The Best Kind Of Candy

When discussing today’s art challenge prompt of candy with my partner Philippe, we immediately thought back to the kind our grandmothers used to have. Even though we grew up on opposite sides of an ocean, we had similar memories of individually wrapped bits of goodness we’d find only at grandmother’s house. While trying to remember the exact type of candy, we were almost sure we remembered, but memories have a way of bending and morphing with time. So I dashed off a quick little doodlewash of what Philippe remembered most, and yet I recall something quite similar being offered to me back in the day. Here in the United States, these wrapped candies were known as penny candies, way back when a penny would actually buy something on its own. These days, it takes a few pennies to acquire even a single candy, of course.  The first of these here would come in the form of a Tootsie Roll and soon Sweethearts and Necco Wafers would join the parade. It was like unwrapping a sweet little gift and always made me smile.

We’ve had a busy weekend so far, and tomorrow will be even busier, but I managed to pop in for a quick little post. I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! Though not at all related to candy, yesterday I was off work and my friend and World Watercolor Month Artist Ambassador, Birgit O’Connor, talked me into joining her for a podcast interview. I say it like this, because after all of this time, I’ve actually never once appeared in an audio or video form so this was quite a big step for me. Our voices are never quite like what we hear in our own heads and it always feels a bit like listening to a distant cousin instead. But Birgit is lovely and delightfully persuasive so I gave it a go anyway, and if you’re at all curious to find out what I sound like, then you can click below to have a listen:

I think it turned out okay for a very first outing, and with Birgit at the helm, it was definitely fun to do!

As for candy, well, let’s just say I’ve now been craving it ever since my conversation with Philippe. Sadly, we don’t actually have any candy in the house. This is mostly because we’d eat it constantly if it were readily available. Looking back, I now realize this is likely why our grandmother’s were in charge of keeping candy around for us and we were only allowed to visit it. But those memories are wonderful indeed. And today, I’ll add another memory of the very first time I recorded something live, but mostly, just a memory of a very enjoyable conversation with a friend. Having other artists to connect with and interact with has been the most amazing part of creating this site. It’s lovely to know I have a support group on this crazy journey we all call art and I can’t thank each of you enough for encouraging me along the way. In the end, it’s really the best kind of candy.

About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Quinacridone Red, Benzimida Orange, Leaf Green, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
 Day 26 - Penny Candy Grandmas Have The Best Candy - #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash

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31 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 2 months ago

    I just listened to the beginning of the podcast and you sound just as I imagined! Going back to listen to the rest now.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Hehe! Awesome, Sharon! Yeah, I wasn’t sure what people would think after all this time finally hearing me show up on audio! 😊

  2. Mary Roff 2 months ago

    Wonderful candy and memory. My grandmother had a similar jar filled with wonderful toffee from “”across the big pond”.It tasted sooooo good but we knew it had to be offered yo us…No putting our fingers into that jar.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕hehe… LOVE toffee! But yes, we too couldn’t just go digging in the jar anytime we liked. 😉

  3. Sandra Strait 2 months ago

    I love your candies (and do remember them) and thoroughly enjoyed listening to your podcast this morning. One of the advantages of being as old as I am is remembering when you could buy 5-10 pieces of candy with a penny. A quarter would get you a small bag full to the brim. One of my fondest memories is walking to the candy store right on the corner of the street with friends. Afterwards, we sit and ooh and ah at what each of us got – that was as much fun as actually eating the candy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed the podcast! Awww those were definitely the best days. So cool when just a little could get you so much!

  4. June Hadaway 2 months ago

    Oh, I would like a piece of that candy. The one with the pineapple on the wrapper will do just fine, thank you!

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 months ago

    No, no, no, candy is chocolate, always chocolate. These little nibblets are pretty, and you did a great job, what with the cellophane and all, but if it ain’t chocolate, it ain’t candy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      haha! You and Philippe would be in fierce agreement there! 😃💕 Chocolate is really the only sweet that counts to him as well!

  6. Jesska 2 months ago

    We had those too!! And also from our grandparents 🙂 I don’t remember ever seeing them for sale as a kid…

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww cool, Jesska! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, it’s like grandparents had their own special store where only they could buy them! lol

  7. krcc 2 months ago

    Yowzers, those look so good! Suh-weet!

  8. Lisa 2 months ago

    My grandma Mabel would buy us Circus Peanut candy. Those big orange marshmalloy things that I wouldn’t be caught dead trying today. And we lived them!

    I used to be a radio jock. Even after doing that for a couple of years, it is still uncomfortable listening to my voice in tape. Lol But, it was a fun job to have in my 20s.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Oh my gosh!! 😃💕I loved Circus Peanuts back in the day, but yeah… don’t think I’d like them now. hehe And that’s so cool you were a radio jock… fun! Makes me feel better to know you never quite get used that doppleganger of a voice that gets recorded. lol

  9. SnehLata Maheshwari 2 months ago

    Oh my god iam listing u. l to u lie.
    Beautiful 🥀 candy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 Hehe… yes… first time ever showing up on audio. It wasn’t as bad as I thought so I’ll be back again soon. 😉

  10. Lisa 2 months ago

    I just listened to the full podcast. Good job. It was fun and I learned stuff I didn’t know. Good for you!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Aww that’s so awesome to know! Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  11. Jodi 2 months ago

    Fun to hear your voice. You sound just as I imagined. So proud of you Charlie! You are good man Charlie O!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks Jodi! 😃💕You’re so sweet!! That’s so good hear. I wasn’t sure what people would think of hearing me for the first time. 😊

  12. Delores Azary 2 months ago

    I am looking forward to listening to all of the podcast. I heard the first several minutes.

    I was just thinking about going to my grandparents’ home and I do not ever remember being offered a piece of candy there. I do remember Grandaddy would buy a ring and cowgirl boots for each granddaughter. They were not purchased on the same trip. It was a very special time to go with Granddaddy to the store. I believe they were each each purchased when you reached a certain age. Great memories!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Delores!! Glad you enjoyed the podcast so far! 😃💕And that’s such a fun and wonderful memory!! Love that! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  13. louiseaprimeau 2 months ago

    I just listened to your podcast while having my coffee. I had to check my website to see when I had been featured on Doodlewash…I was just starting out myself, or should I say, starting again after many years, in art, and also starting to blog. I remember how excited, (and a bit apprehensive) I was to be asked as a guest.

    Since then, I have expanded my art work and have explored not only watercolour but acrylics, pastels, charcoal, mixed media, and I love them all! I am going to try to “return to my roots” in July and at least participate in a few of the Watercolor World prompts.

    Have a great day Charlie! Here is the link …https://louiseprimeau.com/i-have-been-doodlewashed/

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you were doodlewashed and we “met”! So happy to have featured you! And super thrilled to know you’ll be back in July for World Watercolor Month! It will be fun and prompts are always optional… just share whatever you make and add the hashtag to celebrate! Have a great day as well!

  14. Jacob 2 months ago

    Lovely to hear you! Is there any chance you could post audio every day? 😉 And you definitely deserve a doodlewash cape!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 Hehe… so you weren’t scared off by the sound of my voice. Brilliant! Yay to cape… I do want one. As for more audio… well… now that I’ve outed myself, there will be more coming soon. 😉 hehe

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