Though sensory perception is unable to transport you to the future, it can take you back to third-grade homeroom, when you first ate a Sugar Daddy, or back to eighth grade, when a wind-farm accident left you with the ability to ride tornadoes. Taste into the past with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of candy, chocolates, ice cream, and more at Suckers Candy Inc., located on Damen Avenue.
Suckers specializes in retro treats that sate nostalgic cravings and bring back memories of a time when kids were kids and men were secure enough to openly flaunt their love of candy lipstick. Peruse the more than 40 colorful jars of gummies (most are $8.49/lb) and the ample supply of timeless packaged sweets (starting at 10 cents per item) including candy cigarettes, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Ring Pops, and Curly Wurly bars. Suckers also dishes out more than 16 flavors of single-serving, pre-scooped ice cream ($3.25 per serving) from The Plush Horse in Palos Park. If you're beginning to stock up on holiday treats, Suckers offers a wide variety of chocolaty goodness, and the friendly folks behind the counter will gladly help you put together a gift box full of locally made chocolates. Chocolate-dipped marshmallows dotted with sprinkles automatically induce salivation, while the taste of cherry cordials puts everyone in an unshakable holiday mood.
Relive the innocence of the childhood you knew before the iron fist of life squeezed innocence from you like juice from an undernourished lime and share the treats of your youth with a new generation of sticky-fingered kids.
- Remember penny candy? How about Valomilk, Mary Janes or Wacky Taffy? If you love old-time candy or remember wax lips and candy lipstick from the '70s, head to Suckers Candy for a stroll down memory lane that will amply feed your sweet tooth. – Genevra Gallo, Centerstage
- And the chocolates were so dang good, turtles, chocolate covered Oreos, pretzels, peeps and gummies... – Judy M., Yelp
Bins and jars bursting with colorful sweets croon siren songs to passersby inside Suckers Candy Inc, which was featured on 190 North for their collection of nostalgic treats. A mammoth penguin sentry greets guests as they lick candy ice-cream cones, decorate nearby cheeks with confection-lipstick kisses, and give sock puppets the gift of sight with a couple of candy-button eyes. Specialty chocolate barks plus chocolate-covered pretzels and fruits stare out from glass display cases, hoping to hop inside one of Suckers’ custom gift packages, which are lovingly wrapped in plastic and sealed with bows.