Monday, August 31, 2009
Kits and BB Bats: A Fond Farewell
I've been busy working on my ABC paintings of candy and for a while, I was just bopping around the entire alphabet, doing whichever letter suited me at the time. But now I'm getting down to the dregs ... the letters that are giving me somewhat of a challenge.
I've been contemplating "K" for the past few weeks and was trying to decide between Kit Kats or Kits-- those little wax-wrapped squares of taffy. (I've wanted to stay away from name brand candies if at all possible, but in this case, I've been coming up empty handed.) I realized that I didn't know who made Kits, so I set out to do some research.
To make a long story short, I found out that the original creator was Gilliam-- yep, the same company that makes the candy sticks that I just wrote about last week. Then today, Candy Blog had a post about the history of Kits (and the related BB Bats), and sadly, the news is that they're being discontinued.
How can this happen? Kits and BB Bats are iconic American candies. In fact, it was just last summer when I met someone at a party and we had a whole discussion over BB Bats and their pronounciation. She contacted me last week to say she had found some at Cracker Barrel.
It's been a long, long time since I've had Kits or BB Bats, and who knows if I'd even like them at this point in my life, but it's just wrong that they won't be around anymore. This makes me realize how the Kiwis felt when their beloved Snifters were rumored to have been discontinued. (Speaking of which, whatever happened with that?)
Well, now with this news, I definitely have to do "K is for Kits." Anyone have a suggestion for X?