When I was little, I loved to sneak into my mom’s Whitman’s Sampler Assorted Chocolate box, in search of my favorite piece of candy, chocolate coconut. Unfortunately, all of the pieces looked the same to a child’s eye. Despite the label on the inside lid to indicate the location of each chocolate, they were never in the proper place.
Since I didn’t like pieces that squirted a liquid, like the Cherry Cordials or the kind with the unidentifiable jelly, I was forced to pinch it to identify. Sometimes it would take three or four pinches before I could find the coconut.
I never understood why my mom would get angry and yell, “Who’s been pinching the candies?” The pieces were still edible, albeit a little smashed. I later discovered I wasn’t the only one pinching, my father and sister were also pinchers. Since I was the finicky eater in the family, I was always on the receiving end of the accusing eye.
A couple of times, I took my chances and bit into a piece, but those pieces usually ended up hidden in the trash can. Fortunately through the years, my mother developed a taste for better candy. Russell Stover Nuts and Chews replaced the Whitman’s Sampler and in that box, there was never a bad piece.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
What’s your favorite kind of candy?