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Candy nostalgia brings us great joy. Aside from the yellow packets of Chews sour gum, my favourite 10-cent gum was Rain-Blo. There was something about the slightly sour, sugary sweet blast of artificial strawberry flavour that made it perfect for munching during the walk home from school.

Pop open one side of the wrapping straight into your mouth to make access to the gumball easy and efficient. In these days of swine-flu-paranoia, this is an ideal hands-free eating experience. As soon as that one loses its flavour, spit it out and pop in a new one. The best in the strawberry pack are the rare balls speckled with loads of red dots (see below). Keep an eye out for those like the one on the right. Even your BFF will understand why you won’t share ’em.

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