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"From the 50's to today" by Judy Reynoso
I am 67 and my mother used to tell me she hung out at the Parrot when she was young.  Grew up in Helena and the Parrot was the teen hang-out in the 50's.  On Saturdays you could hardly get in the place! The candy was unbelievable.  What I loved the most were the Mexican Lime Drin
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From the 50's to today by Judy Reynoso

"I am 67 and my mother used to tell me she hung out at the Parrot when she was young.  Grew up in Helena and the Parrot was the teen hang-out in the 50's.  On Saturdays you could hardly get in the place! The candy was unbelievable. ...."   Continued...

Cleaning the Parrot by Robert Shultz

"I've been enjoying the Parrot confectionery store since 1990. I used to clean the store at night for Servicemaster contract services. I still frequently stop in for candy and one pound boxes of candy to send to my relatives down South, in winter of c...."   Continued...

Traveling Candy by Bea Steen

"I moved to Helena in 1981 and found the Parrot to become my one stop gift store. The awesome selection of Parrot candy has been taken in the car, on the plane, and even on the Amtrak. I take it with me when I visit, or send to friends and relatives a...."   Continued...

A Custom from New Orleans by Elaine Livers

"My parents began sending Parrot candy at Christmas to me and my siblings.  My family was living in New Orleans and my siblings elsewhere in the country.  This was in the 1960's.  As our children married we started sending Christmas can...."   Continued...

 
 
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Parrot Kid    by : Sue Orr

"I have to admit, I was very nervous when I heard someone was buying The Parrot, but I can tell she is in good hands after I received your letter. I am a 60's/70's Parrot kid. I hung out with my friends - filled the jukebox with good music and enjoyed tamales and Mexican limes. Love the caramels, fudge, and white chocolate wedges. We send my husband's one hundred year old aunt Turkish paste every C...."  Continued....


Hard Earned Chocolate    by : J.R. Feucht

"Even though I am an old codger now - I remember shovelling sidewalks in my pre-teens and teens to get money to meet my friends (and whatever girls currently had our interest) for cherry cokes, chili, and caramel sundaes-and of course candy at The Parrot! >>> I now send candy to my daughter in Portland and all of her roommates are now big fans of Parrot candy! Keep up the traditions and ...."  Continued....


Love Everything About The Parrot    by : Carol Stahly

"Special memories purchasing large decorative paper mache Easter egg containers for my children's baskets... they still have them! Ordering a box of Parrot chocolates to send at Christmas is always a gift my family and friends love - and I love that you do the mailing! The Parrot mints are another favorite; they have been used at most of our family wedding and I give them for birthdays. We love eve...."  Continued....


Choosing my Own Candy    by : Joyce Banzet

"We were raised in Avon, MT and when we would make a trip over McDonald pass to Helena, our hope was that we could visit The Parrot. We usually did, because in the 40's that was "downtown!" We especially liked the idea of being able to choose from the glass case two or three candies of our very own. I remember two ladies, in particular, that would wait on us because they had violet hair! I went bac...."  Continued....


One for You, One for Me    by : Dennis Sanders

"Every Christmas I love getting Parrot candy for one of my friends and also for myself. I was just in Helena for our fiftieth class reunion, and I stopped in to the Parrot.


A Very Special Treat    by : Sonja Box

"I order Holiday candy for my Dad and Marie in Wyoming as they love it, and The Parrot has everything they need. A very special treat that they enjoy, and only have once a year. They got their package this year right before Thanksgiving, but did not  mind. My Dad just thought I was jumping the gun. The new owner is sending them a box at Christmas to make up for the mix-up. They will love it, a...."  Continued....


Hotel Guests    by : Helen Shortridge

"My Aunt, Rose Foster, owned the Helena Hotel and as a small child I visited with my Mom and Dad and stayed at her hotel which was about one block from The Parrot, which had the best candy ever!


Vivid Memories!    by : Barbara Blazek

"I searched the web for Merrie Mints, the childhood favorite of a friend, and was directed to The Parrot. You have made her memories even more vivid!


A Poem for The Parrot    by : Gretchen Olheiser

"I was born in Helena, just like my Father. My mother was the "foreigner" who was born in Townsend, but both my parents have fond memories of The Parrot. When I was eight years old I was allowed to walk Downtown by myself. I must have been a pest to The Parrot. I was permitted to watch Emma dip chocolates. She explained the meaning of the curlicues with which she adorned each piece of candy. Her ar...."  Continued....


Strange Love    by : Linda Treadwell

"I am 64 and I remember going to The Parrot with my family. What sticks in my mind is being about six years old, or younger, and methodically picking off the Black Jack gum from UNDER the table. I know, it kind of makes you sick to think about it, but that is the truth. I told my kids that story and every time they see a pack of Black Jack gum (which you do not see very often) they send it to me. H...."  Continued....


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