Crazy people, that’s who.
I was lamenting missing London and English treats and lo and behold, Sean from Sean’s Adventures in Flavortown came to my rescue by suggesting I check out The Candy Aisle on Robson Street the next time I was downtown. So I did just that and I hit paydirt!
They have so much stuff! Penny candy, novelty candy, imports, every flavour of jellybellies known to man and stuff I haven’t seen since I was a little kid!
The first indication that I was in heaven was finding Baby Ruths (which are available in Canada but you have to hunt for them), a reminder from my high school days when we would get cheap gas in the States at Point Roberts or Blaine and stock up on US candy bars. I bought one (just one! restraint!)
And then… the elusive coconut M&M! I have only ever seen these once before, in Las Vegas at the M&M store. And I have been to that store several times since, looking for them only to be thwarted… well take THAT Las Vegas. Ha!
And then I found all the English candy and sweets, including Galaxy Minstrels. Ooooo but I love these little chocolate candy coated buttons! They had so many of my favourites that it was hard to choose and I was on a budget. I literally felt like a little kid clutching their allowance, not knowing what to pick!
But then it didn’t matter because I spotted them… my all time favourite chocolate bar…
Orange Aero Bars!!!! The wrapper says “New” but that is just a marketing ploy. Trust me, these babies have been around since I was a kid. My English relatives have been sending me parcels of these for decades. That’s right… decades! On rare occasions, they will be released as a special edition in Canada and back in my retail days when I did candy purchasing, I have been known to purchase them by the case and store them in my freezer! (addicted much??)
I quizzed the man behind the counter as to whether or not they carried them all the time and he sadly informed me that no, they didn’t – only when they were able to get their hands on them. Don’t worry, I will be haunting them!! And for now, I have two large family bars in my freezer being portioned out in individual squares. The should last me a month or so…
So big thanks to Sean for making my YEAR! (I know… that’s sad. It’s chocolate.) I haven’t had one of these in almost 4 years!