I can't eat things that are super sweet. This means that i love RICH desserts. The darker the chocolate, the happier I am. Words to live by, friends. When i eat super sweet stuff, my glands immediately start hyperventilating and go into code red. I feel sick and my eyes get all sweaty. Seriously, they get hot and I have to fan them. I have diagnosed this disease and call it "feeling blah." Many things make me "blah," and i know exactly what they are. Many times, it also has to do with how i'm already feeling--how high my blood sugar is, probably. I went to the doctor once and got a small blood test and asked if i was a little hyperglycemic. He came back and said i was normal. He said if anything, I was a little hypo, but i don't believe that. So congratulations, I have just discovered a new disease. Blah.
Anyway, so i have a hard time with certain candies. And guess what? I love candy. In the old days i used to buy a bag of skittles every day at school. Even now when i look at them i am immediately launched back to the 8th grade. After i got tired of skittles i moved onto gobstoppers. As I got older, i continued to eat milk chocolate, and loved it. Then one day, not too many years ago, I ate a dark chocolate Dove egg and it changed my life forever. I have fine-tuned my mouth to know immediately if there's enough chocolate in something. What others taste and call "chocolate" i know is really "sugary crap" with nary an ounce of chocolate in it. So now I am all dark all the time. I can eat probably 3 times the amount of dark chocolate candies than i can milk. I just ate a tiiiiny tiny bite-sized Snickers which i knew would be a mistake, and it is. I am done with candy for now.
So as i grew up, my love for candy continued but my taste for it had to change, else i was making myself sick. I can't have Skittles anymore, which is a little sad. Starbursts always made me ill and i get "blah" if i'm within 3 feet of one. Aaak, they do a number on my glands. Just thinking about them is making them very nervous. All growing up, I've been a big fan of gummies. Mmmm... love 'em. But, they too make me sick. I've had to deprive myself in recent years and it always saddens me. But, happily, I have found a WONDERFUL alternative, and it is Japanese candy. Oh yes, I am a believer. So far, we are 2 for 2. Behold the Japanese version of Starbursts:
I don't know what they're called or what the ingredients are but I. love. them. They are a million times less sweet but are still sweet to be "candy" and they're so delightfully chewy and not stringy-chewy like Starbursts.
As for gummies, this will probably go down in history as one of my greatest discoveries. I am not joking. Here they are:
These things... I... I have no words. They truly are like fruit in gummy form. And they are INDIVIDUALLY wrapped. Umm.. yeah, the Japanese know how to class it up (and i guess, not help the environment). I will never forget the first time I tasted an individually wrapped grape gummy. It was like i had stumbled into paradise and I wanted to hold the gummy up in front of me and serenade it with "You Fill Up My Senses." I recently discovered the other flavors such as strawberry, kiwi, pineapple, peach, orange, etc. Peach is outstanding, strawberry and kiwi are good, but my heart will always belong to grape. (p.s. there are actual kiwi seeds in the kiwi gummies. Believe it.)
I have strong feelings about candy and chocolate, mostly chocolate. I defy anyone who thinks milk chocolate is better. And usually i'm not one to fight someone on their preferences/tastes but i feel so strongly about this, it is one of my life's missions to help preach the gospel of the better chocolate, to help people see the light. Or dark, as it were.
So. Just wanted to share a couple of my newfound loves. Let me know if you want me to ship you some. I'd be glad to. Stay sweet. (but not too sweet)