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Wrangle Up a Good Price on Nerds Ropes!

Nerds Rope

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Looking at everything from the packaging to the candy itself, I can pretty clearly see that Nerds Ropes were not designed to target a more…shall we say…’mature’ audience. Nerds Ropes are kid candy at its colorful best – literally a candy-on-top-of-candy-concoction, because two candies are so much better than one. And you know what? I really don’t care if I’m not their target market. I understand that most people my age probably aren’t downing Rope and Rope. But I looooove them. I may even love them more than Nerds themselves, and I love Nerds plenty!

Like so many favorites before them, my feelings toward the Nerds Rope fell into the immediate infatuation category. One day I’d never had them before, and the next I was eating more than my dentist would want to know about. In time, I learned that just maybe a 2 Ropes a day habit wasn’t healthy. But I think it’s safe to say that a month never goes by without at least Rope. What can I say – I’m caught up in them! I even opt for the ‘kid pack’ at the local movie theater because it comes with the perfect amount of popcorn, a small drink and a pack of candy. That pack of candy was Sour Patch Kids for many years, and while I like those a lot as well, I am able to resist them. Well, the candy portion has been replaced with a Nerds Rope, so even if I arrive at the theater immediately after dinner, you know I’m ordering a kids pack. I have to. I really can’t not.

If you love Nerds Ropes as well, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, here are some shops online where you can pick up a box of 24…

Nerds Ropes at – $18.72

Nerds Ropes at – $30.00

Nerds Ropes at – $20.95

Nerds Ropes at – $18.15

Nerds Ropes at – $23.00

Nerds Ropes at – $19.20

Retro Candy Wrappers Provide a Taste of the Past

There are certain vintage candy wrappers whose image is forever cemented in my mind. In fact, some of these are so concretely stored that even though I’ve seen several incarnations since, none look quite as ‘right’ as the packaging they were in when I first discovered them, or loved them most. There are also many candy wrappers that I’ve never seen myself in person, with them having pre-dated my birth, or perhaps having simply escaped the forefront of my memory, replaced by more something more recent.

So today, I set out on a Google Images search to see what I could drum up! To say there are plenty of vintage candy wrappers to peruse is an understatement. There…are…many! And below are some of my personal favorites. Do you remember when the wrappers below were still in production? What are some of your favorite candy wrappers of the past and present?


Peanut M&Ms

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5th Avenue Candy Bar Wrapper

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Lik-m-aid Fun Dip Wrapper

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Vintage Skittles Wrapper

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80s Nerds Boxes

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Bottle Caps Candy Wrapper

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Chiclets Tiny Size

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The Cutest Turtle Cupcakes I Ever Did See!

Turtle CupcakesI have recently discovered The Galapagos Islands. Now, I haven’t discovered them in the way that I just found out about them, mind you. I have, naturally, heard of them before, and in a very general way I thought they sounded nice. But this week a friend sent me a link to a site that hosts tours of the Islands as she is considering a vacation, and the more I read the more I wanted to go as well!

The beaches are beautiful, the weather is wonderfully warm, the landscape is breathtaking, and the water – oh, the water! But of all the things I’ve read, what interests me the most is the giant tortoises. They just look so cool and interesting, and I want to meet at least one of them before I leave this Earth! In the meantime, I’ll be making do with something sweet. Namely, turtle cupcakes!

I came across these captivatingly cute cupcakes on Pinterest, and traced that recipe on back to Here’s what you’ll need to decorate your cupcakes…

  • Miniature Chocolate Chips
  • Frosting
  • Red and Green Gumdrops
  • Sour Peach Gummi Rings
  • Spearmint Leaves
  • Kitchen Skewer or Toothpick

You’ll need to make some cupcakes as well, or you can buy them already made. We won’t tell. 😉

For step-by-step directions on making your turtle cupcakes the best they can be, check out the recipe at And once you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth, browse the internet for pictures and information about The Galapagos Islands. Maybe one day we can make the trip together!