My 2 cents. Sent thru email and thru comment page.
Ms. Graber, 12/16/07
Good day. As a middle aged man, having grown up in the sixties, I have enjoyed my share of candy.....
___,,,^.~.^,,,___ Wow, this thread has contributions going back as far as 2004 and then no more since 2009! I wonder if any of the original posters are still listening. Hello? Anybody still out there on this one? By the way, hi WValleyWest! I went there to for one year before moving to Mountaintop and transferring to Crestwood. It sounds like roughly during the same timeframe. I wonder if I know you? Drop me a line if you want at .
___,,,^.~.^,,,___ I used to pine for these little candies for years and never knew what the real name was...until tonight when I stumbled upon this forum thread (thank you Mr. Google). We always used to call them Sen-Sens as several others here have pointed out, but now after hearing the name Ben Hur, I do recall my father once telling that's what they were supposed to be called.
___,,,^.~.^,,,___ We used to get them in Wilkes-Barre at The Boston Store way, way, way before Boscov bought them out. I remember getting them (both the grey anise ones and the lavender ones) at the food counter on the second floor near the parking deck entrance! I'm certain I recall that the Boston Store employees baked them right there on site. I remember watching one of the women pull a large sheetcake size tray of them out of an oven with mitts and my Dad and I had to wait for them to cool before she could crack the sheet into the little pillows and bag them. Maybe someone reading this knows someone who had an older family member that worked in the Boston Store candy kitchen and remembers the recipe? Wishful thinking I suppose.
___,,,^.~.^,,,___ The closest thing in flavor I've found over the years is a flavor of Life Saver candy that is sold only in Australia...not a knock-off brand but real actual Life Saver brand. They are an opaque, pastel pink color sold as "Musk" flavor. My company did some business with the Aussies a few years back and there were a number of onsite reps stationed at our plant. They had lots of these Musk Life Savers. Apparently they're very popular in Oz, and we were told an Aussie pastime when visiting is to offer a Life Saver to an American just to watch us gag and spit, because "Americans hate this flavor!" Well I'm proud to say I was the one who fooled them! I accepted the offer and two sucks into it I said, "OMG, Sen-Sens!!!!" The Aussie said, "Sen what's??" I loved them so much I had one of them mail me a whole case!
___,,,^.~.^,,,___ The flavoring in the Australian Musk candies is known to be patchouli, so reader hanshaas is correct in pointing that out. True, they're missing the licorice or anise component and so taste a little closer to the lavender Ben Hurs than the favorite grey ones, but one taste and you immediately recognize that patchouli is the magic ingredient that's missing from contemporary copies.
___,,,^.~.^,,,___ By the way, loved your letter to Farley and Sathers. I can't believe that impassioned plea after my own heart didn't elicit a more positive response! Any updates on that front since these postings stopped? I'd love to hear good news!
---Bye for now, and thanks for listening! :~)