Editor's Note: We're back with Vintage Candy Monday, in celebration of Halloween. This week, the presence of maraschino cherries in candy. Do you agree?
I fear maraschino cherries. Ever since my mom limited my Shirley Temple intake "because that red dye will probably give you cancer," I have associated maraschino cherries with death. But, I realize that maraschino cherry lovers lurk, much like the grape candy enthusiasts, and I'm happy they have this outlet: the Big Cherry.
The Big Cherry started in 1887 with Christopher's Candy, the oldest candy company in Southern California, later acquired by Sunkist Candy. Each individually-wrapped candy contains a real maraschino at the center mixed with bright pink goo and layered with chocolate and peanut hunks. Golf ball-sized, this is a three-biter.
Unlike me, our intern Kerry Saretsky adores the "saccharine, inimitable flavor and texture of the maraschino cherry." She even orders grenadine with soda water and a handful of cherries at bars, because apparently Shirley Temples aren't cherry enough for her. Where do you stand on the maraschino cherry issue?