re-reading the whole thread and find this
Ooh, your mention of caramels made me remember my all-time favorite candy. Those caramel creme thingies? Is that what you are talking about? They have a caramel outside and then the sweetest plug of white creamy sugar right in the center? Oh my god, now I have to go out and get some of those damn things as soon as possible!
had these for the first time last night
even 3 or 4 years after their sell-by date
(I bought them as they came in a tiny tin suitcase)