Twenty-Five Cents

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Running a quick errand for mother

Feeling twenty-five cents in my hand

Heading to the nearby little store

Milk, bread—let’s see what candy looks grand


Years ago, two bits meant feeling rich

A few coins equal twenty-five cents

Today, this sweet tooth will be in luck

Let this candy shopping now commence


Below the front counter, treasures wait

Friendly woman cashier stands and smiles

A few pennies for Sweet Tarts and more

Licorice, Smarties add to the pile


Looking to spend one final nickel

Picking through endless, tempting choices

Spying at last, a sweet Hershey bar

Overcome by sugar-filled voices


Arriving back home without delay

Pockets filled with sweetest treasure

Mother asks about the milk and bread

Two bucks unspent, plus her displeasure

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Growing up in my childhood neighborhood, there was a little store just a few blocks away.  My brothers and I made many a journey to the store for milk, bread, and other quick-to-find essentials for our mother.  I cannot recall forgetting the milk and bread, but having a few coins in my pocket was treasure waiting to be spent on the candy found there.  

The poem lists a few of the types of candy found back in the 1960s.  Do you have a favorite candy from your childhood?

35 thoughts on “Twenty-Five Cents

    • Yummy! I can remember similar candy from years ago. I may have not been a fan of the hot cinnamon taste, but I am sure I tried something like them. Gosh, if you had a quarter, you were a wealthy kid.


  1. Hershey’s with almonds for sure! Delightful poem. Somehow reminded me of “Epaminondes” Politically incorrect today, but a delightful story. Did you ever know it? Sent from Jan’s iPhone

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    • I still have a passion for Hershey dark chocolate nuggets with almonds (well, I used to). I have never heard of “Epaminondes.” I did a quick look-up and see it may have had something to do with eggs.


  2. Blow pops and bazooka gum 🙂 were the favourites, and my grandparents always kept the jars of them on the counter in their kitchen, You know the same kind of jars that they sold them in the stores in? My grandfathers trick to getting us to picking the penny candies when he’d take us to the store was to tell us we could have ANY THING we wanted EXCEPT these and he would always point to the penny stuff. Guess what we always wanted, AND ended up getting (to his delight) the penny stuff LOL 🙂

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