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How Do You Like Your M&Ms?

My secret stash of M&Ms

I keep a secret stash in my desk drawer. It varies from week to week. Recently, it has been M&M candies. I’m not much of a sweet tooth. In fact when it comes to snacking, I’m generally pretty good. I like to occasionally have chips, for instance. When I have them, I’ll eat a handful or so and then put the bag pack in the pantry. Apparently, this is aberrant behavior, at least in my family. If I go back to that same bag a day later, there will be nothing but crumbs.

So I took keeping a secret stash in my desk drawer–which I am happy to share with the kids on occasion. But unlike the snacks in the pantry, they can’t just go into my secret stash and take it whenever they want. It means that the stash tends to last a while. The 19 ounce bag of M&Ms that currently resides in my drawer is already more than a week old, and it is more than half full. When I snack on M&Ms, it is usually just a handful, and I am satisfied.

I think there is a reason for this. When I was a kid, my grandfather had an old-fashioned candy machine in their house. The machine took nickels and he kept it supplied with M&Ms. The candy machine sat on an antique sewing table. There were narrow drawers in that table. One draw contain fistfuls of nickels that could be used for feeding the machine. The other drawer contains small bags for Triple S Blue Stamps or something like that. They were small bags. What you did was take nickel and a bag. You inserted the nickel into the slot, turned the thick metal dial, and you’d hear a fistful of M&M’s drop into the slot. You then put the mouth of the bag at the slot, and opened it. Presto! You had about a dozen or maybe 20 M&Ms.

I got used to that portion and that’s about what I eat today when the craving strikes me.

Thinking back, there were fewer colors of M&Ms back then than there are today. I don’t recall there being red M&Ms for a time. The rumor among the neighborhood kids (about as trusty in the late 70s and early 80s as the Internet is today) was that they dye for the red M&Ms caused cancer. I wonder if they referred to this as the Red Scare? There are red M&Ms in my stash today.

At some point, there were also peanut M&Ms. I don’t ever recall my grandfather stocking the machine with peanut M&Ms. I didn’t like them back then, and always eschewed they bright yellow bag they came in. Yellow wasn’t chocolate. Brown was chocolate. I wanted the most chocolate I could get. Today, I don’t mind peanut M&Ms if there is not other option. They also make peanut butter M&Ms now, but if I wanted peanut butter M&Ms, I’ll just have Reese’s Pieces.

The slogan I remember from M&Ms is “melts in your mouth, not in your hands.” I used to try to get them to melt in my mouth as a kid. They would also melt in your pocket on a hot summer day, despite what the slogan said. Indeed, it may have been through M&Ms that I first learned that just because the advertisers say something about the product, doesn’t mean its true.

Today, I’m still not convinced. The chocolate center may not melt in my kids’ hands, but the dye seems to. I don’t know why they hold onto M&Ms so long in their sweaty little hand, but their fingers come away from the experience stained every color of the rainbow.

The current bag of M&Ms sitting in my drawer has a sell by date of September 2021. Slow as I may be, I think I’ll finish the bag before then.

A shout-out for Christopher’s Confections

For Valentine’s Day, Kelly got us a box of chocolates to share. She got the chocolate’s from Christopher’s Confections as part of a fund-raising shindig for one of the Little Man’s Gymboree teacher’s who died unexpectedly a few months ago. We were actually so busy on Valentine’s Day evening that we never got a chance to try the chocolates, but for the last two nights, we’ve had two of these chocolate bonbons each and they have to rank among the finest chocolates I’ve ever tasted.

What makes them unique is their flavors. Kelly got us a box of 12, which contained 6 flavors (2 candies of each). Among the flavors are:

  • Champagne
  • Peanut Butter Caramel
  • Chambord
  • Extra Old Cognac
  • Butter and Scotch
  • Noisette

They are all just so outstandingly good. So far I think my favorite is the Extra Old Cognac and the Champagne. Sadly, tonight will be our last night. There are four candies left and we’ll each have two after dinner.

