Chow ‘Tis the Season for Candy That Tastes Like Mouthwash
posted by December 11 at 12:57 PMon
I like Jesus just fine (especially in Stephen Mitchell’s hands) but I remain indifferent to Jesus-centric holidays. His Christmas-season “birthday” is an arbitrary crush of commerce, and his Easter “resurrection” is, in its own quiet way, the root of all evil.
Still, both Christmas and Easter are seasons of joy for me, if only because both bring avalanches of candy that tastes like medicine.
At Easter, it’s Spicy and Tangy Jelly Bird Eggs, those multi-colored jelly beans incorporating a variety of old-pharmacy flavors, including mint, cinnamon, licorice, and, my favorite, clove. (Those are the yellow ones.)
At Christmas, it’s holiday Spicettes (the classic wintergreen-and-cinnamon mix) and, as pictured above, Holiday Nougats, available in wintergreen, spearmint, and, my favorite, cinnamon.
Cinnamon Holiday Nougat is nature’s most perfect food. Eating Cinnamon Holiday Nougat is like eating a bunch of Big Red gum, and when you’re done, your breath is wonderfully fresh.
I don’t know where my love of spicy medicinal candy comes from, but it’s deep and true and occasionally feels like pica. Thank you, Jesus, for making it possible.