January 3, 2020

             Last week as I was reading the table of contents in the January-February issue of Yankee magazine, I saw a word I hadn’t seen in decades: Hoodsie. And I was instantly back in childhood, walking down the street from our house to Walter’s Market trying to decide what treat to buy with part of my weekly allowance of twenty-five cents, a candy bar or a Hoodsie.
             Quickly I turned pages to the Hoodsie piece: “Prized Cup: In a world of glamorous specialty ice creams, the no-nonsense Hoodsie keeps a hold on New England’s heart,” by Jessica Battilana. She begins by describing New Englanders’ “beloved ritual: Grabbing the paper tab at its edge, we pull the lid from a Hoodsie Cup, lick it, then scoop the chocolate and vanilla ice cream from the paper cup using the paddle-like spoon.”
             New Englanders! Years ago, I was quite surprised when the editor of my first novel, The Lilting House, gently asked me to rewrite “Hoodsie” in my manuscript because nobody outside of New England would know what I meant. So I either deleted it or changed it to something blah like “individual ice-cream container.”
Jessica Battilana tells us that “HP Hood has been headquartered [in Massachusetts] since its founding in 1846.” And she mentions that “When Hoodsie Cups debuted in 1947, the cups cost a nickel.” Wow, I could have bought a Hoodsie five days a week with my wealth of twenty-five cents! In the magazine’s illustration of Hoodsies, the little spoon looks plastic.  They used to be wooden ones that gave the ice cream a faintly woody taste.
             I hadn’t realized that Hoodsies still existed. But Jessica Battilana told me that “Today you can purchase Hoodsie Cups from ice cream trucks and grocery stores in every state in New England and parts of upstate New York.” Well, the next time I’m in our grocery store I must browse farther in the ice-cream case than just Ben & Jerry’s.
             So I didn’t have a Hoodsie in the house, but I did have another childhood favorite, a box of Animal Crackers, a Christmas present with other fun treats from my niece. I’d forgotten that the box has a little handle, so you could carry it like a pocketbook. But I hadn’t forgotten an “Animal Crackers” poem by Christopher Morley. It’s about having cocoa with them; by some inexplicable oversight I didn’t happen to have cocoa in the cupboard (another note to make on the grocery list after “Hoodsies”), but I did have tea. I opened my copy of Silver Pennies, the children’s anthology, and with my Animal Crackers and tea I began reading:
             Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink,
             That is the finest of suppers, I think;
             When I’m grown up and can have what I please
I              think I shall always insist upon these.

             What do you choose when you’re offered a treat?
             When Mother says, “What would you like best to eat?”
             Is it waffles and syrup, or cinnamon toast?
             It’s cocoa and animals that I love the most!

  © 2021 by Ruth Doan MacDougall; all rights reserved



Hoodsies and Animal Crackers  (January 3) 

Welcome, 2021 !
 ( December 27) 
Cornwall at Christmastime
 ( December 20) 
 Mount Tripyramid ( December 13) 
New Hampshire Pie ( December 6)   
Frost, Longfellow, and Larkin ( November 29)
Rocking Chairs ( November 22)
Thanksgiving Side Dishes ( November 15)
Election 2000 ( November 8)
Jell-O and Pollyanna ( November 1)
Peyton Place in Maine  (October 25)
Remember the Reader  (October 18)
Sandwich Fairs In Our Past  (October11)
Drought and Doughnuts  (October 4)
Snacks (September 27)
Support Systems, Continuing (September 20)
The 85 Best Things to Do in New England (Sept 13)
Dessert Salads?! (September 6)
Agatha Christie's 100th Anniversary (August 30)
Poutine and A Postscript(August 23)
Pandemic Listening and Reading (August 16)
Mobile Businesses (August 9)
Backyard Wildlife (August 2)
Maine Books (July 26)
Garlic (July 19)
Birthday Cakes (July 12)
A Collection of Quotations  (July 5)
Best of New Hampshire (June 28)
Hair (June 21)
Learning (June 14)
Riding and "Broading" Around (June 7)
Sunday Drives, Again (May 31)
The Passion Pit (May 24)
Schedules & Sustenance (May 17)
Doan Sisters Go to a British Supermarket (April 5)
National Poetry Month 2020 (April 12)
Laconia (May 10)
Results (May 3)
Singing (April 26 )
Dining Out (April 19 )
Red Hill (March 29)
An Island Kitchen (March 22)
Pandemic and Poetry (March 15)
Food for Hikes (March 8)
Social Whirl in February (March 1)
Two Audiobooks and a Magazine(February 23)
Books Sandwiched In   (February 9)
Mailboxes February 2)
Ironing (January 26)
The Cup & Crumb  (January 19)
Catalogs  (January 12)
Audiobook Travels  (January 5)


