Easter Candy

Ooops! I sort of had a little blog break there, but to tell you the truth, there’s not much going on around here. Winter will. not. die. and I spend my days holed up sewing yoyos when I’m not at work.

I did manage to order a little Easter candy for MeMum. She saw an ad in her Martha Stewart magazine and mentioned to me several times how much she loved these toy candies when she was a little girl.

Thimbleanna:Easter Candy

Do any of you remember these little candies? The ones I remember were Christmas figures and even when I was a little girl, they were considered old-fashioned candies. They were definitely from MeMum’s era and before.

Thimbleanna:Easter Candy

If I had it to do over again, I would order differently. The candies above are so tiny, they’re hardly worth it. (I placed the thimble in the picture for reference.) And the bunny below is just too big. They do have mid-sized candies and that’s what I would order next time. They’re still really cute though, and I hope MeMum will like them.

Thimbleanna:Easter Candy

Ok, our little chitchat is over. Back to the yoyos. I’ve been having a great time watching Upstairs Downstairs while I sew. It was a happy day when realized that I could watch on my laptop while TheManoftheHouse is watching ManDrivel on the tv. I only have about 8 of the 68 episodes left and I’ll be really sad to see the end of the series.

Thimbleanna:Upstairs Downstairs Yoyos

I’ll be finding a new series to watch (oh how I love Netflix), as I still have a LOT of yoyos to go. I’m making good progress though. Yoyo Count: Yoyos: 443, Me: 425. Almost half-way!


34 Thoughts on “Easter Candy

  1. OMG, I haven’t seen these candies since I was little! I think they were called barley candy. My grandfather used to bring them for us at Easter, as lollipops. Talk about a blast from the past! I’ll check your link…my Mom would love these, though it’s too late for this year. Christmas, maybe?
    Have a lovely Easter, Anna!

  2. I started watching Netflix’s new House of Cards program, based on British series of same name. It is quite good, worth a look since you have Netflix.

    Love that term, ManDrivel!

  3. Oh, I love those candy colors and bunny shapes! I’m sure your mum will be pleased with them. I don’t remember these at all, though – probably because Tootsie Rolls, chocolate bunnies and eggs always obscure any memories of the prettier candies. O.o

    Wow, nearly halfway on the yo-yos! Congrats!
    Have a great Easter!

  4. Hello Ms Anna! Love the candies. Have you watched Foyles War? Got totally hooked. Was sad when it ended. ooxx’jodi

  5. I’ve never seen candies like those before but I’m sure your mam will love them no matter what the size

  6. I love a good British period drama! Not sure if you have seen any of these – if not definitely worth checking out:
    Larkrise to Candleford, Cranford, The Paradise, Call the Midwife…and they’re just the ones I can reel off the top of my head :) Happy Easter!

  7. Never seen candies like that before… certainly not here in the UK. Have a wonderful Easter.

  8. Winter.Will.Not.Die here in the UK too…We were suppose to go to a farm today and feed baby sheep…but it’s closed..unsafe due to ice! boo hoo hoo!

    Sorry to hear you’ve got Mandrivel TV too..we have it here too though like you I think I’m going to take up watching Netflix held up with a quilt or two…sounds like bliss!

  9. Oh my gosh! I remember those candies, although I would have never thought of them again if I hadn’t seen your post. I thought they were pretty as a child and I still love them!

  10. Well, I’ve been on a blog break since last August, so don ‘t feel bad. ;) I remember those candies! We used to get them at Christmas in our stockings. Those and barley lollipops, which I still crave! Hmmm, I might have to get online and see if I can find some for The Bean. I cannot wait to see your finished yo-yo quilt. ( Darn autocorrect kept turning yo yo into Toyota!)

  11. i think they look like glass toys! Are you going to be in Portland?

  12. Oh my goodness! I want to sew those on a shirt not eat them… they are so adorable. I’m sure we don’t have those in Good Old Blighty.
    Is it the original Upstairs Downstairs you are watching? I used to love those; I love catching the repeats when they’re on. And I agree; House of Cards is worth watching in either version.

  13. Like the other UK commenters, I haven’t seen these candies before. If you want something really enjoyable to watch, with fabulous clothes, see if you can get the Australian series The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.It is being shown here at the moment, and we are thoroughly enjoying it, especially as it is set in Melbourne, and we recognise some of the locations from last year’s holiday.

  14. I’ve never seen those candies, but they are so pretty! I’m sure your Mom will love them. My mother gets more into her childhood as time goes by. She’s 87. But she still drives herself 8 miles to church each Sunday morning if the weather is not bad.

  15. Jill Reid on March 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm said:

    When I was a stay at home mom, and under the influence of Martha Stewart (I took a 12-step program after that…lol) I made these barley sugar candies. I have the molds, I think they were Christmas ones. Simple recipe, pour into molds and harden. Voila! And yes, they were alot bigger. Your Easter ones are adorable though.

    I would enjoy sitting with you and watching Upstairs/Downstairs. The old series, right? So much better than the new one. I’d even help you sew on yo-yo’s…lol. Keep up the good progress, it will be SO worth it!

