Before Joy the Baker was Joy the Baker…. Joy the Baker was a low-level, middle school candy hustler.
I used to buy candy from the ice cream truck after school, repurpose it, work it and twerk it, and re-sell the candy to other kids… at a markup of course. I was in it for the glory and profit.
There was a method to the hustle: buy blow-pop lollipops, jolly rancher hard candy strips, and starburst candies. Get them home and into the kitchen without them being confiscated by big sister or hungry mama.
I’d unwrap the lollipops. Somehow… and this part is hazy… heat the jolly rancher bar and wrap it around the lollipop. Then heat the starburst candy and smash it on top of the blow-pop creating a MEGA three in one candy experience. Four in one candy experience if you count the bubble gum inside the lollipop. I think there was boiling water and tweezers involved. The memory is murky.
I’d wrap these candy knobs in plastic wrap and sell them at school. Is that allowed? Who knows.
Where did this candy creation come from!? These were the days before Pinterest. How did we have any good ideas at all?
Does anyone have any idea what I’m talking about? Surely I didn’t invent this Franken-candy on my own. Did you meld candy in your middle school years in order to hustle them and garner middle-school fame?
I mention my monster candy creation because one sip of this juice brought be right back to my candy layering days. In other words, this juice tastes just like candy, and it’s pink, and cold, and otherwise delicious.