Size Vs. Enjoyability Graph
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With Halloween fast approaching, I’ve begun seeing those big bags full of tiny candy bars. Quite often, they’re called “mini” or “fun size.” This has gotten me pondering something I’ve thought about every year around this time. What, exactly, is so fun about tiny versions of what are normally enjoyable candies?
Let’s look at a Three Musketeers bar. This bar consists of a frothy, lightly chocolate interior coated with a milk chocolate outside. With a normal size, you have a variety of ways to eat and enjoy everything it offers. You can take a regular bite, or perhaps eat the chocolate off the outside and eat the interior on its own. You could freeze half and run a microwave experiment on the remainder. What isn’t to love?
Now we come to the “fun” size. What, precisely, can be done with this puny showing? One thing only – one bite, a few chews, and down the gullet. How is that more fun than being able to experiment and savor the flavor? They should call them “so small you can just barely get a hint of flavor before it’s gone” size. Man, I hated getting these in my halloween bag, especially when I ended up getting just one of a particularly good kind.
Even worse than the fun size are the bite size candies. Those are so heinous I can’t even bring myself to speak of them. Give me a full-size candy bar over the “fun” size anyday.