Awhile ago, someone asked whatever happed to the diet caramels called AYDS. They had a rocky period during the 80s 'cause of the media frenzy over the AIDS epidemic, but I was at my mom’s today and – well I’ll be! – she had a box of the AYDS caramels.
They do still exist, although the packaging is no longer a red AYDS on a white backgroud – it’s all blue and they kind squished in the word “diet” so it kind looks more like DietAYDS, though they’ve still maintained the look of the original trademark.
Anyway, new question:
The caramels are an appetite suppressant. The active ingredient is benzocaine, a topical anaesthetic. You’d find it in OTC sunburn relief sprays or perhaps teething stuff (run it on the sore gums.)
How does the benzocaine work as an appetite suppressant? Does it affect your sense of taste or something? Or once it’s in your belly does in numb the hunger pangs, so to speak?