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Classic candy is quickly coming back into style. The return of Sugar Daddies, Pop Rocks, Bazooka Bubble Gum and Ring Pops means an old fashioned sugar high never really goes out of style, but we're most interested in that last one: the Ring Pop. We've recently discovered that enjoying one of these treat gems can be handy for keeping alert and awake during long drives.
For example, we drove from Palm Springs, CA to Tucson, AZ in spring, and entertained ourselves on the 4-hour desert drive with a Ring Pop and some loud music. It wasn't until this last weekend that we discovered the true power of the Ring Pop, however, as we faced 9 hours of solo road tripping across the Northeast, into the Midwest. After loud music failed to keep our focus on the road and drowsiness (combined with the monotony of middle of Pennsylvania scenery) threatened, we reached for a Ring Pop.
Beyond the addition of sugar into our system, the act of enjoying a Ring Pop engages another sense (taste) into activity. It goes without saying that, if you're truly tired, it's time to stop at a motel for the night. A Ring Pop is no substitute for a good sleep, but it has its uses.
Why limit your convention travel to pop culture and comics this year? There are conventions for just about anything you can think of, including candy. Here's a look at three of the sweetest candy conventions taking place this year.
On Feb. 21- 23, the 12th Annual PEZcific Coast Convention will take place in L.A. and feature lots of PEZ vendors, charity auctions, a scavenger hunt, and more activities. The convention is open to anyone interested in collecting PEZ candy and only costs $35 (if you register before Feb. 5).