“An orgasmic convulsion of flavour and love.” – Bring Back Citrus Sharp Polos Facebook page
This is mainly thanks to Charlie O’Shields, whose tempting doodlewash to recognise National Candy Day sparked the conversation and deliberation as to what our favourite sweets actually were. In today’s climate, Skittles are without a doubt the top for me, but there was a halcyon day when the taste of the rainbow faced stiff, luminous-green competition.
That competition came from the almighty Citrus Polo. Zesty and zingy, these were quite patently the best Polos ever, dethroning Spearmint with impressive ease.
From my recollection, they weren’t around for very long; they seemed to appear sometime in the late 90s, but by the mid 2000s they had vanished altogether. They were truly amazing, and there have been few moments more devastating than that when I realised they were no longer around.
Come to think of it, you don’t seem to see many Polos at all these days. Another favourite used to be the boiled sweet Fruit Polos, which I haven’t seen for years. Buttermint Polos – gone. Smoothie Polos – gone. Gummy Polos – gone. These are really quite harrowing times for Polo fans.
I’m not the only one who remembers these wondrous things; there have been several petitions to bring them back, and likewise a smattering of Facebook groups have been created for the cause. Admittedly, none of these have boasted a stampede of supporters, so any revival at present looks depressingly distant (wipes away tear). But we shall live forever in hope.
Sigh. Sweet memories.