This picture shows my crazy candy purchasing from Germany from Christmastime 2001, but this year was much the same… perhaps even worse. Over $80 worth of candy. Just don’t tell mama, er, don’t tell my dentist!
So WHY do I bring so much chocolate back from Europe twice yearly? That’s easy!
1) It’s GOOD chocolate! Once you try European chocolate, you’ll never go back to (ugh!) Hershey’s crap.
2) It’s not that expensive when you buy it in Europe. An entire pack of Hanuta (a 12’er) is $1.43 at the Walmart in Germany. That’s just 12 cents per delightfully delicious chocolate wafer cookie.
3) It’s a great way to make new friends ;-). Trust me, I’ll have a sack-full of Hanutas when I go dancing this week, and for every charming follow I dance with, there’ll be a little chocolate offering.
Regarding #3, I have experience in this area, and I’ve also learned an important lesson. Witness this pivotal conversation from last year:
BEAUTIFUL GIRL: Hey, I remember you! You’re the one who gave me that vodka chocolate.
ME, BLURTING STUPIDLY: Uh, um… yeah, I gave that to lots of people. What’s your name again?
As Homer Simpson would say… D’oh!