M&M's should be their own food group. Y'know that list? That triangle thing we all learned in primary school in Health Class a million or so years ago: meat, fruits & vegetables, dairy, grains and M&M's. That's the proper list. I'm quite sure.
M&M's or in Sam-speak just Em's (we are such good friends we are on a first name basis, y'see), are the perfect food. Very portable, colourful, and they come in a great variety. Most of which, I am a fan of, but not all. I do not care for the cocoanut ones, but then, I don't like cocoanut so that makes sense. And there have been a few relatively new ones that have not made it onto my hit parade, pumpkin spice comes immediately to mind. I do like pumpkin. I like pumpkin breads and I adore pumpkin pie. I do not like pumpkin Em's. No No and No.
But most of the rest of them I like. There was a time in fact, when Em's were the mainstay of my existence. " Hello my name is Sam and I'm an M&M -aholic....." I wish I could say that I was joking about that but I did actually have a giant bag of Em's on my desk at work all the time and that is pretty much what I subsisted upon.
Actually I've been much better about that since we moved in Florida. I'm not certain about the why of it, but it is a fact. There have not been any Em's in this house for quite some time. And I haven't been craving them or doing pantry inventory thinking, "add Em's to the list". In fact, the last time I bought some (before the above) was for Christmas cookie baking purposes! Wow! That's a long time for me.
BUT due to the perversity of human behavior, as soon as the dentist told me that while I'm wearing the temporary crown I couldn't have any nuts or any sticky foods, I immediately wanted nuts and sticky food. I don't usually crave them. But suddenly, because I couldn't have them, I desperately wanted them. So when I found myself grocery shopping the next day, and I eyed these babies, they found themselves first in my cart, then in a bag in my car nestled beside several lettuce's and some carrots, and then finally in my pantry. Waiting.
Every time I opened the pantry doors to look for something, my eye immediately fell on the Em's. "Soon", I crooned to the bag," very soon". The oddest part of this is that I've had the new caramel Em's only one other time and I wasn't wowed. In fact, I was a little disappointed. But perhaps that was my fault. I prefer my chocolate cold so usually I keep it in the fridge.
Here's a tip: When you keep caramel Em's in the fridge, while the chocolate is just cold and firm and perfect, the caramel is past firm all the way to hard. It doesn't take long for it to soften enough to be chewy again, but the lag between eating cold chocolate and waiting to have chewy caramel takes away from the combination of flavours that I was looking for. THEREFORE, this time, I left the Em's in the panty. Everything should be room temperature so I can experience the combo-flavor impact of chocolate and caramel.
My all time favourite is just standard regular original Em's. I select them one at a time and bite each one in half enjoying them twice as long. I don't care about the colour particularly. I know people who arrange them by colour and need to even up rows and that's fine. I actually kind of understand it. The tidiness of it. But while I certainly could see myself doing that or something like that, I don't. And again, I prefer them cold, right out of the fridge. If I can't eat them cold, then I drink iced water while I'm eating them. I don't know why, I just know that I do.
Second favourite is peanut butter. That was a brilliant idea. Not original but excellent execution regardless. I still bite each one in half and enjoy each half separately and still prefer them cold or with iced water, but I find that while with original Em's I can eat the entire bag (regardless of the size of the bag) the peanut butter ones fill me up faster. I can absolutely just have a few and walk away (and then return and eat more later you understand). They give me killer heartburn, but I still love them. Sometimes Love hurts.
Third is the pretzel Em's. At first, I was not a fan. The pretzel to chocolate ratio was wrong. But eventually they sorted it out, I tried it again and really liked them. It's that perfect salt/sweet combination. I honestly thought these would take over first place and bump the other two down a notch but nope the originals still rule.
Peanut Em's are awesome but they are the most addictive so I try to avoid them. You know how I said I can eat the entire bag of original Em's? Well I can with the peanut ones too, only when the bag is empty, I still want more. See? Addictive.
The mint ones? Well, I have a friend, Chris, who claims that the mint Em's are only good at Christmas time. I never thought about it until he said it, but, I concur. Mint Em's = Christmas tide. Amazingly wonderful at Christmas, but only to be eaten then.
Any of the others fall into the occasional category. I will eat them if presented to me (as long as it's not cocoanut) but probably wouldn't buy them on purpose myself. The ittybitty mini Em's are fabulous for baking but otherwise, not so much. The mega-Em's are decadent. The dark chocolate ones are, I suppose, a smidge healthier, but I'm not a huge dark chocolate fan. Which doesn't mean that I would snub them if offered, but I wouldn't buy them on purpose.
Which leaves me here today counting down the minutes until my dental appointment wherein my permanent crown will be put in place and then I will come home and eat my sticky caramel Em's. I will savour, I will relish, I will experience my Em's. And when they are gone, there is also a bag of peanut Em's in the fridge where they belong, colding up.
Right now I'm living a Carly Simon song, "Anticipation". And I'm betting that these will be the BEST Em's I've ever eaten in my entire life just because I waited so long to eat them. Yum.
There really is something to that anticipation concept. When I ate Em's nearly every day I still liked them, because, well really, what's not to like. Chocolate! But, the more infrequently I have them, the more I enjoy them.
Today I will enjoy the bejeebers out of them! How much longer do I have to wait now? I think this is the first dental appointment ever that I was excited about. Is it time yet?
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.