The candies are pricey, but (a) it was for a very good cause and (b) they are well worth the price. They are works of art themselves and you almost don’t want to eat them because each one looks so beautiful.

If you are in the market for some outstanding chocolates, both Kelly and I highly recommend Christopher’s Confections.

I want candy

I was craving a particular type of candy this afternoon. I don’t know the actual name, but it’s these chewy, coin-shaped, candies with a hard candy shell and a sour, fruit flavor. I used to get a handful of them from one of those little machines at Santa Monica Place. Today, I suddenly remembered that there is a candy store in the mall here. I went over and bought 1/4 pound bag for $3. I just about finished the bag.

My tongue is killing me!

Candy binge

I had one of my very rare cravings for candy tonight and since it is my free-day, I went out and got a 1 pound bag of Skittles and promptly consumed half the bag. Now I feel gross! My tongue and cheeks hurt from all of the sugar. I need better self-control…

I’m off to bed. Tomorrow is a programming day, meaning that I will be doing nothing but writing code all day at work. I’m hoping to get a lot done, though, and part of what I am doing needs to be done for a training session that I am running on Thursday.

Economy Candy

Jen needed to go to a candy store to pick up some special candy for some wedding invitations she is doing and so after our trek up to Grandpa’s old stomping grounds, we caught the train at 96th to head way downtown to a place called Economy Candy. When we got on the train, it was being held because of “police activity” at 86th and that meant that once we got going, it was a crowded train ride all the way down to 14th street. I tried to people watch, which you really couldn’t avoid doing since there were so many people on the train. I was amused to see one man board the train reading 1492, which I assumed he was doing in connection with some course on history attempting to relate its curriculum ot the upcoming Columbus Day holiday. Of course, it could have been a coincidence. More amusing were the two woman who nearly got into a fight because neither wanted to budge from their cramped space on the train.

We finally made it down to 108 Rivington Street, where Economy Candy is located and the first thing I noticed upon walking inside was that the whole entire placed smelled like Halloween. It’s not a very big place, but it is probably the largest candy store I have ever been in. Typical of famous New York shops with New York reputation, the sign above the counter read, “There will be a $5 charge for whining.” No one was whining. In fact, this place was a child’s dream, or a dentist’s dream, depending upon your perspective.

There were all sorts of candy, some of which I thought were long extinct. I took in as much as I could and finally turned to Jen and said, in a haughty tone, “I’ll be impressed if and only if they have Clark bars.” Jen reached her hand into a red box just under my nose and said, “You mean like this?” Sure enough, boxes and boxes of Clark bars. They had a 16 ounce jaw breaker that sold for $9. I estimated the diameter to be 4-5 inches. You literally had to lick your way to the point where it could fit into your mouth. Forget Tootsie Pops, how many licks would it take to get to the center of the “Mega Bruiser” jaw breaker?

Among some of the candy that could be found, that I had all but forgotten about: every variety of Pez you can imagine. There were pop rocks and lemonheads, and Boston baked beans. There were boxes and boxes of candy cigarettes! All of the parents seemed to afraid to allow their kids to buy a pack, even though it’s what all of the kids wanted to buy. There was a taffy kind of candy called “Mary Janes”, the name of which amused me. There were un-opened packs of 1988 Topps baseball cards. Could you imagine how stale that stick of gum must be 18 years later? They also had the Harry Potter jelly beans, complete with two new flavors: bacon and rotten egg.

As it turns out, Jen could not find the candy she was looking for in this candy emporium and so she had to make due with an alternative selection. She wanted to get me a Clark bar, but I refused. While I like looking at candy, I no longer eat it. She asked me what she should get for Jason and the answer was staring me right in the face: Sugar Daddy.

We took a bus back uptown and all of my observing must have worn me out. I slept most of the way.