Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lemon Sticks, Baltimore

Wandering around Baltimore's Harbor Place, trying to kill some time before seeing the "Three Generations of Ska" show on Festival Pier, 1000yregg spotted a lemonade place still selling lemon sticks, a Baltimore sweet that he remembered from his youth in the 1970s.

The kids behind the counter were a little taken aback when I ordered one, saying they were rarely ever ordered. After all, the Inner Harbor is mostly the destination of tourists, none of whom would know what "Lemon Stick" up on the menu board meant.

Basically, it's a lemon with a tunnel cut into it and a peppermint stick shoved inside. You suck the lemon juice from the peppermint stick, the sweetness of the candy cutting the sour of the lemon, the juice eventually dissolving the candy. It's really an ingenious snack for a kid in the summertime - cheap as dirt, refreshing, and keeps them occupied for a good 30-45 minutes.

The stand was probably happy to have finally sold one, and unloaded about 5-6 peppermint sticks on me. They may have been sitting around since the 80s, but they were still good.


Alisa@Foodista said...

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lani moo said...

wow! it's like a wacky version of an icee. good for a hot summer day.