Yesterday morning at our weekly meeting our boss came in a plunked down three cans of “Tahitian Treat.” Evans, Lovequist, and I had them snapped up before anyone else had a chance to get their hands on them. No one else really even tried to grab one. I guess you had to be from our generation to know what these cans of deliciousness were all about.
I remember buying bottles of “Tahiti Treat” when I was a kid. You couldn’t miss it in the cooler. Red liquid in a bottle with a couple of palm palms tree on it. Pretty easy to spot. I don’t know when they changed the name to “Tahitian Treat,” but that doesn’t matter, it still tasted as good yesterday as it did all those years ago.
I remember all the great chocolate bars I could buy at Bonneydale Grocery, our neighbourhood convenience store that I visited what seemed like every day for years. Most of these bars have gone the way of the Dodo bird. Wig Wag was one of my favorites. Others included the Bar Six, Lowney’s Cherry Blossom, and Mackintosh’s Creamy Toffee, which came in a red, yellow, and tartan cardboard box. Another favorite was the Cuban Lunch.
If it was gum you wanted, you couldn’t go wrong with Fruit Stripes. Five great flavours in one pack. For a totally different flavour experience, you could always go for the Sen-Sen, which was actually a breath freshener, but we ate it like candy.
There are a couple of stores in Regina that you can actually buy some of the throw back candy from the 70’s. If you happen to find a Wig Wag anywhere, grab me one and I’ll pay you for it when you come down to the station to drop it off!