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An ode to See’s Candy

Happy birthday Mrs. See! ūüôā

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I am officially proclaiming my love for See’s Candy, right here on the information superhighway, the world wide web.

I love See’s Candy.

A lot.

I like all but the chocolate covered cherry one, and the pineapple one is not my favorite either (although I have been known to pick off the chocolate and eat that part if it is the only one left).  I am even happy when at the end of a box of Nuts and Chews, all I have left is the chocolate covered peanuts.

See‚Äôs Candy to me represents holidays. ¬†As a kid, it was exciting when when people visited and brought See‚Äôs (usually older uncles and aunts). ¬†It was like ‚Äėoh look, they brought See‚Äôs!‚Äė ¬†Not that See‚Äôs equaled that they were rich, but it was more like a statement. ¬†A statement of I‚Äôm bringing a quality food item that can be doubled as‚Ķ

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An ode to See’s Candy

I am officially proclaiming my love for See’s Candy, right here on the information superhighway, the world wide web.

I love See’s Candy.

A lot.

I like all but the chocolate covered cherry one, and the pineapple one is not my favorite either (although I have been known to pick off the chocolate and eat that part if it is the only one left).  I am even happy when at the end of a box of Nuts and Chews, all I have left is the chocolate covered peanuts.

See’s Candy to me represents holidays. ¬†As a kid, it was exciting when when people visited and brought See’s (usually older uncles and aunts). ¬†It was like ‘oh look, they brought See’s!‘ ¬†Not that See’s equaled that they were rich, but it was more like a statement. ¬†A statement of I’m bringing a quality food item that can be doubled as a gift to be shared. RIGHT NOW, no waiting necessary! ¬†And when I became older and worked in office settings, businesses would get gifts of See’s! ¬†It was amazing! ¬†And during the holidays, the boxes are already pre-wrapped! ¬†An instant gift of kindness!

To be the first to the box is the best.  You get to pick your favorite one!  I always, always, always have picked the square one in the corner, California Brittle.

Over the years, the presence of See’s Candy has declined in my life. ¬†I have not worked in an office setting in many moons. ¬†So, no business gifts. ¬†But, every now and then, at a holiday party, on the desert table, a glorious box of See’s. ¬†I’m not sure if people don’t quite get the magic of this box sitting on the table, or just don’t fully respect it. ¬†Because I rush the table and try to casually grab my favorite piece if it’s still there. ¬†And if it’s not, I scan the room as if I’m going to start something with the one who took it, because surely, they do not appreciate that piece of California Brittle as much as I do. ¬†They may have just grabbed one blindly, thinking ‘oh look, chocolate’ making me then move on to other pieces to choose from.

I think there has been one time where I was in the presence of the king daddy, double decker box of See’s. ¬†That was impressive even through my then childhood eyes.

Family and friends know my love for See’s. ¬†I have told my husband that truly, all he needs to do is get me a box of See’s Nuts and Chews for Valentines Day, and it’s a home run. ¬†Birthday, same thing, home run. ¬†My last birthday, the kids and my husband got me See’s. ¬†I was so excited. ¬†I hid the box appropriately so no one else could have any, and it¬†lasted me a very long time.

On my first day of subbing long term for my daughter’s 5th grade class, which also happened to be my first day of subbing ever (crazy, but worth it), I walked back into the classroom from a quick break and sat at the desk, and there was a box of See’s with a card. ¬†It was from my friend, my cohort in PTA. Funny how really touching this was to me. ¬†My occasional rants on Facebook about my love for See’s, resulted in my friend surprising me with a box on a very big first day for me. ¬†That was huge. ¬†And perfect.

Another time a different friend texted me one day and asked what my favorite See’s candy was. ¬†I told her California Brittle. ¬†I didn’t know if maybe she was sampling some See’s, or what, but I felt confident in my suggestion. ¬†A couple of days later, she surprised me at our daughters soccer game with a box of only California Brittle! ¬†Amazing! ¬†Such a nice gift, and truly thoughtful, my very favorites. ¬†Here’s a picture of it (yes, I took a picture, it was that beautiful, and that appreciated):

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A few months ago, my middle child and I were at the mall. ¬†We got what we needed done and then proceeded to walk into See’s Candy. ¬†The place is magical. ¬†It has stayed the same level of classiness as it always has been. ¬†Same uniforms worn by the employees, no super current modern modifications. ¬†I’m not sure that the employees love it, but I do, it’s familiar. ¬†Everything else changes. ¬†See’s does not. ¬†As we walked in and were scanning the glass cases of delicious chocolate, we were invited to try a sample. ¬†Why yes, don’t mind if I do. ¬†And I mean a whole piece of chocolate, not just a slice off of one. ¬†Quality. ¬†A little girl walked in with her family as we were still making our rounds before choosing our piece for dessert, and she yelled out ‘Yay!’ when she walked into the store. ¬†My sentiments exactly. ¬†See’s is awesome.

