of lozenge. They were kind of delicious. More like, “awesome.” Was I weird? I mean, not in general but in regards to the cough drops? For some reason, my mother believed my tale of throat pain and bought the Sucrets.
In the course of the next hour or so, I surreptitiously unwrapped lozenge after lozenge and ultimately ended up with an awful tummy ache and lost all feeling in my tongue.
I have never been able to eat a cherry lozenge, without cringing, since then.
I tried the wild cherry candy, last night, after all. I spit it out in minutes. It was delicious I am sure (?), but memories are powerful things and mine overpowered the present.
They sure make for a pretty picture though!
What foods trigger bad memories for you?