by Heather, Hank & Harley
Continuing in our 3H tradition of hard news and raw truth, Harley, Hank and Heather tackle a tough topic: candy.
1. What's your all-time favorite candy?
Heather: Snickers, no contest!
Hank: HANK: Twizzlers. No, Snickers. Frozen Snickers. Nope--Almond Joy. Payday. Oh, wait, once I had a dark-chocolate-covered caramel with sea salt on the top. YUM. And you know what else? There's a thing called Edible Arrangements, that's fruit--but they have chocolate covered apples that are--amazing. Was this supposed to be a one-word answer?
Harley: Tootsie Rolls and Sweet Tarts.
HANK: About candy, you mean? Shrugging. I would not turn down any of the above items.
Harley: I’d like to think so.
Heather: No comment.
4. Do you pay attention to calories, saturated fat, price, or do you just say, "to heck with it, life's short?"
Harley: I pay attention 80% of the time, and then go completely berserk the other 20%.
Heather: I'm not a candy fanatic, and I rarely eat it. When I do . . . Snickers! (Sadly, my love affair is with potatoes. Baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, hash browns, twice-baked truffle-mashed, garlic mashed . . . etc.)
HANK: About candy, you mean? I am ruthless about real food. I count everything. With candy, though--I mean, if you're gonna have candy, whatever. Anything goes. Did I mention, above, those little Sarotti Schokolinsen? Those pastel things that look like M and M's--Oh, did I mention M and M's? Peanut.
Harley: Oh, my God. Those Germans are serious about their sugar. Our former German au pairs still send us candy at Christmas because they feel so bad for us in America, having to make do with substandard chocolate.
5. Is there a candy you hate?
Harley: Hate is a very strong word when it comes to something sweet.
HANK: I have never, and will never, eat a chocolate covered cherry. Yuck. Cream anything, no way. No Peeps. (Although they're fun to play with.) Nothing with marshmellow inside. (Is it marshmallow?) I'm not fond of Milky Way, unless they're frozen.
6. Is there a candy you just don't get?
Harley: Yeah, I don't really understand Gummi Bears. Or Pop Rocks.
Heather: I have to agree on the Pop Rocks. Can't dislike Gummi Bears--the name is just too sweet!
HANK: I LOVE Gummi Bears. You can fit them together, it's fun. I don't get Skittles, or Sour Patch anything. SweetTarts, not a fan. Pop Rocks, yeah, silly. That stuff that's like sugar--what was it called? That came in thin tubes. It's like pouring sugar on your teeth.
Harley: Yeah, that Sugar in a Straw stuff. My son adores it. It stains everything it touches. Blech.
6. What do you give to trick-or-treaters?
Heather: Quarters. Around here, if anyone does trick-or-treat, the parents usually throw the candy away, and give kids candy they buy. They like quarters. It was pennies. Then nickels, and then dimes. Halloween does not go untouched by inflation. (Sadly, the throw-the-candy-away thing came from a period in time when very bad people did very bad things and razor blades wound up in apples and toxins in candy.)
Harley: Large quantities of whatever I find at Costco.
7. Are you dressing up this year?
Harley: I'm wearing it right now! Black t-shirt with skeletons on it. And skull & crossbones hair barrettes.
Heather: Yes, always. I love dress up. I am going out and about as a Renaissance vampire. Or maybe a flapper. And then again, there's always the two eyeholes in a sheet . . . .I do love dress up. I will probably do so a few times. Are there any psychiatrists out there to explain this to me?
HANK: Sigh. I don't think so...New England Sisters in Crime has a costume thing at Crimebake--this year you have to come as a detective. I think I'll come as Charlotte McNally. That's about the extent of my current imagination. (A couple of years ago, Jonathan and I were the Mr. and Mrs. Ark--Joan and Noah.)
And you, friends? Any sugar revelations you care to share with us?