It’s been a number of years since I had any Dum Dums suckers, but Wal-Mart had them for 75% off (50 cents for a 12oz bag), so I grabbed a few. Some of the flavors really take you back, but there are also some strange new ones which were never there when I was a kid. Some of the new flavors are pretty ordinary (blueberry, blue raspberry), but then there are ones like cotton candy and bubblegum (the bubblegum one really tastes like bubblegum, but the cotton candy one just tastes like pure sugar). I also got one bag (out of four) which had raspberry lemonade and fruit punch suckers.
It occurred to me that I couldn’t remember the existence of any Dum Dums commercials, so I hopped over to YouTube and searched. There seems to be only one, but after seeing it the memories of it come flooding back:
As a bonus, there’s also a commercial for Cheerios when they were giving away Dum Dums: