Today it’s time to celebrate all types of candy, and I’ve chosen to illustrate it with the first treat that popped into my head from childhood. This is a Brach’s Sundaes Neopolitan Coconut, which was said to be flavored in Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry to imitate a Neopolitan ice cream sundae. So, I opted to paint with just three colors as well. It was actually made from real coconut and was like getting a delicious dessert in the size of a little bite-sized portion. Unlike the previous vintage treats I sketched, these have sadly been discontinued about four years ago. No more grabbing a little square and nibbling it slowly to taste just the strawberry, then the vanilla, then the chocolate only to discover each time that they all tasted nearly the same. I don’t eat much candy of any kind these days, but if someone placed one of these in front of me, it would be impossible to resist ripping it open and taking a bite.

Also of note, it’s Fountain Pen Day, which I definitely support as I wouldn’t know what to do without my fountain pens. I love them. They’re like old friends at this point who travel with me wherever I go.  And the best thing about them is that they can help me resurrect my favorite candy and keep a piece of it forever it in my little red sketchbook. But as lovely as all that sounds, I really just want this damn candy back! There’s some “other” brand of it that exists and so I guess I could try that version, but getting it in some alien packaging in a different size kills all the fun memories. It’s not particuarly “good” candy it’s just candy that makes me happy when I eat it.

So here’s to candy lovers everywhere and may the candy dream of your childhood still be in existence. Yeah, the fact that mine is not totally makes me feel old. But I’ll always have the wonderful memories. On the other hand, it’s actually kind of cool to have experienced something that can no longer be experienced. It makes the remembering even more special that way. Perhaps, if I tried them today, I would find that it tastes completely awful. But thankfully, its perserved in time and will always taste amazing to me. That’s the power of a good memory and a tiny little doodlewash to help keep that memory alive and well.

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About the Doodlewash

Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Opera Rose, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with sepia ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
Day 4 - #WorldWatercolorGroup National Candy Day Brach's Sundaes Neapolitan Coconut Candy
Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

32 replies on “Candy Day

  1. These were one of my favorites! Mom would share them with me because none of my sibs liked coconut. Haven’t had one in years either, but in my memory they are most delicious because it was a treasure shared between me and my mom 💖. Thanks for that, Charlie 😉

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  2. OMG! You been taking me back to some good memories. When I was little we shopped at Safeway and they had a Brach’s stand. I would get a bag and fill it. I loved the neopolitan candy (my name) was delish. Thanks for the memories!

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  3. Happy Candy Day / Fountain Pen Day, Charlie. Never heard of these sweets, though – mind you, I am thousands of miles away! Something in the back of my mind is telling me we had something similar… but for the life of me I can’t think of it right now! Sigh…

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    1. Thanks Tom! And happy days to you as well! 😃 Yeah… I’m thinking something like this must have existed across the pond. I think there’s a version that’s just pink and white striped as well. This was the only kind I knew growing up and the name is sort of ridiculous. hehe

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  4. Don’t you just want to scream when something you love is discontinued? For me it’s Zwieback (a thick toasted cracker) made by Nabisco. These were slices of very dry and crunchy moon-sliver shaped toasts, the very best palette for a variety of toppings. I especially love anchovy fillets but cheese spreads of all kinds also taste great. Zwieback had a unique flavor that no other cracker can match and for some reason, they were always sold in the baby food aisle. Wish I could still get them.

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    1. I do want to scream!! hehe… yeah… it’s the worst when something you love disappears. I had to google Zwiback as I hadn’t heard of those. hehe… yeah… they have a little kid on the box. Love that you loved kids food. Apparently there’s another brand called Brandt that makes them. Also a kid on the box. Fun!

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  5. Happy to see that you also enjoy coconut Charlie…we never had any of those delicious looking squares of coconut in Johannesburg, SA …but what we did have was a coconut, fudge and toffee shop, in Elloff street (the centre of Jo’burg in those days) and for the moment I cannot remember the shops name (old age I guess)! But that was all that they sold coconut , toffee and fudge in decadent, lovely, soft, fresh, big squares, ( the name of the shop is on the tip of my tongue) nothing was wrapped. I would take a cake tin with me and the assistants would line the cake tin with wax proof paper and carefully put in what I ordered, covering each layer with the wax proof paper. When you took out the piece you wanted you had a square aproximately 2 ins x 2ins and you could just break off a piece which was so fresh the coconut pieces came apart separately… really miss them….I have never seen them anywhere else!

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