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10 Jun, 2006

Candy Swap: my answers

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Swaps

1) When I was a kid, Halloween was all about:
a) collecting as much candy as I could – I figured out early on that pillow cases were the ideal Candy Carrier. Sturdy and large. Other than built-in handles … what more can you ask for? We’d do a round of houses, dump the goods at home, and rush right back out.

2) What is more important to you: quality, or quantity?
At a ma-tooor adult I have to vote for quality. Really.

3) If you were on a desert island (haha, I wrote “dessert island” but that would be a totally different question now wouldn’t it?) and could only have one sweet treat, which would it be?
Peanut butter cups from Truffle Treasures… they are the real deal. After you’ve eaten one you will never go back to that Reese crap. Imagine if you will, real peanut butter, a big gob of caramel, in a milk chocolate cup…. as big as the inner palm of your hand. *swoon* AND, it covers several key foodgroups. Right? RIGHT?

4) You arrive at “Dessert Island” ? where you discover a river of pudding flowing freely through a swamp of Cool Whip. No one is watching. What do you do?
I actually don’t like pudding. And I’m not crazy about Cool Whip. I prefer real whipped cream made with a smidge of sugar and a dash of vanilla. BUT, if no one was watching I would jump in. Just because I could.

4) Sweet, sour, or savoury?
Sweet. Savoury.

5) Sex or chocolate?
Who wrote these questions? Chocolate is the conduit to sex. Very few individuals realize that. Do I need to write a manual?

6) What kind of candy, if any, would you turn down if someone offered?
Dark chocolate, fruity chocolate, anything liquor-filled, grandma candies (see below), black licorice. I’m also not much of a hard candy kind of gal. There aren’t very many varieties I can say that I really like.

7) You’re at the grocery store, you’re children/husband/pets have been The.Worst.Ever….

I was aiming to find out what common grocery-aisle candy people liked best. I rarely ever buy candy at the grocery store but in case of emergency it would be have to be Skor or Coffee Crisp. Oh, and Wunderbar! I have also been known to buy a bag of gummi worms (they must be FRESH!) and keep them to myself. Yum.

8) What are your feelings regarding Thrills gum, ribbon candy, scotch mints, and other “grandma candies”?
Yuk. Yuk and yuk. I was amazed – even stunned – to see that some people ACTUALLY LIKED THRILLS. It’s tastes like SHAVING CREAM PEOPLE. What planet are ya’ll from? :) And, I know they are sacrosanct but I would like to add candy hearts to the undesirable list too. Who mentioned Werther’s? I like those.

9) How adventurous are you? Do spicy dried mealworms or candy-coated crickets give you the willies, or are you willing to try anything once?
I am adventurous. I have actually eaten the spicy (but dried) mealworms of which I speak. But this does not give you license to go out and buy me cricket pops. :)

9) Do you have dentures or other dental issues? Do you have a good dental plan?
I have fillings. Lots of them. I consider my molars hereby safeguarded for maximum candy intake. Not even the chewiest caramel will scare me off. Bring it on!


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