A vendor dropped off some (promotional) gifts for attorneys and paralegals. Coffee mugs with his company’s logo and phone number, filled with candy. Everybody wins: my vendor gets to advertise to his customers, and he builds goodwill because, hey, we all like the candy and hey, it’s free!
The jelly beans, I totally dig those. I like jelly beans. No issues there.
But there were also some chocolates. Three “premium” chocolates: a Lindt milk chocolate truffle, a Ghiradelli almond-chipped square, and a Hershey’s dark chocolate square with bits of cranberry and almond.
I should have known better than to proceed as I did. The Swiss chocolate was rich and creamy and lusciously good. It made me want to eat another piece of chocolate. So I did — the Ghiradelli square was flavorful and pleasingly bittersweet. Not as good as the Lindt, but still a nice little burst of sweet. And now my inhibitions were out the window. The Hershey’s square tasted like sour wax by comparison, and even felt waxy in my mouth. By comparison, it wasn’t good at all.
So now I feel like an ingrate for not liking the gift of candy that my vendor gave me, and a snob for liking the imported, expensive chocolates instead of the regular kind, even the premium brand. Worse, I’m such a chocolate snob that I wish that there had been Belgian chocolates in the little gift mug because those are even better than Swiss chocolates. But these are gifts; before all of this started, I had no chocolate at all and some chocolate is better than no chocolate, right?
If you get mixed chocolates from someone this holiday season, Readers, take my advice. Save the best quality ones for last. Which means eat the American chocolate first.