Sunday, January 21, 2007

My Dirty Little Secret

Now that Christmas is long past and I’m again far away from my parents, it’s the perfect time for me to share with you a dirty little trick I pull with all the boxes of cheap chocolates my dad brings home each year from the office.

You see, I like chocolate just as much as the next person. In fact, maybe even more.

But what I don’t like are the nuts and cheap fillings that companies like Sees and Cadburys put inside what otherwise is perfectly acceptable, mediocre dark/milk chocolate.

So my strategy is what you see above: I eat just the chocolate on the outside, leaving the core—a nougaty caramel ball, a mushy cafe-flavored rectangle, a bundle of nuts—exposed in all of their tastelessness to the world.

I cleared at least three boxes of Sees chocolate from my family’s kitchen this way in December. These were boxes that, had I not employed my special strategy, no doubt would have gone stale at the back of the pantry.

(And just for the record, I don’t ever put the chocolates back in the box after I’ve derobed them.)

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