320 Melbourne Rd, Newport. Phone: 9391 0711
We make a solemn and sober vow – we will restrict ourselves to three items.
Such a display of overt determination may seem a little extreme.
But we are, after all, entering a cathedral dedicated to all things sweet and sugary.
Worse – we are doing so on empty stomachs and just before lunch!
There’s plenty of lollie shops scattered across Melbourne – until quite recently there even used to be one in Anderson St, Yarraville.
But Snowballs is a doozie – a sort of superstore for those of a sweet tooth persuasion.
There’s a mind-boggling array of goodies stuffed into quite a small space.
There’s rows and rows of simply packaged lollies and liquorice, many of them quite traditional.
There’s much that is gimmicky and gives us many chuckles – metres of bubblegum, candy necklaces and much, much, much more.
The staff tell us that the American candy – Milk Duds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s lines and so on – is very popular.
Likewise, the New Zealand products are popular.
My Dunedin childhood was packed with Whittaker’s Peanut Slabs, Buzz Bars and Chocolate Fish – but in my mind they were bigger and far more alluring than those on display here. And back in those days – yes, so very, very last century! – they were sold by milk bars and corner stores WITHOUT WRAPPERS.
Just being in this place, goofing around, discovering new, ingenious and weird excesses in tooth-rot marketing gives us something akin to a sugar high – with not a thing passing our lips.
The staff tell us this is quite common.
We settle on:
A box of Petit Ecolier dark chocolate bikkies – we’ve had them before, but not for a very excellent $2.
A small bar of Cavalier dark chocolate from Belgium ($3,80).
A Wonka Fabulicious Sour With Nerds for $1.80 … whatever that is (Bennie’s choice!).
And, from England, a Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Coated Caramel Wafer Biscuit for $1.10.
I’m happy to report that while we love our sweeties, they by no means rule our lives or diets. That little lot will last at least a week with the exercise of little or no willpower. Honest! Besides, as we like our chocolate frozen, the biscuits and Belgian product will get bunged in the freezer. And it’s quite easy to forget there’s sweet stuff in there rubbing shoulders with the chicken stock and pasta sauce.