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Friends have shared my love for See’s. ¬†When I talk about See’s, most seem to name their favorite as Scotchmallow, no one has ever named mine as their favorite, which is pretty great news, no sharing necessary. ¬†In our early 20’s, one friend made a See’s run right before the mall closed. ¬†It was a clutch play, like a 3 pointer buzzer beater. ¬†During those years, there was also a box of See’s that ¬†accompanied us to the Eagles reunion tour. ¬†(By ways of the bottom of a sleeping bag we brought in‚Ķsecurity was way more lax back then.) ¬†See’s has been appreciated through my childhood, through my early adulthood, and now my kids even know how special See’s candy is to me!

On Facebook this week there was a post about a See’s 12 Days of Christmas where they were giving away a lifetime of See’s as the grand prize. ¬†What?! ¬†As I immediately registered, it brought me to a See’s chocolate game and information about all See’s pieces¬†of chocolate. ¬†I shared the post on Facebook, and I mentioned that thank goodness it isn’t a phone sweepstakes, because I may become that guy in the end of the movie One Crazy Summer.
https://sees.promo.eprize.com/12daysofchristmas/

If you happen to win, kick down a box of Nuts and Chews would ya?

I hope I have done See’s justice. ¬†It is in my opinion the most delicious chocolate I’ve had. ¬†But even more than that, it makes me smile each time I open a box because for some silly reason, this white box with the gold and black writing holds tradition and memories.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Years, (YEARS) ago, I worked as a counselor for a nutrition program designed for gyms. ¬†Gym members had the opportunity of joining the nutrition program, which of course would benefit their overall goals. ¬†One thing that has always stuck out from that period of my life is that during Thanksgiving, many of the members were of course nervous to ‘fall off the wagon’ on Thanksgiving. ¬†This program was based on real food, percentages of protein/carbs/fats so that you could eat pretty much any food, it was not restrictive. ¬†Many people talked about fasting until they sat down at the table for the big dinner. ¬†My focus that I remember telling people was that they still needed to eat their meals during Thanksgiving day, maybe smaller than usual, then you aren’t like a shark once you sit down at the table, and just get back on the horse the next day.

I learned a lot about fitness and health through that program, but even more importantly, I met a life long friend. ¬†Needless to say, we were in our early 20’s, and although worked out A LOT, and ate according to the program most of the time, we were caught by gym members across the street at the Mexican Food restaurant putting away super burritos and chips and salsa a few times. ¬†And we were recognized a few times out and about on a Friday or Saturday night, after a beer or two. ¬†But hey, we were in our 20’s, we made good choices most of the time. ¬†ūüôā

Fast forward to now. ¬†I can’t put away multiple super burritos a week, nor go out drinking without it catching up to me real quick. ¬†Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday, that’s one of my two early morning workout days at the gym with a dear friend. ¬†So, I’ll be there. ¬†Half asleep as I arrive, then feeling good as I leave.

Now, I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I’m some crazy fitness person. ¬†My personal motto is ‘Run to Eat’, exercising it forward so I can enjoy eating. ¬†The only person that thinks I’m bad ass is me when a good song comes on and I may kick the treadmill up a couple of notches.

My son did a bunch of push ups the other night and then said ‘How many do you think you can do mom?’ I said 15. ¬†And then of course had to do them. ¬†I did them, and he then imitated my push ups showing I lowered my body by about 1 inch each push up I did. ¬†Whatever, they count.

Just the other day, we picked up a chocolate turkey while in Napa. ¬†We didn’t go for the $250 super large life sized chocolate turkey, just a small cute one. ¬†Still, this small, expensive chocolate turkey to bring to my parents house on Thanksgiving seemed fun. ¬†And I have to say I may eat it all. ¬†I may resort to yelling ‘Mine’ and running away with it, because an article was shared with me last week that said chocolate is not a migraine trigger. ¬†It’s an article written by a professional, and I’m going with it!!! ¬†See the article here: ¬†http://migrainebrainstorm.com/2014/04/22/why-chocolate-is-just-fine-and-other-incredibly-useful-things-i-learned-from-dr-christine-lay/.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the day then get back on the horse.