Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I Want Candy
"Mom, I'm candy broke." In case you're not familiar with this expression, I wasn't until a few days ago when my younger child came to me, waving the yellow basket that is usually brimming with lollipops, gum, sweet tarts, and the odd fun sized candy bar, now sadly empty. Don't blame me for filling my kids with sugar. Back home, the kids were able to keep their candy baskets full year-round what with Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the annual Palisades Fourth of July parade (the one where they throw candy to spectators) supplemented by the occasional birthday party goodie bag. But obviously there's no Halloween or Fourth of July here and as the kids have gotten older, the birthday parties are few and far between.
Now it's true that there's no shortage of fantastic chocolate in Paris, and there are even three or four chocolatiers, some of them world reknowned, just minutes from our place. But that's serious candy that costs serious money, not the kind of treat to stick in a lunch bag.
Which brings us to the subject of the available candy for kids. In a word, as the candy-broke child says, "gross." Okay, you can get peanut M&Ms and Twix at our corner market (for a hefty price) but most of the treats for kids come in colors definitely not found in nature with a heavy preponderance of licorice. If you like the taste of chemicals or don't mind paying the orthodontist extra for prying the sticky stuff off the braces, this could be your own little piece of heaven. Okay, so it's no worse than Nerds, Skittles and some of the other American junk my kids like but I've never shelled out hard cash for that stuff. Looks like I might have to to start doling out allowance in M&Ms.