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I’ve had more than my fair share of cavities. Let’s be honest. I’ve had teeth pulled, capped, rooted, filled, braced and retained. There’s not much that hasn’t been done to my teeth (or still needs to be done – anyone doing volunteer root canals?), and I’ve pretty much chalked it up to my love of sugar.
I think of my college roommate Ryan Swain, now a dentist in Rochester, and I know that he is shaking his head in disappointment.
You may notice the lack of chocolate candy on my list, but I’m just not a big chocolate fan. I like it, but not as much as the fruity, chewy, pull the teeth from your mouth variety. I have no idea where this sweet tooth came from, but the following are my top ten favorite kinds of candy:
10) Gigantic Jawbreakers – there were many different types of candy vying for this tenth spot, I’ll be honest. And I’ll also tell you that Gigantic Jawbreakers are not my personal favorite . . . but when I was young my even younger sister got one of these stuck in her mouth, and ever since then I’ve had a special place in my heart for them (sorry, Shar, if this happened again, now that we’re older, I wouldn’t just put my hand over my mouth and point . . . and laugh . . . – I’d try to help remove it)
9) Pop Rocks – I still remember the first time I tried these, at a roller skating rink when I was about 10, and the explosions they made in my mouth had me hooked, if not for their flavor then their similarity to firecrackers
8) Sour Patch Kids – I also remember the first time I tried Sour Patch Kids: the sourness caused my whole mouth to suck in on itself until I looked like one of the Dementors from Harry Potter. It was awesome.
7) Blow Pops – these came into our previous discussion regarding top ten types of bubblegum: Candy? Good. Gum? Good. Blow Pops? Good.
6) Nerds – who named these, and what were they thinking? Somehow this candy overcame one of the dumbest names of all time, of any product, to make my candy hall of fame. I have an aunt that eats these one at a time . . . and she’s a psychoanalyst . . . I wonder what this tells her about herself? If you’re brave enough Aunt K, go ahead and comment below and let us in on your mania.
5) Sweet Tarts – one of my old stand-by favorites. Once I open the pack I cannot rest until I have devoured each and every piece.
4) Skittles – when Maile and I went on our honeymoon we had a long drive to make, something in the realm of 14 hours, and on the trip we would eat Skittles without looking at them and try to guess the flavor. I think we got through 8 or 9 packs. To this day Maile will not eat Skittles. The fact that this excess had no negative impact on my sweet tooth, or my desire for Skittles, will tell you a lot about the depraved level to which I have fallen.
3) Swedish Fish – so many varieties: small, large, grape, orange, lemon, cherry . . . but in junior high I would go to the soccer games and buy the small versions at the snack shop for one penny each. Do I sound like a grandfather?
2) Sour Skittles – these would have made number one except recently I ate an entire pack on a long drive and sort of burnt my tongue on the sourness.
1) Now N Laters – as I look over the rankings I’m beginning to realize that the higher the ranking the more detrimental that particular candy is to tooth structure. Now N Laters personally sucked at least 2 fillings from my teeth at various points in my life. Because of this I boycotted them for about ten years. But I’ve returned to eating them recently, and they’re better than ever.
So what did I miss?