    Happy Easter!

  16. Jill Reid on March 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm said:

    P.S. Your post about the vintage barley sugar Easter candies sparked a memory. Does anyone remember those hollow sugar eggs that have a hole in one end and a cute little scene inside the egg? I was fascinated by those as a child. I went into a place in Pennsylvania where they make their own candies on site and they sold them. Trouble is, you don’t want to break them or heaven forbid…eat them. And take my word for it, you can’t keep them from year to year, mice love them, too.

  17. Those are adorable candies and I bet your mama will love them. I grew up in Kansas but I don’t remember any like that, maybe it was an “east coast” thing but I do remember those hollow sugar eggs that Jill mentioned. They were always so lovely, as well as some heavily decorated chocolate eggs that were delicious!

    PS: My bloggy break has been going on since last June. Maybe I should just wait and make it a year long break:)

  18. Summer will not die here either you know. What cute candies, it’s interesting to see the blast from the past from other countries.

  19. Jenny on March 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm said:

    mandrivel? you crack me up anna!

    im loving netflix for the SAME reason! i havent watched tv for about 12 years now so EVERYTHING is new to me!

    Frasier is really really funny!

  20. What beautiful candies. I’ve never seen anything like them. Do they make gummi-bunnies, I wonder?

    I also wonder what mandrivel means to you? Sports Center? That’s the kind of mandrivel that plays constantly at my house.

  21. P.S.
    Such a cute thimble clothesline, Miss Thimble! How do you think this stuff up?

  22. Hey you’re about to turn the tables on that quilt! :-) Good job. Those candies are cute. Never seen them before. Thanks for the recommend on the series. I will have to watch it! Happy Easter, my friend!

  23. Man drivel gave me a grin, but besides sports (FOOTBALL-ENDLessly during the season it seems!) Larry and I do pretty well on our tv times. I do not get into hallmark tearjerker, I’m more of an action gal.
    Glad your yo-yos are moving along, and I hope that springtime sun starts shining on you soon!

  24. Cute Easter candie! Is that the original Upstairs Downstairs? Yay for nearly half way in the yoyos!!

  25. can’t believe there is a candy I don’t remember,lol, but I’ve never seen these.
    My & hubs are going to start upstairs downstairs soon too. Never saw it the first time around.
    you yo-yo girl!
    Happy Easter and Bunny Trails to you

  26. We called them clear toy candy. I loved them, too. We would get them sometimes, I don’t remember Easter being one of those but yours are so cute!!! I want them. And your yoyos.

  27. Brenda on March 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm said:

    As I remember it, those candies are really pretty, but they don’t taste all that great. (?) I love Netflix too—I watch it while I knit. I really enjoy all of the documentaries, like the “American Experience” series from PBS. A great combination—history and sock knitting.

  28. brigette on March 29, 2013 at 9:14 am said:

    we never had those candies. although, based on the fact that someone just said they taste like garbage, i’m okay with that. we used to get hand made chocolates from a little shop in Issaquah, WA called Boehms. I’ll have to look them up. I have yoyo envy because i’m sooooo far behind on everything. I’ll have to schedule in a quilting appt. into my life… 4pm, practice my piano, maybe at 8 i could sew for a bit!! so do you have to wear headphones while spending quality time sewing while he is watching baywatch? we wouldn’t want to interfere with the complex storyline in his show. well… i’m off to work.
    in my top ten list of things i love about my job… one of them is the commute.
    :waves madly

  29. What a good daughter! Those candies look so “Easter-y.” I don’t remember them, but II’d still think they were fun to put in an Easter basket. I’m always ogling the candy in The Vermont Country Store catalog….when I’m not trying to figure out how to justify buying one of their 80 dollars woven tablecloths.

  30. ManDrivel! Yes. Yes, that is exactly the perfect name. And honestly, there is more MD among our array of cable channels… The only channels I get any use of are TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and 2 PBS stations, which sometimes show something good (mainly Masterpiece, All Creatures Great and Small, and American Experience. Oh yeah, and anything by Ken Burns et al.).
    Well, glad to know you are still plugging away at the Yo-Yos. Looking forward to the big reveal!

  31. I have never ever seen candy like that. Those are the cutest little things.
    Upstairs,downstairs? Haven’t heard of that either. Your full of new info over here.
    Happy Easter!!!

  32. MJ Smith on March 29, 2013 at 11:45 pm said:

    Hi Anna: I totally remember those candies when I was little in the 60s. Do you know if they taste the same as the ones we had back then? If so, I may buy some! :-) Happy Easter!

  33. I don’t think I’ve ever seen those candies, but they’re adorable!

    I married my husband partly because he didn’t watch ManDrivel. We’ve started watching House of Cards on Netflix. I’m liking it so far.

    Hope your winter is over soon!

  34. Hmmm…I haven’t heard of Upstairs Downstairs, but I’m going to have to check it out now. The candies are really cute. Did your MeMum like them? How do they taste? Are they hard? Or squishy? They sort of look like gummy candies, but I have a feeling they’re not squishy.


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