As I type this my throat is burning with such searing pain that I'd chop off my arm for a Sucret. But back in the day their medicinal powers was not why we sought them out. No, my sisters and I were sugar fiends. Sucrets or Ludens were a sure fire glucose hit for us.
My dad kept them in the breast pocket of his sports coats (probably this very sports jacket.)
My mom we’d hit up for binaca or Lifesavers or best of all gum.
She’d have them hidden in the depths of her “pocketbook.” The term pocketbook is key because it is similar to a purse but large enough to house a small child and often woven out of various colors of jute. Sometimes she’d have her LL Bean bag with her which meant an even longer search.
But when the result was Fruit Stripe gum it was worth the wait. Fruit Stripe, Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Extra... whatever the brand name of gum she produced, we’d refer to it as Teaberry so that she would be forced to perform the Teaberry shuffle regardless of time or place. And SHE WOULD!
THAT is what is so great about my mom. Seriously, picture my mom, rewatch the video and try not to smile.
Somehow to me, a sore throat, a houseful of sick kids and a flu ridden husband don't seem so bad when I think of Sucrets and the Teaberry Shuffle. This is how