From many moons ago, this two-bit dessert came to mind after a gumball-machine sighting in, of all places, a West African restaurant. (On the more recent occasion, the meal concluded instead with corn porridge and sour cream.) I think it was meant to be banana — but an actual banana changes color and texture to signal its transition from ripe to overripe to decidedly past its prime. Hardware-store gumballs, by contrast, can be made of sturdy stuff.
That said, I spotted the gumball machine inside, toward the back, only because I walked in, and I walked in because this is a nice little shop of the sort that's being squeezed out of too many New York neighborhoods. (Visit them while you can, and support them as you're able.) I manage my hardware needs closer to home, but I bought a gumball once, and I'd buy one again.
Around the Clock Locksmith
62-45 Woodhaven Blvd. (62nd Rd.-62nd Dr.), Rego Park, Queens