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imcookie Jun 7, 2010 07:59 PM

Does anyone remember a candy bar called COCONUT GROVE???
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  1. Will Owen Jun 11, 2010 04:06 PM

    Oh, my, I loved those! The other coconutty one I'm remembering beside the Peter Paul Mounds/Almond Joy twins (Sometimes you feel like a nut...) was the Bacon Slice, just a slab of coconut, finely-chopped and pressed with something to make it semi-solid and colored to look - sorta - like a big slice of bacon. BTW, liu, I too am from the Midwest. But I'm also old. Coulda been before your time.

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    1. re: Will Owen
      liu Jun 11, 2010 05:14 PM

      There was a time before my time?

      Nah, Will Owen...if they didn't appear in the gas station vending machine, then I don't know of them (ha-ha).

      1. re: liu
        Will Owen Jun 11, 2010 10:17 PM

        I remember most vending machines as having no more than maybe ten offerings, so once you covered the obvious Hersheys (both), Baby Ruth, Clark Bar, Payday and from one to three Mars offerings, there wasn't much room to play with. Chuckles jellies and Necco wafers were the usual suspects, though some schools I went to obviously had a teacher or two lobbying for their faves, so you'd get such oddballs as Bit-O-Honey, Walnettos or 5th Avenue (now THAT was boring!).

        If your vending machine took more than a nickel, there definitely WAS a time before your time!

        1. re: Will Owen
          liu Jun 12, 2010 10:03 PM

          Very funny post, Will, and I remember all of it!

    2. onceadaylily Jun 10, 2010 07:53 PM

      I remember them, but they may have been slightly before my time. One of my aunts had gone through a collage-phase. The bedroom of the younger girls (the two oldest had their own, in a succesion of 'oldest-at-home), had a trash can that was thoroughly Mod-podged with candy bar wrappers. Coconut Grove was one. I think there may have been a coconut candybar war in the sixties. Besides Mounds and Aloond Joy, there was also the Bounty bar, which I do remember eating, and is still sold in random markets here.

      The bedrooms of that old Victorian were like shrines. My grandparents have since moved, but . . . knowing Mimmie, she still has that trashcan somewhere. I kind of want it now, but this is the same woman who won't give me the secret ingrediant to her *no-bake* cookies.

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        bushwickgirl Jun 10, 2010 08:13 PM

        "the Bounty bar" I remember them as well, from the 70's I believe; I seem to recall that they were a hunk of coconut burnin' chocolate love, but maybe my memory has been corrupted by my childhood fixation for anything coconut wrapped in dark chocolate.

        1. re: bushwickgirl
          onceadaylily Jun 10, 2010 08:22 PM

          I see them in a market here that caters to an immigrant population (I'm so in love with that market that I've even tried to incorporate it into lunches with friends, "Let's go to Village and get groceries *together*" They are rarely enthused). I've wondered if the bounty bars are imported; I never see them in the big chains.

          I now want to buy one, and refresh my memory. If you need a fed-exed bit of nostalgia, let me know.

          1. re: onceadaylily
            bushwickgirl Jun 10, 2010 08:33 PM

            As all we seen to have available here are Mounds, I just may take you up on that!

            Many of our local Puerto Rican/Dominican owned bodgas sell latino style candies, right up front at the cashiers so you can't miss them; one of which is an incredibly sweet and satisfying coconut drop, and a dulce de leche fudge concoction, both which are evil with deliciousness.

            1. re: bushwickgirl
              onceadaylily Jun 10, 2010 08:40 PM

              If you ever want the reality check, peek into my profile for my email addy, and let me know where to the send the goods. Hopefully it *is* imported, in the US, anything under five bucks a bar is brown wax.

              I buy my Cadbury fruit and nut bar from a place that brings it from the source itself, but don't tell the 'buy local' contingent.

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        imcookie Jun 9, 2010 06:56 PM

        THANKS for the picture thats it...It was fantastic. A taste you can;t forget..
        I thank you for the memory..

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        1. re: imcookie
          liu Jun 9, 2010 10:11 PM

          I don't remember it. Might it have been a regional candy bar?
          imcookie, where did you grow up? I am from the MidWest.

          1. re: liu
            bushwickgirl Jun 10, 2010 07:42 PM

            I remember them, but it seems that they were not any kind of competition for Mounds, so they went the way of all good candy bars, straight to candy bar heaven.

        2. liu Jun 7, 2010 09:41 PM

          Hi, imcookie!
          I found this to assist with your search:


          It looks delish, but I don't remember it.

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          1. re: liu
            jfood Jun 8, 2010 06:54 AM

            did you noticce the words on the side..."enriched with dextrose". A candy bar ahead of its time.

            1. re: jfood
              liu Jun 8, 2010 08:59 AM

              That struck me, too!
              I'm glad you pointed that out, jfood!

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