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An ode to See’s Candy

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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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A day in my (not so) glorious migraine life.

My most recent migraine included Caillou, Michael’s Craft Store, Jay Z, ‘Dances with Wolves’, and See’s Candy to name a few‚Ķall in a day of my (not so) glorious migraine life:

‘Oh my god, I’m going to throw up right here.’ Is what I thought in my mind for about 30 seconds in the aisle of Michaels.

Disclaimer: ¬†This post may or may not contain some swear words in it. ¬†Although,the probability for them is high. ¬†Consider that your warning if you’re easily offended…

About 7 minutes prior to having the urge to vomit, I had walked into Michaels to shop for work and to look at frames. ¬†Silly Rabbit, you can’t look at items like frames that have glass in them under the full lights of a retail store. ¬†Rookie move. ¬†Full kaleidoscope migraine eyes set in within the first two minutes in the store.

I did not end up vomiting in Michaels.

Way to keep it classy migraine.

I did however stay in Michaels, wandering up and down every single aisle putting more and more crap in my cart waiting for my kaleidoscope eyes to clear up for over 40 minutes.

By the time I got to the check out, I had to tell her I wasn’t buying about 5 items that I had placed in the cart. ¬†I have no idea what the hell I was looking at, or why I put those things in my cart. ¬†Obviously my eyes weren’t seeing the objects too well!

My husband kept texting me during my 45+ minute visit to Michaels, and wanted to know if I was going to go home and relax. At that point, the worst for day 1 of 2 of my migraine had already passed, I could see again. ¬†Day 2 is when there is no way I would have gone on to the mall and Old Navy as I did, because that is the day for the headache that feels like someone has hit you over the head with a frying pan each and every time you stand from a sitting position. ¬†And don’t ever lean over to tie your shoes or anything. ¬†Having your head below your waist, you may as well just call it a day right there.

So, on to the mall and Old Navy.  Because for some reason, my children still do not have enough shirts for school.  Not too sure where those disappear to.

Even though I clearly wasn’t there to shop for myself, I found a couple of things to try on, and went to the dressing room. ¬†There was a parent with a small child in the fitting room next to me watching a show on a device of some sort.

And then I heard it. ¬†It was Caillou. ¬†“Are you f*#cking kidding me right now that I have to listen to Cailou?” was what I think I said inside my head and not out loud.

I heard enough to know that Caillou in his atrocious voice was scared of the dark, and his dad said that he’d get him a music box to play for when he’s scared.

I found this shaky video, but that doesn’t matter, just listen in horror to the voice:

And that was when I reconfirmed what my sister in law stated a few months ago that I laughed ridiculously about:  Caillou is a little bitch.  Agreed.

On to a department store to get Adidas or Nike t-shirts for my son, I saw this sign and it intrigued me:

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I’ve mentioned before that my 2 day migraine events leave me in a sort of foggy, dull feeling. ¬†Thankfully, I was able to reach out of that fog and realize that my enjoyment of Jay-Z music may not transfer to my son’s preference in clothing.

As I was walking through the mall on the way towards my car, I was welcomed with loving arms by this:

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I love See’s. ¬†I’ve proclaimed my love in the past for See’s officially here. ¬†Migraine trigger or no trigger, I’m having See’s.

California Brittle, I love you.

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I finished off my outing by picking up a Papa Murphy’s Pizza for dinner, only to be accompanied by the delicious cinnamon dessert pizza. ¬†Because let’s face it, I was already gone. ¬†Might as well throw in another¬†possible trigger that I’ve read about in the past, pepperoni. ¬†I was at the point of just needing things that made me feel good, because day 2 of my migraine life¬†is going to be straight crap.

As I drove to pick up my 3 kids at 3 different schools, on came “Stairway to Heaven”, by Led Zeppelin. ¬†It’s like the migraine gods were¬†looking down on me. ¬†This was the perfect song to hear. ¬†And thankfully, it ended before a child got into the car and asked me to change the channel.

Amazingly, we didn’t¬†have anywhere to be after I picked them up from school. ¬†So, the kids and I finished off the day watching¬†the rest of ‘Dances with Wolves’, as I watched them act out ‘tatonka’ on all fours walking around with a pillow on their backs.

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That was my day with a migraine. ¬†Day 2¬†will bring pain, which is a different challenge than today’s¬†navigating while not being able to see, and dealing with an overall dullness of my brain.

Today was a good day.

Although, not in the cool Ice Cube way in which I referenced it. ¬†More in the ‘this could have been much worse than it was, at least I got See’s’ way.

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.