The first official Candy Yum Yum! poll has closed and the results are in. Your favorite childhood summer candy is: PIXY STIX! Yay! They beat out wax bottles by one vote. So I declare today the official Candy Yum Yum Pixy Stix Day.
On the other end of the spectrum, no one voted for the lowly Circus Peanut. I feel like I need to give comfort to this misunderstood candy. I thought about writing a poem, but my creativity has been inhibited by too much wine last night and not enough sleep. Since I'm pretty up on my children's literature, though, I've decided to write a story. Envision this as a board book, with bright pictures.
Who Will Share My Circus Peanuts?
Lucky Henri! He has a bag of Circus Peanuts.
Henri is a good boy, so he wants to share his candy with someone.
"Daddy, do you want a Circus Peanut?"
"No way!" says Daddy. "I hate those things!"
"Mommy, do you want a Circus Peanut?"
"No thank you, Henri. I'm busy eating this Goldenberg's Peanut Chew."
"Who will share my Circus Peanuts?"
"Well," thought Henri. "It is shaped like a peanut. Maybe Mr. Elephant would like one."
"Mr. Elephant, would you like a Circus Peanut?"
"Why sure, little Henri, I'll try one. Yuck! These taste like banana. I don't like banana. Why don't you give one to Mr. Monkey."
"Mr. Monkey, would you like a Circus Peanut?"
"I'll try one, Little Henri. Yuck! These are chewy! I don't like chewy!"
"Who will share my Circus Peanuts?" cried Henri. And then he had an idea.
"Grandma, will you share my Circus Peanuts?"
"Of course, Little Henri. They're my favorite!"
And so Grandma and Henri sat on the porch and shared a bag of Circus Peanuts.