Monday, March 30, 2015

A Battle of Will (Power)

Candy is not really my thing, and I can usually have it in the house without it ever being a bother.  There is currently a bowl of Hershey Kisses that someone brought over during the Christmas holiday sitting in my kitchen that I am not the least bit interested in.  I've spent the last couple of months trying to get rid of it by putting the bowl out for guests.  My point being, I'm not a Chocoholic or candy addict by any means.
Then early February arrives, and all the stores begin selling Easter candy - a whole two months or more before Easter mind you.  And the display case starts taunting me whenever I go in for groceries.  It's not the Marshmallow Peeps, hollow chocolate bunnies, Cadbury Cream Eggs, Robin's Eggs, Malt Balls, Jelly Beans, or any other such nonsense that call my name.  It's the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs that test my will power for the first few months of the new year.
I know exactly how buying a bag of "The Best Candy In the World" will go down.
1. While unpacking the groceries I will be reminded that I bought some PB Eggs.
2.  The bag will be opened in order to have "just one" while putting the groceries away.
3.  The bag will then be put in the fridge because cold PB Eggs are better than room temperature PB Eggs.
4.  While making the next meal that comes after grocery shopping, the fridge will be opened which will remind me that I bought the PB Eggs.
5.  So I'll have one.
6.  This time, since it's a cold PB Egg, I'll have another one.
7.  And then another one.
You can see where this is going.  Before I know it, half the bag is gone.  The mound of torn-in-half yellow candy wrappers and empty white cardboard egg holders sitting on the kitchen counter are what shock me back to my senses.  That is until the next day when the above is repeated.  This time until the whole bag is gone.
It's a bad scene people.  So, for the last two months I have successfully walked by that darn candy display chanting, "You'll be sorry.  Don't do it." while a bag of Reese's tried to jump inside my cart.
Today though, I wasn't on my game.  I have vacation brain and a bag of PB Eggs followed me home from the store...
 Luckily, there are only 6 days until Easter passes and that dumb candy display is gone.


  1. I'm much more tempted by salty snacks than sweets and I've never considered myself a chocoholic (I prefer caramel and vanilla), but I'll admit I love Reese's (any form or fashion). Cadbury Crème Eggs, too. With my new WFPBD way of eating, both are off limits and, to be honest, I don't really miss them (making a point to not look at your photo too closely).

    I had to laugh at your chain of events. Items have been known to "call to me" from my pantry or fridge, so they don't even have to be in sight.

    Just make sure you don't go in the store on Monday, when they'll all be half-price before disappearing for the year.

    1. Salty snacks are much more my preference too. But I think that's thr PB Eggs' appeal - the salty sweet. I've heard about the sales the day after Easter. I'll be sure to stay home. Although there's been some semblance of self control - only 4 have passed my lips since yesterday morning. ;)

  2. The peanut butter eggs call to me as well. A bag leaped into my shopping cart as well. I will have to try a cold one but it won't work, as mr BC will find it.

    1. Keeping them in the fridge makes it easier to peel off some the chocolate coating, making it even more peanut I've heard. ;)

  3. I think we all have something. What I've noticed over the years is somethings that were fundamental have been replaced. Nowadays though I buy things with sugar by the day, and it take vastly more analysis than I ever put into deciding upon a girlfriend. I swear there was less negotiating about disarmament when the USSR existed than I do about a spoon of sugar.

    Oh, you might be really in need of salts too, you know. So less the peanuts. You can get electrolytes in a chemist.

    1. The funny thing is, I'm not a fan of peanuts themselves...just the peanut butter, much preferring almonds, cashews, and pistachios. I don't think it's an issue of needing salt as opposed to just liking it better than sweet. But who knows.
      It is important to be conscious of the sugar these days especially since it's in everything. I know it doesn't always agree with you. Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you find that it's all sugars, even fruits, or really just the processed?
      I just bought 5 pounds of strawberries (they are REALLY good right now) and now trying to figure out use them all before they go bad.

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    1. Ha! Right?!?! Yep. It was a case of $3 for 2 pounds and $5 for 5 pounds. They've all been cleaned, and half have been frozen - they make great smoothies. The rest will keep for about a week, maybe a bit longer, the way they are stored. Even so, it's a lot. :)