Strangely enough, seasonal candy is one of my biggest weaknesses. I love candy corn for Halloween, mini candy canes at Christmas, even Peeps (especially if they’re stale) for Easter. But most of all, I like candy hearts or “conversation hearts” for Valentine’s Day.
Right now, I’m eating my fifth handful of the day, and although my tongue is starting to feel grainy and raw, I can’t stop. I’m particularly enjoying this bag -- Brach’s large conversation candy hearts -- because it has the classic sayings like “Honey pie” and “Guess who?” mixed in with the newer ones like “E-mail me” and “Whatever.”
I read that this year, Necco, another maker of candy hearts, included a bunch of nature-inspired sayings like “Chill out” and “In a fog” because of America’s focus on “saving” the environment. In the early ‘90s, an ex-sweetheart gave me a bag of X-rated candy hearts, clearly made by people whose first language wasn’t English. I remember a little pink one stamped with, “Lick hims.”
Six or seven years ago, I was at an art opening at Adambomb Gallerie -- when it was still in Walker’s Point -- and I saw a painting that I will never forget. It was a very realistic painting of a tiny candy heart by a local artist -- I think it was Amy O’Neill -- and if you got close enough, you could read the saying on the heart, “F--- you.” It was one of the few times I felt like I had to own a piece of art, but it was already sold. ("No way" says the candy heart.)
At this point, I’m just thinking about making Milwaukee candy hearts, and if I did, what they would say. Sentiments like “Go Pack” and “Beer here” are probably unavoidable, but I would like to see “The Fonz” (sorry, Mike Brenner), “Kiss my brat,” “Add it up,” “Cream puff,” “Snake button” and “Shag.”
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.