When I was a little girl, I would visit my grandmother at Christmas. She sat out all kinds of wonderful Christmas candies in bowls around the house; therefore, I had to sample them all…..multiple times!
(You can still find most of these vintage Christmas candies online. Click the pictures for information.)
My favourite of all the Christmas candy was/is chocolate covered cherries!
Back then, they came in a box, in little brown paper cups, tightly packed together. There was a brown sheet of thick paper separating the top and bottom layers.
Since there had been no rules given to me about candy consumption, I didn’t want to risk being told that there was a limit, so I devised a fool-proof method to ensure my fill of chocolate covered cherries over the Christmas holiday.
I began with one or two cherries from the top layer. Not wanting to be seen to be eating more than I should, I then consumed all the cherries on the lower layer, leaving the remaining cherries untouched on the top layer.
Sometime a week or two after I returned home, my Aunt (a teenager at the time) finished the cherries on the top layer and removed the brown paper to get to the bottom layer.
Lifting the top layer, she discovered a bottom layer of little empty paper cups! By this time, I was long gone! 🙂
This story has been told annually.
I received a package from my Aunt, full of presents. In amongst the beautifully-wrapped presents was an unwrapped box of Queen Anne cordial cherries in dark chocolate, just BEGGING me to eat them! Husband being away, I figured this was a great opportunity to help myself!
Thinking I should begin with the bottom layer, as tradition dictates, I lifted out the top layer only to discover THIS!!!!
I thought the box seemed lighter than usual! My Aunt had meticuliously opened it, (being careful not to tear the cardboard) and removed the bottom layer of candies from their plastic mould. She then inserted a note, (complete with candy stickers) and sealed it back up!
Neither of us are kids anymore, and it’s been many years since that particular Christmas, but she did get me good! That’s okay though, because her birthday is in early January. 🙂
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