Part of summer fun here in Jenworld involves going to the movies. It’s not that we don’t go the rest of the year — although I do admit that we don’t go often in general — but summer tends to be when the best kids/family movies come out. The girls and I usually see a couple of movies during the summer, including “Up” yesterday. (Great!)
I always let the girls pick out something from the concession stand, which Pete doesn’t like because it’s a rip-off, but I think it adds to the fun of the outing. I remember LOVING getting candy at the movie theater and — no surprise here — my favorites were chocolate.
My all-time favorite is Sno-Caps — semi-sweet chocolate covered with white non-pareils. Yum. I’ve tried other, fancier brands, but I keep coming back to Sno-Caps. The chocolate is just right — not too sweet and not too bitter — and the non-pareils aren’t too sweet or too fake. (Word to the wise: Don’t ever buy the rainbow colored non-pareils at World Market; they taste like ass.)
I also like Raisinets. I know, I know, most of y’all hate chocolate + raisins. I don’t know why, because they’re yummy, plus they have good digestive qualities. The chocolate is pretty mild and doesn’t have much flavor, but at least they’re not too sweet.
[By the way, I recently discovered Dark Chocolate Raisinets, which thrilled me. Alas, when I tasted them, I was disappointed. I can't pinpoint the problem, except to say that I get a strong chemical aftertaste with them. Pete tasted both regular and dark Raisinets and and did not agree with me on either of my assessments. So don't trust my opinion alone on this one.]
I’m also a fan of Junior Mints and have found a kindred spirit in my younger daughter who thinks that dark chocolate + mint = Heaven. While I’m sure that I don’t want to know what’s in the creamy minty filling, I do know that it’s quite tasty. And the chocolate that the Tootsie Roll Company (YES!) uses is absolutely perfect.
The older girl likes Milk Duds, as I did when I was her age, as we both agree that chocolate + caramel = MOST EXCELLENT. However, Milk Duds are not the best example of this combination and now I don’t bother eating Milk Duds anymore. The caramel is just too chewy and my jaw hurts if I eat one.
[We'll just overlook the fact that Milk Duds is owned by Hershey's. Graceful got Milk Duds at the movie theater yesterday and her experience would have been ruined if she'd noticed the Hershey's label on the box -- I recently told her about how Hershey's gets their chocolate from the Ivory Coast (home of child labor/slavery) and she's sworn off Hershey's in protest.]
Finally, I used to also get Nestle Crunch at the movie theater when I was a kid. I haven’t had it in a while, but I did have one of Elegant’s Nestle Crunch Bits (or some name like that) yesterday and almost gagged on the chocolate. Like the Dark Chocolate Raisinets, there was a repulsive aftertaste that was just awful.
As a kid, I happily ate all of the above, but now that I’m older, only Sno-Caps and Junior Mints win my love and the other ones are no longer part of my choco-repertoire. Life is just too short to waste it on crappy chocolate, so I don’t.
What are some of your favorite old school chocolates?