An American candy store is all I need to release my inner child
40 going on 10 … or maybe even 8…
With three older brothers who had to look after me in Singapore, playtime as the youngest and only girl in the family was less Barbie dolls and playhouses and more Action Men and fisticuffs.
In fact, the one and only Barbie doll I ever had (a gift from one of my mum’s friends) lasted exactly half an afternoon before we decided that Barbie was put to better use being the ‘fetch’ with our German shepherd.
But one of the best things about having three older brothers was that I had a never-ending supply of comic books to read. I’m almost 40 years old now but I still love comics and graphic novels, a love which my husband shares too.
Unfortunately, this childhood born out of reading every comic we could get our hands on – whether they were from Marvel or DC, Archie, Scooby Doo, you name it – also nurtured a wholly strange fascination with American candy and cakes.
I think every comic book I read as a kid had at least one ad for Twinkies, and because they didn’t sell Twinkies in Singapore, I totally bought into it just from the advertising alone – it looked like the best cake in the world.
Of course, I know that’s not true. I tried my first Twinkie when I was about 11 or 12 on a trip to Florida. I knew it didn’t taste like the best cake it in the world, but it was still the best cake in the world despite this, if you know what I mean…
Even today, when you can find much better cream cakes everywhere, Twinkies hold a special place in my heart and mind.
So imagine my surprise when, during a completely unrelated shopping expedition online, I stumbled upon a website for a company called The Stateside Candy Co, a distributor for American sweets and cakes in the UK, and of all the places in Great Britain to have their warehouse, it turned out to be 20 minutes from where we live in Surrey.
Against his better judgement, I persuaded my husband that we had to visit the shop and I think the only reason he agreed was so that he could keep an eye on me – it’s much, much safer than leaving me alone with a credit card and a laptop. I may be almost 40 but when there’s a candy store involved, I am the proverbial kid in it…
To his great relief, the shop itself was nothing more than a small room packed with lots of American sweets and sauces. Still, I had an absolute ball and I couldn’t resist taking lots of pictures to share with you.
I love my husband not least because he let me buy more junk that I knew he wanted me too. That said, he didn’t really try very hard to stop me either. Of the two of us, he knows he has the bigger sweet tooth but he’s very unlikely to admit that.
Anyway, we did end up with a mini and very nostalgic haul of treats but most of it will be distributed among friends, family and colleagues, except for the Twinkies. No one touches the Twinkies. 🙂
If you want to see what this shop offers, here’s their details.
The Stateside Candy Co
Blackwater Valley Trading Estate
26 Blackwater Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4DL
Tel: 01252 342999
I know my husband hopes that I’ll forget all about ‘Candy & Co’ now that I’ve been once (I do have a very short attention span) but Halloween’s just around the corner and there’s still candy corn to be had, hehehehe. Enjoy the pictures.
Lots of love