Christmas Weather  (Dec. 29 )
Christmas in the Village  (Dec. 22)
Marion's Christmas Snowball, Again  (Dec. 15)
Phyliss McGinley and Mrs. York  (December 8)
Portsmouth Thanksgiving.  (December 1)
In the Dentist's Waiting Room, Again.  (Nov. 24)
Louisa and P.G.  (November 17)
The First Snow  (November 10)
Joy of Cooking  (November 3)
Over-the-Hill Celebration  (October 27)
Pumpkin Regatta  (October 20)
Houseplants, New and Old(October 13)
Pumpkin Spice  (October 6)
Wildlife  (Sept 29)
Shakespeare and George  (Sept 22)
Castles and Country Houses  (Sept 15)
New Hampshire Apple Day  (Sept 8)
Maine Woods and Matchmaking  (Sept 1)
Reunions  (August 25)
Sawyer's Dairy Bar  (August 18)
Old Home Week  (August 11)
Summer Scenes  (August 4)
Maine Foods (July 28)
Out of Reach  (July 21)
This and That, Again  (July 14)
The Lot  (July 7)
Pizza, Past and Present (June 30)
Setting Up Housekeeping (June 23)
Latest Listening and Reading (June 16)
Pinkham Notch (June 9)
A Boyhood in the Weirs (June 2)
The Big Bear (May 26)
It's Radio! (May 19)
Archie (May 12)
Department Stores  (May 5)
Spring Is Here!  (April 28)
Dorothy Parker Poem  (April 21)
National Library Week, 2019  (April 14)
National Poetry Month, 2019  (April 7)
Signs of Spring, 2019 (March 31)
Frost Heaves, Again (March 24)
Latest Reading & Listening (March 17)
Car Inspection (March 10)
Snowy Owls & Chicadees (March 3)
Sandwiches Past and Present (February 23)
Our First Date (February 17) 
Ice Fishing Remembered (February 10)
Home Ec (February 3)
A Rockland Restaurant (January 27)
Kingfisher (January 19)
Mills & Factories (January 13)
Squirrels (January 6)


Clothesline Collapse   (December 2)
Thanksgiving 2018
(November 25)  
(November 18)
A Mouse Milestone (November 11)
Farewell to Our Magee   (November 4)
Sistering (October 28)
Sears (October 21)
Love and Ruin (October 14)
A New Furnace (October 7)
Keene Cuisine September 30)
A Mini-Mini Reunion (September 23)
Support System  (September 16)
Five & Ten  (September 9)
Dining Out Again  (September 2)
Summer Listening (August 26)
Donald K. MacDougall 1936-2018  (August 19)
Update--Don (August 12)
Telling Don (August 5)
Don's Health (July 29)
Seen and Overheard (July 22)
Donald Hall  (July 15)
Fireworks (July 8)
Off Season (July 1)
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (June 24)
2018 Motorcycle Week (June 17)
Springtime Sights (June 10)
Seafood at the Seacoast? (June 3)
Lilacs (May 27)
Going Up Brook, revisited  (May 20)
The Weirs Drive-In Theater  (May 13)
The Green and Yellow Time, (May 6 )
Recipe Box and Notebook (April 29)
Henrietta Snow, Second Printing (April 21)
Miniskirts and Bell-Bottoms (April 14)
The Poor Man's Fertilizer (April 7)
The Galloping Gourmet (April 1)
The Old Country Store (March 25; First  FB entry)

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