Looking back on it… there was a lot of candy with the word pop in it. Probably because they were essentially lollipops, but it could also be because they were all owned by the same company: Topps. They all came in fun flavors and colors that never failed to turn your tongue a cool color.
Overall, these candies were more of a rare novelty for me, and whenever I did get to eat them, I couldn’t ever finish them because I thought they were too sugary. What a lame child I was.
A Ring Pop was awesome because it served dual purpose of a candy and an accessory. It was the closest thing to “bling” we could ever own as a children. Unlike a lollipop which can’t be put down, you had a place to keep it other than in your mouth– on your finger! Plus once you were done, you were left with the plastic ring as a sort of useless prize. I always felt that throwing it away was such a waste though, because I felt like there was so much potential in that one little band of plastic.
Push Pops were cool because you could save them for later. However, getting your finger all sticky and gross was not cool. Basically sticking your finger in a tube to push up slobbered on candy is never a good idea. The design was creative though, and most little kids don’t mind getting sticky. They have always reminded me of lipstick. The best part by far was seeing how sharp and pointy you could get them, and then challenging others to a Push Pop dual. As a funny side note, if you go to the Push Pop website, they have a whole section on nutrition. Like candy could ever be nutritious…
I never understood why anyone would find pretending to be a baby attractive, but none the less it worked. They had a great catchy jingle that I heard hundreds of times on the tremendously annoying commercials. The Jonas Brothers have recently ‘teamed up’ with this product and added some boy band excitement to the jingle. Personally “Lick it, shake it, and dunk it” is a bit too provocative for my taste. The good thing about this candy was that you could save it for later AND your fingers wouldn’t get gross.
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