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I head out into the street, wondering how I’m gonna sell this to Carla. I sample what I’ve wrecked the budget on. Mmm…peanut crunch, good; the Coronado Crunch, dee-freaking-licious. The oh-so-cinnamony “apple pie” candied apple: that’s about to take the prize when I taste the maple walnut fudge.

And that’s that. It’s it. No contest whatsoever.

Why?

It’s the nearest thing to — sigh — my long-lost Swiss Cream Candy Bars.

And now here comes Carla.

“Sweetie!” she says. “How do I look? Ready for lunch? Say, what’s that you’re chewing?” ■

The Place: Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, 1126 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-7290

Prices: Candy apples, $7; Coronado Crunch, $18.99 lb.; “Bulk candy,” $2.75 1/4 lb., $10.99 lb.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to around 7:00 p.m., daily

Buses: 901, 904

Nearest bus stop: Orange Avenue and 10th Street

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