Thursday, April 02, 2009

Introducing Sweet Treat of the Week: Kris Bordessa!

Hey Yumsters! Today I’d like to introduce a new feature here at Candy Yum Yum. It’s called “Sweet Treat of the Week” and it’s a place where other candy lovers get to share their stories and opinions because-- you know-- it ain’t all about me!

This week’s Sweet Treat comes to us from Kris Bordessa, an author, freelance writer and co-owner of Hawaii’s She knows where to get free candy on the island and takes advantage every chance she gets.

What is your favorite candy?

Can anybody really say what his or her favorite candy is? I mean, favorite favorite? That’s just too hard! Because I’m generally not much of a rule follower, I’ll take liberties with the question a bit.

  • My favorite candy rack candy has got to be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I always LOOK at the other options, but somehow that Reese’s is what ends up in the cart.

  • The very best special occasion candy is See’s. Specifically, butterscotch squares. There is only one on each level of a two pound box and you can bet that people have nearly lost their fingers when they lingered to close to my butterscotch squares. If a person lives close enough to a See’s store, she could feasibly go in and order a box (a small one!) of only butterscotch squares. Just saying.

  • If I’m picking up candy at the local video store or at the movies, I’ll go for SweeTarts.

Share with us one of your childhood candy memories.

Ooh, I had several and then I remembered this: When I was little my Grandpa always kept butterscotch hard candies in his plaid shirt pocket. You know the kind that comes wrapped in golden yellow cellophane? I remember sitting on his lap and patting his chest, listening for the magic crinkle that told me yes, indeed, I was about to get candy! Probably, I was young enough that those round yellow discs were a choking hazard, but I certainly wasn’t thinking about that.

Favorite fruit flavor in candy?
Are coffee beans a fruit? Because I’d definitely take chocolate covered pea berries over traditional fruit flavors, any old day. If not, probably watermelon.

Which do you prefer: gummies or hard candies?
I’m primarily a chocolate candy kind of gal, but if I had to choose, hard candies. Jolly Ranchers are really the only kind of hard candy I’ll eat, though. Ooh. Remember when they came as a long flat stick? And you had to peel the cellophane wrapper away from the sticky candy, and if you stuck it in your pocket it would pick up bits of lint that would never be separated from the Jolly Rancher, so you just ignored them?

What’s your favorite candy holiday?
Easter! Foil wrapped chocolate eggs, Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs, chocolate bunnies (EARS first). Nothing better than sifting through green plastic grass to find one more hidden treasure.

What’s best: milk, dark or white?
Milk chocolate!

Circus Peanuts: yay or nay?
Absolutely not! My uncle used to love Circus Peanuts. He’d dip them in his coffee. Even as a young child I knew just how utterly disgusting this was.

Thanks Kris! And here's hoping you get a big bunny and some See's Butterscotch Squares in your Easter basket.

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Lynne said...

Hi Patti and Kris,
I'm with you on the pick of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kris! Those are my favorite too! I admit it, I find ways to convince my kids to give up the Reese's out of their Halloween candy every year! Keep up the good work on the blog, Patti! I love it!

Leslie said...

That was fun to read!

I cannot eat chocolate anymore (it's a migraine thing). I was a normal human being when I was growing up, though, and that's how I know that if a person is going to buy a whole box of one kind of See's candy, that candy should be Bordeaux!


Pam Walter said...

See's Dark Chocloate Nougat would be my pick.

Kate said...

I'm feeling totally left out because I've never been to See's. Heard about it -- I do watch the Food Channel, you know -- but never been. How very sad. (Although I have been to Oliver's Candies in New York, so don't feel too bad for me.)

LOVE the story about your Grandpa, Kris!

philly said...

Sweet Treat of the Week = Awesome :D

"Nothing better than sifting through green plastic grass to find one more hidden treasure."

I love it when that happens ^_^

CelticMommy said...

Hi Patti, I am a MASSIVE lover of the butterscotch squares and found your blog while trying to find a pic of the candy. :-) In a few days I'll have a blog about the cookie I am making to mimic my favorite See's candy!! I loved reading this post. Glad to know I'm not the only one obsessed with it!
Hettie, CelticMommy