It is said that during the dynasty period, the emperor's concubines were the only ones who had the luxury of consuming such treats (the sweet were called Gui Fei and were traditionally made from glutinous rice, white sugar and maple syrup). When I was a kid, I remember the ting ting candy sellers would pedal their bicycles around and try to attract the attention of customers hopefully by knocking the metal chisel and hammer together. It's still pretty much the same modus operandi; just that they now travel around on motorcycles, with the candy trays resting on the back of the motorcycles.
Using a metal chisel and flat hammer to chip away the hardened ting ting candy (hence producing the "ting ting" sound; making it the "moniker" for such a candy).
The little candy bag (RM3) is more than just a treat, it's also a part of my childhood. It warms my heart each time I hear that familiar sound. I never fail to buy a packet (or two!) whenever I have the chance and relive those sweet memories.
Don't sweat the small stuff but let's hope and pray that we'll always have the small stuff in life to be thankful for (yes, ting ting candy is one of the small stuff, hahaha...); things that make me "feel". The things that put a smile on my face and makes me wrinkle my nose. Yes, Colbie Caillat, I know how you feel though I'm referring to food and you're referring to a person! Thank God for such blessings ..... it's just not the big stuff that matters. At times, it's the small stuff that matters more :o)