Penny Candy

Penny Candy
Penny Candy by Lois B. Sutton – White Mountain – 550 pieces

It’s one day before the best candy holiday there is, so it’s the perfect time for this lovely puzzle of Penny Candy! The bright colors and fun candies made for an excellent image that was such an entertaining assembly, I absolutely loved it!

I decided to try laying out all the pieces on my board – a completely different method than the one I normally use – to see if perhaps it was easier or more efficient for me. And since I was doing something new, I also decided to document my progress for the blog, taking pictures along the way. It’s interesting sometimes to watch how a puzzle comes together, at least I hope it is. 😉

Penny Candy 1

Many people use this method when puzzling, so I decided to try it to see if it was better for me. There are some pros, some cons; it was easier at times to find the piece I was looking for, but it made my slight OCD go a bit crazy! I wanted to line up all the pieces into neat little rows. I’m not sure it’s a method I’ll use again, but it was fun (sort of) to give it a try.

Penny Candy 2

These sections were the ones I pulled out to start on first when laying all the pieces on the board; I did pretty well and got most of the pieces on the first try!

Penny Candy 4

Everything’s starting to come together, and I’m becoming more familiar with the colors and patterns so it’s a bit easier to find those stray pieces I didn’t pull the first time. I’m loving the look of the image!

Penny Candy 5

This is how the puzzle looked just before my Puzzle Posse arrived to help finish it off. It won’t be long now!

Penny Candy - with mom

Mom’s here and helping to fill in all the blank spaces. I’m a good daughter and let her have the comfy chair right in front of the puzzle. You can see there aren’t very many pieces left to go now; with her help we finished up in no time and enjoyed every piece. How cute is my posse? So cute!

There were some VERY old fashioned ads and candy that you would absolutely never see these days…

Candy is quick energy for active bodies, put some in their lunch every day. Yowza. That definitely wouldn’t fly into today’s kale infused atmosphere, would it? And candy is delicious food, eat some every day? Oh my! Not that I dislike candy, I definitely enjoy it very much. But food? Yikes. And you wouldn’t see that syrup six shooter in any candy store today! Not only is it a gun, but it’s made out of syrup? Ew! 🤢

I’m old enough to remember penny candy; there used to be a “General Store” in my hometown with a candy counter full of penny candy. The eternally patient clerks would grab a very small brown paper bag and fill it with the candies we chose – adding up the price as we went, making sure we knew how much we were spending.

I have wonderful memories of going into town and getting 50 cents or a dollar from my parents and picking out all the different candies. My favorites were the dots on paper strips, tootsie rolls, pixie sticks, and rock candy. And I’m a child of the 70’s and 80’s, so of course we enjoyed out share of pop rocks and cosmic candy! Good times. 🍫🍬🍭

Penny Candy had me reminiscing, and I enjoyed both the memories and the puzzle!

3 thoughts on “Penny Candy

  1. Penny Allenbaugh Weiss

    I had a whole response typed in here and lost my internet connection and now it appears to have disappeared. LOL

    Anyway, I was saying this has been one of my favorite posts of yours. I absolutely love the in progress shots you took and the picture of your puzzle posse is even better! She is so cute. The only thing that would make that better is to get a picture of both of your working on one together. 🙂

    I had also asked if you liked Colin Thompson’s work as his stuff is very collagy…I love him. I have done Bizarre Bookshop I and have a couple of others that I haven’t tackled yet, but they look really fun. Each “shelf” in his cupboards are like their own mini puzzles.

    Have fun and would love to see more posts like this one with the in progress shots added as well.



    1. I hate it when the internet does that to me too!

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m trying to do better about remembering to get in process pictures, and hope to do more posts like this one soon. (And you’re right, my posse member is adorably cute!)

      I love Colin Thompson, his work IS very collagy. Sometimes I find them a bit too busy, but it all depends on my mood really. My favorite of his that I’ve done is Insights by Schmidt. Loved it!


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