#45 - Cracker Jack Prize
I've always been fond of Cracker Jack candy, so I had to buy a box when I found it.
As a kid I loved the caramel corn and the sweet peanuts. But best of all I loved the prize.
From a very young age, I adored small things. I collected the prizes in Cracker Jack boxes and gum ball machines. I called them my trinkets.
I crossed fingers and held my breath when I turned the knob or opened the paper prize holder. Oh how I hoped a special ring or a tiny toy would surprise me.
Gum or Trinket?
I used to study the prizes in the gum machine. I hated my bad luck when gum popped out, so I came up with a plan that would assure me a few real goodies. My plan was to take the dollar in my birthday card and exchange it for 100 pennies. I pictured myself hunkered down with a paper bag underneath the gum machine. (I now picture that 6-old-Beth, looking like an anxious player at a slot machine) I could just visualize myself, strutting out of the candy store with my heavy bag. I would give the gum to my friends and keep all the trinkets. Sadly, I never followed through with that clever plan.
My Box Yesterday
What a disappointment!
The caramel corn didn't even cover the napkin. There were 2 peanuts. And it was pretty evident, there was no cute trinket hidden in that flat prize holder.
Are You Kidding?
I know the prizes have been lame for many years. But this tiny little "Go Ahead Throw The Curve" sticker was blurry and hideous!
This is my first real dud 6-Year-Old-Celebration. I have 15 more to reach my goal before my birthday. I better start choosing my celebrations wisely!
8/27/2018 10:46:02 pm
I think Cracker Jack prizes can be retrieved now via a smartphone application. I don't know if it's a game of some sort online. I miss the old days where you can get a plastic decoder ring inside. Or a mini magnifying glass. My brother used that to burn holes in stuff. Now, you will see online that rare Cracker Jack prizes are being sold and collected. Well, I hope they bring back the fun prizes not just a free digital experience.
8/28/2018 08:22:59 am
That seems totally crazy, doesn't it? You have to have a smartphone to get your Cracker Jack prize! Candy was much more fun back when... :D
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