Bonks You Out!

Today must be the day of re-discovery.

A co-worker returned from his lunch break and carried a plastic bag that rattled as he set it on his desk. I stopped filing papers and asked him what was in the bag. He pulled out three boxes of candy and handed one to me.

I haven’t had Boston Baked Beans in probably ten years. They are red candy coated peanuts that could probably crack a tooth. They are delicious and addictive. One of my all-time favorites childhood candies.

Now that the tiny baked beans of goodness are almost gone, I am remembering my other favorite all-time childhood candy–Bonkers. The precursor to skittles and starbursts and sprees. And better.

I think there was an overhaul and major redesign in the Bonkers packaging and recipe because I found them a few years ago at Dylan’s, but tasted and looked nothing like I remember. The “Man” tried to make them more like Now N Laters. What crap.

Where did all the great 80’s candy go? Like Wilco and Billy Bragg, I am sad and lonely.

Keep on, Slackers.


About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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