I’ve been thinking about how some things really are best in their purest form. I’ll never order a caramel coffee or choose Earl Grey Tea as a flavor of ice cream. I like my coffee with just cream, my ice cream vanilla and my chocolate Hershey’s.
It is this last one that really drives me crazy. All the designer chocolates that have come out recently are just awful. I figure folks who proclaim to like the bitter, chalky, tasteless stuff are doing the Emperor’s New Clothes thing. “Aren’t we so sophisticated, watch us suppress the gag as we quickly reach for a drink to rinse away the putrid remnants of our oh so superior chocolate.”
Fellow Hershey lovers I invite you to follow my methods of enjoying chocolate. Did you know a Hershey’s kiss that is eaten by chewing lasts a mere 9.3 seconds? But a Hershey’s kiss that is allowed to melt without the use of teeth lasts 2 minutes and 11.4 seconds. Quite a difference, huh? More than 14 times the enjoyment and not a single calorie more!
If you doubt these numbers, please feel free to time yourself (probably the best homework assignment you’ll ever get). In the spirit of proper scientific method (and an excuse to noodle around with the functions on my iPhone), I timed my way through a whole bowl of kisses. The figures I site, are actually averages. Yes, I am not ashamed to profess that I really am that kind of a math nerd.
Back to the topic of being a purist and a segue into the whole Smiley theme. I love the good old yellow Smiley, no tongue, no hairstyle and no attitude. I’m not knocking emoticon (I’m not much for using them either), because they really are a cool way to keep the presence of happiness in our everyday lives as we sit at our keyboards or text on our phones. But the Smileys I have on display around my house (and I’m sure you can imagine what everybody thinks to give to me at gift giving occasions, so I have lots!) are the ones that look true to the original design from back when I was a kid.
Smile. Be Happy.
I like my broccoli with butter and salt, my pancakes with maple syrup and my mac’n’cheese just mac and cheese. No poofty foofty for me.