PayDay Candy Bar

PayDay Candy Bar

The carmel peanut log was a breakfast staple for me

It seems like a lot of my memories involve candy. The memory I am about to share is no different.

Every time I buy a PayDay candy bar, I think of the mid 1990s. At the time, I was working for a local television station in the Midwest. Every day, a co-worker and I would take a mid morning break and head to the vending machines. We would each get a Diet Coke and a PayDay. This was our breakfast, the fuel we needed to get through the rest of the morning. I know, healthy breakfast, wasn’t it?

While not the healthiest of breakfasts, it was pretty tasty. Peanuts and carmel, with a Diet Coke chaser. What could be better?

PayDay candy bars are made by Hershey’s. Basically, the candy bar is a carmel log covered with salted peanuts. It is nothing fancy, but it sure is good. A PayDay bar is 240 calories, which is about 15 percent of an average daily calorie intake (based on a 2000 calorie diet). I’m not a big calorie counter, so I really don’t know if that is good or bad. I’m guessing bad.

My co-worker left the company before I did, and the daily tradition ended when she left. Sure, I’d occasionally get a Diet Coke and a PayDay, but it was no longer a daily occurrence. I still buy PayDay candy bars; it’s one of the few candy bars that my husband enjoys, and it satisfies my hunger like no Snickers bar can ever do. It never fails though; I always think back to those days in the mid 1990s and my trips to the vending machine with my co-worker.