Of Childhood, Cigarettes and Sweet memories

Adults of my generation will openly admit they smoked as children. Yes, we did.  We smoked often, we smoked in front of parents, at school, with friends. Yes, we did. Because the only cigarettes we smoked were Phantom Sweet Cigarettes!

Who remembers that slim, white, mint flavoured candy with a red, food coloured, tip? That came in a red and white striped pack with a serious looking mug of Phantom on it?

This Sweet Nostalgia Hamper was a giveaway at our School Reunion ๐Ÿ™‚

Ah the memories associated with Harnick Phantom Sweet Cigarettes!  I remember us girls moistening that red tip with our tongue and using it as โ€˜Lipstickโ€™. How grown up that faint shade of pink on our lips made us feel! We also pretended to be gangsters, as we โ€˜smokedโ€™.  Bad guys! As sensible people know that Cigarette Smoking is Injurious to Health and stay away from the cancer-stick.

Phantom Sweet Cigarettes turned into a fond memory as they disappeared from shelves and were nowhere to be found. I tried to find them desperately, for a school reunion, with no luck. Till a Google search for them lead me to Amazon and I struck gold! I immediately bought 2 packs online. At the reunion my school friends were thrilled and wanted to know how to buy them. So I’ve made it easier for them, and you, and you could order them here;

I couldn’t stop at that! I looked for more sweet nostalgia Online and found Nutties, that crunchy chocolate bead that used to be another childhood favourite!

I literally felt like a kid in a candy store!

There was one more memory that my taste buds needed to rekindle, Swad! That sweet and spicy โ€˜Digestive Candyโ€™ that we loved! And smacked our lips each time a varied flavour made it’s presence felt on a taste bud! Ah!

Did this post make you walk down memory lane? Which are the sweet treats you remember from your childhood? Do share them, and memories attached ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. Ah! the Phantom ciggies! who can forget that! It’s like a secret part of our childhood! I’m so thrilled it’s available online…I’d like to buy that too!! We are having a reunion in two months, I’m sure my buddies will be thrilled!

  2. I remember those white sweet cigarettes and swaad…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love love love this post .What’s it about childhood food nostalgia which makes us feel all mushy ?
    Nutties I am having a craving for right now!

  4. Ah! Nostalgia hits so sweetly here ๐Ÿ™‚
    I recently found Nutties at a store and went crazy! Another childhood favorite of mine was Paan Pasand! How I love it and I was thrilled by the red color it left on my tongue. A friend of mine found these at a store near his place and brings me some every now and then ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Of the above 3, Swad was a part of my childhood. Others were Pan Pasand toffee, Kismi toffee bar and Melody hai choclatee.

  6. Hahahah, YES, we had those too – so remember how we use to “play” that we smoked … holding them so elegant, WE thought…. Thanks for reminding me:-)

  7. I love the candies that we had like Melody and those hardboiled sugar candies. Of course, Phantom cigarettes were such fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. ohh I remember those cigarettes and Nutties was my favorite too. ufff so many memories!! It feels like those times were from another lifetime.

  9. Phantom cigerettes!!!! Awesome miss these so much.. and have such fond memories associated with them. My father would somehow disapprove of them, and when I did manage to sneak them in secretly was caught redhanded and had to return it back to the shop!!

  10. Of course I had those cigarettes. And if you’re brought up in the North like me you would have definitely tried to blow ‘smoke rings’ during the winter. Oh it was so much fun. Sometime back the son rediscovered them. He called me on the intercom from the playground asking if he could have a cigarette his friend was offering. He was just about 10. How I freaked!! Till finally he told me they were the sweet ones. Oh and Nutties are still my all-time favourite sweets.

  11. O yes it did M!! It brought back some cute happy memories… I too used to paint my lips with the red tip of that cigarette… and those nutties!! Oh! i’m craving for them right now!

  12. Aww, I love Phantom candies! So much! Nutties too. I think I am slowly growing old though. Unable to take too many sweet things. Wonder why. Ah well, nostalgia serves its purpose. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  13. Nuttties are my husbands favourite and he looked out everywhere for them. He got them in a supermarket near us and now he keeps few packs at home. I remember these cigarettes and didn’t know swad and cigarettes are available on Amazon. Your post took me down the memory lane.

  14. I must confess I have no idea of these! My memories are about Bourbon biscuits.

  15. I am also so craving for this after looking at the post now.

  16. Ah! So much nostalgia. I loved them too and the minty taste which was sweet and so yummy while we tried to ‘smoke’ ๐Ÿ˜€ such wonderful memories.

    1. Glad you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, Inderpreet:)

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