Sunday, September 5, 2010

laughy taffy



When I was a kid I used to eat a lot of saltwater taffy. By the handfuls. I’m not exactly sure where my mother was during all this, but I would find myself covered in wrappers and be in utter delight. And with utter delight comes amazing and intuitive ideas, no?

I remember glancing at my waxy covered lap and at the same time watching my little brother play with play dough.

I had a thought.

Wrappers. Play dough. Wrappers. Play dough.

I could totally get away with it.  I think.

I grabbed the play dough to my brother’s demise, making sure I took at least 3 colors. That last color was a bit iffy. I think it combined 4 other colors and some spit. Ya. Definitely some spit.

Back to my genius idea.

I created tiny balls, flattened the edges and then wrapped each one in the leftover saltwater taffy wrappers. I compared them to the real deal. Oh my gosh. They looked for realz. I should get an award for my creativity.

I then took my newly acquired crop of candy and hit the playground.

5 cents each. 10 cents for the special spit swirl one.

It worked.

Then a four year old came back with a disgusted look on her face.

“I don’t like this! It tastes weird and salty” she said. “I want my quarter back.” (I decided in the middle of it all that I believed in inflation. 25 cents it is!)

“Sorry kid, you’re outta luck. We don’t do returns here. But I gotta tell ya, you may not be the smartest cookie on the planet...because gee whiz! It’s SALTwater taffy.”

Something tells me I was the biggest con artist in the history of playgrounds.

Can we still chalk that up to creativity?

9 comments:

Jocelyn Christensen said...

that is awesome and totally disgusting all at the same time! I'm dying here! :) Too funny. I can honestly say, that I am glad we weren't friends BACK THEN. Because i'M pretty sure I'd be left with a "bad taste in my mouth" (and 25 cents poorer!) if you know what I mean. But I'm glad we're friends now! LOL

gkgirl said...

heeheeheeheehe...
i LOVED that story.

enough to go back and reread it again.
:O)

Charlotte said...

No way! Just the thought makes me a little sick. I would give up salt water taffy after that story, but it is just too good. (But I wonder if those kids at the park never ate it again.)

Evelyn @ Hanging by a Silver Lining said...

HAhahaha! What a great story!

Shawnie said...

You know, this could be a great analogy of where our modern corporate culture and materialism have taken us. How much junk is prettied up and sold as something of value?

NatureGirl said...

I WANT to laugh, but...

Lesa @ music notes said...

very creative and tricky :)

Hilary said...

GENIUS, you should have an etsy shop. :)

Mormon Mommy Blogs said...

Ingenuity. That's what it's called.

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