All things Midwestern

There are items that never seem to go out of style (or demand) in the Midwest:

The bobblehead chihuahua that bobbles at you from the back window of an older woman's Buick Century; sometimes, the woman will have a pack of dogs parked on a little towel, all their little heads rocking with her constant braking to stay under 20 mph... the fast lane.

Sidewalk chalk. On a walk, you can tell the houses with children. The sidewalks are a Jackson Pollock masterpiece of colorful, squiggly lines.

The Palmer Candy Co.'s Twin Bing. It's a regional candy bar made in Sioux City, Iowa. It's ground peanuts in chocolate that covers a cherry nougat center. Two little mounds of goodness - yes, it looks a little suspect - in the Twin Bing (you get three in a King Bing bar). I hadn't had one in forever.
After an Indian lunch buffet, I needed a bit of a pick-me-up about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. I was chasing a big story out of Canada and knew I needed a good dose of sugar. The paper's vending machines didn't disappoint. It's probably an acquired taste, what with the cherry center, but trust me. There's just something about them. Satisfying. We used to put them in the freezer when we were kids.

Soon, I'll venture down to the basement for another Midwest classic - the Pearson's Salted Nut Roll.

And that's the comfort of coming back - things you never knew you missed, or missed seeing.


Truth in the Trees said...

I know what you mean about the things that stay in midwest. The thing that always strikes me is the smell of a small, local grocery store. It never changes.