Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chocolate Hearts Don't Break!

I went back to work this week! (Actually I've been working for weeks, but this was the first week I had speaking engagements.) And so far, they've gone great! Yahoo!

Tuesday I spoke for independent grocers courtesy of MDI (Merchants Distributors Inc.). MDI does training for their clients and I've been lucky enough to be one of their speakers for several years. This year I got to go by the food show they put on to showcase their wares. And they had a section called Candy Carnival! There was a lot of good candy, but look at these:

I've never seen the giant VANILLA Tootsie Roll! Look how big it is compared to the standard Midgee. (It looks kind of like a tapeworm which is a little creepy.) The vanilla Tootsie Roll is good, but it's not as good as chocolate (in my humble opinion).

I've reviewed these before - the Valentine Tootsie Roll. Solid choice, low fat, like 'em.

I haven't seen these either - PRETZEL M & M's:

I like M & Ms. I like pretzels. I like these. BUT I'd rather have regular M & M's. Or peanut M & Ms. Or chocolate covered pretzels. Or about 1,000 other things. Maybe these are good as a lower calorie option (only 140 calories) but nothing to write home about. I predict failure.

I stopped by Cracker Barrel on the way home and they have new chocolate merchandise!!!

Cute, cute, cute!! And expresses how I feel perfectly.

I love seeing the new and creative ideas of candy makers - so fun!

Now there's creative and there's Walmart:

These hearts are by Palmer - very cute - look at that little tuxedo! (At the rate I'm going, the best man for me IS a chocolate one.)

Would you believe I heard from Afghanistan Man again? Just in time for Valentine's Day - he friended me on Facebook, which I ignored - I told him it was better for me if I let him go completely (i.e. after waiting all those months for him to come back from Afghanistan and then have him lie to me, I don't think I'm going to be Facebook friends with him). He said that saddened him, that I was a great woman, believing in him when he doubted himself, blah, blah, blah. Too bad I wasn't great enough for him to believe in me.

That's okay - I can buy my own Valentine's Day chocolate, I have friends who love me, and I believe in me. At the end of the day, that's what really matters - that you believe in yourself. (And that you have chocolate. Lots of chocolate.)


jperonto said...

You are so lucky to have tried those m&ms! I can't wait to get my hands on them! Do you think CVS might carry them?

Diane said...

Interesting Tootsie rolls! As far as Afghan man, some people can't take a hint. And Yes WE DO -love you for who you are!!!

Denise Ryan said...

And Diane - I love you!!! You'll have to try those pretzel M & M's and let me know what you think.

Denise Ryan said...

Jperonto - love your blog by the way - I just checked it out - will read more later! Those M & Ms would be perfect for you to review! I haven't seen them in the stores yet, but I let you know if I do. (I wish I'd grabbed more packs - I'd send you one!)

Kris, in New England said...

I want the pillow.

Glad your return to work went so smoothly! It's good to get back in the swing of life.

Especially a pain-free life!

jperonto said...

Denise! What blog were you looking at? I don't currently have one, but I'll take credit if it's good! Hehe.

Denise Ryan said...

Jperonto - oops! It's a blog you FOLLOW - I thought it was yours - oops!!

jperonto said...

Awwww you're hilarious! I checked like four different stores today for the pretzel m&ms. When are they due out in most places?

Denise Ryan said...

Ha - more like a blockhead! : ) I don't know - I just checked the M & Ms official site and they aren't even there yet. I'll see what I can find out.

Personalized Chocolate Gifts said...

I like the chocolate heart shape. It's a nice gift for this coming Heart's Day. If someone gives me this. It would be a great Valentine's Day .

Thanks for the post.