Candy Jar

The prompt today is candy, which reminded me of this candy jar my mom put out every year when I was young. The snowman head and hat were Styrofoam, and the hat was festively glittered. We would carefully pop the head off the glass jar to reach in for a sweet treat. The scarf was a simple red ribbon glued together.

Snowman candy holder

We also had a Santa version, and both were from the 1950s. Maybe Mom will comment below with a little more info about these cute jars. I love how these prompts bring back so many great memories. Does this invoke a good Christmas memory for you? If so, I hope you share it here!


Peppermint is another reminiscent taste of the season, or any time of the year really. First I painted a really wonky candy cane but followed up with this candy disk.

Wonky Candy  Cane
Wonky Candy Cane

Have you ever stirred your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with a candy cane, wonky or not? I highly recommend it!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31st. It originated with an ancient Celtic festival when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

My first recollection of a Halloween costume was when I was a butterfly named Joy of The Bugaloos, a Sid and Marty Kroft show from the early 1970s. I was excited and felt like Halloween royalty to wear a store-bought costume with a hard plastic mask that eventually stunk because exhales and sweat gathered inside and made it steamy. How glamorous 🙂 As I aged into my early teens, I remember being a hobo and wearing my brother’s old CPO jacket, and I had a big plastic cigar that puffed baby powder as smoke. That year it rained like crazy and my paper sack soaked through, and I lost some of my candy treasures. After that, we learned to use pillowcases to gather our loot!

What is your favorite Halloween costume memory/costume? Unfortunately, it is going to be frigidly cold here tonight, but hopefully we have some die-hard trick-or-treaters because we have a lot of candy to distribute! Happy Halloween!


Today’s prompt is candy.  Caramel Creams were created by Goetze’s Candy Company in 1918 and are described as “a caramel jacket with a pure sugar cream center,” which in my opinion complement each other wonderfully. Sometimes they are called Bulls Eyes simply because of their target-like appearance.

Caramel Creams

Caramel Creams

Caramel Creams have been one of my all-time favorites ever since I was a child; they seemed so decadent back then.  Like many products with staying power, Caramel Creams have been “reinvented” with other flavors and variations of chocolate, strawberry, etc., but I like the good old original.

Tootsie Pop #WorldWatercolorGroup

Remember the commercial?  How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?  Mr. Owl proved that it was 3, but since that 1969 commercial hundreds of official and unofficial studies have been done by university groups and neighborhood children.  Evidently the number spans from 3 licks to 3,481 licks, but according to the official studies there are many variables.  Frankly, I think the number was way overanalyzed and will stick with Mr. Owl’s conclusion.

Tootsie Pops

Tootsie Pops

Today’s prompt of sugar candy led me to paint my three favorite flavors of Tootsie Pops from when I was a youngster.  Chocolate was the very first flavor introduced in 1931 and it was my favorite.  Cherry and Orange ran a close second.  I loathed grape for some reason, but luckily my sister loved it and disliked the orange, so we made a lot of trades over the years.  What was your favorite flavor?