The first photo I took on our trip to Bryce Canyon was of a candy bar – I’m serious. We walked into a Chevron mini-mart after gassing up the car to grab a snack. As I perused the aisles, I experienced a blast from the past.
Settled in next to Reece’s Peanutbutter Cups, Hersey bars, KitKats, Twix Bars, etc. was an Idaho Spud. NO, not one of those potatoes that have made Idaho famous, but that incredible confection that combines “a light cocoa flavored, soft marshmallow center drenched with a dark chocolate coating and then sprinkled with coconut.” DE.LI.CI.OUS.
I hadn’t enjoyed one of these delicacies since I LIVED in the Gem State, and so I didn’t care that it cost more than 5 times the amount I used to pay for the candy bar. At first, I worried that it wouldn’t live up to the memories I have of biting into chocolate-covered softness, BUT IT DID! It was every bit as scrumptious as I remembered.
I think this retro-version was smaller than the candy bars I bought back in the day, but it was just as messy. I was covered in coconut and so was the car seat!
I also enjoyed reading the snippets of history found on the wrapper, but in researching the Idaho Candy Company, home of the Spud, I learned the candy dates back further back than 1930, the date printed on the packaging.
On the way BACK from Bryce, we stopped again, and I bought one of the bars for Mom. She was as excited as I was – doesn’t take much to please us Idaho women!
May 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM
Sounds awfully unhealthy (my, my, haven’t we been chastised into thinking how bad things must be for you if they taste good) but when I saw it had marshmallows in it, I was hooked. Haven’t seen one, but if I do, I know I’ll try one! 😀 Just me I guess.
May 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM
I heard you can find the Spud at Rite Aid Drug Stores. I’m keeping an eye out! 🙂
May 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Don’t lynch me, but I don’t actually like the Idaho Spud bar. However, another old timer, the Farr’s Cherry Cordial? To. Die. For. Yep, now I’m craving one.
May 9, 2011 at 12:08 PM
I LOVE the Cherry Cordial, too. Mouth is watering as I write! YUMMINESS! And I know NOT everyone has a taste for the Spud; so that’s okay! 😉