Saturday, January 3, 2009

Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades...

I almost made it this year. I summoned my willpower and cloaked myself in it before entering any establishment where they might lurk from mid-November on. I studiously avoided the bulk food aisles, especially: I'd make a beeline for the chocolate melty wafers (used in our annual Christmas treat making) with a laser beam focus, then get the heck out. I made it until Christmas without succumbing. I finally had done it! I was soooo proud of myself.

Then, it happened. December 28th, about 5:30pm. We'd just returned home from our annual Christmas trip to the motherland. We needed milk. I popped over to the closest grocery store to our home. I was *just* going for milk. I wasn't even near the bulk foods section. And then, BLAMMO. I was hit. Directly in front of me, all out on its lonesome, a solitary bulk foods bin. Marked down astronomically. Clearance sale leftover Christmas candy. For a mere 59 cents a pound, they could be mine. I do not know what about them is so darn appealing. Obviously, they are not universally beloved, or they wouldn't be overflowing the clearance bin. They must be the candy equivalent of the leaden fruitcake no one ever wants or eats. No one, that is, besides me.

Did I resist? Of course not. I completely succumbed. For a measly 37 cents, I brought home a bag full. Two days later, I found myself making an excuse to go back to that grocery store (one at which I do not regularly shop because it is truly lousy) and found myself drifting over..... would that bin still be there? It was. I succumbed again. Another 42 cents' worth*.

I. Cannot. Resist. Them.


Damn you, Brach's Christmas Tree Nougats. You got me again.



*
Please do not point out what $.37 + $.42 worth of nougats at $.59 a pound equals. I am all too well aware of how much nougaty goodness I've consumed in the past week. No one else in the family eats them, so I *know* they've all been eaten by me. Well, not all - there are a handful left down in the fruit bowl, next to the bananas. At least until my next trip through the kitchen, anyhow...............

21 comments:

Mitzi Zohar said...

Adorable! All I can say is if you love that candy so much you deserve it! Tomorrow is another day. Just stay. away. from. that. store!!

momto1 said...

Too funny! I have to say, I've never had one of those. Are they like a salt water taffy? I Luh-huve salt water taffy!!!

I'll have to look for them the next time I am out shopping!

Becky said...

I also love those! I have NO self-control which is why I have to stay away from those areas of the stores. Happy New Year!

Debbie said...

We all have our little secret weaknesses. You are just braver than the rest of us and blog about it!

annie kelleher said...

indulge! enjoy! christmas is for excess!!! and it was only ONE bag, right? ;)

Jamie said...

Great post!

cocokrispybeans said...

I say...eat and enjoy all of your nougaty deliciousness!

I have the same issue with pistachios. I cannot have them in the house or I will literally eat a pound at a time.

I feel my pants getting tighter. Oh well! Alli, here I come! ;)

Kelsey said...

I have never seen those before! I love the after Christmas candy sale. I actually haven't been to the grocery in 2 weeks so I havent had the chance to buy anything (also note that my family is eating PB&J's on hamburger buns..perhaps I should go to the store?)

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

You're too funny. Those aren't my favorite candy, but I say it rocks that you like them. And you tried so hard... perhaps it was just meant to be.

Givinya De Elba said...

mm, they look nice ...

Cathy said...

I've seen them...but have never tried them...maybe that's a good thing, cause I haven't ever met a candy I didn't like!

My name is Andy. said...

Ahhh.. it's once a year! I say enjoy!

dddiva said...

You are too funny- the only thing good about baking and candy making a lot from Thanksgiving through Christmas is that I can barely stand to look at anything sweet.
I hope you savored every single mouthful.

just the five of us said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I purposely avoided the after Christmas candy aisle for that reason. I love almond roca, and I couldn't resist it if I saw it, so I closed my eyes and pushed my cart on by.

LOL...dang candy!

I will stop again. Have a fantastic weekend!

nikkicrumpet said...

LOL and you DESERVE to eat em all!

HappyHourSue said...

Not to worry: the official dieting season starts The Monday after new Years. (it was supposed to start Jan 1 but I ate fudge).

Finding Normal said...

Never had 'em. But I'm a very chocolate girl. If it doesn't involve chocolate, I rarely succumb. I just don't understand sugary candy. Give me chocolate!

WheresMyAngels said...

I wanted to start with my weight loss plan on the 1rst but also ran into the discounted yummy candy issue.

Anna Lefler said...

Evil, naughty nougats.

There's no way anyone could ever hold you responsible for this.

You were ambushed.

XO

A.

Blogging Mama said...

Ohh, yummy nougat goodness. I love those things. I'd be right there next to you loading up believe me.

Eudea-Mamia said...

After the last couple of days, you totally deserve it. Enjoy!!

I bet you're the one person who digs Circus Peanuts too?